Kyle Okaly is a film composer in Los Angeles. He has decided to get into the nerdy music scene recently and so has written and produce his first album Esoteric Songs with a folk rock style about video games and other geek culture topics. Song topics include Star Craft, Portal, Pokémon, Star Wars, Chrono Trigger, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and more.
Most of the songs on the album are love songs of some sort of another. Several from the perspective someone from the various games that inspired him and one, My Child, that is from father to child, that child being a webpage. It also has a cover of Jonathan Coulton song, Gurl. They all have a melodious quality, the kind that is great for dancing too or just raising your spirits with. Overall a good a set of good songs to listen too, maybe even use some for a romantic evening.
There are two animated song teasers (basically music videos that are not the full song) as well. One for Box 12 (Pokémon love song), animated by Dan Sexton (Crunchlins) and the other Naboolie Portmanteau (a commentary on the intelligence characters in Phantom Menace) animated by Stephen Leotti. More are to released in the future, so keep an eye out for those.
The album is available on bandcamp at Name Your Price. This could be $0, but how about giving the guy a few bucks for his work.
Delusions of Grandeur is an album from the nerd punk band HYPERSPACE. ”Delusions of Grandeur” is comprised of thirteen nerdy pop punk songs about Star Wars, girls, pop culture, breakups, and other nerdy stuff. I got a request to review their album months ago and I am just now getting to it. Sorry guys I am just slow like that.
The album has several nerdy such as wondering if the new Star Wars movie will be any god (Episode 7), tributes to both the Borg and Darth Vader, singing about Chewbacca in Vegas, and summarizing the Goonies movie. They also have several songs singing about women who they love; Avril Lavigne, Barbara Gordon, Paula (Abdul), Carrie Fisher, and Rave Girl which is about a generic raver. They have interesting taste in women a.k.a. same as me. It also contains a cover of Nirvana’s “School” from their Bleach album and two strange little songs marked with parental advisory (Screeching Weasel and Untitled).
The album has a nice punk rock sound. Kind of unrefined but still well put together. Though all the songs do sound very much the same, so if you like one song you will must likely like them all. I do recombine checking it out.
HYPERSPACE was formed in Atlanta, GA in 2011. Their musical influences include Nerf Herder, Green Day, Nirvana, and Weezer. The album is available for purchase through iTunes, Amazon, CdBaby, GooglePlay, bandcamp and Spotify.