Categories
2022 album concept album review Alternative Rock Art artist Culture Entertainment music music album music artist Music Awards music band Music Blogger music collaboration music cover Music Festivals music industry music news Music Playlist music review music streaming music support news Rap Review Reviews Rock Rock Music Rock Playlist Summer Music thoughts UK festivals UK Music US Music Vinyl women in the music industry Wordpress World Music Day 2021

The Wombats: “Fix Yourself, Not The World” – Album Review

After finding renowned TikTok success, The Wombats find new form in their Talking Heads-esque style of modern music – without the album being “too pandemic-y.”

Reflecting modestly on the horrors of the past few years in regards to COVID-19, the trio of Matthew Murphy, Tord Øverland Knudsen, and Dan Haggis wanted to keep the bold and fun of Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life interloped with the fragile and fragmented of self-reflection … and the hopes of seeing those lights at the end of the dark, long tunnel.

Murph’s zany lyrics are here in their comfortable masses (“Don’t wanna be talking to myself in a supermarket/Watching myself sink into a carpet somewhere/Don’t wanna end up there”) and truly incorporate an expertly-built album that encompasses new sounds of highs and lows fitted into a Wombat wonder that we’ve all grown accustomed to over the years.

Ever since they shared their love of Joy Division and ultimately forgetting the irony over ten years ago, The Wombats have become a musical – and cultural – phenomenon to the world of indie and rock abound. In the time that an unknown remix of Greek Tragedy came one of those re-used songs used by millions on TikTok, their following and listens skyrocketed and resulted in a profound reflection on their chaotic journey to achieving international fame.

Their fifth instalment is a true telling of captivating songwriting, modest musical moments and a band that are well and truly in the element. With a pre-tour to boot with more to come in the Summer, it will be a year for the ages.

Categories
2022 Album album review Art artist British Music Chart Music Coffee and Music Commentary Controversy in Music Culture Electronic Music Entertainment Folk Music industry support Listening Music live music music music album music artist music band music cover music industry music review UK Music women in the music industry Wordpress

Twin Atlantic: Transparency – Album Review

FIRST WEEK, PLENTY OF NEW 2022 MUSIC: From a change in era to another, there seems to be an apparent monsoon of new music in our midst this week, with the 7th of the day the first Friday into the new year.

______________

Emblazoned in the comfort of remote recording during the time of a pandemic, the album is more of a happy accident rather than that of a cultivated design. Still, the album is bold, abrasive and another synth-inducing powerhouse inciting that of our past tenures from 80s synth-pop and early 00’s dance electronica.

Despite the rapid change in electronica for Twin Atlantic since their underwhelming POWER turned the tide in 2020, this album steers a band in a more compulsive direction with fun one-timers One Man Party and Bang on the Gong simply being ordered to play loud.

It may be a stretch to conclude that the Twin Atlantic of 2011’s Free and 2021’s Transparency are the same band but alas, for a band faltering for new material in their past state of songwriting, any change is a good change. At least they’re evidently making music they love making.

Despite the album being somewhat safe and flat in some places however, the narrative is a feel-good setting with the lads just merely experimenting when forced into a studio during lockdown.

_______________

Sharing fulfilling stories on the absurdity to social media in parenthood, the album is an intriguing and exciting prospect for a new dawn eclipsing onto one of our favourite Glaswegians

LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS BELOW! Any ideas coming to mind?

Categories
Album album concept Art artist Best of British Blog Blogger Thoughts British Music Commentary commercial Culture drums Favourites Film Hidden Gems Let's Talk Listening Music live music love music music album music artist Music Awards Music Blogger music cover Music Festivals Music in Film music industry Music journalism

HAPPY NEW YEAR! What are YOUR plans?

Here’s to 2022, folks! A new year in the making with opportunities, plans and goals galore. What are your long-term plans for this year? Whether it be for your blogging perspective or just general targets in your personal life – do let me know!

As January hits, we look forward to our summer getaways – our gig managements and festival planning, perhaps? Either way, do let me know your thoughts and perusals and we’ll explore them together. It’s perhaps a good idea to jot them down here too .. just to remind you!

Categories
Album album concept album review Alternative Rock Art Best of British Blog Blogger Thoughts Commentary Culture Electronic Music Entertainment Favourites Film Indie Let's Talk Life Listening Music live music music music album music artist Music Blogger music cover music industry music news music nostalgia music review new music UK Music US Music Vinyl Wordpress Writing music

Singles Review: “karma” by Arlie

On this relaxing pyjama-Sunday afternoon, I thought it be best to do another topical singles review by none other than alternative American misfits of Arlie.

Measuring litres-worth of ultra-alternative and dance pop works, Arlie are an American musical group that doesn’t do much by halves. Crashing down to a North America tour next year, the shimmer style of karma is yet another display of fantastical songwriting by a group reaching for new heights.

Braving the storms of breaking UK scenes, Arlie are the sparkling peach water to the surf rock sunshine. Although it’s certainly unusual to discuss a ‘summer-esque’ group deep within the December winters, it’s never too early to start getting excited for Summer all over again.

Categories
Album album concept Art artist Commentary Culture Entertainment music music artist Music Awards music band Music Blogger music cover Music in Film music industry Music journalism Music magazine music news thoughts UK festivals UK Music US Music Vinyl Wordpress World Music Writing music

Grandson’s Until I Come Home: Singles Review

Reclaiming the title of incorporating elements of all kinds of eclectic genres, grandson returns in spectacular fashion with a collaborative side-hustle with Until I Come Home. This comes after his debut album of Death Of An Optimist in 2020. The darkened urgency of Dirty and Identity took the Canadian/American alternative artist, Jordan Benjamin, to new heights.

Another artist to blossom further from the trappings of COVID lockdown, grandson has harnessed a young and keen following ever since his glorified work of blood//water that has now amassed almost over 400 million streaming listens. With his next chapter featuring the addition of Two Feet, will we see more exciting charting artists to come? Worth a listen.