Album Review: Odesza – A Moment Apart

Odesza’s album “A Moment Apart” dropped on September 8th 2017, and the world was instantly a better place. I honestly can’t get enough of it.

Equally borrowing from tribal beats, EDM, and instrumental music, I’ve been absolutely addicted to this album. Standout songs include BoyLine of Sight (feat. Naomi Wild)Thin Floors and Tall Ceilings, and Falls (feat. Sasha Sloan).

Hailing from Seattle, Odesza has really cornered the market on their powerful, beat-driven music. I give this album 7 Nates out of 10.

Favorite New TV Show: Rick and Morty

Call me behind the curve, but I just “discovered” Adult Swim’s cartoon Rick and Morty last month. I use the word “discovered” in the loosest sense of the word as this show has been running on Adult Swim since 2013.

Rick and Morty picture

Several of my friends have been telling me for a while to get into it on the grounds that I have a cynical sense of humor. Let me just say that Rick and Morty does not disappoint.

Originally pitched to studios as a dark version of Back to the Future with Doc and Marty, the show is really quick-witted, sarcastic, and “cheerfully cruel” (a term my friend Troy and I coined to describe other shows in the same vein such as Blackadder by Sir Rowan Atkinson and Fawlty Towers by John Cleese). Here’s a short clip that exhibits exactly what I mean:

Whereas Doc and Marty McFly cruise around in their DeLorean trying to solve their personal problems, Rick and Morty use their portal gun to cause chaos. There’s some itch in a part of my psyche that this show scratches with it’s callous disregard for sanity and rational thought.

The story is set on the premise that there are infinite timelines and that everything we do is being repeated countless times, therefore everything is pointless. This existential nihilism manifests itself in a variety of ways, but most often through Rick (the blue, pointy-haired “Doc” in the video above) shrugging his shoulders in ambivalence about what’s happening in front of him.

Ultimately, this show won’t be for everyone. It can be quite crude. But if you know me and already know that your sense of humor aligns with mine, I think you could certainly do worse than a Rick and Morty show marathon.

Nathan ☕️

New Blog, New Site, New Beginnings

Due to the fact that I like a challenge (and also because I am apparently a masochist who thrives on my own personal agony), I am founding this blog today.

I know. Just send me the Nobel Prize in the mail.

I’ve wanted my own corner of the internet like this for quite some time. Have you ever noticed how Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and all of those other social media sites leave a lot to be desired? It seems like my friends are constantly at war with each other, and I don’t want any part of that.

Instead, I’m going to use this site to blog about travel, music, the news, my friends and family, and anything else that I think needs to spill out of my mind on a sheet of paper. I want to write things that you will enjoy, and so I will keep that in mind every day when I open my laptop.

I hope that you will enjoy the journey. Thanks for reading.

Nathan ☕️