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It’s here, it’s finally here! Coasts second album ‘This Life Vol. 1’ is released today and I am absolutely loving it!
Coasts took to their social media channels at midnight last night/ this morning for a listening party. Sadly my phone battery died about 30 seconds in so all I got to hear was that the guys from Coasts went to bingo last night – as if I needed any more reason to love them.
When I first heard the singles from the new album including ‘Come On Over’ and ‘Paradise’ I thought that they had a kind of tropical sounding vibe to them yet that was bringing the party to my door.
Yet compare this to the thought-provoking and often chilling ‘Let Me Love You’ ‘Chase The Night’ and ‘Born To Die’ you have a well-rounded album that has a more grown up feel to it, referencing topics that are often ignored to great effect.
I loved the constant surprises and curve balls that ‘This Life’ threw out, I mean like can we talk about the choir in ‘Born To Die’? Totally majestic and so unexpected.
‘This Life Vol.1 is a revealing insight into issues that many of us face including dealing with mental health demons and highlights that (this) life is not all sunshine and daisies.
So what’s your favourite song from the new album? I literally can’t decide, I love them all but at a push, I’d have to say from the singles: ‘Take Me Back Home’ ‘Heart Starts Beating’ (affectionately known as High Stakes Blackjack) and from the newer songs ‘Born To Die’ and ‘Make It Out Alive’
I took to Twitter to see what other people’s faves were:
‘This Life Vol. 1 charts at No.14 in the iTunes Alternative Album Chart and people of the UK can look forward to Coasts epic 38 date tour in September/October.
I obviously can’t tell you which dates I’m going to (because the guys might find out and that would ruin the surprise of randomly turning up)
Give ‘This Life Vol.1’ a cheeky listen here.
I remember seeing Robert DeLong at two festivals back in May 2015. I had no idea who this dude was. I was there to see other bands at both fests. At the first festival, I didn’t quite know what to think of him. Two weeks later, I was completely captivated with him. I had had one of his songs stuck in my head that entire two weeks, and couldn’t find it anywhere online. That song was “Jealousy” and it hadn’t been released yet, and man was I glad to hear it again.
An earworm if there ever was one, “Jealousy” is one of those songs that you’ll have stuck in your head for weeks (literally). There’s no other way to listen to this song than loud. I remember the day it was finally released on Robert’s sophomore album, In The Cards. Pandora did an advanced stream of the album and I screamed when I realized I would get to hear it early. I listened to it probably ten times before checking out any of the other songs. Trust me, it’s that good.
Check out “Jealousy” below!
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Mysterious band Mulàn are back at it again with their newest single “Pure.” Despite this being their third release, we still don’t know anything about this band. And I mean we know nothing. But that’s okay, because Mulàn are letting their music do the talking and it says more than enough.
This track delivers exactly what I’ve come to expect from a Mulàn song: an attention-grabbing intro, sultry vocals and luscious synth. While it does contain these similar elements, each Mulàn song still remains completely unique. “Pure” has a lighter feel than its predecessors, very floaty and mellow, making it the perfect track to relax to during these hot summer days.
Check out “Pure” below!
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Foster The People released their third album, Sacred Hearts Club, last week. I had heard a few tracks ahead of its release, leaving me uncertain of how I would feel about the album. “Loyal Like Sid & Nancy” completely shocked me. This wasn’t the FTP I was used to. When the album dropped in full, I listened to it apprehensively.
Sometimes things just don’t click on the first listen. If you’re in a bad mood or sleepy or just not in the right headspace, it can be hard to truly appreciate something. I found this was the case with the tracks I had previously heard. And within the full album, everything fell perfectly into place. The bright chorus of “Pay The Man,” the happy pop feel of “Static Space Lover,” the driving rock beat of “Lotus Eater.” There are too many amazing musical moments on this album to mention. Then you have the lyrical genius that is Mark Foster. His lyrics are moving, introspective, catchy and clever. He can move you to tears on one track only to have you smiling at the next.
This album has taught me to always be willing to give things a second chance. If I had judged it solely off of the brief snippet of “Loyal Like Sid & Nancy” (which I now find to be a total bop) I had heard and not given the whole album a chance, I would have missed out on something truly incredible.
My top 5 tracks (in no particular order):
- “Pay The Man”
- “Sit Next To Me”
- “I Love My Friends”
- “Static Space Lover”
- “Lotus Eater”
Check out Sacred Hearts Club below!
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Back in March, Ulysses Wells made their explosive entrance into the music world with “Taste It.” Today, they released their follow-up single, “What It Takes,” and it does not disappoint.
This track is full of raw emotion, embodied by the grunge sound Ulysses Wells have made their own. You can practically feel the intensity radiating from the passionate vocals, perfectly paired with dynamic guitar.
In short, Ulysses Wells remain a beacon of hope for rock music in an increasingly Top 40 world, refusing to conform with society’s standards of “popular music.” To me, this only makes them stand out above the pack. Keep your eyes on them because they are definitely headed for big things.
Check out “What It Takes” below!
Back in May, I took my first ever trip overseas to England. After an overnight flight that landed at 5 am in Manchester, waiting 7 hours for a train, meeting up with a friend and grabbing a quick shower, I was hauled off into London to see Nothing But Thieves at Dingwalls. I had heard of them in passing, but never listened to them.
The show was sold out, the tiny venue completely packed. It was insanely hot, “hotter than the sun” according to the lead singer. At one point, my insanely sleep-deprived self started to fall over, my friend grabbing me to make sure I was okay. I insisted I was fine. This band was putting on such a captivating show that it was completely worth suffering the heat and the fatigue to watch it.
One song from their set stuck in my head more than any other. The chorus played on repeat in my head for days after the show. That song was “Trip Switch.” Let me assure you, as out of it as I was, this song had to be amazing to stick with me after the show. Real rock music is a rare find this day and age, and “Trip Switch” is a real as it gets. I am forever thankful to my friend for dragging my jet-lagged self to that show, because I left completely in love with Nothing But Thieves.
Check out “Trip Switch” below!
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PUBLIC. You might not be familiar with this band. I wasn’t either until a couple of weeks ago when I saw a surge of tweets about them due to them opening for twenty one pilots. I decided to check them out, and I fell in love with their music pretty quickly.
Out of all of their songs, “Little Raindrops” stuck out above the rest. To put it quite simply, it’s funky. It sounds like a jam straight out of the 70s. The groovy bass line will have you up and dancing in no time.
Check out “Little Raindrops” below.