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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Currently Listening To

If U C My Enemies by Rubblebucket

 

Today is the first Monday in April! To all of you who feel the lack of enthusiasm, here, I share my secret, my one of the songs that never fail energizing my day, come gather and listen to Rubblebucket’s song, If U C My Enemies

My first encounter with this indie pop dance band from Brooklyn, USA, is through their Carousel Ride EP in 2014. After two years, finally Rubblebucket released their new EP, If U C My Enemies–same title as this up beat and catchy song, on last January.

I really love the way they present this song, with blast of brass, then haunting drum, follow by the enchanting Annakalmia Traver’s voice (the way she shouts “Ha!”), and oh the hand clapping part! Not only the addicting tunes that bewitched me, the lyrics also never fail to make me smile and the chorus gets me sing it every time I hear it :)) Gee, see for yourself whether you can resist to swing your body when you listen to this song.

Ika

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Playlist

Playlist: What We Probably Miss in January

Yes, the title speak quite loud about what this playlist contains about. I kept being late in discovering new good music. Still, I couldn’t keep them to myself. So, here I curate new music that released in January, as January will end in two more days, and hope you’ll enjoy this playlist as much as I am 🙂

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Currently Listening To

m’lover by Kishi Bashi

I fall in love with this song since the intro. Hey ho, the melody of this song is so dynamic and uplifting mood.

Kishi Bashi is a stage name of Kaoru Ishibashi, an America musician. He is known as a singer, songwriter, and a multi-instrumentalist–he plays violin, guitar, keyboards and also do the programming. This radiant song, m’lover, is taken from his latest studio album, Sonderlust, which out last September this year. Like I said before, this song grips my attention since the intro. I love how he reveals bite by bite the music composition–soon after the finger picking guitar or violin–here comes the mystery–intro, he greets you with a playful percussion and a building tempo, next thing you know he teasing you to dance along the chorus part. Man, this song pour lots of good vibe into its listener. It’s hard to keep feeling gloomy when you hear these enchanting tunes. Here, press the play button and let’s, even for a moment, feel happy with Kishi Bashi’s love song, m’lover.

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News

The Wait Is Over, Bastille’s New Album, Wild World, Is Out Now!

After waiting for years, Bastille finally release their brand new album, called Wild World, to the real wild world today. They release the album in two version, the standard and complete version. The standard consist of 14 songs, while the complete version consist of 19 songs. The five additional songs including Way Beyond, Oil On WaterCampusShame, and The Anchor. The album greets you with the first single they had released before, Good Grief, then follow by The Current, which some of the fans already familiar with. Beside The Current, fans finally get a chance to hear the studio version of Power, Blame, Snakes, and Campus, which had been introduced by Bastille on their gig since last year.

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For some of Bastille’s fans maybe they already received a warning that the band would like to do lots of exploration and experiment in this album. They did. You’ll find the heavy guitar that Dan once told fans, like in The Currents and Blame. Through Sent Them Off!, Oil On Water and Shame, we can deduce that trumpet sure become Bastille’s new buddy. You can also find a trace of their love toward movie in some of their intro, like in the Sent Them Off!. Even the way Dan presents the songs are also has a touch of exploration, like in the An Act of Kindness and Way Beyond. Also, almost all songs has a part of monologue like the one in a documentation or old movie.

The album may explore lots of new tunes, but you’ll still be able to recognize Bastillle’s signature, like the strings in Glory, the haunting backing vocals, the deep and thoughtful lyrics, and of course Dan’s voice. Worry not, most of the songs in Wild World still suit perfectly as our festival anthem. It kind a hard not to jump or dancing along with Bastille’s up beat song. In case you haven’t pre order the album, I suggest you to buy the complete version because I bet you don’t want to miss the studio version of Campus. Oh yes, Campus is one of my favorite in this album, together with Good GriefAn Act of KindnessWarmthWay BeyondOil on Water, and Shame. Meanwhile, here take a listen to the new album of Bastille, Wild World, and share with us your thought of the album 🙂

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Silhouette by Tom Odell

If you haven’t heard, Tom Odell just released his second LP, called Wrong Crowd, on last June 10. The deluxe album contains of 15 songs that I just cannot stop listening until now. I have so many reason why, but my top reason is because of the piano thing is my thing, and Odell satisfying my need of piano melody through this album. One of my fave song from this album is Silhouette, beside the tittle album itself, Wrong CrowdMagnetised, Sparrow, Concrete, and… I can really going on talking about my fave songs but let’s stick into our topic, which is Currently Listening To, first 🙂

I fall for the lyric, fall for the irony of an up beat melody to describe the loss, fall for the little yet stunning detail–the piano and the violin, and the emotion in the way Tom’s sing. All those things making me playing the song over and over and eventually make this song my Currently Listening To song. Here’s the song, have a listen and tell me what do you think, okay? 🙂

Ika

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Album Review

Album Review: Moth by Chairlift

I love Chairlift. But, before Moth, there used to be only one song that hooked me so much in their album, like I belong To Your Arms in their album–Something or Bruises in their album–Does You Inspire You. Both songs are so good that it still makes me curious whenever Chairlift releases a single or an album.

