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Song of the Day : Paramore – Told You So

                                                                                      Told You So (Official Video)

A refreshing new Summery sound for the band but one that everyone is familiar with it has brightened up the airwaves since its release yesterday.

It is vibrant with the funky licks, classic catchy vocals that are  are warped by drastically lowering the pitch every now and again adding a nice little dynamic. The drumming is very elaborate  which I would like to highlight as they really are key to the feel of the track.

Told You So is an upgrade from many of the hits that have been released over the past months, mainly because it has personality and is super fun! It’s easily my favourite pop song of this year so far.

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WHITE- One Night Stand Forever (Album)

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Reinvigorating music again.

WHITE’s (Lewis Andrew, Leo Condie, Hamish Fingland, Kirstin Lynn and Chris Potter) first album is a much welcomed revival of arty, slightly twisted merging of electro with groovy dirty rock and a bit of the dramatic.

Fittingly the opener is Living Fiction (the bands first ever single) is a great opener and introduction to the band as it is upbeat and hip with many elements one will certainly grab hold of you and make you move.

This Is Not A Love Song? is not a song to get you jigging but it still fits in with all the other tracks, having a darker tone thanks to the ‘Duh-du-duuuu’s (it’s better on the record), a slower tempo pushed forward by an acoustic guitar whilst a noticeable electronic (of some kind) plays in the left speaker/head/earphone that really is a nice addition to the track. Directly following this is the super energetic Be The Unknown which has poppy ‘oooo’s to bop to plus a heavily distorted guitar solo to boot reinforcing the bands talents plus their willingness to merge genres to great effect.

The string of songs from One Night Stand Forever to Sweat (a thumping monstrous full on electro track that I didn’t see coming) and How Can You Get Love So Wrong? (a modern 1980s-esc ballad) together can tell a story of a quick one night fling gone in a direction that is a bit more than a one night stand. But that would be oversimplifying the meanings behind them. Especially How Can You Get Love So Wrong? as it was written back in 2014,

‘I wrote this in 2014 when Scotland was under a constant barrage of ‘lovebombs’ from the British government, in that peculiarly sado-masochistic manner so beloved, apparently, of the Conservatives. Tough love, I guess. I was fascinated by their ineptness so this is, in part, for them. With all my love.’

Leo Conti explained in a track by track interview with The List’s Kirstyn Smith.

Sound wise these three tracks could be the perfect ones to show the diversity that rings trough this record. It is more diverse than most other bands have in three or four outings. Though I do feel a little wrong in singling out these songs as they are all outstanding, everyone is distinct, stylish, hitting you right in the dance initiation drive that may have been dormant for a while or last night. Quick bit about Hit,Hit, Hit is so good I appreciate the aggression in this one.

One Night Stan Forever is the most creative album to come around in a long, long time. If you don’t at least check it out then believe me that is a hell of a mistake. Don’t let this pass you by a band like this don’t come around to often.

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Led Zeppelin – No Quarter

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This is what awaits you at the top of the Stairway to Heaven.

A long expedition into the legendary band’s psych side that just sweeps you away to some other dimension (high or not). It is from another alternate space where everything is slower, more relaxed but not without a sense of epicness.

The track is ram packed with great instrumentation and sounds, mixing fuzzy with great blues guitar, very fluid drums and of course bass playing that is tooooooooooop from JPJ. Vocals range from the surreal to almighty wails. Lyrically it follows the themes the band used throughout their time, they go hand in hand here with the music (when did they not fit with the music in a Zeppelin track?). A perfect package.

Sorry to Ramble On but I just have a Whole Lotta Love for No Quarter.

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WHITE- Anonymous Acts

                                                          Live Version of Anonymous Acts (Best Available)

What’s that WHITE have another song for us? Yes and it is my favourite from their live set.

I was a little disappointed when the album track listing was released and this song was missing. But I was soon rejoicing when it was a free addition when you bought the One Night Stand single. I did even though I already pre-ordered the album but I needed Anonymous Acts.

It is a deep  pocket of sonic treats the low bass and a nice lil’ lick, really pronounced drums/jam block that is prominent, great lyrics:

‘Throwing a punch by proxy, Blown a kiss from down on your knees, Eager to please. What if it doesn’t stop us, What if we just dream for a while then leave?’

The chorus is as ever on the super infectious side with it being centred around the tracks name. After the second time around there is again a stupendous delicious bridge with expansive fuzzy guitars and great falsetto up the listened to count (lets just say I got in at 17:30 and am still listening to it now).

