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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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The Vaccines – “Back in Love City” Album Review

“If I push any more buttons, I’ll delete ya.”

Set against a fictional metropolis, “Back in Love City” is the visceral Vaccines next eclectic work of catchy emphatics that run riot with the prospect of being in the same interstellar space as their debut – way back in 2011.

With 2018’s Combat in Sports seemingly missing the mark with their hard-fledging fans, they had something to prove with their fifth album instalment. Much like a concept album of those Los Angeles city lights and those futuristic hotels in Tokyo, Back in Love City is another anthemic indie combustion that retells the band’s fascination and romanticism of America.

Back in Love City, Alone Star and Jump off the Top are true Vaccine classico-romantics, whilst Paranormal Romance has a certain western vibe to it, lassoing in and out of a dusty-land fairytale. El Paso has – you guessed it – tressilo Spanish rhythms that again, reveals the nature of being in your own designated world.

The lead single, Headphones Baby is the telling of exactly that. {I wanna live inside your headphones, baby/I wanna live inside a world, wherever you are.} Bringing the sparkle of an dystopian future with nothing but electronics to keep us powered, it is not only a fresh telling of band who have still got a knack for writing great songs, but its inventiveness and ethereal thought-prowess throughout demonstrates that this band are nowhere near past their prime yet. Even after 11 years.

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Artist Spotlight: Plini

As prestigious from his masterclasses to his independency in artistry and musicianship, Plini is one artist who is a devoted forward-thinker and has created a magnificent blend of instrumental progressive rock.

All hand-crafted and recorded from his own bedroom studio.

FIRST THOUGHTS

Truth be told, instrumental prog rock is never a genre I have tapped into almost entirely during a music session. But, holy hell. What an artist to discover this genre. A mind-bending genre in its own right.

Beautifully harmonic, illustrious in creativity and composure, Plini is a mastermind on the guitar.

Using oh, so many strings and no headstock allowing you as a musician to manipulate its work that little bit more, his craft is a complex cavity of musical brilliance that is flawless and – hard to grasp when you realise its just one Australian fella behind it all.

LISTEN

You can have a listen to his EP from last year named, Impulse Voices below. This most recent display of work shows off the sunset offerings of I’ll Tell You Someday and The Glass Bead Game. Going back further, is the witnessing of 2016’s EP of Handmade Cities. An album that is far more contemplative and reserved than his follow-up, it features Electric Sunrise and Every Piece Matters.

Even if you were not an avid investor of progressive rock similar to myself, I implore you to have a listen. …Even if it’s just for a couple?

Handmade Cities:

Impulse Voices:

For something extra, witness Plini’s mindset as he takes a walkthrough of his song, Pan.

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Imagine Dragons: ‘Mercury – Act 1’ Album Review

The Return of the Indie Mythicals is FINALLY HERE! Dowsed in feelings of beautiful sorrow and emotion, Mercury – Act 1 takes us to a side of the group we haven’t really heard of before.

Featuring the usual individual in spectacular locations – from GiantsCauseway in 2012’s debut to rising in the sky among the colours of the rainbow in 2017’s Evolve – the album is a pinnacle Dragon discovery of charm, class and hideously catchy indie pop waves of beauty.

The fond pre-singles of Wrecked, Follow You and Cutthroat are obvious favourites among the album, resulting an impressive record of stream listens. This of course, harks back to their familiar song-writing skill that are known for just creating instant classics that will be certainly remembers in the coming years.

The album features a more elaborated dissonance with the use of synth electronics and creative sounds dominating a lot of the tracks, with Giants and Monday being my instant go-to so far. It seems that Reynolds plucked a leaf out of Tyler’s book from Twenty One Pilots for this record, as the dark storytelling with the occasional harmonious and chaotic screaming ark through the 13 track setlist. This is not necessarily bad thing per se, as I love this style of music writing more so than ever.

This is not a particular charm of theirs that draws me to their music but its understandable that it appears on this album, especially after the natural progression from Origins in 2018 to now.

But, it isn’t too long before the mystical quartet remembers their true sounds and they’re back to their acoustic best with My Life and It’s Ok and One Day. More importantly of all, shock entry Dull Knives certainly needs a mention as this is an emphatic change for the bright-pop dwellers but I’m all for it.

I genuinely love the feel of this album and has certain stir-crazy moments that is a joy to listen to. Another stellar performance from the LA guys for their fifth studio attempt. Nothing rings more true than their Demons debut, but this is certainly not bad going considering.