Monthly Archives: April 2016

REVIEW: Thieves & Lovers – ‘Seasons’

thieves and lovers seasonsIt would appear that Thieves & Lovers can do no wrong, as proven with their brand new four-track record, Seasons. The record kicks off with a guitar-driven, infectious, cinematic opening, “Sex & Cigarettes.” The track acts like the plea of a person who has given into their feelings, and is begging another to do the same. At the bridge, the guitar practically sings, showcasing a stunning instrumental quality that remains present throughout the record.

“See You Soon” follows as a 90s reminiscent, chilled-out song, filled with a poetic tone, accompanied by soft instrumentals. With a bittersweet goodbye, I would dare say the record is about the seasons of a relationship, or the seasons of growing up, and learning to cope with the unknown moments that will approach in life. “Waiting Game” follows a similar theme, describing the difficult work of soul-searching, and the angst of getting older, trying to figure out what you want. Again, stunning instrumentals are a prominent feature, with Brandon Stoner crooning, “It’s not the waiting, it’s the spaces in between.” He delivers the line with raw emotion, making it a truly believable performance.

However, it is the final track, “The Rain Season,” that is, hands down, my favorite song from Seasons. As a peaceful, final ode to the meaning of life and the sheer enormity of the world, the track is a resignation to the end as a whole, whether that’s the end of a relationship, the end of a life, etc. The rhythm of the track crafts this rare feeling of a live, acoustic show intimacy that wraps listeners up like a warm blanket on a bitter, cold day. And what more could you possibly ask for from a record?

Thieves & Lovers’ Seasons is out today! Click HERE to pick up a copy!

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Lights’ Acoustic ‘Midnight Machines’ Out Now, Premieres Behind-The-Scenes Video

lights midnight machinesElectro-pop artist Lights has just released Midnight Machines, an album comprised of six acoustic versions of tracks from her third studio album, Little Machines, along with two brand new-songs (“Follow You Down” and “Head Cold”). The leading single is the acoustic version of “Meteorites.” You can purchase Midnight Machines HERE.

Lights also released a special “The Making of Midnight Machines” video, offering a behind-the-scenes look to fans. The video premiered on People Magazine’s website, but you can view it below:

Below, you will find the album’s track listing, along with dates added to her acoustic tour, thanks to popular demand. You can buy tickets HERE.

Midnight Machines tracklisting:
1. Up We Go
2. Same Sea
3. Follow You Down
4. Meteorites
5. Don’t Go Home Without Me
6. Running With The Boys
7. Head Cold
8. Muscle Memory
Acoustic Tour Dates:
May 2 @ Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON
May 3 @ Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON- Sold Out
May 4 @ Webster Hall in New York, NY- Sold Out
May 11 @ El Rey in Los Angeles, CA
May 12 @ El Rey in Los Angeles, CA- Sold Out
May 14 @ The Vogue in Vancouver, BC

 

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Yuna and Usher Release Behind-The-Scenes Peak at “Crush” Video

YunaIn preparation for the release of her third studio album, Chapters, Yuna has released a behind-the-scenes peak at her music video for “Crush,” a duet featuring longtime Yuna fan, and music icon, Usher.

Chapters will be available on May 20th via Verve Records. You can pre-order the standard and deluxe versions of the album HERE.

Along with announcing the album, and showcasing the behind the scenes, Yuna has also shared news of her spring tour, kicking off on April 29th in Washington, D.C. The fifteen-day tour will make stops in NYC, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, and more.

Check out the behind the scenes of “Crush” below:

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Holy Now Release “Wake Up” Single

holy now.jpgGothenburg’s Holy Now have just released their brand new single, “Wake Up,” via Lazy Octopus Records.

As a preview for the band’s debut EP, due out in May, the single sets the bar high for Julia Olander, Ylva Holmdahl, Samuel Von Bahr, and Hampus Eiderstrom Swahn. As a track itself, “Wake Up” is a stunning, melodic song with plenty of 80s pop subtlety. Check it out below!

 

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