Gorillaz Are On Fire

18 Jun

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After a six-year gap between its last two albums (Humanz was released last year), Gorillaz is on the heels of The Now Now, the band’s sixth studio album, which will be released on June 29. Why such a quick turnaround? Well, for all intents and purposes, it seems like Damon Albarn, Blur frontman and Gorillaz lead, feels like he is getting old, and he might as well release as much as he can without waiting another seven years like the last album gap. Seems reasonable enough.

What is not aging is the music. Gorillaz is one of those rare bands that continues findings itself on the cutting edge of music. “Fire Flies,” one of the tracks off the new album, is no exception.

My favorite Gorillaz track in a while, “Fire Flies” takes on a Demon Days feel with its sultry darkness, fit with heavy bass, dreamy synth, and excellent vocal. The persistent rhythm is produced with classic Gorillaz flair, a euphonious concoction of melody. It’s just a tremendous track, continued proof that Gorillaz will keep popping out excellent tunes for as long as they decide to proceed as a group.

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Sebastian O Reveals Rock Sound In Latest Album In Your Room

10 Jun

When taking a listen to In Your Room, one can hear all the beautiful melodies that this Italian musician makes sure to highlight in his music. From the various instruments that make their appearance on the album and the raw and real sound, Sebastian speaks to those who listen with an open mind and open heart. Comparing his vocals to the likes of Conor Oberst, Devendra Banhart, and Turin Brakes, Sebastian carries his strong musicianship with a powerful force. In regards to his writing approach, Sebastian approaches the song writing process as a flow of thoughts leaving the music he creates to be something so much more than just lyrics on a page. Adding no extra editing or tuning makes In Your Room something even more special for listeners wanting to hear original and fresh music. With a different approach than most musicians, listeners should be eagerly awaiting his newest creation.

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Metaspion Revives Scandinavian Tradition With Folk & Electronic Sound

7 Jun

Merging the world of Scandinavian sound with folk and electronic beats make listeners intrigued as they listen to Metaspion’s album Folktronika Schmolkfonika. With violins and a distinct sound within their music, one can hear the worldly and gothic tone that their music carries. When thinking about artists that are similar, musicians within the gothic genre stand out. Spooky Black, Crystal Castles, and a dash of Dresden Dolls all come to mind throughout the album. Alongside these similarities, the characteristics of EDM and lo-fi rock make their cameos as well. Formed by Morten Richter, he created the band out of a yearning to get back into music after a hiatus from the music industry. Previously being a lead performer of a glam rock band, Metaspion carries a different vibe. The name translates to meta- about itself, and spion which means spy. Richter cites that it evolved as a result of therapy sessions and seeking within. With plans to maintain the interest in Norwegian music and sound, Richter will be releasing another album, complete with more unique instruments, distinct sound, and an unwavering passion to spread the word of a music maker.

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Track below is from Metaspion’s album Old Rules Don’t Apply

Suki Rae & Company Channels Lightheartedness Within Album Can’t Stop Now

6 Jun

Suki Rae & Company brings an aura of activism and a free spirit within her album Can’t Stop Now. Mixing the elements of eclecticism and easy listening melodies, Suki’s music has all the characteristics of traditional folk music with an eclectic twist. Within Can’t Stop Now, powerful vocals and a robust musical arrangement crafts an universal sound. Having a background in musical theater  adds to the sound as well on the album, characterized by larger than life vocals and elaborate storytelling. From singing about struggles, powering through, and appreciating the world, Can’t Stop Now not only inspires, but reveals the many styles and sounds of Suki Rae & Company.

 

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Crooked Flower Proves Grunge Rock Is Timeless With Newest EP Darkness & Light

6 Jun

Crooked Flower brings their rock and grunge sound to light in their album Darkness and Light. With lyrics that are reflective and full of grit, listeners will find that their sound is very similar to Natalie Imbruglia, Paramore, No Doubt, and a dash of vocal talents of Amy Lee from Evanescence. The casual style of writing and vivid descriptions through the four track EP draws you in and keeps you listening. A standout lyric within the album includes “I still see you, still I see you there, I don’t need you, I don’t even care”. The vocal talents of Angela Dang and the musical arrangement together yield a standout and distinct sound that is distinctively Crooked Flower. Overall, Darkness and Light brings that 1990s grunge rock and 2018 embraces that with open arms.

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*Track Is From Crooked Flower’s previous album, Between Two Stars

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