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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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Artist Spotlight: Black Honey

Similar to that of Black Honey, this indie-grudge grunge quartet are as viscous in their bold music-beatings as they are as sweet in their intriguing delivery.

Tough acts of “Beaches”, “All My Pride”, “Corrine” and “I Like The Way You Die,” are what makes this Brighton collective so unique and wild in their coming-of-age industry story. Love, lust, hate and all-between.

Another band is rising into the limelight showcasing a boss bitch frontman and a no-nonsense attitude knowing exactly what they want.

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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.

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Everything Everything: New Explosion of Life

Despite the portrayal with their inquisitive name, Everything Everything don’t like to repeat the same thing twice.

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Making music with purpose is music worth listening. Beautifully poetic and provocative, the indie-rock dwellers have been creating unique and out of the ordinary music since 2010. Ever since I picked up Man Alive, I knew I was dealing with a band that rightly slotted into their own genre of sorts.

Big-tune brilliance that tease and taunt you with their odd compositions and structure, Man Alive is a brilliant album that I still enjoy to this day. The shrill beauty of the vocal range to the exquisite use of electronic samples to the frantic indie-familiarity of the plectrum on electronic guitars – all four components all shape up to an extraordinary band.

Shortly after their debut, Arc landed in 2013. Still emphatic with their experimental sounds enough to throw you in the lurch, Arc had a more laid-back approach, certainly taking appreciative notes from their smooth counterparts of Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave that came out a year prior.

Their name really started to shine above the rest when they released Get To Heaven in 2015.

Get To Heaven: Album Cover

Warm, funkadelic and beautifully written, it featured Distant Past, Get To Heaven and Regret that ultimately catapulted the band to the next level of warranting a bigger fan base than they already had. They kept up with their momentum with A Fever Dream in 2017.

In an otherwise opposing force to Get To Heaven, drawing inspiration from Yorke’s Radiohead, the album still managed to bag a top 10 in the charts. Their most literate work yet, RE-ANIMATOR was released last year. In what may call a new creative chapter for the band – after signing with their own label AWAL – it trawls on electronic masterminds of the ’80s, with Arch Enemy, Planets and Violent Sun, becoming the stellar stand-outs.

Every album venture is a new proposal, a new journey and a new angle to writing music … worth every listen.