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James Morrison Releases Music Video for “Demons”

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13th October 2015

Soulful singer-songwriter James Morrison is preparing for the October 30th release of his fourth studio album, ‘Higher Than Here’.

Morrison has released the music video for the first single off the record, “Demons”.

The song is an anthemic return to his effortless soul/rock songs.

In support of the new record, James will be going on tour across the UK.

  • November 16 – Edinburgh, Queens Hall
  • November 17 – Manchester, Albert Hall
  • November 19 – Sheffield, Leadmill
  • November 20 – Liverpool, Academy
  • November 21 – Cardiff, St David’s Hall
  • November 23 – Bournemouth, Academy
  • November 24 – London, Shepherd’s Bush Empire
  • November 25 – Birmingham, Institute

For more info on the tour click here: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a668350/james-morrison-is-heading-out-on-tour-in-support-of-his-new-album-higher-than-here.html#ixzz3oJwI6114

The official music video was directed by Greg & Lio, and premiered through Vevo on September 10th. The single was written by Jim Eliot, Jemima Stillwell and James Morrison.

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Track of the Week: Hell Is My Head // Blaenavon

Track of the Week

28th September 2015

Frantic drum beats and cymbal crashes interspersed with a racing guitar line make for an impactful intro to our track of the week. ‘Hell Is My Head’, by Hampshire based band Blaenavon, combines a soaring, confident vocal with deliciously poetic lyrics: “I’m dripping through my soul / time takes its toll / and I’m left cowering behind my disguise”.

As the track builds to an urgent wall of sound, it’s hard not to find yourself crying along with the repeated line: “I’ll be the only one you’ll ever find”. Although Blaenavon have been around for a few years, now signed to Transgressive Records, ‘Hell Is My Head’ sees them turn things up full throttle; it’s the first track from the band’s Miss World EP, set for release on 30th October, and if this is anything to go by Blaenavon are determined to cause more than a ripple in the sea of indie music.

Keep your eye on the band’s projects by following them on Twitter and liking them on Facebook.

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Ones to Watch: The Heirs

News, Ones to Watch, Pop, Rock

15th September 2015

The Heirs are about to be your new favourite band. With their electrifying single ‘Alright Goodnight’ the brother-sister duo of Savannah and Brandon Hudson take on the pop world with flair.

Speaking about the track, Brandon has said: “We wanted to make something different, something groovy, but also something that could speak for itself and say more than the usual pop songs of today.”

I think they’ve done just that.

With an undeniable sonic resemblance to Foster the People, they will be taking the indie-pop world by the reigns.

Reflecting on their earliest memory of performing Savannah said, “One of our earliest memories performing together was, I believe, our first school talent show. I was in the 2nd grade and Brandon was in the 4th grade. I remember we covered some kid songs along with some originals and a year later, Brandon performed with his 5th grade band and they did a really cool rendition of “Come Together” by the Beatles and that ruled. When we were younger, we rallied up any kid musicians, making little bands, and we performed wherever we could, from talent shows to state fairs. We did them all.”

The Heirs are inspired by the world around them:

“We usually brainstorm on different concepts we create and then begin to visualize certain production elements that complement the ideas. It’s always a very relaxed but exciting process for us. We love being in the studio and creating. We are inspired by life in general.”

The duo was on America’s Got Talent back in 2013:

They’ve certainly come a long way on their musical journey, and I can’t wait to see where they go next.

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Track of the Week: Joey Says We Got It // The Orielles

Track of the Week

14th September 2015

Opening with a chilled out melody which is reminiscent of Beach Fossils, The Orielles’ surf pop track ‘Joey Says We Got It’ is a nice gentle way to ease yourself into a new week.

A welcome change in a genre which is often dominated by male frontmen, Esme Dee Hand-Halford’s vocal gives the track a refreshing edge. As she warbles “you don’t know your name / though it sounds insane”, it’s hard not to find yourself singing along to this meticulously catchy construction, even only after a few listens through.

