Song Review: Coasts – Paradise

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Can anybody help me? I seem to be lost. Lost in paradise.

In case (unlike both Mandy and myself) you aren’t hanging on every word that Coasts say, or indeed, you haven’t already read Mandy’s review, you may have missed that Coasts released a new song today.

‘Paradise’ is the perfect combination of both ballad and pop anthem and I can easily see it being a huge hit at both festivals and Coasts’ explosive gigs.

Whilst I’m reaching for the repeat button to listen to ‘Paradise’ just once more I’m tempted to start interpretive dancing as the soft synth transports me to (funnily enough) paradise. ‘So close your eyes and see the fire run wild.’

There’s just under two months to go until Coasts’ UK tour kicks off in Edinburgh and their Bristol date has sold out! There is limited availability for Leeds so in case you wanted to go I would get a wriggle on.

Watch the video of ‘Paradise’ here

 

Coasts’ New Single Is A Taste Of “Paradise”

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Coasts are certainly gearing up for a big year. The release of “Heart Starts Beating” signaled a new era for the Bristol boys, now followed by pop anthem “Paradise.” With a new album on the horizon, we’ve been graced with a taste of the new Coasts.

“Paradise” is a track that falls in between a ballad and a banger. It coasts along (pardon the pun) at a smooth tempo, making it all too easy to get lost in the sea of silky vocals and sweet synth. Before you know it, you’re at the end of the song, wondering how you got there (and reaching for the replay button).

Coasts’ sophomore album is set to be released August 18, 2017, and this small taste of it has certainly left me craving more. Bring it on, boys. 

Check out the video for “Paradise” here, or listen to it below.

Mulàn Drop New Synth-Soaked Single “Done.”

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Earlier today, mysterious band Mulàn dropped their second single, “Done.” We still don’t know anything about this band. They only offered us a short quote on the single, reading “it’s been a while, just been waiting for the right time to say this. I’m Done, We’re done.”

Their continued secrecy is intriguing, but not as much as the incredibly unique sound of their music. Considerably more upbeat than their previous single, “Night,” this track shows us a different side of Mulàn. Playful percussion and synth accompany the vocaltist’s ever-captivating voice, the perfect mixture that makes this song so enjoyable. 

Now that you’ve read my spiel, all that’s left for you to do is “press play.” 

Album Review: “The Heights” by Knox Hamilton

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Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Knox Hamilton, so needless to say I was thrilled when they released their debut album, The Heights, on March 10th. It was a great feeling to finally be able to listen to the studio versions of the songs I’d heard live so many times.

But enough about me. Let’s talk about this stunning debut album from my favorite Arkansas boys. The Heights is comprised of thirteen tracks of indie rock goodness. Each song has its own unique feel. Some tracks are pure feel-good pop, such as their single “Washed Up Together,” while other songs have more of a grungy rock vibe, like “Back Porch.” While I do love every track on this album, I want to point out some of my personal favorite moments:

  • The lyrics in “Washed Up Together,” especially in the chorus
  • The intro to “Rightfully So” that will never fail to make me smile
  • The chorus in “Sight For Sore Eyes,” not to mention the killer guitar solo at the end 
  • The gritty guitar riffs in “Back Porch” (this track is so incredible live)
  • The “floaty” feeling of “Barely Missed You”
  • The tearjerker that is “The Heights”
  • Boots’ vocals. I seriously cannot stress enough how amazing the vocals on this album are. Light and angelic in “Barely Missed You,” deep and resonating in “Call Me Up,” soft and sweet in “The Heights.” Always perfect.

If you’re short on time and want to check out a few tracks before committing to the whole album (although you definitely should give it a listen start to finish), I suggest checking out “We Get Back,” “Washed Up Together,” “Rightfully So,” and “Sight For Sore Eyes.” You won’t regret it.

Check out The Heights below!

Song of the Week: The River

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A few months ago, a friend suggested that I listen to Saint Raymond. “You love Coasts, so I think you’ll love Saint Raymond.” So on my lunch break I pulled him up on Spotify and I was immediately hooked. I left work that day having downloaded his entire discography.

Now, there’s rarely a day that passes that I don’t listen to Saint Raymond. And while all of his songs are good, an older tune called “The River” really catches my attention every time I listen to it. The layers of.guitar in the beginning are nothing short of mesmerizing, drawing you in right from the start. The smooth vocals and catchy lyrics are sure to get stuck in your head after just one listen. 

Check out “The River” below!

Song of the Week: Cake By The Ocean

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Everyone has a guilty pleasure song that they love to rock out to. For me, that song is “Cake By The Ocean” by DNCE.

This song followed me around like the plague last summer. It was inescapable. And as much as I wanted to not like it (since it was notoriously mainstream), I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. This track is the very definition of catchy. With just one listen, you’ll be singing the song in your head all day long. 

Check out the hilarious video for “Cake By The Ocean” below!

Gig Review: Joe Dolman

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From singing Ed Sheeran covers on YouTube to taking on his own material, Joe Dolman is doing what he loves to do and that is very evident from his music.

Joe is in his final year at uni and is currently balancing his time between this UK tour which ends tonight in Sheffield and writing his dissertation at service stations.

I heard about Joe Dolman through Mandy who was sadly unable to make it to Joe’s London date. Luckily for me, however, his penultimate gig was in Leeds….shot gun there!

The gig which was due to take place at the Milo wine bar changed venue at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances to the Fox and Newt. Fortunately as I was running early anyway I managed to hop on over to the other side of town with plenty of time to spare.

Lauren Rycroft was the first act of the evening and her gorgeously angelic vocals mixed beautifully with melancholy poetic lyrics.

Tiger Twins brought a rock element to the evening with an enthusiastic and hilarious set. Indeed their tale about being told that they were playing a gig at Milo that night was one of the comedic highlights of the evening.

Joe Dolman’s acoustic set included favourites such as “Learning To Fly” and “Addicted To You” as well as new song “Nervous” and I loved his ‘crisp’ vocals, gentle instrumental hooks and beautiful lyrics.

The low-point of the evening was actually the highlight as Joe experienced some technical problems with the speakers and the sound guys were called on to fix things. Cue the impromptu mashup-covers of Smash Mouth and Busted as well as story time from Tiger Twins.