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What’s New: Your Friday Releases

So comes around another Friday, which inevitably means new music to sink our teeth into. Included, are two of the most popular musicians to surface from the industry. Let me know what upcoming project, pre-released single drops you are most excited for!

Have a gander at a few of the best picked out below:

  • Stylistic and sleek, brother of bigger sister Eilish, FINNEAS steps into the spotlight with his imperious new debut, Optimist.
  • ADELE returns to music for the first time in 6 years with her new single, Easy on Me. With a tempting new album on the horizon in November, this song has been sat on and questioned since 2019. It’s finally here – and what better way for Adele to embark on her final journey.
  • COLDPLAY brave the cold with an October release, Music of the Spheres. Imploring the narration of sustainability to ensure the future of our Universe – with a self-sourced tour to boot – their ninth studio album has an undeniably atmospheric impact.
  • Two of my faves, both THE WOMBATS and DON BROCO give us a Friday feeling with more preemptive single releases before their scheduled albums drop. A seemingly good partnership between the two, both Endorphins and Ready for the High are rife-and-ready singles – which put in a good word for the albums to do the same.

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Coldplay: Is an “Eco-friendly World Tour” a Pointless Expedition?

In a new universal chapter of sustainability for the band, Coldplay are set to go ahead with their first world tour in five years next year all part of their eco-friendly plans of reducing their carbon footprint as a music collective.

But … why even tour at all?

That’s the question. Recently, Chris Martin confessed that this was the ulterior backlash that they’ve been receiving since announcing this tour. Much to the satisfaction of those doubters, he answered quite simply, because he wants to. Which, much to the bemusement of others, I totally get. It’s been over five years since they last toured and the true connection you can feel between band and fan in a live setting is a fantastic moment that they sorely wouldn’t want to miss for another few years.

Besides, huge musicians do not even attempt to be eco-friendly or even remotely sustainable when they do their own world tours, so I say I’m all for it if bands wish to try it out.

Despite the band still travelling in their own private jets – which is, slightly ironic – Martin has informed us all that us as fans will be on “kinetic flooring,” which basically means that we’ll be powering the gig – lights and all – ourselves with our frantic movement and fanatic screaming.

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“The more people move, the more they’re helping. You know when the frontman says, ‘We need you to jump up and down’?

“When I say that, I literally really need you to jump up and down. Because if you don’t, then the lights go out.”

– Chris Martin

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For a carbon neutral tour tackling climate change, they also plan to:

  • provide best environmental practices like installing aerated taps and low-flushing toilets.
  • Set itself will be made of materials with perfect environment credentials like bamboo
  • Lighting effects have been “modified” to be more energy efficient
  • An app will allow fans to plan their journey with lowest possible emissions – and even get a discount code to use in the venue if they follow through with it.
  • The big ticket: Coldplay themselves will plant a tree for every ticket sold. Based on their last tour, that would work out to be 5.4 million trees around the world.

With it being a truly “atmospheric” and “ethereal” album set to be released tomorrow by the name of Music of the Spheres, the eco-friendly tour will hopefully reflect the true idealism of the album when the guys created it.

The tour is set to start in March next year in Costa Rica, a country which is known for the highest rates of renewable energy generation across the world.

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Your Next Artist: Too Many Zooz

An origin story for the ages. A cacophony of interloping saxophones, trumpets and low bass growls of whatever else. A perfect audio salad.

Derived from the hustle of bustle of New York’s subways busking to the delights of the uninterested congregation of the capitals’ inhabitants and commuters, Too Many Zooz bring a phenomena to the world of music that is nothing but a joyous occasion to get involved with.

Essentially, they smash alternatives of jazz, funk, Afro-cuban rhythms and EDM house music to bring a new eclectic style of the weird and wonderful. Refreshingly chaotic, they have trawled from the steeples of New York’s subway system to the glorious ground-level venues across a tour of Europe in May 2022.

With this tour, comes a huge following of admiration and fanatic frenzy ever since they first uploaded to the world of YouTube. Charting millions of views with their brazen public performances, they are certainly a force to be reckoned with – and it looks like they have no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

Escapades of Warriors, Pink Yesterday and Subway Gawdz bring with it a crisis on our hands. Why on Gods green Earth is there no other bands like this? Thank God for Too Many Zooz.

So. damn. fun.

http://toomanyzooz.com/

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Artist Spotlight: The Magic of Everything Everything

Two words come to mind whenever I listen to an Everything Everything album. Beautiful and provocative.

As I sit here writing this up – feeling somewhat inspired as their eclectic fourth album is spinning in the background behind me – I felt like it was the opportune moment to write a few words on how influential Everything Everything have been for me as my music taste has evolved and moulded over time.

Big-tune indie brilliance, Everything Everything are a rare offering for a band that does not fit within the barometers of genres, type or comparison.

Wonderment in colour, Everything Everything create thought-provoking and conceptual music that always takes me away to a somewhat mythical and mysterious world – even though they are a few and far-between an actual concept album. Especially for me, I have to play their works in full. From the first track of often fast soothe-sayer indie control to the harrowing and slow-tuned vibes of the last, their music is always accompanied with a partner side-by-side.

This has been consistent throughout their careers in the industry, too.

From when I picked up their debut of Man Alive way back in 2010 on the shelves of the now run-down HMV store in my home town, to sticking with the bands’ creativity with Arc in 2013. Even when the incessant turn-around of popular third release Get To Heaven and A Fever Dream came out with a mere four years apart, I was still happily enthralled and transfixed with their music as I was as a young boy when I first played them close to 12 years ago.

The more and more I talk about these guys, the more I begin to realise that they are easily one of my favourite bands to ever surface in the music industry. I feel somewhat dirty saying that, and empathise for the other legendary acts in the past who may feel cheated on for this, but I cannot deny the truth.

True marvels and music connoisseurs, I recommend giving them a listen – especially with a hot cup of cocoa on a cool winters’ evening.

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Red Hot Chill Peppers and their Return to Music

In a brazen news media “frenzy” announcement plastered across social media, Red Hot Chilli Peppers have declared their return to the industry with a mass European and American tour in 2022 – with new music undoubtedly on the way, too.

With John Frusciante returning to the guitarists’ helm, the question is – will you make the effort to go see them live?