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Discover Weekly: Your Weekly Music Round-Up

Happy Saturday, folks! I hope you have some wonderful plans in store for this yearly Summer. With plans in mind, why not take a glance at some recommended singles below? All in the wondrous form of a collective story-playlist!

A collective of songs resembling those stark-naked dreams sprawled out on the beach, the radiant sunshine glaring its blinding beams down at you. And you, reflecting on nothing but the tide coming in …

Flip-phone-fantasy Ocean Grove’s SHIMMER kicks things off during this dream. This is followed with the far more relaxed – but no more than limiting – Bad Dream Baby by five-piece funkoids, Hippo Campus as you begin to wonder whether you’re in a dream … or a nightmare. Is that wave showing the attributes of something bigger? Resounding positivity seeps in again though as you understand that its your dream, you can muster up anything you like. Shangrila’s Happy echoes on in the background as your most treasured loved ones appear beside you on the sand, sprawled out just like you – although may not as stark-naked… Strawberry Lace’s Jungle is next up in your earholes, a psychedelic beginning of reflection and simply accepting the waves to wash over your sprawling self. Cathartic in all the right ways, beautiful compositions turn to the emphatic finale of All Tvvins’ Something Special. Summers can become something special with all the right people. These songs are the perfect accompaniment to such a season. Hopefully, you can find one amongst this lot that stays an avid rinse-and-repeat of yours.. !

Here’s to the Summer of 2022!

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Spector: ‘Now or Whenever’ – Album Review

With the 2022 train of new music not seemingly stopping for a breath, we take a look at no-holds-barred, straight-arrow Spector rock with ‘Now or Whenever’.

Popularised with their splashy singles of Chevy Thunder and All the Sad Young Men from respective albums Enjoy it While it Lasts and Moth Boys, the London boys themselves return after a year hiatus with feelings of mutual melancholy.

‘Now or Whenever’ – fourth studio album

Alas, despite this, with an album stripped back allowing personalities to shine, it sits uncomfortably in an array of song assortments, stuffed in the same bag all to find the cheapest – and easiest – method to the counter. The highlights come half hour into the album with No One Knows Better and D-Roy only bringing back reminiscence of the Spector we saw on their youthful debut. With this being the bands’ first live album, the ideas are certainly there creatively, but nothing holds true together as a full package with it coming across more as a jamming session than anything more meaningful.

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Whether or not it was simply for this reason or something just didn’t glue together after being offline for so many months, I think I’ll stick with Spector … driving confidently in the Chevy.

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Not the best thing to come out of 2022, but still a seemingly enjoyable straight-edged rock album nonetheless. With no striking elements to keep me coming back, I think this one will be shelved for now. Who knows, maybe the spruce needed is in a live setting? Here’s hoping.

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New Year, New Music: What’s in Store for Music in 2022?

As we bypass the festivities of Christmas and chart a course to New Years, it is ample opportunity to think ahead into the new year of 2022 and see where we are at with music and our industry.

WITH NFTS AND TIKTOK ABOUND in amenities and rife pipelines for artist directory and workflow, live music will plan a course back to its 2019 numbers and regain momentum again as we ramp up to the summer season with festivals stretching far and wide across the UK.

With uncertainty among variants emerging in the winter months, time will tell if Glastonbury is going to be held this time at Worthy Farm. With Glastonbury emerging as a necessary funding asset to the funds of our industry and our artists – aswell as our worthy charities, many are hoping that the festivals alike will return next Summer.

As more and more licensing deals are made and more and more artists begin to sell their catalogues in one swift swoop, would you hedge a guess that they know something that us as the general public do not?

If it’s any year to take the plunge and strive forward with your music, it’s this one. With prevalent artists like Arctic Monkeys and Machine Gun Kelly confirming a return to form – but no date set – we look to those artists that should really be on your radar come the first quarter of 2022:

Audacious indie-rock trio of The Wombats return with their sickle album, Fix Yourself, Not The World in January. The likes of Band of Horses and Billy Talent follow shortly after with Things Are Great and Crisis of Faith respectively. Bastille bring up the rear leading the forefront of a electro-synth wave pop cacophony with Give Me The Future and Korn’s Requiem sees the hard metal eyeglass in February. For fans alike, Alt-J‘s The Dream and Frank Turner‘s FTHC sees excitement build as the three-year hiatus for both artists come to a wonderful end.

As we enter the Spring season of March, we see familiar favourites with The Stereophonics and Bryan Adams rekindling old flames and charting history into another year of music. April comes and go with Jack White’s Fear of the Dawn and Bloc Party’s Alpha Games, while we start to see the list become shorter and shorter as we near the start of Summer. Undecided and unannounced, there is certainly more to come that we’ve been waiting for from our favourites. Including Liam Gallagher’s third studio work with C’mon You Know in May.

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Let me know what you’re looking forward to most in 2022!

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Let’s Talk: Should the music industry be doing MORE to support climate change?

Hello folks. Hope your mid week madness is going well so far. We’re gathering a little bit of political momentum with this talk today.

With the three major labels set to join leading indies in pledging to halve emissions by 2030 before achieving neutrality, it brings about a new conversation into the mix. Should we be doing more amongst it all to help our Earth recover?

The initial thoughts came first when Coldplay announced their eco-friendly world tour – and now it seems more global figures spearheading in the industry are following suit. More and more artists certainly need to get involved and share their feelings in terms of saving the planet cohesively aswell as sharing their best music work.

Should the industry – artists, workers and professionals included – be doing more to support our dying world? Let me know your thoughts.

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ISLAND: “Yesterday Park” – Album Review

We’re no strangers with the work of ISLAND on here.

Encompassing the soothing tones of underground indie/alternative rock scenes in dingy London studios, we have felt at one with this band before with their eclectic debut, Feels Like Air in 2018 – a story directly inspired from the time on the road.

Following their success story from Feels Like Air, enters an unlikely follow-up of Yesterday Park. With the debut embracing the feeling with freedom, this one couldn’t be more of the polar opposite. Recorded within a semi-lockdown of sorts, Yesterday Park is a self-reflective and a more emotive visioning of our music industry during a time where there wasn’t technically an industry to wave the flag under.

Wishing for longer days in our lifetime (“They’re telling me the world has caught on fire/But I can’t see a single frown outside/Where did my young days go?”) to reflecting on when forgotten moments were “simpler” (“Hey, yeah, do you remember the times?/we said that the city was yours and mine/Hey, yeah, do you remember the times? /We’d forget the world and just stare at the sky,”) is nothing for a longing to dream again.