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My song of the week is nothing short of sweet synth-pop goodness. “Touch” by British band Fenech-Soler starts upbeat and stays upbeat, keeping you dancing from start to finish. The danceable beats are accompanied by catchy lyrics, simply the icing on the cake.
Check out “Touch” below!
Featured Image via Coasts
Leading up to the release of the new Coasts single, “Let Me Love You,” they released a video showcasing the song. This new single promised to be a sound we don’t usually hear from them. And the directional change paid off. At midnight EST in the US I downloaded the new song and have not stopped playing it since. Chris Caines’ vocals come through as honest and sincere in a song begging the question so many want answered, “Why can’t you let me love you?” The song starts as a beautiful melody then blends perfectly as the rhythm ensues to an upbeat sway. If you have no love in your life this song will make you believe that it is possible. If you just believe. For me, that’s enough. Watch the video here.
You’ll too hear the promise and believe as I do. Well done, guys.
Featured Image via Sundara Karma
On Friday, one of my favorite bands, Sundara Karma, released a new track called “Explore.” An addition to their debut album, Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect, “Explore” is pure gold. This track is dope. It’s disco meets funk meets indie rock. Oscar Lulu’s one-of-a-kind voice is accompanied by groovy guitar riffs, backup vocals fit for a gospel choir and LOADS of cowbell (you can never have too much cowbell). And who can forget the eloquent lyrics only the brain of Oscar Lulu could dream up? This track will have you up and dancing in no time.
Check out “Explore” below!
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The transcendent, electronic pop beats with ethereal notes from Peakes set the evening off to a great start with highlights including ‘Waves’ and ‘Spaces.’
Outlya got the party started early, joining the queue outside the venue before the doors opened with a portable keyboard in hand. Revving the early comers with a call and response, Outlya had us anticipating more and they definitely did not disappoint as they showed us ‘the light’ on the way to ‘heaven.’ You could even say that we were dancing around the ‘volcano.’
On October 16th 2014 a younger version of myself stood in the very same room as I am now (said room being The Wardrobe in Leeds) and that is basically the story of how I fell in love with Dan Croll.
Fast forward to 2016 and Dan was to appear at that year’s Live At Leeds festival. Insert me awkwardly waving at Dan Croll before realising that Dan did in fact not actually know who the hell I was. Just me, being a crazy woman waving.
It’s 2017 and Dan Croll is back baby and his second album, Emerging Adulthood is set to be released in July.
So let us ‘Swim’ ‘Away From Today’ and omg Dan Croll just walked in, somebody hold me!
New songs from the forthcoming album were seamlessly woven with old favourites including the stunning ‘January’ and ‘Be Alone’ which bears a significant message, very poignant for #mentalhealthawareness week, that everyone wants to be alone sometimes and that it’s ok not to be ok.
A personal highlight of the evening was ‘From Nowhere’ which is actually my ringtone. After hearing the song oh so many times it was a massive privilege to hear it live once again so thanks Dan and I look forward to catching you again soon!
Don’t miss out on Dan’s UK tour:
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One of the most solid albums, start to finish, that I have ever heard is Absolution by Muse. While it’s hard to pick a favorite track, “Hysteria” is definitely a contender.
From the very beginning, “Hysteria” grabs listeners’ attention with a heavy bass line. Matthew Bellamy’s flawless vocals pair well with the grungy instrumentals, making this angsty track stand out from its fellow 2000s alt rock songs.
Check out “Hysteria” below!