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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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Thoughts on Olivia Rodrigo?

I’ve heard a mix bag from this dazzling actress-turned musician that is taking the charts by storm with her debut album, SOUR. With these soon-to-be global superstars rising with ferocity, what do you think to Rodrigo’s music? Taste of something different that we like – or heartbreak drivel we’ve heard before?

Either way, let me know your thoughts. If it’s positive enough, I may very well do an album review on SOUR itself.

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Let’s talk: What song provokes a memory? Any memory, big or small! I’d love to know…

Music and memories is the interwoven quilt of our mind. Do you ever just hear a snippet of a song and it just sends you right back to a moment? For instance, hearing “The Killers, Somebody Told Me,” plummets me right back to being in the passenger seat of my parents car, on the way through the Lancashire hills before we embarked upon Pendle Hill on a freezing cold Autumn’s day.

My question to you lovely folks is … what’s your song and what’s the memory!

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Eurovision 2021: What happened?

Eurovision happened last night and it gave us a swell reminder of the joys of witnessing live music again with the joyous occasion of extravagance, colour and beauty.

With a fantastic stage crew of colossal stage lighting and props, it was a Eurovision for the ages. It also reminded us how hated we are within the cliques of the corresponding European countries as we earned nil points from either jury or viewers.

Despite the whims and downfalls of the United Kingdom, it allowed us to forget one fleeting moment – for one night only – that we can return to a scene of normality within live music and entertainment. To top it off, a fantastic dark and heavy rock group won it from Italy, with, in what seems like a first for Eurovision, a resounding lead made all possible by the votes from the viewers. Despite the cocaine debacle, they were a magnificent group-favourite to win and showed off their talents and efforts rightly so.

The talking point, however, for us, was United Kingdom. Despite not having the worse song this year by any stretch of the imagination, we failed to earn any points from either the other countries or the viewers at home. It often seems that whoever we pull up as our artists, we are destined to fail. However, this testament just goes to show how these music competitions are capped off more via political views than anything else when it comes to announcing the winner. Past winners have shown just how remarkable this popularity contest is when it comes to looking at it from a musics’ perspective.

Still, an all-round entertaining night that deserves praise for its appealing factor, style and charm when it comes to the return of live music and entertainment for us all worldwide.

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Twenty One Pilots – ‘Scaled and Icy’ Review

Dynamic duo find their happy place – but falls flat within an empty attempt compared to their past work.

Much like its album name, Scaled and Icy, has flairs of happy-go-lucky fleeting moments, but ultimately feels like a hollow skeleton of their former selves.

Known for their compelling thought-provoking moments on mental health with lyrical ingenuity and complex albums like Blurryface, Scaled and Icy is not even in the same Vessel as their former counterparts.

Awash of hollow prude-pop with Good Day and Saturday, it is somewhat a disappointing return to music from Tyler and Josh. Almost as if they were pressured to release a studio album this year from their label, it is an unimaginative colourful mess, and quite a shame. The only moments to talk about would either be the singles prior to the album, Choker, Shy Away and possibly, Mulberry Street.

I managed to grab a full play-through of the album on my way back from work on the train, and it certainly made the trip a far more disappointing commute.

For me, it is just worthy of an honory mention simply for their legacy, but it is an absent contender within their integral identity.

I’ll be heading back to 2013’s Vessel. Hmu if you agree. If so, see you there.

Sorry boys, just not for me, this one.