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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!
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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.
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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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Sometimes in life, the best discoveries are the ones that are stumbled upon by accident. One such discovery for me is the music of Jack Hopkinson. If it hadn’t been for me loving the music of one of his friends, I wouldn’t have discovered him when I did. But thanks to that, I was treated to a very intimate performance (and I do mean very—a handful of people gathered in a barn) and I fell in love with his music.
On Friday, Jack released his new EP, Secondhand Love. On first listen, my mind drifted back to that performance. I remember some of these songs being played there, and the feeling of being captivated by them. Hearing the fully fleshed-out studio versions of these songs mesmerizes me all over again, from the bluesy first notes of “We’ve Still Got Tonight” to the flawless live rendition of “Déjà vu.” Just like the first time I heard his music, I’m entranced by Jack’s lyrics. The vast majority of “popular” music released today is full of nothing but trivial lyrics completely devoid of meaning. Jack’s lyrics are full of emotion and feeling. The music itself is alluring as well, combining elements of folk, blues and acoustic. The combination of the music and lyrics is nothing short of stunning.
Don’t just take my word for it, though. Give Secondhand Love a listen below.
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When sitting down to review Future Islands fifth album, it’s hard as a fan of theirs not to drift back in time to their live shows. This album The Far Field is so electrifying I find myself jumping up and down one minute, then swaying back and forth the next. From the very first track “Aladdin” they set the tone with their signature sound of over-the-top beats, with soft but ever present energy. Sam Herring (the lead vocalist for Future Islands) reaches out through a hauntingly beautiful medley at the end of “Aladdin,” forming yet again that emotional connection that only he can do. This track offers you a chance to really see the range of what this band has to offer. The next track, “Time On Her Side,” happens to be my new favorite of theirs. It really gives Sam’s vocals room to dance around, while allowing Gerrit Welmers (keyboards and programming) and William Cashion (bass/electric guitar) some freedom from their usual rhythm as well. Any newcomers to the Future Islands world, this is the song I’d head for first. It’ll help ease you into this one of a kind experience by merging their newer sounds with the classic Future Islands fans are used to.
I’d be remiss if I ended this review without mentioning their initial single, “Ran,” which emerges throughout the album as a powerful anthem. These Baltimore based guys, who played their first shows in Greenville, NC, have come a long way with this album. From Art Lord and the Self Portraits to the band we know as Future Islands today. I couldn’t stop playing each song over and over again. I feel if you give these guys a chance, you’ll be doing the same as well. Enjoy.
Check out their video for “Ran” below!