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WHITE- One Night Stand Forever

                                                  Official Video

WHITE are right infatuation does indeed make you shameless and I have no shame in saying again, WHITE are one of, if not the most exciting band around. With the son to be released debut LP on 21st of April they let us hear the title track One Night Stand Forever.

It has many, many hooks from the dirty distorted guitar line, catchy lovable chorus, to the building bridge with a class bass line, to funky guitar scratching overlaid by vocals reminiscent of the best 1980s hits. With all that working in tandem so well there is still that dance factor which is infused to the music they create. Not only on this latest song but it has been there since the begging.

Back to that bridge though as it is so, so enjoyable by having this part in the song it not only reminds us of the greatness of the 80s pop numbers we adore, it makes the song even better. If that part was not a part of One Night Stand Forever it would still be an amazing song. This is an electric hit.

If this is what a One Night Stand is like with WHITE then yes it should last forever.   

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Late Listens: Primal Scream-Screamadelica (1991)

                                    Click Here for Happiness

Word doesn’t think that Screamadelica is a word and it is correct in not counting it as such, what it actually is, is one of the best musical experiences known to humankind. Sober or not I assume.

Like myself I am sure that if you have not listened/yet to listen to this album you will certainly recognise its cover, the now iconic blue bodied Sun, the big googly eyes, yellow outline against the red background. Looking like it was drawn by a toddler with all its charm would certainly sell for a lot in today’s Art market, seeing at is genuinely better than some ‘Modern Art’ that sell for ridiculous amounts. It helps that this image is connected to the record that it would add value. I am guessing that someone has/would purchase it for a hefty amount of cash and who could blame them.

Onto the main purpose of a record, the sounds that are trapped within it waiting to be released by someone pressing that triangular magical Play Button. Oh when you do! The joy it brings!

Movin’ On Up starts the whole thing off infusing acoustic guitar slide lead with gospel vocals giving everyone a feel good chorus to sing along to. It is more inline with the bands rockier side that they seem to go to often before and after this record e.g. Rocks, Country Girl and Can’t Go Back.

Slip Inside This House is where it really starts to explore the acid house/Madchester vibes. The reason why the change in sound happened was because Bobby Gillespie and Jim Beattie moved from Glasgow where the band originally formed down to Manchester. Now in what some people call the capital of the North in the early 1990s Gillespie inevitably went to the legendary Hacienda night club, took some acid and saw the Happy Mondays perform. The evening’s events would change his life forever. Slip Inside this House (originally recorded by 13th Floor Elevators on the Easter Everywhere album in 1967) is the perfect cover because it is completely different; seriously you would not guess it is the same song if you did not know the lyrics, look it up or you are a big fan of the 13th Floor Elevators (I am becoming one).  Psychodelia is a connection to the original but here it’s the modern 90s type of psychedelic with acid house/rave mixed in for good measure.  The bass is infectious in fact every element is and there is a particular emphasise on the TRIP in the title. Don’t Fight It, Feel It has a party feel to it but one that takes place on the sunniest of islands it features vocals from Denise Johnson again mixing genres perfectly.                    

Higher Than the Sun is one of the best songs ever. If you don’t think that you obviously have yet to listen to it, plus it also boasts the accolade of being the most laid back track as well. Obviously there is no hiding the subject matter of the trip the song takes you on (DRUGS!) soothes and makes you forget about all the troubles of your life. Music is also a great drug in many ways Higher Than the Sun’s proof of that. The calming almost nonchalant attitude backed by the gradual building music/ambience as it goes along truly are transformative, taking one to a place of pure tranquillity.

Loaded and Come Together are by far the most recognised songs from Screamadelica what they offer are the wonders of how effective sampling can be. Loaded uses the now extremely famous lines from the movie The Wild Angles (1966) plus further research shows that almost everything is sampled (it was a large part of the whole record). Another reason to admire it as they have took elements from others and made something new, it’s beautiful.  Come Together is a great message of togetherness that needs to be reinforced in today’s climate, also exclaiming that ‘Music Is Just Music’ taken from of a speech given by Jesse Jackson at the Wattstax concert in 1972. At 10:22 it is the lengthiest song but every second is sumptuous.        

Screamadelica is a prime example of why music is wonderful and precious to so many people the place it takes you is one of true pleasure. The album is heralded as a classic by many, many fans, music lovers and critics alike I also resonate with them after giving it the time it deserves. No other word can be used to describe it. You won’t want to come down from this one.

