Song Review: “Let Me Love You”

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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. 

Song of the Week: Explore

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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!

EP Review: “Secondhand Love” by Jack Hopkinson

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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.

Album Review: “The Far Field” by Future Islands

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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!

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.”