Album Review: Two Door Cinema Club – Gameshow

tdcc graphic.jpg I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that this album was one of the most anticipated albums of this month.

Two Door Cinema Club, one of the best bands of the late 2000’s indie explosion, staple at every indie club night, danceable, well-written pop music with that little something extra.

If you expected something similar to the synthy joy you’re used to … well … I’d say you’re shit outta luck.

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Album Review: Warpaint – Heads Up // musically impeccable but fails to leave a lasting impact

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Although their last album came out two years ago, Warpaint’s third album Heads Up feels more like a comeback than just another album. Maybe that’s due to Jenny Lee’s solo advances or the low profile, the band has kept for the last two years, stressing that if they were to make a new album, they would want to be in it 100%, with heart and soul.

And it worked out. Heads up is the lovechild of the atmospheric, almost ambient vibes of their self-titled album and a completely new way forward.

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Album Review: Jamie Isaac – Couch Baby // Jazzy Summer Nights

Jamie Isaac, the London-based artist who’s been gathering quite a bit of hype, is one of the good ones. He started making music a few years ago, but he learned to play the piano in his early years, inspired by his grandma and the jazz music that was always playing at his parents’ house.

And these influences are clear as crystal and beautifully integrated into the tracks of his debut record. Couch Baby is one of those albums you listen to on warm summer evenings. It’s just getting dark and you’re sitting outside, the sound of the music trickling through the half-open door. Isaac works in that luscious, deep, dark bass drum with rippling trip-hop beats, uses guitar and synth reverb alongside the quiet centerpiece of his work – jazzy piano and rhythms.

All of this catches that one certain, kind of European, neo-jazz, soulful, cool, lounge sound that’s been the biggest trend of the trendless for a few years, simmering just out of sight of the commercial side of things. Isaac creates a wonderful atmosphere that just swallows you up.

And while the songs are beautifully detailed, the distinct lack of changes in the bpm department is not everyone’s cup of tea. But overall, Jamie Isaac is definitely one of those we have to watch, because he might just be the next big thing.

Album (P)Review: Let’s Eat Grandma – I, Gemini // Mad Princesses, Fairytales and Hallucinations

Due to a distinct lack of albums in the last week that tickled my fancy, this week’s review is a bit more of a preview, or as like to call it, an “I’m way too excited about this album not to talk about it” post.

Let’s Eat Grandma are Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton, two teenagers from Norwich. And they are weird in the most wonderful sense of the word.
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Review: Parra for Cuva – Darwis // Shall We … Dream?

Imagine a cozy night in. Maybe sitting on the windowsill with a book or a badly mixed drink, watching the world whiz past – but everything seems eerily quiet. And you’re lonely, you think. But maybe you’re just alone.
This is what Darwis sounds like. A very emotive musical exploration of the feelings without words, that this genre so often relies on.

Berlin-based producer and electronic artist Nicolas Demuth and Jonas Lechenmayr, better known as Parra for Cuva and Senoy are well-known for their downtempo electronica that Demuth started experimenting with on his 2014 release Majouré.

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Album Review: Twin Peaks – Down in Heaven // Summer, Summer Summer!!

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You know what I can’t stand? Country Music. You know what I love? Twin Peaks.

Because when you remove all the stupendous lyrics, whiny voices and the general vibe of the conservative Southern United States (exactly what turns me off it so much) and substitute them with garagey indie chords and the rasping but gentle vocals of the same nature you get Twin Peaks.

The band from Chicago are the music industries current phenomenon, and rightly so. Their new album Down in Heaven is a summer album that comes at exactly the right time for rainy, cold England that’s only just experiencing the first soft touches of something that remotely feels like what this album sounds like.

Down in Heaven is not only so good because they make me like the Country vibes and instruments they got, it’s also a refreshing, original mix of genres. Added it in is a little 60s jingle jangle fun and noughties Strokes coolness.

They are definitely not new on the scene but they have created an album that will accompany so many people through a joyful summer, whether that’s in the city or in the countryside, at barbecues or on roadtrips with the windows down, sitting in the sun with friends or just lazing around by yourself.

Album Review: Tourist – U // That Kick You Need on Sunny Summer Mornings

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It took William Philips, aka Tourist two years to complete his first album. And does not disappoint.

The artist himself is currenly best known for his songwriting contribution to Sam Smith’s hit song Stay With Me, skyrocketing the latter into world fame and several Grammy nominations. Now Philips has focused on his own baby, his danceable electro album U.

Using beats, synths and melodic themes that go straight through your heart to your feet, he tells a story about a relationship from beginning to end, leading us through anxiety and bliss with To Have You Back, a single he offered for free on soundcloud a few months ago. The album then moves on to sadness and anger, expressed as the complicated emotions that they are in Seperate Ways, and ends the journey with For Sarah, a deeply melancholic track.

Musically, Tourist takes inspiration from many different sub genres of electronic music. Using a theme throughout a whole song, modifying it and telling his stories with it is a daunting task, but he masters this in a beautiful way. The album never gets boring. With techno beats and synths that remind of some kinds of lounge or ambient music, it’s music to dance to and to dream to.

U is inspiring, anxious, beautiful. It pulls you in, gets your brain working, your imagination flowing and your feet dancing. It’s a brilliant debut from a seasoned, confident artist who clearly knows what he’s doing. Tourist is one to watch.

Review: Anohni – Hopelessness // The most political masterpiece you’ll listen to this year

 

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Anohni doesn’t accept it when you call her Antony. She doesn’t accept it anymore because she has finally found herself and her identity. She’s Anohni now. Anohni, who seems so kind and gentle, but also so irresolutely confident. Anohni who has written an album that is the musical representation of 2016, but has managed another, even more important achievement – it’s political and it’s educated.

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