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Song of the Day: Pacific Avenue’s Something Good

Drawn from their 2019 debut EP, Strawberry Skies, it emphasises our love of summer, traditional holidays in the sun, and taking life one relaxing day at a time.

The Australian 4-piece brings fantastic contemporary indie flavours and blends of timeless rock that stays fresh in the sunlight. “Something Good” is the epitome of their work so far, as it demonstrates their knack of rock calling and have become one of the best emerging talents in the Aussie country.

Plenty to bring too, with their recent flurry of excitement, Easy Love – which is another timeless indie summer classic.

You could very well argue how oversaturated we are already with summer indie tunes. But, there’s definitely a reason as to why there’s so many compilations abound.

We simply can’t get enough of ‘em.

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easy life – ‘life’s a beach’ Album Review

Dowsed in nothing but sunshine, Easy Life implore us to return to the meandering waves of beautiful modern living with their debut, Life’s A Beach.

Ever since their debut single, Pockets, blew up online in 2017, they have been triumphantly souring into everyone else’s pockets as their installation of melodic indie pop/hip-hop hybrid of indulgence is added to playlist favourites.

We first heard the boys’ fascination with the seaside from their debut EP, creature habits mixtape with Ice Cream in 2018. Signing to Island Records the following year, brought about more musings of modern life as they craft classics like, nice guys, dead celebrities and sangria with fellow lush-romantic, Arlo Parks.

After their anticipated EP, Junk Food in 2020, it would only be a matter of time before their debut was created. Hence, one year on, here we are. With us in the UK edging further towards a sense of normality with adventures, holidays and enjoyment, this album couldn’t have come at a better time for us all. A perfect ample-soundtrack for beach lovers, it is a true enriching compliment of their past crafting aswell as their future sounds.

The FIRST segment is the slow descent into missing your chance on the train back home with ocean view, annoying familiarity with it all in skeletons and thinking of love lost with daydreams.

The SECOND segment of the album is one of sombre intrigue and melancholic flavourings that we have not really heard from their style as of yet.

The juxtaposition in the relationship tale between optimistic have a great day to wishful thinking daydreams and finally to the sinking-ship familiarity in lifeboat – it a fantastic journey.

Much like its album artwork of the bobbing car in the beautiful blue, the album’s concept teeters on uncertainty and tranquility with heartbreak at the coast.

Despite the bubbly potion-pourings of delight, lyricist Murray draws on its sombre stories of mental health and modern living issues.

… After all in the end, life’s a beach is a surprising reminder that despite all its beauty, the seaside can be a pipe-dream, eventually trawling us into a nightmarish landscape – all the while, giving us everlasting hope of having a taste of the old …

Witty and poignant, life’s a beach is such a pleasure to listen to.

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Everything Everything: New Explosion of Life

Despite the portrayal with their inquisitive name, Everything Everything don’t like to repeat the same thing twice.

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Making music with purpose is music worth listening. Beautifully poetic and provocative, the indie-rock dwellers have been creating unique and out of the ordinary music since 2010. Ever since I picked up Man Alive, I knew I was dealing with a band that rightly slotted into their own genre of sorts.

Big-tune brilliance that tease and taunt you with their odd compositions and structure, Man Alive is a brilliant album that I still enjoy to this day. The shrill beauty of the vocal range to the exquisite use of electronic samples to the frantic indie-familiarity of the plectrum on electronic guitars – all four components all shape up to an extraordinary band.

Shortly after their debut, Arc landed in 2013. Still emphatic with their experimental sounds enough to throw you in the lurch, Arc had a more laid-back approach, certainly taking appreciative notes from their smooth counterparts of Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave that came out a year prior.

Their name really started to shine above the rest when they released Get To Heaven in 2015.

Get To Heaven: Album Cover

Warm, funkadelic and beautifully written, it featured Distant Past, Get To Heaven and Regret that ultimately catapulted the band to the next level of warranting a bigger fan base than they already had. They kept up with their momentum with A Fever Dream in 2017.

In an otherwise opposing force to Get To Heaven, drawing inspiration from Yorke’s Radiohead, the album still managed to bag a top 10 in the charts. Their most literate work yet, RE-ANIMATOR was released last year. In what may call a new creative chapter for the band – after signing with their own label AWAL – it trawls on electronic masterminds of the ’80s, with Arch Enemy, Planets and Violent Sun, becoming the stellar stand-outs.

Every album venture is a new proposal, a new journey and a new angle to writing music … worth every listen.

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Artist Spotlight: Strawberry Lace

Better watch out: those guitar hooks are set to reel you in, if you’re not careful.

Alternative 4-piece outfit tapping into the workshop of indie rock creativity, Strawberry Lace are creating music that is simply fun. This unmistakable blend of genres is a showing of that with their song-writing. How each song creates a different appealing side to a band who, through each song they deliver, comes many stories to their name, craft and songwriting work. They’ve been on my radar for a fair while and since they’ve released Wake Up recently, they’ve entered my peripherals yet again and have certainly stayed there.

Their sheer numbers gathered on streaming giants, Spotify, shows just how lovable their music has become within such a short time. The music is effortless at times, with the trailblazing drums setting such a fantastic tone throughout. Dipping their toes every so now and then with indie familiarities with SUGARTHIEF and The Night Cafe, Strawberry Lace are a band you’d not want to forget anytime soon. All of it is so so clever too – from the song structure, to the tone and tempo, they are on my HOTLIST! Question is, will they be on yours too?

Ever Be – Strawberry Lace