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Commons 2's 'ART STUDIO' Challenges the Status Quo While Questioning the Boundaries of Indie Rock

The Brooklyn-based band Commons 2, consisting of John Gallagher, Jim Skehan, Jose Soroeta, Julian Ognissanti, has returned to the indie scene with the intention of reimagining indie rock.


Their influence and genre experimentation became evident with the release of their debut album "Silent on the Grove" in 2020, which brought a fresh sound with its distinctive raw texture. Over the next few years, the band released albums, EPs, and singles, constantly refining their craftsmanship. Finally, in 2023, they presented their latest project - the EP "Art Studio," which raises the bar of their musical prowess to new heights. Commons 2's work unquestionably deserves attention, and behind these creations are talented musicians.

The opening track "Righteous" immediately grabs your attention. Here, the guitars sound as if they are playing melodies descending directly from the heavens. The blend of softness and power in the sound creates an atmosphere as if the sky itself is descending to earth. This track is a true anthem of electric guitars, shrouded in a mysterious aura. The track "Part II" offers listeners an entirely new perception of sound. Guitars make way for vocals that sound mighty and powerful, like thunder during a storm. It's like immersing yourself in a rock atmosphere where every word and note carry special significance.

Comparing "Art Studio" to Commons 2's previous releases, it's safe to say that the group is moving forward with absolute confidence. The production of this album is immaculate, with each instrument retaining its uniqueness and importance in the composition. The musical production highlights the soul of true indie rock, with its nonchalant and sexy undertones.

I must also mention that "Art Studio" is a conceptual EP, reflecting the inner world of the musicians and their desire to create very personal music. The sound of "Art Studio" embraces you with warmth and soul, as if Commons 2 are already your best friends. There's no place for melancholy here, only sincere indie rock. The musicians pour their hearts into this album, and the song lyrics resonate and draw you in again and again with every word. The last two songs, "Shallow" and "Friday Morning," conclude the EP on a high, strong, and demanding note. The style, the power of the rock sound, the catchy hooks, and the subtle nostalgic touch of "Shallow" unfold the EP's sound, allowing you to savor a new indie rock sound. This track feels like it was created with nods to the best rock hits, both in structure and energy. The EP finishes with a rock'n'roll rhythm and an almost casual indie rock vocal in the track "Friday Morning," revealing the musicians as true professionals of the indie rock sound.


In the ever-evolving realm of indie rock, "Art Studio" by Commons 2 emerges as a radiant embodiment of authentic indie rock music. Within this EP, every note, each vocal moment, and every melodic twist personify boundless passion and creative dedication. Listening to this musical offering is an immersive journey into the depths of sound, where one can feel the very essence of music captivating their imagination.

Commons 2 exemplify a level of craftsmanship that propels indie rock to new heights, leaving an indelible mark on the genre. With "Art Studio," they unequivocally affirm their status as consummate professionals, ushering in a fresh era. "Art Studio" is a record that dares to ask the question, "What is music?" and then proceeds to answer it with every sonic twist and turn. Commons 2 have given us a glimpse into the future of indie rock, and it's a future that promises to be as enigmatic and profound as "Art Studio" itself.


And yes, Commons 2 truly capture the essence of what it means to be an artist in the 21st century. And once again, no matter how cliché it may sound, art knows no bounds, it reflects the boundless potential of the human spirit for creativity and self-expression. Their willingness to go beyond the confines of indie rock is a bold departure from the ordinary, inviting us to think deeper, feel more intensely, and perceive the world of music with new eyes and an open heart.

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