ALBUM REVIEW: MOTH BY CHAIRLIFT

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Track listing:

1. “Look Up” 2:14
2. “Polymorphing” 4:43
3. “Romeo” 3:08
4. “Ch-Ching” 3:47
5. “Crying in Public” 4:28
6. “Ottawa to Osaka” 4:55
7. “Moth to the Flame” 2:57
8. “Show U Off” 3:32
9. “Unfinished Business” 4:33
10. “No Such Thing as Illusion” 6:26

You can quite expect what will you get from Moth the first time you listen to Look Up as the opening for the album. Yes, it promising us an experiment in electro-pop music with a various tempo and Caroline Polachek voice still dominating the songs. There’s quite experiment with saxophone in Polymorphing and enchanting experiment tunes in Ottawa to Osaka and No Such Thing as Illusion. Those songs are quite hypnotizing and engaging for me that I could listen to it and weirdly feel a bit calm. Though you may raise an eyebrow to read this, but Ottawa to Osaka is kinda relaxing to listen when I want to let my mind wandering around.

Aside from the new tunes, don’t you worry, you can still find their signature music in their up beat song, take a listen to RomeoCh-Ching (my favorite lyrics from all of the song in Moth!), Moth to the Flame, and Show it Off. The exact composition makes you able to sing and dancing at the same time without having to worry you’ll run out of breath. Crying in Public is also my favorite. The lyrics are touchy and the music has a charm that able to soothe you. It’s hard not to feel empathy towards this love song.

My least favorite probably will be Unfinished Business. In some parts, the high tunes makes me cringe, though this one kinda feel quite emotionally one, don’t you think? Once again, I think Polachek’s voice gives so much impact.

Now that I think what makes Moth different from and makes me like it more that their other albums is it feels like natural to listen to the songs, almost without thinking, the songs could be accompany me when I do something, commute, reading, even writing. It feels fit in. Their uniqueness lay in the hodgepodge tunes that surprisingly get along nicely with Polachek’s voice. The way she sings, which sometimes in a murmur’s mode, the other time in a high pitch’s mode, make it hard to resist to join her singing the song.

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Saving Face by Wild Child

I’ve been listening to Wild Child’s album, Fools, for more than a month and pretty sure will continuing listen to the album for months to come. Besides Fools and RenoSaving Face is another track that I couldn’t stop listening to. This song capture a different angle of love story, how pride gives you trouble in the love life, how it makes you want to laugh over your stupid behavior but then you end up helplessly cursing your pride. They deliver the song with a simple acoustic verse and build a tension with tapping drum and dancing violin after the chorus, persuading you to join them singing this song, which is always success on me. Yes, I just can’t listen to this song without, at least, humming along with Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins.

Here, click the play button and join the army, take a listen to my currently listening song, Saving Face by Wild Child 🙂

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News

“Rotten Teeth” a New Single from HOLYCHILD feat. Kate Nash

HOLYCHILD is, finally, coming back with a new single! Did I just hear a “YES!” shout from you guys? This time the American indie pop duo work with British singer songwriter Kate Nash in their brand new single, called Rotten Teeth. The collaboration bring out a dynamic tune with drums and bass made to make you dance from Louie Diller which get along nicely with Liz Nistico’s voice.

Take a listen to Rotten Teeth bellow and see if you can stand still while listening to this fresh single 🙂

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Swim by Fickle Friends

I accidentally found Fickle Friends in Soundcloud around a year ago. Their song called Play and Paris still got my ears until now. Recently, Ika (once again and seriously, if you need new music to hear, just ask her opinion!) introduced me to their new song Swim and once again, Fickle Friends totally got my attention. Swim become my morning jam and evening song when I’m on my way back home. This song has a catchy melodies that makes you want to move your body or at least stomp your feet. Yes, yes, Fickle Friends already made a great song to begin their come back moment and I can’t wait to hear their new album or EP. So, have you listen to their new song? You can listen it here and tell us what’s in your thoughts by give the comment in our blog. Thank you and enjoy the music!

Elsa

 

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