In marked contrast to the band’s previous releases, this is a song with a definite sense of direction. The backdrop to the song is a tightly controlled yet ambling melody, with catchy hooks and a relaxed beat. It’s almost arrogant-sounding “in my own time” pace is indicative of the band’s growing confidence, as they are undoubtedly going to find themselves presented with bigger and better opportunities if they can only keep making music as good as this.

‘Joey Says We Got It’ is set to be released on the 17th October, via Weiner Records, as part of Cassette Store Day.

Article by Beth Kirkbride 

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Throwback: Why Aly and AJ Need To Make a Comeback

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21st August 2015

If, like me, you grew up watching Disney Channel, it was pretty much guaranteed that you were a fan of Aly & AJ. The pop-rock sister duo dominated movies like Cow Belles, shows like Phil of the Future and so on.

I loved all of their songs and albums. Normally, looking back on some of the music I listened to while in my early tween years, songs by The Cheetah Girls come to mind and I cringe with embarrassment and question my musical choices.

However, when I reminisce about my Aly & AJ days its different. I’m surprised at how good their music still sounds. In particular, their album ‘Insomniatic’. If they’d released this album in 2015, I dare to say critics would eat it up just as much as they did back then.

At the time, Sputnikmusic wrote positively about the album, declaring it “an underrated pop-rock album with solid songwriting, stellar production, and first-rate vocals.” Journalist Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian rated the album an A, praising “the effect of which is to leave the listener suspended between hyped-up delight and despair at the micro-produced perfection of it all.”

Often the past has a way of creeping up on us. It’s lurking in a movie from our childhoods, the frozen faded smiles in a photograph, or in this case, a smash pop/electro-rock album from 2007.

2007 was a magical milestone of a year to say the least.

The first iPhone was released, President Obama announced his candidacy for the White House, and the final Harry Potter book was released. It marked the beginning of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and was also the time when Nelly Furtado and Rihanna ruled the charts.

It was also the year when I became a true Aly & AJ fan. Of course being in sixth grade at the time, all the girls in my class were fans of them. It was a no-brainer to listen to their music.

But I still remember everything about that album.

I remember loving the edgy guitar riffs and head-banging drums on ‘Insomniatic’. Everything about the song was cool, and looking back it probably set the tone for my love of rock music today. (Okay that’s a slight exaggeration, I did grow up listening to The Rolling Stones 24/7- but that’s beside the point.)

I remember jamming to the dance-ready ‘Like Whoa’ with its upbeat energy. Reviewer Todd Sterling had accurately described ‘Like Whoaas “a penetrating, bass driven cut compares the sensation of falling in love with a rollercoaster ride. The song, lathered in slippery keyboard effects and programmed drums, is a melodically layered chunk of pop candy.”

And I distinctly recall loving the track ‘Closure’ in all its glossy pop glory. Well, I loved it as much as any eleven-year-old could have, without understanding the meaning of the word closure.

So this is a PSA to Aly and AJ, who have changed their name to 78Violet and since released a beautiful folky single back in 2013:

Now as pretty as this song was, I want to see some edgy pop-rock again.

It’s time for Aly and AJ to get back to being the pop princesses we love and remember. Eleven-year-old me would appreciate it.

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How Far Will Miley Cyrus Go As The Host of the MTV VMAs?

Business

18th August 2015

Miley Cyrus has been tapped to host the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards on August 30, but after last year’s Robin Thicke “pop culture crime” occurrence, how far will the singer-songwriter go this time around?

The executive producer of the awards, Jesse Ignajatovic, sat down with Billboard to discuss how MTV will deal with censoring or limiting her. “Miley knows how far she can push things and where it would cross the line. [Whether] it’s language or concepts for a pre-tape that go too far, she’s the first to say, “You probably won’t let me do that.” Ignajatovic continued, “To this point, there hasn’t been anything where you’d need to have a finger on a button ready to press it … She just likes to have fun, and I think it’s going to carry through the whole show. And, of course, she will throw in some surprises.”

“I don’t see this as Miley taking the stage and we’re all concerned about what she’s going to say. I think the opposite: I’m excited for what she’ll say and do as host. Miley Cyrus is the epitome of the VMAs.”

The MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Los Angeles’  Microsoft Theater at 9/8c with Cyrus and the only announced performer as of now, The Weeknd, on August 30, 2015.

