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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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Tyler, The Creator – CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST: Album Review

A true connoisseur, Tyler The Creator has created his Igor-follow up with CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST.

Best picks: CORSO, WUSYANAME, WILSHIRE, LUMBERJACK

Gorgeous, hip, outlandish and perfectly Tyler, the seemless – and quite frankly, flawless – album transitions from one breadth to another, with the outros blending perfectly into another deflective motion of the album dialogue. This time, it’s the bodacious star of Sir Baudelaire.

The wacky, indigenous instrumentals and the lyrical ingenuity that we hear in Hot Wind Blows, MANIFESTO and RISE! is the perfect radio soundtrack riding in our Cadillac’s and Pegassi’s in Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto.

In what may have been a difficult turnaround for Tyler to adapt from after writing the stellar concept of Igor, Tyler has made the executive decision of blending the elites of Goblin, Cherry Bomb, Flower Boy and Igor into a fantastic trope of easy-listenin’ lo-fi hip-hop that just is so fun to play. You can certainly he had fun making it, too.

With many others thinking that CMIUGL is the apotheosis of his past art, I couldn’t agree with them more. It has glimpses of old Tyler and new Tyler that is beneficial to all fans of the artistic evolution that is .. Tyler, The Creator.

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Sleep Token – ‘Sundowning’ Album Review

Eternally divinine, Sleep Token are one of the most unique new underground acts in the heavy rock and progressive metal heading to leave its quarters of worship and share its beauty with us.

Definitive, powerful and expertly put together, Sundowning is one of my favourites that I just keep coming back to, simply to relive. I implore everyone else to do the same.

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But, don’t be put off by the glorious display of devil-like incarnations, this album is not to be trifled or spited with. Like inhabited spirits, they simply create abounding music – and simply worship those creatives before them.

Like carefully aligned pieces of music, for me, the album invokes a masterpiece – and I love it. Beautiful melodic performances, a sorrowful vocalist, the precisely-timed chaos of the arching drums, and the illusion and mystery that invokes such a piece is enough to upkeep conversations going about just how strong the progressive-metal scene is in the UK.

The sheer anonymity of the British collective just adds further to the mystery, too. Songs such as, The Offering, Dark Signs and The Night Does Not Belong to God are somewhat showing their worship to an ancient deity that can only be identified by ‘Sleep’, who appeared to the band’s lead singer, ‘Vessel’, in a dream.

I know about it just as much as you do, but you’ve got to admit it’s pretty darn cool. But where frantic progressive-metal reins in their expressiveness, moments of fleeting beauty appear so softly in the ambient tranquil of such songs like, Levitate and Give.

The album does not begin to falter though, with elements of rage – maybe due to the lack of worshipping to their inhabitants – driving us straight into Gods and Say That You Will. The full 12-listing of the album ends with a beauty that I can’t stop repeating – Blood Sugar. A chorus of melodic piano, a hymn of vocals and progressive rhythmic art, it’s a worthy contender to end it right.

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If they’re planning on delighting the Gods with this as The Offering, the Vessel, and his collaborative collective, should be mightily satisfied with their efforts.

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Twenty One Pilots – ‘Scaled and Icy’ Review

Dynamic duo find their happy place – but falls flat within an empty attempt compared to their past work.

Much like its album name, Scaled and Icy, has flairs of happy-go-lucky fleeting moments, but ultimately feels like a hollow skeleton of their former selves.

Known for their compelling thought-provoking moments on mental health with lyrical ingenuity and complex albums like Blurryface, Scaled and Icy is not even in the same Vessel as their former counterparts.

Awash of hollow prude-pop with Good Day and Saturday, it is somewhat a disappointing return to music from Tyler and Josh. Almost as if they were pressured to release a studio album this year from their label, it is an unimaginative colourful mess, and quite a shame. The only moments to talk about would either be the singles prior to the album, Choker, Shy Away and possibly, Mulberry Street.

I managed to grab a full play-through of the album on my way back from work on the train, and it certainly made the trip a far more disappointing commute.

For me, it is just worthy of an honory mention simply for their legacy, but it is an absent contender within their integral identity.

I’ll be heading back to 2013’s Vessel. Hmu if you agree. If so, see you there.

Sorry boys, just not for me, this one.
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Let’s Talk: Can song lyrics be considered as a form of poetry?

We’re all familiar on here with the power of poetry and the part it plays upon us bloggers. We love it and can’t get enough of it. So in the same breadth of enthusiasm and high drive of inspiration, I today, ask you this: can our most beloved song lyrics be seen as the same?

From Say Something, to the Power of Love and finally ending with the likes of My Immortal, song lyricism is a strong – and often depending factor – on how we connect with a song and its literate story. You can certainly say that the thoughts of one musician are very similar to that of one poet or screenwriter. Emphatic, troubled and majorly inspired to produce work that others can connect with on an emotional level. But what ultimately separates to the two forms of art? What makes poetry and what makes lyricism suitable for a song? Whether it be that poetry is more on a commendable level of understanding or song lyrics are created in a more ‘simple’ way so mass audiences can understand it too, is certainly something worth thinking about.

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“Why is the bedroom so cold turned away on your side?

Is my timing that flawed, our respect run so dry?”

Joy Divison, Joy Will Tear Us Apart

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What’s the difference between the two? Is there comparable arguments or will the two remain indifferent between one another?

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You used to captivate me by your resonating light
Now, I’m bound by the life you left behind
Your face it haunts my once pleasant dreams
Your voice it chased away all the sanity in me

My Immortal, Ben Moody

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By all means, let me know what you think to this one – make me aware of any noteworthy song lyrics that you feel should be seen as poetry and we’ll have a good ol’ discussion about it. Happy Wednesday.

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Into playlists? Lo and behold, I made a few of my own. Check them out below.

25 tracks to melt away too. We’ll see you soon NY. Melt Jazz

For the pissed-off playlist if you want to just simply rock? Welcome, this is for you. Trainwreck Rock