Album Review

Let’s Talk About Bishop Briggs’ Debut EP

What a nice day to wake up and find out that Bishop Briggs, one of my most anticipated artists, just released her debut EP. Bishop Briggs is a stage name of British musician based in Los Angles, Sarah Grace McLaughlin. You may already heard her singles, like River, since last year. Some describe her music as dark pop, some as alternative rock, but one thing for sure, I began to watch her music since the first time I heard her single, River. 

Fresh, crisp, and powerful are what cross my mind when I hear Bishop Briggs’ debut EP. The self-title EP consists of 6 songs, featuring some of her famous singles and two new songs, that I bet will easily winning lots of its listener’s heart.

The EP starts with River, the one that successfully put her name into broader acknowledgment. As an opening, this song is not only convince you that you are in the right track to find something good, but also gives you a glimpse of what will you get. Next in line, she puts a new song, Dark Side. If River’s intro is quite heavy, she starts Dark Side with fingerpicking guitar melody before launch her powerful voice in chorus and effortlessly playing the tension. Determined to keep your attention, Briggs put The Way I Do. She greets you with her high-pitch voice that dance along with the humming background, which slightly reminds me of Rag N’ Bone Man’s music. Next, she gives you a relatively slow tempo songs, Wild Horses and Dead Man‘s Arms, but still with more or less same enchanting formula–support by the choir, hand clapping, and finger clicking. Though I don’t find Wild Horses’ tune as gripping and upbeat as the first 3 songs,  I like how she combines the heavy electro tunes with the guitar. She close the EP with another new song, The Fire. With a simple drum beat that grip my attention, she put her powerful voice on point. It is indeed a clever move because here, it feels like she restating her music nuance and promising you that her music will linger on your mind, which is exactly what I feel now.

 

Here, take a listen to Bishop Briggs EP and feel free to share with us what you think of the EP 🙂

Ika

 

 

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Most Anticipated

Mating Ritual

You may or may not have heard the name of Mating Ritual before. Mating Ritual is a solo project from Ryan Marshall Lawhon, the lead vocal and guitarist of Pacific Air. Actually, Mating Ritual isn’t a new name in the music industry. According to its official site, Lawhon first introduces the existence of Mating Ritual back in September 2014. Ever since then, Mating Ritual already released some singles and an EP.

Though clearly Mating Ritual has start its journey long before, I still choose it as our most anticipated artist this month because 1) I only found out about Mating Ritual couple weeks ago and instantly love the music and 2) next month, Mating Ritual will release its first full LP, called How You Gonna Stop It?. The LP will be release in two volumes, the first one, consist of 7 songs, has been released earlier this year while the last volume will be out this May, 3) the first volume already won my ¾ heart!

From its official Spotify account we can take a glimpse of how’s the LP sounds like. I myself feel it like a collision between an alternative rock and electro. And the impact of that collision is a burst of energies. Take How You Gonna Stop It? as an example, it is indeed a question that pops up in my mind when I hear this upbeat song, “how you gonna stop this urge to dance and sing along the question of growing up?” The same feeling also occurred in American Muscle and Second Chance. In this album, Mating Ritual worked with Lizzy Land in two songs, Cold and Night Lies. It was thanks to Cold that I found Mating Ritual’s music and began digging more of his music.

On his blog, he talked a bit about his nostalgic point of view of an album, where we used to patiently listening to a whole album because of the lack of ability to skip song when you hear it in CD or even a cassette. I couldn’t agree more with him. Those era train us to not only giving an album a full chance to steal our attention but also becoming a soundtrack to our memories. Though nowadays you can easily skip song in album, I believe, it is safe to say that, you won’t want to skip any song in this album. Yes, that is how good the first volume for me and the base reason why I pick Mating Ritual as our Most Anticipated musician this month.

