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.

Show Review: Bad Suns at the Underground

This past Sunday, Bad Suns returned to Charlotte, NC to grace the stage of one of Charlotte’s newest venues, the Underground. After waiting several hours in the cold, everyone was extremely relieved to be let into the venue. As the show was sold out, the venue was packed wall to wall with fans young and old.

From Indian Lakes opened the show, getting the crowd warmed up for the main event. Their set was followed by what can only be described as trance-like music, making Bad Suns’ entrance that much more explosive.

It’s been a pleasure to see Bad Suns continue to top themselves, constantly improving their live show. This one was easily the best performance I’ve seen from them. They opened with the title track from their latest album, “Disappear Here,” and Christo’s vocals were barely audible over the screams of the crowd. 

Bad Suns certainly know how to entertain a crowd, whether playing older fan favorites such as “Cardiac Arrest” and “We Move Like The Ocean” or newer tracks like “Daft Pretty Boys” and “Patience.” Every song was met with enthusiasm. Christo came into the crowd during “Sleep Paralysis,” leaving me clinging to the barricade as screaming girls tried to make their way to him. He stood on the barricade right beside me during “Rearview,” stepping on my elbow a few times and leaving me with some pretty brusies (not that I’m complaining). 

They closed the night with what is arguably their best live song, and one of my personal favorites, “Salt.” Christo reached out to the crowd one final time before making his retreat. Miles threw his drumsticks out and I was lucky enough to catch one of them. They left a crowd full of satisfied fans, just like they always do.

As I stood in the merch queue, I began to really think about their shows. From the beginning, these boys have been something special to me. For me, their shows have never been about their looks or trying to touch Christo or any of the superficial things that draw some people to their shows. It’s always been about the music. I’ll be quite honest and say that I keep my eyes closed during the majority of their shows. I just want to shut the world out and get lost in the music, and their shows are one of the few things that give me that escape. I leave their shows totally stress-free, something I can rarely ever say. For that, I will always be grateful to them. If you’ve never seen Bad Suns live before, it’s something you just have to experience for yourself. I’ll be anxiously waiting for the next time I am lucky enough to see Bad Suns again. 

Check out some of my favorite photos l took of their set Sunday night below.

Natalie Holmes: Gig Review

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I first came across Natalie Holmes in 2012 when she was playing the support for Gabrielle Aplin in Leeds and I instantly fell in love with her angelic voice and really cute, catchy songs.

Fast forward five years and you will find me sitting in the community centre of Natalie’s hometown of Keynsham eagerly waiting to hear songs from the newest EP (her fourth) as well as the first show that was to be played with the new band.

The small, intimate gig – which was made all the more special by being in the singer’s hometown- was put on as part of Bath Festivals, a new festival that showcases the arts in and around the city of Bath.

The room was awash with family and friends…and me….her brother had even come back home from university in Plymouth for the evening. Indeed the mayor of the town was the one to welcome Natalie to the stage. How’s that for a holmey…I mean homely gig.

The set included old favourites including ‘Don’t Know Me’ and ‘Child’ as well as #musicmonday pick ‘Hydrogen’ and whilst I have normally only ever heard these songs played solo I loved the sense of depth brought about with the addition of the band.

In amongst these treasured faves Natalie Holmes shared tracks from the new EP including the stunning ‘Immune To It’ and ‘Have You Seen My Mind.’

The new EP will be released in just over a months time and I can’t wait to own a copy!

Gig Review: Zach Lount

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On the 7th and 8th of March Zach Lount, front man of King No One, performed an acoustic solo piano (and guitar) set and I would be lying if I said that it didn’t bring tears to my eyes.

This was the first time that Zach had done this type of solo gig (although as I went on the second night, it was technically the second) and his nervous banter was evidence of this, yet the seasoned showman needn’t have worried as the room was full of die-hard King No One fans who were lapping up his every word.

The set included a beautifully stripped back, acoustic versions of some of King No One’s best-loved tracks including “Say My Name,” “Millennium” and the latest single “Antichrist.”

When it was released, “Antichrist” actually overtook Ed Sheeran’s entire new album on Spotify’s top 50 viral charts!

The acoustic tracks performed on either piano or guitar as they were originally conceived highlighted the rich musicality and profound lyrics. It was a huge privilege to hear my favourite KNO songs in this form…now there’s one to tell the grandkids!

Another highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the as of yet unreleased single “Supernova.”

Indie rockers King No One are one of the biggest ticket-selling emerging artists in the UK right now, having sold out many of their gigs on their two UK tours in 2016.  KNO take to the road once again at the end of March.