Their much anticipated album ‘Is The Is Are’ is due for release in 2016 following up their debut album ‘Oshin’. It’s about time as it has been about two years already. The band have said that their new material is far more dark than their previous stuff. The song ‘Bent (Roi’s Song)’ is catchy and sharp with its guitar riffs, it definitely features some of that initial sound that DIIV unleashed in their debut album but with more maturity and tension, especially at the beginning of the song. ‘Mire (Grant’s Song)’ is quite the shocker though, because that’s where we get to see that darkness that DIIV are talking about. The vocals in this song seem to drone on in a haunting manner along with the gorgeous guitar lines.
To be honest ‘Mire (Grant’s Song)’ is probably the most emotional piece that the band have released, it’s actually one of my favourite songs by DIIV up to now. You’ve just got to admire the resemblance that they have to Sonic Youth here, it works out so well for them. They have a similar thing going on in their other new single ‘Dopamine’ but it is just as upbeat as ‘Bent (Roi’s Song)’. ‘Mire (Grant’s Song)’ stands out a lot and creates suspense for the rest of the other songs that are yet to be released. Below you’ll find the track listing for their upcoming album.
‘Out of Mind’
‘Under the Sun’
‘Bent (Roi’s Song)’
‘Blue Boredom’ (w/ Sky Ferreira)
‘Yr Not Far’
‘Take Your Time’
‘Is The Is Are’
‘Mire (Grant’s Song)’
‘Waste of Breath’
On his second solo album Noel Gallagher plays with some sleazy riffs and clean vocals that involve a great amount of harmonies, it is more or less in touch with today’s rock n roll but still in-keeping with its originality. It is clear that he has left his Oasis days far behind (but you can still sort of hear it faintly at the heart of his solo music) and now he’s working quite hard on his solo career. His new album Chasing Yesterday is filled with catchy and upbeat songs such as “Do The Damage” which has got some very energetic vibes along with it’s drumming patterns and bright-sounding sax solo. We can see an updated version (at least a little bit) of the ‘Oasis’ that we miss with Noel’s vocals in “Come on Outside” and in the guitar riffs in “You Know We Can’t Go Back”, it totally makes us feel nostalgic. This album is bloody brilliant in terms of lyrics as well, Noel never fails us with his lyrics in almost every song. Noel’s words always build a world inside his music, which is a very admirable quality for a musician to have!
Of course, Noel Gallagher has been around for a while and he’s sort of ‘died’ in the eye of the public along with the ‘britpop’ that was popular in the 90s, however to his fans he is still as invincible as before. Sincerely, Noel is one of the few artists that even more than a decade after still has it. Most of the songs in this album show that the musician is still doing well in terms of his music, for example the song “Freaky Teeth” is stupendously roaring with rock n roll, and don’t forget the brilliant “The Girl With X-Ray Eyes” which is unforgettably beautifully composed in all aspects! However, there are songs such as “Lock All The Doors” and “The Dying of The Light” that despite them being brilliant in terms of the lyrics and having their good moments, can however get a bit flat-sounding and not as ‘fresh’ as one would perhaps want them to be. Although there are certain flaws in this album, they are minor flaws that aren’t even that noticeable, the album has its authentically beautiful moments that completely outweigh its flaws.
Have a listen to the album which is out now (and of course on the internet as well). See for yourself if you like “The Girl With X-Ray Eyes” as much as I do and appreciate the world of colour and sadness that Noel Gallagher manages to create in this second solo album of his.
This album by the band I-Exist is the first from their Humanity album series. The album sounds pretty epic with its opening track “The Birth”, where there is a short monologue that leads us into the rest of the album. The rest of the album has ‘apocalyptically’ beautiful sounds filled with life at every moment, not to mention the vocals are on point! In the song “Giving My Life” there is an impressive fusion between heavy metal and pop rock, making this an impressive song to listen to. The chorus just has you there with its ambitious guitar riffs, beautiful soaring vocals and pounding drums. I-Exist show good fusions in their songs for sure, in their song “Our Demise” there is a great heavy metal and electronic fusion, but it is put together in a manner that makes this album appear very original from I-Exist.
