Gigs and Festivals Alert

Gigs & Festivals Alert on February 2017

Hello again folks! Already have a plan to attend some gigs or music festivals this February? Well, if you still don’t have any plan or clueless about what gigs do you want to attend, you can read the list of gigs and festivals around Asia and Australia below. Go get secure your gig and festival ticket and wish you have so much fun in there.

February 1st 2017

Glass Animals – Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

February 2nd 2017

Woodlock – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia

February 3rd 2017

Laneway Music Festival (Feat. Aurora, Glass Animals, Tame Impala, Chet Faker, etc) – Harts Mill Port, Adelaide, South Australia

February 4th 2017

Laneway Music Festival (Feat. Aurora, Glass Animals, Tame Impala, Chet Faker, etc) – Sydney College of Arts, New South Wales, Australia

February 5th 2017

Laneway Music Festival (Feat. Aurora, Glass Animals, Tame Impala, Chet Faker, etc) – Esplanade Reserve and West End, Fremantle, West Australia

February 25th 2017

James Blake – Tokyo International Forum Hall A, Tokyo, Japan

That’s it! You can check the ticket in songkick.com for more info. Wish you have so much fun this month folk! 🙂

Elsa

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In Our Humble Opinion

Best Albums in 2016 (Ika version)

Wow, can’t believe that 2016 just passed us! Though we are ready to embrace 2017, we thought we will share our own version of “5 Best Albums in 2016” as a tribute to 2016. Please note that this lists are pure our opinion and we will be more than glad if you share with us too your own version of 5 best albums in 2016 🙂

Okay, here comes my 5 Best Albums in 2016:

5. Big Mess by Grouplove

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Released on last September 9th, 2016, the third album from Grouplove, Big Mess, won my heart for its full energy tunes. Some songs are a perfect companion for your morning errands. I once described this album as “a roller coaster mood journey” because you can dance and sing wholeheartedly at some point and at the other you just want to sit and listen to Hannah Hooper’s and Christian Zucconi’s voices.

Most Favourite song: Don’t Stop Making It Happen

4. Robyn Sherwell by Robyn Sherwell

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This debut album of British electro-pop singer, Robyn Sherwell, was immediately captivating me when I heard it. For a debut album, Sherwell successfully introduce her music colour. You can find a red line in every song in this album–minimal instruments, like piano, guitar or pounding drum, that pointing out her soft, soulful voice. Her voice maybe sound soft, but you can feel the firmness of her music in the melody. I rarely found an album where all the songs are equally enjoyable, but I dare to say that this debut album is the totally enjoyable one.

Most Favourite song: My Hand

3. Wrong Crowd by Tom Odell

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I am a new fan of Tom Odell music, thanks to his second album, Wrong Crowd, which out last June 10th, 2016. I love how Odell deliver each song, full emotion and mean it. I love the simple yet deep lyric and the richness melody in every song. I remember how this album bewitched me, dominating my music preference, for months I just want to listen to this album. Well, I think any other Odell’s fans will agree that this album worth the 3 years of waiting.

Most Favourite song: Silhouette

2. Wild World by Bastille

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I love Bastille’s music since their debut album, Bad Blood, era. And I’m glad their second album, Wild World, shows how their music grow. They explore their music using new instruments, even widen up their genre, and I love, love, love, how you still be able tracing their true colour despite the lot of new tunes. Also, I salute them for their thoughtful lyrics, their effort to raising awareness of what is happening in this social politic life, in this, indeed, wild world.

Most Favourite song: Way Beyond

1. The Colour in Anything by James Blake

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I put James Blake’s third album, The Colour in Anything, in the first place for one ultimate reason, which I proved it my self. The reason is, his album triggers me to creates another form of arts.

Most Favourite song: Modern Soul

There, my 5 best albums in 2016. We’ll be more than glad if you share with us your best albums in 2016 too 🙂 Happy new year, folks!

Ika

 

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Album Review

Album Review: The Colour in Anything by James Blake

Before we start talking about this album, I want to tell you that I won’t compare Blake’s past works with this album because I haven’t listening—have heard, but not listening–to the other albums. So, my review will be limited to what I feel toward this album.

ALBUM REVIEW: THE COLOUR IN ANYTHING BY JAMES BLAKE

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I’ve been listening to this album, which being released on last May, for the past two months and still listening to it until now. It becomes a habit of mine to wake up in the weekend morning and play this album while lay in my bed, sometimes doing nothing, other time reading or painting. And in the case of painting, I once heard that a good art will trigger anyone who sees or hears it to creates another form of arts. Blake’s album do that. Hence, I pick it as my album review.

