Last year saw Zico go introspective. His genre-bending Thinking LP, an amalgamation of two stellar extended plays which showed the artist at his most vulnerable, was firmly rooted in both obvious, and subtle, self-reflection. Shifting from mid-tempo acoustics (“Balloon”), to striking piano melodies (“The language of flowers”), all the way to abrasive, cocky trap-infused hip-hop (“another level”), the 27-year-old offered a masterclass in musicality throughout the album’s 36-minute runtime, triumphing in his attempts to show a fresher, more self-effacing side to himself. Despite its minimal mainstream popularity, Thinking undoubtedly cemented Zico’s long-term sustainability as part of Korea’s musical backbone, and further proved that he was more than just a surface-level hit-maker.
I honestly have no idea how Danish folk group, Valravn got into my music library, but I'm glad they did. Valravn's name is taken from Danish Folklore. The band themselves started off as an ensemble who specialised in medieval music but have since then expanded their audience and becoming a nice little folk band that makes some grand music. I enjoyed their album, Koder på snor and one of the highlights of that album for me is Kroppar.
There is nothing quite like finding new music that lightens up the world a little. When this happens while stuck staring at the same four walls for weeks on end during a lockdown in the middle of a depressing global pandemic, finding good new music helps take the edge off the mind numbing combined boredom and fear is like striking a particularly nice seam of gold. This is what you might experience with the second album by Blank Spaces ‘A Home Away From Home’, released on 1 May 2020, via bandcamp, pointing to some musical talent that the world should hear more about, and in this interview with Daniel Gallagher, singer, songwriter and guitarist, we will do just that.
In 2005 Elton John celebrated the 30th anniversary of 1975's excellent autobiographical album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy with a concert performing (almost) the entire album in sequence at Madison Square Garden. (Elton opted to exclude "Tower of Babel" and "Writing" from the concert.) It accompanied the release of a Deluxe Edition double-CD set that featured a 1975 performance of the as-yet unreleased entire album given with a brand-new band before a Wembley Stadium crowd. Now to say that playing an album to an audience unfamiliar with the songs nor the band was a challenge would be an understatement, especially as the bill was filled with hitmakers like the Beach Boys, Chicago and the Eagles.
Lady Gaga’s newest album Chromatica just released yesterday! I could not wait and played it instantly. As soon as the first song played I knew I was in for a treat. I am a long term fan of Gaga and was ecstatic to hear she was bringing out a pop album. I do love Joanne, do not get me wrong but a pop album is what I really needed right now.
Harry Styles: Fine Line is an album that I didn't think I'd expect to like as much as I did. I haven't heard his previous album but this album makes me want to go back to check it out. I only know that he's a member of one direction but I never really listened to their music either. I think I might be becoming a fan.
Andy Robbins is back with a new 5 track EP, Sinners & Charlatans.
Taylor Swift’s much anticipated seventh studio album Lover, in three weeks became the best-selling album of the year in the U.S. Can you say this is much of a surprise considering the last record holder was Swift herself with the album Reputation? Lover has been breaking records in China and the UK and too many other places to list, but will it stand the test of time and outshine her previous works?
Geri Halliwell released her third album Passion on this day (June 6) back in 2005. Passion is a far more cohesive album than any of Geri's previous records in the sense that there are no dramatic swings in genre and style. Instead the album offers a pleasant mix of upbeat numbers and lush tender ballads. There is nothing as mad or over the top on this effort as ''Shake Your Bootie Cutie'' or ''It's Heaven Or Hell (Being Geri Halliwell)'' - both taken from Geri's last album Scream If You Wanna Go Faster.
It's been a while since I last uploaded an album review, but I am back! (Clearly, I have nothing else to do...)
The Renaissance Woman lays it all out on the table in her latest project Accidental Wine. This selection of ten songs is curated to prominent piano chords and laced with heavy, but whimsical lyrics. Each track is like a diary entry, often recounting in vivid detail her questions of purpose, responses to unrequited love, the admittance of self-doubt, and the strive to be defined by more than just her body on the journey of self-empowerment. Accidental Wine is honest and heart-wrenching as The Renaissance Woman brings us to her pain and allows it to filter through us. While we stand to evaluate the aftermath, The Renaissance Woman leaves us on a reminiscent note, asking, “where did all the time go?” in her final track, “Old Houses, Empty Fields”. It’s an examination all too familiar to those in our early twenties. Accidental Wine is not bold. Accidental Wine does not inflict discomfort because it’s not in your face. Instead, the searing ebbs and flows of hope The Renaissance Woman finds herself in as an American woman who will not stand for her womanism to be silenced is the unapologetic statement we all need.