The duo actually formed in Indianapolis in 2007 and ever since then they’re very well known for their creativity in their songs. This band is rather a peculiar band, they are worth a listen, in fact, their whole “Humanity” series is totally worth a listen! According to the band’s Facebook page their interest is to change “lives one day at a time”, which is a very worthwhile thing to be interested in. The duo ranges their instruments from synth to cello, guitar and even flute.
Underneath you can visit their band camp page and have a listen to this album and their other albums too.
New York artist, Com Truise released his 3rd studio album on July 17th, 2012. This album seems ‘okay-ish’ not too impressive, however entertaining to some extent. The first few songs in the album seem somewhat catchy and colourful as they sound nostalgic to the 80s. “Dream Bender” is a good example of the good stuff that can be found in this album, it’s got a stable and well structured beat, and the synthesising is not all over the place like in “Stop”.
There are time in this album where one may feel their ears irritated by the amount of synthesising, it definitely needs to simmer down a bit. There are some good moments in every song where the synthesising is being used well, however there are moments like in “Stop” where you actually want to stop the song because it gets annoying. Songs like “Alfa Beach” painted some colour to the album, gaining itself some points, maybe it was because the synthesising wasn’t over the top in this song, and it had a good bass line making me want to swim into my speakers. Talking about swimming into speakers; I totally felt that in “Klymaxx” even though it got repetitive, hence completely losing its mood and making the experience drag on and boring.
This album basically makes you feel like you’re tripping and the world is melting in slow-motion. I suppose this is the kind of album that has its good moments and its downright bad moments. Rather than having really good songs it has good moments, so listen to the album for those good moments. I recommend this album as background music, maybe for some gathering where the music doesn’t 100% matter because everyone is already half smashed.
I never really got those Smiths vibes until I fully listened to them in their album “Hateful of Hollow”, it’s not their only amazing album of course, it was just the first one that I was able to find which had songs I had heard previously (Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, Handsome Devil and This Charming Man).
As I dug deeper into this album, each song stood for something making some kind of statement even if some of the songs could be perceived as vague. Songs like “Girl Afraid”, “What Difference Does It Make”, and “William It Was Really Nothing”. These songs are unique in their own way , Johnny Marr’s riffs are outstanding and this is one of the main things that drove me into falling in love with the Smiths primarily. Also, Morrissey’s lyrics have gained a special place in my heart in general, every song has this impressive set of lyrics that are a masterpiece. People need to know how good the Smiths are in general!
Morrissey always teaches me different lessons of life with his raw lyrics, not only in this album but in the majority of his albums and Smiths’ albums. He has this tendency of making his lyrics humorous, ironic and tragic with a slight touch of hope, and it all depends on how you’re feeling when you listen to his romantically flowing voice. It’s important to consider the actual greatness of “This Charming Man” because I find the lyrics to be so significant, touching upon the subject of homosexuality in a very non-pushy manner, which can be complicated to achieve. I really enjoy the fact that the song can be seen in more than just that light, you can look at it as a coming-of-identification song or just self-exploration (whichever suits you best). I appreciate how Morrissey describes the protagonist of the song as being a ‘charming’ man, but a charming man that is confused and lost. There is a clear story within this song and it’s beautiful with a bit of sadness instilled into it, just like reality! If anything Morrissey is a poet, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce are those talented musicians that back up those delicate lyrics with their sound. Indeed a match made in heaven.
Below you can check out their album on a youtube playlist:
The Doors just like many any other great bands from the 60s, are quite an enlightening band that have gone down to history, becoming memorable and well known for their psychedelic and rock n’ roll tunes. It is quite an honour to own a record of the The Doors’ self-titled debut, because it’s quite amazing. This is a perfect example of the early days when the band was working together successfully, unlike in their later record “Soft Parade” which wasn’t that popular to the fans, and Jim Morrison was having a bit of a tough time in general to put his entire focus onto that record. In contrast their first record was a popular success, it was what won the crowds over and got the girls screaming over Jim Morrison’s Grecian God-like face and curls.
