Categories
Acoustic Album album concept album review Alternative Rock Arlo Parks Art artist Best of British British Music cover art Culture Entertainment Indie music music artist Music Playlist Pop Music Rock Playlist Summer Music

Album of the Summer: Arlo Parks’ Collapsed in Sunbeams

Despite it being a fairly recent release as it came out earlier this year, Arlo Parks’ Collapsed in Sunbeams is a perfect storytelling soundtrack of luscious expressive indie-pop that encompasses the magnificence of British summer beautifully.

I had presumed that I had done an album review to showcase this beautiful album, but it appears not. Fear not, if you wish for me to review this album, let me know and I’ll get right on it. It is a perfect Summers’ collection after all. It is very fitting as we enter record-breaking heatwaves on our British shores. I’ll include the necessary links to have a listen to the album in full before you glance over this review of mine. Thanks all.

Categories
Album Art Culture Electronic Music Entertainment Imagine Dragons Indie live music music music album music artist music band Music Festivals music industry music news music review new music news Rock Music US Music

Imagine Dragons: Return of the Indie Mythicals

Following on from the subsequent singles of Follow You and Wrecked, Imagine Dragons announce their long-awaited return to the music limelight with their new album, Mercury – Act 1. Set to land in our ears in September, the album will hopefully draw on empowering lyrical ingenuity we’ve seen since Night Visions in 2012, but also draw on the love and design in creating hideously addictive hits we saw in 2017’s Evolve.

Their most recent single release, Wrecked, was produced by the band and ultimately inspired by singer Dan Reynolds’ late sister-in-law who tragically died from cancer. In way to deal with it all, through the refuge of music – as it has always done for Dan – it is a song that is the wish for an eternity with those that he loves. A figure of sentiment that we can understand and feel passionately, too.

After not expressing any depth of new music since 2018, it has been a quiet for the Dragons, but it’s a reassuring sign that they are back to their fearsome and fiery self. Roll on the autumn, I say.

Categories
Album album concept album review Alternative Rock Art artist Blog Commentary Culture Entertainment Film hard rock Indie Life Listening Music live music music music artist music news music nostalgia Music Playlist news Opinion Review Rock Rock Playlist thoughts UK Music

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.

Categories
Album album concept Art Culture Easy Life Entertainment Favourites Hip-Hop Indie Life Listening Music music music band Music Festivals Music Playlist music review news Opinion Spotify UK Music Vinyl Wordpress

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.

Categories
Album album concept album review Art Commentary Culture Electronic Music Entertainment Everything Everything Indie Let's Talk Listening Music music music album music artist music band music news Music Playlist UK Music Wordpress

Everything Everything: New Explosion of Life

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

__________

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.