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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Let’s start again, shall we … The Almost Generic Music Blog 2.0

Hello everyone,

it’s been a hot second since I’ve put my fingers to a keyboard to write something.
It was the summer, it was downtime and usually, it’s those times, when you’re not completely wrapped up in your life and the busyness of it, when changes come about.

I’ve done a lot of thinking and obviously not a lot of that had to do with this blog. But my life has been scrambled up and turned upside down in the past few weeks and I’ve had some realisations, but more about that later.

So for now –

Welcome to the Almost Generic Music Blog 2.0

When I started this blog, I called it the almost generic music blog because I wanted to do something fun, something interesting. I had the word ‘lifestyle’ in my header and I had big plans. But my whole blog ended up being painfully disjointed, kind of boring and most definitely very generic.

Music is very important to me and I love writing about it, but it’s not the only thing going on in my life. Not at all.

So welcome to this new space where there’s more of what you’re used to but also some new things. And hopefully (fingers crossed) some quality content.

So be a darling and show your support by signing up for emails, whenever I post something. And don’t tell me they’re clogging up your inbox because you’ve never bothered to unsubscribe from all those Topshop and Waitrose emails, have you.

Welcome back to me and my motivation,
and a lovely hello to all of you,

Lena x

 

Record Store Find: The White Stripes – Icky Thump

When thinking about the White Stripes, Jack White’s most important problem child, plenty of things come to mind. Red and white, candy cane swirls, “are they actually brother and sister?” and Seven Nation Army.

And while I could rave about my forever favourite White Stripes album White Blood Cells for hours and hours (I mean, Hotel Yorba, come on!!), I think Icky Thump deserves to be talked about. Why? Well…
It’s interesting; after Jack White found the odd wardrobe and midwestern sound of his then newest baby The Raconteurs, the already a bit problem-shaken White Stripes took a backseat. And nobody then knew Icky Thump would be the last studio album the two of them would create.

Icky Thump starts out with the title track, which is creepy and weird as fuck, but it sounds like The White Stripes. You’ve got a little bit of De Stijl in there and mostly White Blood Cells. It’s garage rock, it’s dirty and cool. Familiar. But if they had decided to stick with that I would be writing about White Blood Cells now, and we all know that would’ve been a lot less exciting.

The madness (and I’m not using that word in a derogatory sense) of it all starts in the middle. Conquest, a Patti Page cover from the 50s, leads into St. Andrew (The Battle is in the Air) with Megs distraught monologue, leads into a breath of relief when Little Cream Soda at least somewhat sounds what we know and love and doesn’t confuse us but then we get right back into the whirlwind when they tell us a story about them being scrap collectors and you start questioning if there has ever been any rhyme or reason to any of this.

Icky Thump is the collective effort of everything the White Stripes have done in their musical career – it’s a little bit of country, a lot of garage rock, some sort of blues, lots of nods to Zeppelin and Dylan and it’s got the poetic weirdness that I’m pretty sure only Jack White can come up with. So listen to it. You don’t even have to like it.

Just listen to it.

 

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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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.

What the Hype is All About: The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it

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Release Date: February 26, 2016
Label: Dirty Hit
Genres: pop, electronic, indie, R&B
Favourite Tracks: If I Believe You, Somebody Else, The Ballad of Me and My Brain

Yeah, I’m late with this, aren’t I. Where have I been? Listening to this album.

The 1975 have released their second studio album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it last month. Apart from being a mouthful, it’s also an album of comfortable self-discovery for the band around the character that is Matt Healy.

While the self-titled album they released in 2013 was more of an awkward combination of the well-composed EPs that preceded it, I like it when you sleep is not even as much a collection of songs as it is a flawless concept album.

The influences range from 80s/90s pop and funk to R&B but always tie in with the style that is still a lot like the 1975 that brought us Chocolate and Sex. Singles like Love Me, UGH! and The Sound are however bangers like they have not brought out before.
And while adhering to these pop conventions in those songs (even mocking it when Healy sings “Oh the kick won’t last for long // but the song only lasts 3 minutes” in UGH!), the whole album, with its 17 tracks, does not. It has got a balanced pace, which is enhanced by long, often mostly instrumental tracks like Please Be Naked. 

This pace and the soundscape make for a sound that pulls you in with strong emotions, making you feel almost ethereal.

So what is the hype about? The 1975 have a strong media presence, especially since Matt Healy is ‘dreamy af’. Everything from the cover to live shows to every single advert that can be seen online has a very distinct aesthetic, which is what helps them create this concept of a lifestyle that is just too artsy and ethereal to resist. Musically they have created one of the best pop albums of 2016 so far.

And after NME awarded them with the award for ‘Worst Band’ in 2014, I’m glad they’re nominated for the ‘Best British Band’ award this year.

Listen on Apple Music, buy on iTunes or buy the special edition Vinyl on Amazon