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Frank Turner’s Return to Folk: “Haven’t Been Doing So Well”

No artist distinguishes himself quite so well between rebel and music so much as one Frank Turner does. Often consequential in design, his folk-punk-pop rebel acoustic signature sounds has made him a critical and acclaimed artist that has very own fitting niche into the music industry.

Now after his folk-flutter concerted album of Be More Kind in 2018, he’s back in full force post-COVID with his single, Haven’t Been Doing So Well. Almost as if it’s a emphatic discussion about the past pandemic envelopments, it is the start of Frank’s next story with next album, FTHC.

Provocative old-fashioned punk rock at its best with swells of Frank’s traditional folk and lyrical realism, I’m certainly looking forward to a bit of real British music entering the fold again.

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Global Citizen Live: Did you Watch it?

Defend the planet. Defeat poverty.

After so many avid international music artists performing around the world – from New York’s Central Park to the Amazon River in Brazil – for 24 hours, Global Citizen was a magnificent music masterpiece to behold.

After managing to catch a glimpse of Coldplay’s performance -with the tempting cameo of Billie Eilish gracing the stage – before my eyes finally drifted off after 2 in the morning, it got me really inspired to delve into new artists I wouldn’t have heard of before if it weren’t for the event.

Christina and the Queens, Burna Boy and Lang Lang were to name a few.

After such a mass worldwide coverage, did you manage to catch a glimpse of a performance, too?

If so, what was your favourite?

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WARNER MUSIC BUYS BOWIE CATALOGUE

The legendary post 1968-backlog of Bowie’s catalogue now resides with his estate and is being licensed in its entirety to Warner Music. The ownership of who owns what in terms of Bowie’s music has been up in the air for a few years and now so it may finally seem that all direct ownership belongs to a single major record label – as opposed to a mixed bag of past and present albums being owned by more than two record labels.

This of course, brings new creativity and establishment for Bowie and his music. Will there be remastered and edited versions coming in the near future?

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SONG OF THE DAY

The song of the day today is Black Foxxes’, Witch Mountain. An ‘airy’ magnificence which lingers that bit longer even when finished.

Like the swirling atmosphere you begin to imagine at a summit of such a place like ‘Witch Mountain’, the song has a certain sense of odd beauty, uncertainty and important spacing throughout.

Recently discovering Black Foxxes as an iconic indie collective abound with emotion and musical arching, and are certainly prevalent on any chill playlist I wish to play on a weekend afternoon. Best during those overcast kind of days.

Give it a spin – or have a blast through their catalogue so far – and let me know your thoughts on the raw and husky works of Holley and co.

This is BLACK FOXXES.

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Lorde – “Solar Power’ Album Review

Trawling from the back of her sombre tellings of Melodrama back in 2017, sultry soprano superstar Lorde returns with her critically acclaimed brazen-faced album of Solar Power.

Although cheeky at times, it’s remarkably soulful.

Embracing like the warmth of a sun and relaxing like that of a smooth timbre, Lorde encapsulates a summer of love and friendship. Self-titled, Solar Power and Stoned at the Nail Salon portray a rich reimagining of lyricism and clever portrayals of summer anthems that enter familiar waters of how summer anthems often go.

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Welcome to sadness
The temperature is unbearable until you face it
Thank you for flying with Strange Airlines
I will be your tour guide today
Your emotional baggage can be picked up at carousel number 2
Please be careful so that it doesn’t fall onto someone you love
When we’ve reached your final destination
I will leave you to it
You’ll be fine

Secrets from a Girl (Who’s Seen it All) Lorde

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Shedding away the electronic trails of her past works, Lorde becomes more within herself as it features far familiar stripped-back acoustic works of her embellished song-writing, that has been adored ever since she graced us with Royals back in 2013.

Although sounding oddly repetitive at times with the same rhythms coming from the drum kit, the songs are sultry and relaxing enough to get lost in it – all in one big song.