• Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024

Aaron Archer – Local Vegas Artist Releases Solipsism, His First Solo Album!

Solipsism is the first solo album release from Aaron Archer, who has long been an artist playing the Las Vegas music scene in numerous bands. The release features Archer performing vocals and nearly every instrument on all the recordings, aside from some brief guest appearances from Abe Millett (ex-Third Eye Blind) and Sara Jean Worrell. Having seen and heard Archer around town with several of the area’s bands (all of whom are quite musically diverse and different), this fan was curious to see how his solo effort would measure up.

It’s tough to put one musical label on Solipsism, as in its 10-track duration, it covers several styles. The “Indie Rock” label is probably the most accurate, but there are also elements of pop, blues, and psychedelia. There were a few tracks when I could draw comparisons to groups like Foo Fighters, but this is still very much its own unique product. It’s a diverse record, yet everything flows together nicely so none of the tracks feel awkward or out of place. The entire album was done on a Fostex eight-track with two microphones and was subsequently mixed in Audacity, beautifully demonstrating the artist’s musical creativity despite constraints.

Highlights on the album including opening cut “Only Sometimes” with Sara Jean Worrell’s additional vocals, the upbeat alternative pop of “Real Thing,” the catchy and infectious “Little Sissy Suicide,” the bluesy and retro-style “Don’t Wait on Me,” and the insane instrumental title cut which features some crazy keyboard playing and musical unpredictability. There really aren’t any weak moments throughout!

Aaron Archer strikes gold with Solipsism, a fantastic solo debut with a diverse mixture of music. Any fans of indie rock and anything in between will be pleasantly surprised should they give the album a chance. Very highly recommended!


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By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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