About two years ago, during the halcyon days of this blog’s youth, we took the temperature of the Kenyon music scene, so to speak, and wound up with a compilation called “The Kenyon Sound.” The figurative thermometer gave us a reading that was all over the place: cold electronic textures and beats were found side by side with warmer, more acoustic and vocal pieces, by students and alumni alike.
For this reason (among others), I’ve found that the notion of “The Kenyon Sound” is hard to spell out. Current Kenyon musicians churn out everything from indie pop to atonal noise soundscapes. Alumni artists can go on tour, work with like-minded professional musicians, and use fancy recording studios — resources we here on the Hill sorely lack. So how can us bloggers be so presumptuous as to label such a disjointed collection “The Kenyon Sound”?
Honest answer: this week has been utter hell and I honestly didn’t have time to think of anything better than “The Kenyon Sound, Vol. 2”. You can download the mix-tape HERE, and you can peep the track list and credits after the jump.
1. Heart Attack – Ryan Chapin Mach
2. Always Asshole – Spring Onion
3. Solar Laws – Yellerkin
4. Pool – Cry About It
5. Twisted Funky – Trix & the Kids
6. Idle Road – Half Waif
7. Cold(Nose)Eye feat. Sam Graf – Doczilla
8. Shellfishness – Edek Sher
9. Writing On Your Wrist – Oren Weingrod
10. Is This How You Remember It – Gold Neon
11. That’s Impossible – Rich After Taxes
12. The Subterranean Antiscapes – Andrew Clarkson
13. Dreams For You feat. Khalid & Verzatile – D4NNY TANN3R
14. Colourphotograph – dr_nothings
15. The East – Just the Kids
16. Skin Made of Paper – Vincent Femia
17. Murder of Crows – Thomas Loughney
18. Your Eyes – Lily Ann McBride
19. Home – Ice Cream Social
20. Unison – Pinegrove
21. Creep (Radiohead cover) – Poor Remy
Ryan Chapin Mach is the full name as well as the recording moniker of singer-songwriter and producer, Ryan Mach ’14.
Spring Onion is the solo project of Catherine Dwyer ’14.
Yellerkin is a euphoric duet co-run by Adrian Galvin ’12.
Cry About It is a solo project of Jack Washburn’s ’16.
Trix & The Kids is a funky soul project, comprised by Chris Schwarz ’14, Ned Vogel ’15, Conor Tazewell ’15, Evan More ’15, Alex Urist ’15, Ted Meyer ’15, Andrew Clarkson ’16, Jake Biel ’17 and Thomas Cox ’17.
Half Waif is a New York-based band led by Nandi Plunkett ’11.
Doczilla is Pauly Daniel ’16, with this particular track featuring Sam Graf ’16.
Edek Sher is a producer, digital media artist, and proud member of the class of ’13.
Oren Weingrod ’14 is a producer and spoken-word artist.
Gold Neon is the production moniker of Nick Anania ’14.
Rich After Taxes is the production moniker of Charlie Collison ’15.
Andrew Clarkson ’16 is a guitarist for Trix & the Kids and a member of The Stairwells, who also dabbles in experimental electroacoustic composition.
D4NNY TANN3R is singer-songwriter/hip-hop artist/dabbler in “twee” Tristan Neviska ’13, who also experiments in auto-tune and is currently taking banjo lessons. He is joined on this track by Khalid Eldahan ’10 and a rapper from Atlanta named Verzatile.
Dr_nothings is the recording project of singer-songwriter and producer, Daniel Rasch ’14.
Just The Kids is the recording project of singer-songwriter, guitarist, and shining halcyon James Plunkett ’13.
Thomas Loughney is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from the class of ’16.
Vincent Femia is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from the class of ’17.
Lily Ann McBride is a singer-songwriter, pianist, and harpist from the class of ’17.
Ice Cream Social is a band comprised of Catherine Dwyer ’14 and Jack Washburn ’16.
Pinegrove is a Montclair-based band involved in “the promotion of introspective partying,” helmed by Evan Hall ’11.
Poor Remy is band of sensitive minstrels who hail from Brooklyn–comprised of Andrew D’Amico ’12, Adrian Galvin ’12 and Kenny Polyak ’12.