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CrayonBeats Presents Vol. 5: “The Monsters Are Due On CrayonBeats”

If you’ve been keeping up with us, you’ll know that this year we’ve released a couple of concept compilations. In February, we dropped our love-and-heartache themed compilation, titled “Love… This Might Hurt“. Then, Tiffny and I decided to each take on a compilation, where we’d be handling separate projects. In September, Tiffny dropped the stellar “Girls Named Tiffany“, featuring ladies named… Tiffany. Yup! You should understand why. Stream and download both of those, and our previous volumes, if you missed them. No, really, go do it!

Our last compilation this year is volume number five. Put together entirely by me, CrayonBeats presents “The Monsters Are Due on CrayonBeats“. The title is a play on an episode of The Twilight Zone. However, this compilation features two different themes — The Twilight Zone (episodes) and Goosebumps (books).

I reached out to various artists that I thought would be a perfect fit for this concept. They chose their story from one of the themes, and the inspiration went from there. The inspiration spans between the artists creating songs based loosely around the story (the foundation idea), partially around the story (bits and pieces), or fully around the story. Nothing but amazing music creations… that I am excited to share with you all.

There are 19 songs, from contributing artists Lyle Horowitz, Spoken Nerd, Gajah, Adam Warlock, Carl Kavorkian, Nomar Slevik, Melodious Mike, Atari Blitzkrieg, Brzowski, Open Mike Eagle, JE Double F, Motel Eola, Not The 1s, SilentHand, Attikus, Ill Clinton, Kid Presentable!!!, SpaceLAB Recordings (Ciphurphace, Jake Palumbo, C-Zar Van Gogh, and Ollie Ox), and Gods & Monsters.

For example, Gajah takes flight, where his sanity is questioned due to him being the only one to see the gremlin on the plane, in “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”. Carl Kavorkian gives us the story “The Number 12 Looks Just Like You”, that’s set in a futuristic society, where people conform to go through altering procedures to look alike. Brzowski shows his talent in singing a folk-style about paranoia in “Nervous Man In A Four Dollar Room”. Similiar to Millicent Barnes in “Mirror Image”, Melodious Mike runs into his emcee doppelganger self. Not The 1s spit bravado raps, lettin’ everyone know that they aren’t afraid in “You Can’t Scare Me”. In “I Live In Your Basement”, emcees from the SpaceLAB camp each take on characters from the Goosebumps story. Ciphurphace plays the mysterious monster named Keith, Jake Palumbo is the taunted kid Marco, C-Zar Van Gogh is a neighborhood hustler that provides a plot twist and answers, and Ollie Ox is narrating the entire story as the concerned, nagging father. Phoenix duo Gods & Monsters offer up details of “How To Kill A Monster”, in their humor-yet-horror song, that notes monsters in real life, such as Sandusky. There are a few instrumentals, too.

Stream and download the entire compilation for free now!



Artwork by: Tiffology

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Written By: Tiffany B.

Music and arts journalist, music curator, and co-boss babe of CrayonBeats since 2008! I've published 3,000+ posts consisting of new music, reviews, and interviews. I also do half of everything of CrayonBeats Magazine, so get familiar with our issues! Aside from being a music aficionado, I'm also a freelance artist/illustrator, a creative soul, a natural born lover, a comic book reader, an optimist, and a bit of a weirdo. I hate writing bios about myself, so see ya.