While it is true that 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Pokemon (see list dedicated to that here), it also marks the 30th anniversary of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda series. Perhaps even more so than Nintendo’s famous plumber and his games, The Legend of Zelda have consistently provided high quality titles that have proven to be essential touchstones in not only the gaming industry, but in wider pop culture and the arts in general. One of the greatest joys of The Legend of Zelda is that it provides so many amazing experiences and emotions, whether it the sheer elation of solving a hard puzzle or defeating a hard boss, or absolute frustration that you can’t ever make your way through the Water Temple without getting lost. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll have fun, that is the brilliance of The Legend of Zelda. Action/adventure style gameplay may be one thing, but The Legend of Zelda series has always strived to include the finest music it can into its games, with many titles in the series featuring music as an essential component of the main core gameplay and story. So, to commemorate the series’ 30 years of existence and its marvelous treatment of music (not to mention the hopeful 2016 release of the new Zelda game currently in the works), here is The Top 30 Best Legend of Zelda Songs. Enjoy! Continue reading
In case you did not know, it is the 20th year anniversary of Pokémon this year. Now before you let that sink and most probably make you feel old, I believe it is important to look back at one of the most important and defining features of the Pokémon franchise: The Music. Throughout every adventure, every Pokémon capture, every wonderful place you journey to, every friend and rival you meet, every, fun-filled moment to be had, there was always a stunning track to accompany you. Whether it prompted you in battle or made you feel grand to be taking a stroll through some grass or through a town, the music of Pokémon has been consistently stellar and often quite diverse. The testament to that has been the best selling “Symphonic Evolutions” concert show that has toured around the world, helping to realise the music from the Pokémon games in glorious orchestral form, in a stunning collision between high art and pop culture. So to celebrate not only one of the most successful game franchises of all time, but to a pop-cultural phenomenon that has supplied an endless amount of joy to millions of people, here are the The Top 20 Best Songs to be found in the main series of Pokémon games (so no anime, Mystery Dungeon games, other spinoffs, even though they all generally have great music too). There’s nothing that gets the nostalgic sense tingling like music, so let’s dive right in! Continue reading
2015 was one of the best years in music in recent memory. No overstatement. The artistic medium of the album was once again pushed to its limits by some of the most talented minds of our generation. If there was one thing to learn from the music of 2015, it was that the door of creativity will never shut. That is a lesson you can take home at night. Anyway, on with the list! Continue reading
2015 marked the second half of the 2010s, and indeed, it shaped up to be one of the most exciting and imaginative years for music of the new decade so far. Boundaries were smashed left and right, whether it be in the field of pop, hip hop, or any other crazy genre of music. Comebacks were made, stalwarts marched on, but one thing that permeated across it all, was a true appreciation for the power of music, and how it could be utilised as a unifying force to bring the world together. So without further ado, here is Audiosprawl’s 100 Best Songs of 2015. Enjoy. Continue reading
It has been a whole year! Ever since the review for The War Drugs’ Lost In The Dream was published on the 19th of April 2014, Audiosprawl has seen over 70 reviews get published for the delight and dismay and many musical followers. When we created this blog in a small, cramped bedroom one Australian afternoon, Phillip Leason and I never expected to have such a loyal following of people interested to hear what we had to say. Our stuff has also been read internationally, a feat we never thought possible in such a small amount of time. So to sum up, we at Audiosprawl would like to say thank you so much for taking time out of your hectic lives to read our thoughts. We love doing this, and we love that you love it too. So, as a little anniversary treat, we have compiled a list of the Top 8 Audiosprawl Reviews (in no order)…Basically, we’re going to review our album reviews. How meta is that! So without further ado, thank you, and enjoy! – Yanni Markovina Continue reading
December tends to be a pretty dull month for new music, maybe everyone’s just too busy getting their Christmas on to bother, instead we’re inundated with ‘best of’ lists. Well, 2015 is upon us, and that means there’s a wave of new music on its way. Most of the upcoming albums of this year still have details unannounced (it is early days after all), but there are a good fistful that we’ve already got titles and release dates for. So, to get you keen for what’s coming at you in 2015, here’s the 10 albums I’m most excited for in the first three months of the year. I’ve also stuck some of my most anticipated ‘To Be Announced’ releases from a bunch of great artists on the end. Continue reading
Alright, here is the biggy. The Top 30 albums of 2014. As the years go by, the musical landscape becomes more and more eclectic, and as such, it becomes harder and harder to determine what are the greatest albums. Even harder still, considering that music is a subjective preference. But still, hopefully with both mine and Phil’s lists, a more complete picture can be revealed . So read on dear internet traveler! I’ll try not to disappoint.
30) Supermodel – Foster The People
While the socially conscious lyricism could be a tad earnest and overbearing at times, and the concept of a pop band turning ‘serious’ on their second album is a cliché, Foster The People’s Supermodel succeeded on the whole primarily due to its inherently catchy pop savvy. Are You What You Want To Be? and Best Friend are grade-A indie pop funk, and elsewhere, Mark Foster and co. proved that they could master acoustic campfire ballads (Fire Escape), rock out like Tame Impala (Pseudologia Fantastica), and well, off Continue reading
Christmas, ‘it’s the most wonderful time of the year’, right? You overeat, you get stuff, you give people stuff, and glitter and bits of old tinsel seem to attach themselves to everything, giving the whole world a brilliant shimmer that lasts until mid-January. What isn’t so wonderful, however, is the irritatingly short list of the Christmas songs that seems to be played on a loop. I mean, it’s been 30 years since Wham! released ‘Last Christmas’, yet we’re still hearing it daily, there must be other Christmas songs which have been made since then? Maybe some that are less awful? Well, turns out there are, so here’s 10 tracks which might make the idea of hearing Christmas music more appealing. Continue reading
It’s difficult to balance it all out when quantifying music, trying to stack up ‘depth’ or ‘artistic integrity’ against things that are just plain catchy. The tagline on this blog says, ‘Fair, Balanced and Informative Music Reviews and Opinions’, but an opinion is never going to be fair or balanced, just check out the word’s definition. So, here’s my opinion, with all of its bias and pretension, on what have been the best ten albums released this year. Continue reading
2014 has been a pretty swell year in releases, there were a few anticipated albums that never materialised, but there was a lot to sink your teeth into. There was more than enough good music to fill up a ‘Top 10’ list, which means that there are a few great albums which aren’t going to get mentioned. That won’t do, so here are ten of those albums, my runners up. They’re listed alphabetically, I’m not going to try and quantify them.
Andy Stott – Faith in Strangers
Faith in Strangers traverses different styles and slides carelessly between gentle ambient electronica and grimy industrial dub. There is gentle female falsetto which peruses the album, and it lures you into the tracks like a mermaid’s siren song; before you know it you’re crashing into rocks in choppy waters, and the gritty bass is quaking your bones. It’s dark and it’s beautiful. Continue reading