Sounds x Review: Korpx // I Want to Live! (Again)

From the comfort of his living room, indie artist Charles Korpics, better known by his stage name Korpx, has been producing a plethora of syrupy smooth tracks. Just in the past seven months, Korpx has self-released three EPs and two singles. His most recent single, I Want to Live! (Again) stands out among the succinct catalog.

The instrumental track begins with a lazy and brooding guitar that thickly disguises a rising anthemic synth. A lush four on the flour backbeat then bridges the gap between the song’s turbulent intro and its cream-like verse section. Hinted melodies and an airy production-value give the laconic single a sense of motion.

This single by Korpx is sonically eclectic with an unfettered accesbility. His entire catalog would fit right in with any ‘beats to study/relax to’ playlists or shuffled through the deck of any devout emo listener’s daily mix. The influence of alt legends Tycho and Modest Mouse are just as easily distinguishable as the guidance of emo-revivalist outfit Algernon Cadwallader.

The composer’s formula is simple, natural, and pleasing. Korpx flies through the creative process by the seat of his pants, writing, and recording every instrument of every song in the same session. After slapping a vintage-looking photo from his childhood over the top, the results are uploaded to his YouTube channel and eventually onto streaming platforms. Without release dates, Facebooks ads, or suffocating label management, Korpx manages to keep himself steadily above the rushing current of today’s music scene. A concoction of synths, strings, and Instagram posts are all Korpx needs to stay afloat.

From his living room in Upstate New York, Korpx continues to deliver tracks that would make any study listener slump deep into their chairs with ecstasy. His EP Village Of is now streaming on all platforms, hear it below.

Sounds x Premiere: Natey G // No Penny

Natey G strolled into class this Wednesday packing a special hump-day delivery: his new music video for “No Penny.” The frat-star turned rap-star teamed up with producer Gregory Ross to release a slew of singles as follow up to Airplane Mode, his 2018 sophomore release. Although still an undergrad, the Weston, CT native has been steamrolling since his 2017 single “April Showers” put him on the map, dropping two singles this year alone.

The new track is as coltish as it is crass. The lyrics breach through beaming synths and drumfire hi-hats to crown the song like a court passing judgment: “Y’all just ain’t feeling yourself / It’s sad to see you ain’t gonna be real with yourself.” Its fervently blunt approach hits like a weaponized panic attack- Natey G chews up the listener and spits them back out before they’ve realized the song is over.

The video’s cacophony of glitches and jump cuts put the viewer on a breakneck acid trip to the center of Natey G’s mind- where pipedreams replace five-year-plans, and suburban streets sink down into subway systems. The hard to swallow lyrics and unrelenting rhythm section call for both a gut-check and a penchant spin of your stereo’s volume knob.

You can keep up with UConn’s favorite MC by following Natey G on Instagram.

Pasquale Liuzzi
Music Writer // LeftbankCollege

Sounds x Premiere: Toxic Holiday // backseat throwback

Toxic Holiday is channeling serious nineties vibes with their new music video “backseat throwback.” It’s vintage aesthetic and lyrical content recall the days before Bluetooth, when “home video” was part of the English vernacular. The indie-soul quartet from New Haven can usually be found playing various college campuses around Connecticut. You can follow them on Instagram here.

Pasquale Liuzzi
Music Writer // leftbankcollege