VARIOUS ARTISTS: A Brilliant Escape: CD

May 21, 2014

I like to think I’m kind of a hip guy. Hippish. Hipful. On the cusp, at least somewhat, of the wacky shit the kids are into these days. Strange thing is I haven’t evenheard of a single band on this sampler, which is kind of impressive in and of itself, or a case of some PR/label guy just firing things out willy-nilly into the void. A Brilliant Escape, with its minimal packaging, brings back the dark days when label samplers were replacing thoughtful, well-constructed compilations. Saccharine pop and indie rock bands abound here. Skytone, Armstrong, Self Love, Dot Dash, and the Social Icons are just a few of the bands I’ve never heard of before. 

 –keith (Beautiful Music)