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Song of the Day: “The Adults are Talking” – The Strokes

Off the back off the glossy indie bands’ return to stardom from 2013’s Comedown Machine, The Strokes are back with a bold, brash and thought-provoking approach to their songwriting work.

You can have a listen to “The Adults Are Talking” below. You can catch the single in u their eclectic album release from last year, aptly named, The New Abnormal.

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How Important is Social Media to Our Music?

More and more musicians are being told that social media is the key to success in the music industry. But how much does it get in the way of creating our music?

Does it make it any more or any less valued than simply playing the tunes? Do we as grass root level musicians have to become trendsetters over night to gain any wealth of confidence in streaming numbers?

As social media barrages us with video after video, more undoing our creativity and reducing our attention span, will social media be our downfall in it all? After all, will we get through an entire song without skipping?

It seems that anything more than 30 seconds, and we will simply skip!

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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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SONG OF THE DAY

The song of the day today is Black Foxxes’, Witch Mountain. An ‘airy’ magnificence which lingers that bit longer even when finished.

Like the swirling atmosphere you begin to imagine at a summit of such a place like ‘Witch Mountain’, the song has a certain sense of odd beauty, uncertainty and important spacing throughout.

Recently discovering Black Foxxes as an iconic indie collective abound with emotion and musical arching, and are certainly prevalent on any chill playlist I wish to play on a weekend afternoon. Best during those overcast kind of days.

Give it a spin – or have a blast through their catalogue so far – and let me know your thoughts on the raw and husky works of Holley and co.

This is BLACK FOXXES.

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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.