The album begin with a slow down tempo, broken hearted song, which gives you a dark melody, called Radio Silence. With repetition lyrics, Blake builds the mood of the song, as if asking you to truly listening before increasing the tempo—hypnotizing and making you wonder what will come next? Of course, he doesn’t dissapoint you, the song end with a hum as engaging as the repetition lyrics. The almost same formula also pop in the next song, Points, and in the less dark melody songs, like Timeless, Two Men Down, and Modern Soul.

You can find yourself sing along with Blake in Love Me in Whatever Way. This song is wrapped in a constant beat and relatively long lyrics, but he still close the song with his signature hum. Another sing along songs are Put That Away And Talk To Me, My Willing Heart—let me know whether you can or cannot resist to swing your body while listening it, and Noise Above Our Heads. In f.o.r.e.v.e.r., Waves Know Shores, The Colour in Anything, and Meet You In The Maze, Blake proves that by just listening to his soothing voice, some with the piano melody, is as enjoyable as the other songs.

A touch of piano jazz appears in Always, while the only, slightly up beat song in this album probably is Choose Me—which become my favourite, along with Radio Silense, My Willing Heart, Noise Above Our Heads, Modern Soul, and I Need a Forest Fire. The last one, which is his work with Bon Iver, is an astonishing one. Since the very beginning, the intro successfully catches my attention. Like Radio Silence, Blake builds the mood patiently, letting Bon Iver deliver some lines before joining him and together their voices intertwine, gripping you till the last second of the song. My only least favourite goes to I Hope My Life. It doesn’t mean the song is not good, no, I just find it a little dull—too monotone, than the others.

For me, Blake’s music is a combination of something mesmerizing and strange, a new territory that I’m keen to explore. Hopefully, there will be a chance to attend his gig one day. Meanwhile, if you haven’t check the album, you can check it now by clicking the play button below. Enjoy and let me know what you think about the album too 🙂

Ika

 

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Currently Listening To

Radio Silence by James Blake

I have this one theory that, not only you can’t force yourself to like or dislike some music, but also, sometimes, you need time to embrace some music. Here’s the study case. Two years ago, I went back to my hostel leaving James Blake’s set on Laneway music festival. Two years ago, I won’t have any patience to listen to Blake’s slow-full of silent gap song, even if just for one song. Well, I wouldn’t mind to listen to his song but I wouldn’t willingly press the play button. In short, three years ago, James Blase was definitely not my cup of tea. But then time pass, and three years later, I find it soothing and kinda therapy to listen to Blake’s smooth voice, even if he just humming, and his slow down tempo music.

Something maybe change in my self, or Blake’s decision to work with Bon Iver is one of the right decisions he ever made, or his track listing is the one of the greatest arrangements he ever made, or God knows what, one thing for sure, The Colour in Anything gets me. I’m glad he works with Bon Iver because it sparks my curiosity, which lead me to liking his new album and liking his music. And now, I have to admit, not only I’m willingly press the play button over and over again, but also, I kind a regret leaving his set and wanting to see him perform alive. So, don’t be like me. Have a listen to one of my fave songs in Blake’s album here 🙂

Ika

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Gigs and Festivals Alert

Gigs and Festivals in July 2016

I have to apologize for the super late announcement for the Gigs and Festivals in July 2016. I still get dumbstruck after the long holiday, I think. So, forgive me once again okay? 🙂

Here are the lists of gigs and festivals around Southeast Asia and Australia in July 2016. Hope you have a good time attending one or some of the gigs below 🙂

14th July 2016

Ladyhawke – The Zoo, Fortitude Valley, Queensland, Australia

15th July 2016

Ladyhawke – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

16th July 2016

Ladyhawke – Howler, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia

25th July 2016

Tegan and Sara – 170 Russell (Formerly Billboard), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

26th July 2016

James Blake – Hodern Pavilion, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Tegan and Sara – Metro Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Låpsley – Howler, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia

27th July 2016

Låpsley – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

James Blake –  Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

28th July 2016

James Blake – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, Australia

29th July 2016

Tegan and Sara – The Star Theatre, Singapore

PS: I really looking forward to October because there’s one gig I’m eager to watch! Will tell you the update if we manage to get the ticket 🙂

Ika

 

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