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Debut albums are an important landmark in a band’s career. It’s a first impression, the first chance to make a real statement about what kind of band you want to be. Pop duo courtship. just released their debut album, Denial In Paradise, and what an impression they have made.
Denial In Paradise is 27 minutes of feel good bops. Micah’s silky falsetto paired with synth-soaked melodies makes this the perfect album for summer. So go ahead, open up the sunroof (*wink wink*) and blast it on your way to the beach or have your own private dance party in your living room. No matter where you are or what you are doing when you listen to this album, it is sure to bring a smile to your face.
Check out Denial In Paradise below!
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A Marsican is a type of Italian bear and usually answers to the names of James, Rob, Oli or Cale.
It was the last night of the Mariscans‘ UK headline tour last night so I grabbed my friend Emily and headed on down to Church for a night of hilarity, also there was that time when I got stuck in the toilet because the door handle fell off, so it all got off to a great start really.
The 700 strong venue was completely sold out and filled with family, friends and avid fans alike who sang along to pretty much every word. The mosh pit also got quite rowdy actually with beer sloshing all over the place.
First to the stage were Leeds locals The Golden Age Of TV who have only been around since 2016 but have already been causing quite a stir on the music scene with latest release ‘Beasts’ grabbing the attention of new-music stalwart Huw Stephens.
Top tracks of the set also included ‘Dust.’
Edinburgh based band Vistas made us ‘Feel Alive’ with a stompingly great set that had me shaking my tail feather and set the party off.
‘Retrospect’ was an absolute highlight for me and I can’t wait to see Vistas again.
Finally, it was time for Marsicans to ‘throw [them]selves in’ and to say that I was excited would be an understatement. Mixing beautiful harmonies with their infectious upbeat indie and dirty pop vibes there was no better place to be on Saturday 10th March.
Personal highlights included the ‘We’re Your Friends’ Vulture song (from The Jungle Book) intro before the band came onto the stage and opened with the super catchy ‘Friends,’ the guy in the crowd who kept miming that he was swimming, a nod perhaps to the single ‘Swimming’ or maybe he just wanted to go swimming, and latest single ‘Wake Up Freya.’
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Ever since Coasts released their second album This Life, Vol. 1, we were left wondering “will there be a volume 2?”
The answer my friend is a glorious yes and Coasts announced today that their third album will be released on August 10th.
After a turbulent week of problems with Visas and rescheduling dates on the US dates (it was very stressful and I’m not even going on that tour) we were gifted not only with this wonderful news, but also an acoustic version of one of my favourite tracks (lol we all know that they are all my favourites) “Let Me Love You.”
When I first head LMLY I was floored by the gorgeous lyrics, rich imagery and then the beat kicked in. This time, however, there isn’t a beat to fall back on, and instead the acoustic version feels much more emotionally raw with a vulnerable tone to the vocals. And can we talk about the absolutely sublime piano?
Listen to “Let Me Love You (Acoustic Version)” below.
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Joe Dolman, a 21 year old singer/songwriter from Leamington Spa, just released his new single “Close To Home.” I’ve heard about this song for a very long time now, but wasn’t sure what to expect from it. It was far from anything I could have imagined.
I could use any number of words to try to describe this song. Heartbreaking, poignant, tearjerker. Just plain sad. But the fact is that no words can come close enough to really describing the emotions this song evokes. Joe tells the heart-wrenching story of someone suffering from dementia. His soulful voice delivers the moving lyrics with incredible passion, pairing perfectly with the soft acoustic track.
No matter how many times I listen to “Close To Home,” I always tear up. Even if I manage to make it through most of the track, the last line gets me every single time. Joe has painted a tragically beautiful picture of living with dementia. It’s a song that sheds light on a serious subject that very few artists would choose to focus on. This isn’t just a run-of-the-mill pop song engineered for radio play. It’s serious. It’s real. It’s life.
In short, “Close To Home” is a very powerful track crammed full of emotions. Grab a box of tissues before you take a listen. You’ll need them.
Check out the video for “Close To Home” below. It features people sharing their stories of how dementia has affected their lives.
You can also listen on Spotify here.
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Coasts are back with a brand new single, “You Could Have Been The One.” Since they just happen to be not only my favorite band but Danielle’s as well, this calls for another dual review.
The Bristol boys are back at it again with a brand new bop, “You Could Have Been The One.” Fitting in with their name, Coasts have gone with their signature tropical vibe on this track, making it the perfect tune to dance the night away to.
Despite its carefree sound, the lyrics are a bit melancholy. If you have someone in your life that you want to be with, tell them! Otherwise you might find yourself relating to this song a little more than you want to.
After this single, I’m even more anxious to see what Coasts have in store for us with #vol2. Bring it on!
Coasts have done it again with an absolute banger that makes you want to get up and dance. From the party inspired marimba opening notes to the super cute (or is it just me?) vocal effects, “You Could Have Been The One” is oh so very relatable.
Check out the video for “You Could Have Been The One” below!
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Saint Raymond is finally back with a new EP, A Light That Blinds. It was completely worth the wait.
This EP has such an incredible vibe to it. It kicks off with the infectious “Younger,” a song that anyone who has gotten that bubbly, butterflies-in-your-stomach feeling around a crush (so everyone, no point in denying it) can relate to. It’s a song to blast from a boom box while holding it over your head under said crush’s window. Okay, maybe that’s taking it a bit too far, but seriously, this song is amazing.
Next up is the sultry “Nightcrawling.” There’s a certain intensity in the imagery of this track that gives me chills. “Last Time” is a reminder that simplicity can be beautiful. The layers of vocals and guitars are mesmerizing, especially in the pre-chorus. The last song, “We Are Fire,” is nothing short of anthemic. I can easily imagine it being played in a packed arena with thousands of fans singing along.
In short, this EP is absolutely stunning. This is undoubtedly Saint Raymond’s best work yet. I am forever grateful for the friend who said “hey, check this guy out,” because it led me to this fantastic EP.
Check out A Light That Blinds below!
Bonus: Saint Raymond also released an alternative version of “Nightcrawling,” which is just as incredible (if not more so) than the original. Give it a listen below.
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My favorite singer/songwriter, Joe Dolman, released his highly anticipated new single today. Entitled “Something Beautiful,” the track is exactly what the title suggests. This song has a bit more of a pop feel to it than his earlier work, but still has that familiar acoustic sound I’ve come to love. I’ve always admired Joe’s lyrical work, and this track is no exception. He’s captured a feeling that I’m sure many can relate to, including myself. His melodic vocals are flawless as always. All in all, this single is nothing short of amazing.
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The single comes complete with a b-side, “I Think It’s Strange (Acoustic).” This song is classic Joe, nothing but his voice, an acoustic guitar and subtle hints of keys. This beautiful ballad really lets Joe’s vocals shine, raw and full of emotion. I’ll admit it gives me chills.
In short, I am forever blown away by Joe’s talent. Both of these tracks are absolutely stunning. Give them a listen below!
Joe will be embarking on a UK tour starting on November 1st! Trust me, his live gigs are not to be missed (if you’re not stuck in America like me). Check out the dates below.
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