Perky synths and vibrant beats snare me in on Lonely Now, our very first encounter with a new project from Norway named LØVER. The opulent alt pop he gives us is drenched in R&B creaminess and coated in a golden luster. Lonely Now kicks off like a FMLYBND jam but it soon envelops us with hazy nostalgia, resulting in sweltry intoxication. LØVER romances us with a sound much like St. Lucia gone RKCB, or LANY gone Great Good Fine OK. Prior to Lonely Now, LØVER sprung up on plenteous tastemaker radars with debuts like Look What I Got and Trick of the Light. It looks like he’s ready to make an indelible imprint with his new material, too. Alternate stream of Lonely Now can be found via Soundcloud below.


Monday, March 27: Grave Digger, “Heart Attack”

“Heart Attack” closed Heavy Metal Breakdown and rather loudly presented Grave Digger as not the most technically proficient of the new crop of German metal acts, nor the most melodic or professional, but arguably the craziest. Perhaps more than Accept’s epochal “Fast as a Shark”, the final song on Grave Digger’s debut album was the first true thrash metal song to come out of Germany- Accept may have unwittingly begat thrash with Restless and Wild’s legendary opener, but Chris Boltendahl’s screeching and Albert Eckardt’s frantic drumming sounded like direct counterpoints to Kill ‘Em All.  “Heart Attack” lived up to its title thanks to its unrelenting aggression and speed, with Boltendahl in particular sounding especially unhinged.  The sheer insanity on display took German metal to another level, raising the bar and forcing a lot of bands that were still primarily influenced by Judas Priest to step it up a few notches.

The Signs as ‘80s Songs

Aries: With or Without You - U2

Taurus: Don’t You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds

Gemini: Jump - Van Halen

Cancer: Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler

Leo: Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears

Virgo: Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard

Libra: Don’t You Want Me - The Human League

Scorpio: How Soon Is Now - The Smiths

Sagittarius: Don’t Stop Believin’ - Journey

Capricorn: I Ran - A Flock of Seagulls

Aquarius: Super Freak - Rick James

Pisces: Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper


When we meet on a cloud I’ll be laughing out loud
I’ll be laughing with everyone I see
Can’t believe how strange it is to be anything at all.

It’s okay. It’s okay.