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Song of the Day: The Lumineers – “BRIGHTSIDE”

The sorrowful beauty of indie folk lovers of The Lumineers are back in a new ambient space with their single, BRIGHTSIDE.

From their return from 2019’s III album, The Lumineers are back and heralded with their vibrancy once more. This comes off the back of their fourth album set to release next January in 2022 – and is sparkling excitement in the folklore of folk music.

Ever since their eclectic Hey Ho from their debut, they have gained emphatic status and recognition for the music efforts. Eclipsed by their 2016 album, Cleopatra, BRIGHTSIDE is the coming of age and their fourth instalment in the saga.

You can have a listen to the song below:

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The Power of A New Album

Evening, folks. I thought I would jump on here and share my thoughts with you.

Following from my album review yesterday about The Vaccines’ recent bout of retro cities with Back In Love City, I’ve played it non stop.

Not only have I invested my time into these indie favourites, but I’ve actually invested time in their past albums which I’ve managed to missed or not invested a lot of time into. Trawling through an artists’ past work all the while going back to their recent work is a fantastic way of seeing the artists’ journey through song writing but it also allows the artist to stay relevant and in our minds – all the while benefiting from the influx of listeners, tribes of music purchases and avid watchers of their next leg of tour.

It really shows the power of staying relevant and fresh by creating new music. Especially if that new music is fantastically inventive and ultimately reinvents the artist wheel of their music. It keeps you around for longer!

I’d love for anyone to put me in my place with snarky comments like, “oh well this is why they do it..” and “it’s common knowledge about new music..” but I’d just thought I would share my recent thoughts with you!

Thanks folks.

By the way, The Vaccines are touring in the spring next year across the UK (in case you wondering)!!

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How Important is Social Media to Our Music?

More and more musicians are being told that social media is the key to success in the music industry. But how much does it get in the way of creating our music?

Does it make it any more or any less valued than simply playing the tunes? Do we as grass root level musicians have to become trendsetters over night to gain any wealth of confidence in streaming numbers?

As social media barrages us with video after video, more undoing our creativity and reducing our attention span, will social media be our downfall in it all? After all, will we get through an entire song without skipping?

It seems that anything more than 30 seconds, and we will simply skip!

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Slam Dunk Festival 2021: Local Festival Heroes

After the temptation of not relieving Slam Dunk in 2019, the local favourite festival showcasing the best of ritualistic rock and punk, returned to both locations south and north of England over the weekend for 2021.

With the likes of Don Broco, Frank Turner and While She Sleeps leading the way with hectic headline sets that lit the cities of London and Leeds, it turned to be another massive prospective turning point for live rock music.

Despite some certain health concerns regarding COVID with festival-goers and European bands struggling to get to the festival due to travel restrictions (not to mention Waterparks pulling out of the line-up due to crew staff being COVID positive), it was another world for us to implore into, forget the sadness from last year, and enjoy ourselves again in the world of live music.

Your thoughts: did you go yourself? Did anyone you know went? How did you see the festival? – all positive I hope!

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Let’s Talk: What artist has made you stop in your tracks?

I don’t mean a music artist literally getting in your general path and making you stop, but a genuine sit-down moment, when you’ve looked up from whatever you were doing and sank into the music. Even gone the extra mile and shut your eyes for a few.

If this rarity of music excellence has happened to you, let me know when and the artist, because if it’s no one I’ve heard of before, I will certainly know about them from your perspective!

For me, it’s any thought-provoking mellow hip hop with its slacken grooves, relaxed bass and lush lyricism that melts when spoken. I remember this happened when I listened to Loyle Carner for the first time. Oddly enough, it also happens with any jazz experimental that drives off into a tangent of solo ingenuity. Which, again, makes me melt. Anything that is butter music, essentially.

Thanks all. Have a great weekend.