Lush’s 1989 Debut ‘Scar’: A Melodious Piece To Consider

Lush’s debut mini record, Scar, released on October 9th, 1989, is a rather underrated piece. Lush aren’t as well recognized for their shoegazing as My Bloody Valentine or Slowdive are, however they should. Despite that later Lush would go on to lean more onto britpop rather than alternative or shoegaze, this album shows how sticking to the simple staples of riffs, drumming, and melodies in general can get you somewhere. It is a simple album, and a short one with only six tracks, but it’s an easy one to listen to

Despite the morbid lyrics that you can hear in ‘Baby Talk’, the way the song is kept at a steady tempo with an edgy guitar strumming makes it all so attractive. ‘Thoughtforms’ feels like a dream with the way the tempo of the strumming is painted in the song along with the beautifully harmonized vocals and neat bass line. Those riffs in ‘Thoughtforms’ give texture to the vocals and the song, making it such an easy song to listen to with a certain depth. The song ‘Etheriel’ has a similar sweetness to it, however the combination of familiar elements being infused makes the song remarkable. It really seems to stay with you, a similar impact that you would feel with ‘Thoughtforms’. It’s easy to listen to, but at the same time it goes under your skin, and a lot of that comes from the way all the elements in the song are used to create an atmosphere for the listener. ‘Bitter’ has these easy-listening vibes going on as the melody is rather simple, however the vocals have edge, and this gives the song more significance.

Lush were great at making all of this happen, if it wasn’t the instrumentals then it was the vocals. ‘Scarlet’ has a lightness to it in its melody and vocals, much lighter than ‘Bitter’, making this song rather airy. However, we certainly don’t lose the alternative and shoegazing consistency of the album in this song. The edgiest and roughest song to listen to on the album is probably ‘Second Sight’, it sounds so hazy both vocally and instrumentally, but the thing with Lush and the stuff that they make is that they always maintain some kind of melody in the song no matter how light or rough the texture of it is. This is probably why you can see them in certain albums, such as in Scar as shoegaze and alternative legends, and in other albums such as Lovelife more as britpop gems. However, the band certainly know pop without any bullshit, in other words, they seem to know what’s good quite a bit.

The album appears to be a creative and unique work of art, and Steve Rippon has claimed that the elements incorporated into the album are familiar, however they are combined differently. This is very important to consider, as the album by itself really isn’t that pioneering, however it being a part of that creative shoegaze atmosphere in England during the late 80s-early-90s gives the whole thing more momentum. This seems to be a fairly underrated album, even if it is their debut album, Scar surely leaves a mark in the world of alternative and shoegaze. It is one of those albums that seems to have the right sound to make you fall in love.

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Never Mind The Bollocks… Here’s THE SEX PISTOLS

After having purchased the Sex Pistols’ first and last studio album in a vintage store, I rapidly became interested in what the album was all about. The songs featured in this album were considered very controversial back in England in the late 1970s. A lot of the album’s content was some kind of criticism on society and politics, each composed in a unique manner, which later on went to influence punk rock in general.

The Sex Pistols, might not be the most liked group in history, but if you’re a lover of music then there’s bound to be something you dig about these guys. Some of the stuff that you’ll hear about them will make your jaws drop. They were obviously not scared of any authority, and therefore they never held back their opinions and views. This is something that came to represent the antiestablishment/ antigovernment rage that the youth in Europe were expressing ever-so-vividly in that period of time. It was about time for the Sex Pistols to come along and show themselves as these fearless punks who honestly didn’t care what the rest of the world thought about them.

Album Review: Blackstar – David Bowie

Upon the coming of such a horrid tragedy that the world is still grieving about, I’ve decided to not only review David Bowie’s final album, but also to pinpoint how majestic and amazing the man truly was. His career spanned decades, and he was still able to make himself very relevant to all those generations. Maybe we won’t ever know the secret to his success directly, however, right now we can listen to Blackstar and dwell into those last days before David Bowie, our spaceboy, set off into space.

David Bowie Departs Peacefully

To much of everyone’s shock and grief, early this morning the legend David Bowie has died after an 18-month battle with cancer. It is indeed a tremendous loss for many of us that adored his art and craftsmanship. Just a few days ago, David turned 69 and that’s when he released his last album ‘Blackstar’. Listening to the album right now after this tragic news is slightly eerie, however, listening to it now would also make a lot of sense. The song ‘Lazarus’ perhaps could give us an insight into the tragedy of the singer’s death, however it is goose-bump material! This is because David communicates his message of death so clearly in the song that it truly feels like a message made for his fans who would be grieving his death. The music video is very symbolic with him on what it seems to be his death bed and his eyes all bandaged up. He seems to be jotting his thoughts and ideas with a lot of energy in a journal at certain times, and the actual scenery of the whole music video is very dark and mortal.

The actual song itself is beautifully crafted with simplicity and of course a lot of thought. There isn’t a single doubt that David Bowie is a genius and a true artist, he knows what he is doing. The song creates an atmosphere that is very appropriate for a tragedy but with a hint of freedom as he sings “You know I’ll be free/ Just like that bluebird”. David also sings about being in danger and that he’s “got nothing left to lose”, as well as the fact that he claims he has “scars that can’t be seen”. At first when the song was released many fans heard the lyrics in a manner of metaphors, but now everything is much too real in this song .

It still feels absolutely unreal that David Bowie has died, it is almost like some kind of nightmare. I never knew the guy, wish I got to meet him though, we would’ve had the most interesting conversations ever. For sure he has left an immortal mark in this world, especially for those involved in art. His song “Changes” which he released earlier on in his career has impacted many in retrospective, it surely has impacted me on a very personal basis. The very first album of his that I bought was ‘Hunky Dory’ and it stunned me so much as an artist. ‘Hunk Dory’ was such a unique album, everything about it was so inspirational and even self -fulfilling. Within every song my younger self felt the inspiration to make such beautiful art as well, and also to view the world in such colour, with no filters, and lots of acceptance. As a young adult chasing a dream of art and truth in this world, David Bowie served as a huge motivation and inspiration in many of my choices. David sang for the masses but he never lost himself in doing so, he was a man of courage and a large will to be different. His songs were able to reach out to those who somehow didn’t feel accepted and the world he created through his music was a world of colour, humour and beauty. He was a poet, an artist, a beautiful human being.

 

What is feminist punk rock and what do riot grrrls consist of?

All questions which correspond to this video which talks about this remarkable movement in the early 1990s brought to us by strong revolutionary women determined to make a significant difference on society. These were the third wave feminists who were culturally liberating women, and they stood up for everybody, even for men. They wanted to be recognised but they certainly did not want to be underestimated by mainstream society for simply their sex. Be sure to check out the video as this is indeed a memorable movement that can sometimes even be forgotten due to today’s own commotions that feminism holds.