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Album Review: Every Open Eye // CHVRCHES

News

11th August 2015

Last month, CHVRCHES released ‘Leave A Trace’ which is the first single from their brand new album, Every Open Eye.

Their previous album ‘The Bones Of What You Believe In’ was a huge success together with the song ‘The Mother We Share’ which was featured on the album.

Leave A Trace’ has been on repeat for the past week for me. It has an electrifying beat with Lauren Mayberry’s (Lead Vocals) amazing voice. The harmonies in the line ‘And I’ll Admit I Got It Wrong’ sounds amazing accompanying the beat of the song. After hearing this track, I already know that the upcoming album is going to be as good as the first.

Overall, ‘Leave A Trace’ is another great single by CHVRCHES and it’s definitely one to be added into your playlists if you have not done so yet. Pre-Order ‘Every Open Eye‘ album on iTunes now and be the first to hear the songs from the upcoming album when they’re being released.

Article by Cristal Faith Lim

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Evolution: The Impact of Music on Society

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4th August 2015

Nowadays, music is expanding in society. It’s a conversation starter, a head-turner, a distraction. While new music is the main interest for the younger generation, we cannot forget how the likes of today’s popular music came into play by looking back at the sweet sounds that rang through our ancestors ear drums.

To go back to 1940 would be somewhat difficult, but we can look at the musicians who fueled that era. After the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Great Depression, the music scene changed, entering an era of big band swing. Glen Miller is one of many iconic musicians of the 40’s with his hit ‘In the Mood’ which consists of a call and response technique, jazz solos and a walking bass holding the piece together. This style celebrated America’s economic recovery as it was up-beat as well as enjoyable to listen and dance to.

The 50’s and 60’s held the introduction of Rock n Roll which included elements of rhythm and blues which originated from Southern America. Along with the powerfully balanced back beat and bold repetition of melodies, this was the start of music that is still prominent today. Artists like world renowned Elvis Presley stood for teen rebellion and independence, creating a new style of song and dance, dissimilar to the tastes of their parents. Of course we cannot forget the Beatles. Quite possibly the most nutorious band to grace the British music scene, the Liverpool role models adapted that of American music to form the style of Art Song. This was known as a collection of different styles throughout the decades generated by musicians following the singers and a contrast between verse and chorus although in keeping with the almost strophic form of song.

Along with flares, baggy jeans and lots of neon (all of which are now back in fashion, much to our parents surprise) the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s saw for some great changes to the stage scene. With the craze of funk, the bass line riffs and syncopated beats carried artists such as James Brown to success with hits such as ‘Papas Got a Brand New Bag’. This made a breakthrough in the dance era as is very prominent in some recent songs, Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars being the most obvious. This similar formation continued in the later decades however music technology added a great deal. Synthesisers layered the music and beats were faster with repetition as a focal point. This was the start of Manufactured Pop which is heavily lead in most chart songs today. The most iconic artist of this time is Michael Jackson with crowd pleaders such as ‘Beat It’, catchy yet powerfully punchy.

So today, the music industry is filled with influences from the past decades which allows musicians to keep up a pattern but also create changes and an ever continuing evolution of what we immerse ourselves with.

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Ones to Watch: Best Coast

Emerging Artists, News, Ones to Watch, Pop, Uncategorised, Videos

30th July 2015

If you picture California nights as being slow and hazy, then American indie-rock duo Best Coast’s third album California Nights is not for you. The record was inspired by artists including The Go-Go’s, Gwen Stefani, and Sugar Ray. With anthemic garage-band pop power ballads, one can see their musical inspirations shine through effortlessly.

The indie-rock duo, comprised of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno is receiving praise from critics everywhere, especially after their stunning performance at SXSW in May.

Of the new album, Cosentino told Rolling Stone,”This is the record that we’ve always wanted to make. I’m sure I’ll get sick of these songs at some point. But right now it feels like the universe is aligning.”

The music video for ‘Feeling Okay’ (my favourite song off their record) dropped last week. Check it out below!