In fact, I have the vinyl record which I religiously play like some kind of ritual every now and then. It is for this matter that I encourage those who are fans of The Doors to also listen to the vinyl record version of it, because it emits a kind of rawness that a random downloaded MP3 version of it could not (just like many other records as you’ll find with vinyls), it’s this emotion that each lyric can impose on you, something like a trance. It also feels as if you are suddenly in that artist/band’s world and you suddenly make sense of everything, you get vibes that feel almost godly-like and obviously out of this world. All this probably differs from person to person depending on how you initially view music, however I can assure you that listening to the record version has a more raw factor to it. With The Doors’ self-titled debut record I can feel the words Jim Morrison is singing as they echo to Ray Manzarek’s keyboard playing and come back through the speakers enlightening your mind into different parts that you never knew you had.I believe this experience to be powerful in terms of music, not to mention Jim Morrison’s outstanding lyrics, turning poetry into a simple rock n’ roll song .
The best part is “The End”, and I always save myself for that last track on the record. The lyrics always get me, they roll with the music and therefore compliment it along with Jim Morrison’s monologue feel that it has. Robby Krieger’s guitar plucking at the beginning enchants you into the song, flying you into the world where Jim Morrison’s words are, and throughout the song you get past those words by going through a journey of relationships, self-encounter and isolation.
Sure, one could argue that listening to it on loud speakers on an iPod could provide with the same groovy feeling, but that’s not the entire truth, because it all lies in its beautiful rawness. It’s even the ritual of putting the record into the player, and then handling the needle down gently, which makes records even more ‘ritualist’, making music feel like a religion. The Doors are a great band to indulge deep into this experience, both lyrically and instrumentally, but I suppose it’s all about what the record means to you personally as well.
Recently I’ve been paying much more attention to shoegaze music thanks to a few great tracks that I’ve been listening to by Deerhunter, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Neutral Milk Hotel. I have fallen into the arms of Ride with their album Nowhere, however when I listened to their 1992 album “Going Blank Again” I preferred that one and it was instant love from that moment on.
The album sounds much more ‘poppy’ than their debut album “Nowhere” as it is much lighter. Even “Going Blank Again” ‘s album art reveals its lightness, whereas the album art for “Nowhere” seems kind of oppressing when compared to this one. In fact, the band’s album reached number 5 on the UK Album Charts, which was a great success for the band due to the feedback they got for their last album “Nowhere”, since some critics found it a bit dark.
You can expect clean riffs, poppy riffs, distorted riffs, and melodic riffs from this album, all of the good stuff, basically. It’s shoegaze mixed with a pop element. You can see this pop element in the song “Twisterella”, where it’s a bit cheesy but still very joyous to listen to. The album ranges from being loud to very chilled, “Leave Them All Behind” is a good example of this, it’s all soothing at the beginning but then takes a different turn and goes all loud and distorted in a pleasing manner for the rest of the song. “Time Machine” is one of my favorites from this album, it truly feels like a time machine without being annoying or overrated. It’s one of those songs that sort of enlightens you, similarly to a poem, except with a few vocals and loads of instrumentals. This is one of those songs that you listen to on a ‘relaxing’ day as you lay in bed while closing your eyes and reflecting on your life. “Time Of Her Time” just gets you going, it sounds a bit like a fusion between pop and rock, it makes you feel so happy with the energetic guitar riffs and drumming. “Mouse Trap” has also made it on my top list, it’s pretty friendly with the harmonizing vocals and guitar stringing, however it is the guitar distortion that tops this song on my list of favorites, as it is incorporated exceptionally well.
You have got to admire that Ride incorporated the distorted guitar sounds considerably well in this album and they even make it radio friendly by adding more poppy and colorful elements than their first album. In some songs such as “Stampede”, “Time Machine”, and “Going Blank Again”, the guitar completely compliments the song by even romanticizing it with it’s riffs and stringing. This is a classic album that must never be forgotten, especially when admiring UK’s talented shoegaze bands of the 90s.