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Jay Som – Intimate Pop Brilliance (Composed in Her Bedroom!)

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                                      Jay Som’s Bandcamp Where You Can Listen to the Entire Discography

Jay Som (performing name) A.K.A Melina Duterte is the quickly rising artist based out of Oakland, California originating from the city of Brentwood , CA. Who has just released her first official debut record, Everybody Works via Polyvinyl (a label that has some great bands alongside Jay Som e.g. PWR BTTM and Ladyhawke).

I shall get into Everybody Works in a moment because there are a number of singles (7) and one collection of and I quote, “unfinished and finished songs” together making Turn IntoDating back from January 2012 named See You, Later, 2014’s forget about it kid through to this year’s album. Quick note it is all made by Duterte in her bedroom and it sounds just as good if not better than some artists on a bigger budget whom use recording studios. Add that to her skills in playing multiple instruments, self production and composition Som’s CV is already pretty loaded.   

Up until I Think Your Alright/Rush the songs are all in the same ball park but when Rush came along with its Hawaiian breeze like movements, the upbeat guitar then towards the end that fuzz that is apparent in most of her music enters, it was a sign of what Jay Som could do but also what she wanted to do. It is a very uplifting track that certainly paths the way to what was to come.  

After that the collection of songs that make up Turn Into (recorded from March 2o14 to October 2015) was released. However unlike the singles that came directly before it, it is darker because it came out of a time where Duterte was in a bad place. But greyness is not the only colour on it, subtle yellows, purples and greens do show mainly through the uses of guitar lines and vocals brightening the real, relatable and shadowy lyrics.

‘Are you afraid?
I’m not ashamed to feel this way,
You always say “a father would never leave his kids, he’d stay”
But I’m afraid,
You’re breathing in but you’ve been dead the whole time,
I’m looking in,
Am I too late to see you in the light?’

The above lyrics are from the second track Ghost by just reading those words plus the title you may come to the assumption that it is all grey and my statement is false. Upon hearing the single there is a pop quality in there. SLOW again radiates with beautiful colour through the ‘ahh, ahhh, ahh, ahh, ahhhhs’ mixed with the jangly tones, positive mid-paced drums. What Dream Pop is started to make more sense the more I gave it a listen.

Everybody Works if you can believe it was made in the same room as Turn Into but the rawness left, the DIY production took a step up. Now it genuinely sounds like it was made in the best studio money can buy. Resulting in a delightful record that does not only contain some great pop hits but also some funk, plus a slower side is also shown. Never has the phrase ‘a breath of fresh air’ been more fitting. An orchestral soft rising number opens the record named Lipstick Stains it is short, being it all it needs to do, but letting the listener know that the following 33 minutes is going to be a divers adventure.

The lead single The Bus Song has lyrics that again one can relate in places but as ever are purposefully vague. A conscious decision in all of Duterte’s writing leading to a number of standout moments one of those is a verse from The Bus Song,

‘Are Secrets Still a Thing, Are Secrets Still a Thing,
In The Land of Make Believe,
You Can Hide but Can’t Deceive,
I Can’t Tell You Anything, I Can’t Tell You Anything’

Not only is it a great verse but can be interpreted as an observation of modern society’s inability to keep secrets due to Facebook and the media (I am defiantly reading too much into that).

Everybody Works the title track came from the view that a lot of people have of the profession of being a musician which obviously means you are lazy and you should get a ‘real job’ but music like all jobs has worth. But the way I read into the meaning of the song and think that is also something that’s being pointed out is the message why try and be something else other than yourself. Hence Everybody Works.

One More Time, Please is somewhat the wrong title as after hearing it you’ll want to hear it more than just one more time. It is funky with a groovy lick plus a hell of a guitar solo which should make it onto an epic solo list of 2017. It is completely the opposite to the on 1 Billion Dogs which is really jarring.

After a good amount of time listening to Jay Som I still am unsure what Dream Pop is, or if she should be put in that genre. As the music has evolved into many different sounds all of them fantastic and Turn Into plus Everybody Works are outstanding records. It is even more impressive that she plays all/most of the instruments herself and it is all recorded in her bedroom! The hard work, dedication and truly good music that is a product of that should be listened to by all. Jay Som/Melina Duterte is a inspiration for everyone to follow, and her music works.

 

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