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Concert Review: Twenty One Pilots Live in Singapore // ‘Blurryface Tour 2015′

Editors Choice, Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock

21st July 2015

I recently attended a Twenty One Pilots concert here in Singapore and below is my review.

But first, if you do not know who Twenty One Pilots are, here’s some background information. The band was formed in 2009 consisting of 2 members, Tyler Joseph and Joshua Dun. Before getting signed with Fueled By Ramen, they released 2 albums called ‘Twenty One Pilots’ and ‘Regional at Best’ in 2011. They then released their signed debut album ‘Vessel’ and most recently this year, ‘BlurryFace’. You can check out our review of ‘Blurryface’ here : ‘Blurryface’ Album review

A short while ago, Twenty One Pilots had their first show in Singapore and it was mind blowing. It consists of amazing lighting in conjunction with Tyler’s strong vocals and Josh drumming with all his might. Considering the fact that Tyler recently had a throat infection which caused them to cancel their show in Taiwan, they put on an amazing performance in Singapore.

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They started off the show with ‘Heavy Dirty Soul’ during which both Tyler and Josh were wearing masks. Once Tyler started rapping and Josh started drumming, the crowd went wild singing along to every word. They then moved on to ‘Stressed out’ followed by ‘Gun For Hands’ , ‘Migraine’ and ‘House Of Gold’.

Tyler came out in his trademark Kimono, Sunglasses, and his ukulele, and did a cover of ‘Bugatti’ by Ace Hood  and ‘All I Do Is Win’ by DJ Khaled before transitioning to ‘We don’t believe what’s on TV ‘, bringing us to the chorus of the song where Josh took out his trumpet accompanying Tyler with the lines ‘I don’t care what’s in your hair/ I just want to know what’s on your mind/I used to say, I want to die before I’m old / But because of you I might think twice.’  before returning back to his drums.

They moved on to ‘ The Judge’ and ‘Lane Boy’. I felt that ‘Lane Boy’ was one of the highlights of the show as, they had us all bend down before having us jump to the crazy lightings and fast beat of the music. It is a song that you would have to experience live yourself to understand. It was one of the craziest moments in the show where you could feel the ground shake.

Photo source : https://twitter.com/twentyonepilots

Photo source : https://twitter.com/twentyonepilots

Following after was ‘Fairly Local’ and ‘ Holding On To You’, which consists of Tyler climbing into the crowd singing the first part of the song. However, due to dangerous circumstances, Tyler went back onto the stage early as someone got hurt. But, even though all that happened, Tyler and Josh did a great job.

This brings us to the next song which made many fans in the crowd scream louder. ‘Fall Away’ is one of the songs from their very first album, ‘ Twenty One Pilots’. Many did not know the lyrics but they still brought energy and sang along to the parts where Tyler would go ‘ I don’t wanna fall, fall away / I don’t wanna fall, fall away / I’ll keep the lights on in this place / Cause I don’t wanna fall, fall away ‘ .

Tyler and Josh started on the next song which was a cover of Bob Marley’s ‘ No Woman, No Cry’ and transitioned to ‘Ride’ before continuing on with ‘ The Run And Go’, which were by the way, all amazing live. They then brought a fan up on stage to do their signature handshake, with her hands and neck painted in black ink, decked out with a red beanie and black from her neck down, she was dressed exactly how Tyler was in their ‘Tear In My Heart’ video. It was amazing to see such dedicated fans at their first ever show in Singapore.

They ended the set with ‘Tear in My Heart’ and ‘Car Radio’ before coming back on stage for an Encore, ending the concert with a bang, performing ‘Trees’. The song ‘Trees’ was absolutely spectacular live. Even though they were meant to play the drums on the crowd, Yes, on the crowd, they did not due to what happened during the song ‘Holding On To You’ earlier in the set. Instead, they placed both drums onto the piano and both Tyler and Josh got up to the piano to hit the drums.

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Photo Source : https://twitter.com/twentyonepilots

Overall, the show was hands down one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. If you’re ever lucky enough to have Twenty One Pilots heading over to your country for a show, do not miss it. If I had another chance, I would for sure do it all over again.

Check out the tour dates here : BlurryFace Tour 

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