Here’s the first volume of How You Gonna Stop It?, I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

Ika

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Throw Back Thursday

Youth of The Nation by P.O.D

Calling all the rock music lover, especially the ones who grow up in 2000’s, here, I present you one of the rock singles from that era, Youth of The Nation from P.O.D. The song was released in their 4th studio album, Satellite, in 2001. The lyric talk about the series of school shooting that happen in America and problems that almost teenager happen to face. I still feel the thrill whenever I hear the intro, the blasting bass and the haunting drum tune, and the chill when I hear the lyrics.  It is no wonder that the song become one of the nominees of Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2003.

If you miss this song as much as I do, here, just press the play button 🙂

Ika

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Wherever You Will Go by The Calling

Our last #ThrowbackThursday in 2016 goes to Wherever You Will Go by The Calling, an American alternative rock band. Taken from their debut album in 2001, Camino Palmero, this song immediately uplifting The Calling’s name. I consider this love song as a stuck-able song. The guitar melody, Alex Band’s soulful voice, simple yet sweet lyrics, all of them made this song so easy listening and enjoy by lot of people–female, male, old or young people. This is the kind of song that once you know, you’ll find it easy to sing it again even after 15 years later. 🙂

Ika

 

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With You by Linkin Park

Raise your hand if you grow up with this American alternative rock band, Linkin Park. I did–again, thanks to my brother’s music taste. I remember, their debut album, Hybrid Theory, was totally a thing and phenomenal. Maybe because, at that time, Linkin Park brought new air in rock music. They combine electro music, hip hop, rap rock, with rock music, not to forget the way they insert synthesizer into their music, it’s a treat no one can resist to enjoy. The duet between Mike Shinoda and Charles Bennington’s voices are also what makes Linkin Park’s music an addicting thing. I believe lot of people will agree that Hybrid Theory is one of the best alternative rock album ever released.

Now, to pick only one song from this album to be our #ThrowBackThursday is a hard job. I debated with my own self whether to pick In The EndCrawlingRunawayBy Myself, or… all of them. Well, life is so full of choices but too often you can only choose one, so here I am choosing With You as our #TBT. Hope this single will trigger your memory of 2000’s alternative rock era and makes you treat yourself by listening to this album. Enjoy!

Ika

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Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers

The perk of having a big brother is, you, almost positively, have a wide access to a lot of alternative rock bands. At least, that is what happen to me. My brother loves Red Hot Chili Peppers and, back to the late 90’s where buying cassettes were a secondary need for teenagers, he played their cassette every day. And because I love following him around, I began to acquaintance with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ music.

In our #ThrowBackThursday this time, I’d like to share one of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song that I like and remind me of my teenage era, Californication 🙂 Taken from their 7th album with the same tittle for the album, I used to like Californication for its slow down, slightly sad melody. But once I began to understand the English language, I realized that this song is actually have a deep meaning. Now, let’s hit the play button bellow and give some time to relax and listen to one of the hit single in 90’s 🙂

Ika

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Everything You Want by Vertical Horizon

Since we’re in the spirit of #ThrowBackThursday galore, we’d like to share another favorite song from 1999. This time it is Everything You Want from the alternative rock band from Washington D.C, Vertical Horizon.

Just a couple hours ago, out of nowhere, we sang one of the famous lyrics from Vertical Horizon while we did our work, “I am everything you want, I am everything you need, I am everything inside of you that you wish you could be…” and whooozzz my mind swept back into my teenage era. Yes, I grew up with Everything You Want album from Vertical Horizon. For me, the album is so easy listening and singable. I love both Matt Scannell and Keith Kane’s voice and the way they deliver the emotion in every song, that is why I think this album is singable. Also, the melody in every song feels just in a right amount, making it sounds effortlessly good. No wonder, this album could bring Vertical Horizon name soared into the music industry.

Actually, I have  a hard time to decide which songs that I want to put as my #TBT since I love You’re a God, Everything You Want, Finding Me, Miracle, or Shackled. In fact, I need to listen to the whole album before deciding Everything You Want as my #TBT. Hope you enjoy this song as much as I am 🙂

Ika

 

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