Happy one year anniversary to the “Do I Wanna Know” official video! The creative and captivating animation syncing with the notorious beats and words contributed to the rise to one of the most popular indie rock bands of today, Arctic Monkeys.
Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey | Review
by Maddy Fair
After Lana Del Rey’s release of Born to Die in 2012, Del Rey stated that she would not be releasing any more music, as she felt she had conveyed everything she wanted to say in all the music she had already released. However, 2 years later, the release of her new album, Ultraviolence, was announced. She commented that, “I mean, I still feel that way, but with this album I felt less like I had to chronicle my journeys and more like I could just recount snippets in my recent past that felt exhilarating to me.” As Lana said, this album has many different unique stories, rather than a continuous story, theme, or “journey” throughout the album. Her sound is still very much the same on this album, with the airy, laid-back tone, and her iconically cinematic and dark lyrics. On the other hand, it appears to have a more mature tone, and features more heavy guitar and jazz tones. The album has an air of heartbreak, longing, and pain, but also conveys beauty as a presence in negativity and sadness through the serene lyrics and calming beats.
In my opinion, the defining tracks of the album are “Ultraviolence,” “Black Beauty,” and “Shades of Cool.” These tracks all feature Lana’s unique and artfully worded descriptions of herself and others, and fully express the emotions and situations which Lana based these songs off of, while simultaneously having atmospheric and sensuous lyricism that would catch anyone’s attention. Her metaphors and analogies, which are key to her sound, are present throughout the album, and especially in these songs. If you have enjoyed Lana Del Rey’s past releases, or even if you haven’t, I would highly recommend giving this album a listen.
Listen to the full deluxe album here!
Arctic Monkeys - Snap Out Of It
Everyone’s favorite Brit rockers have finally released the long awaited music video for their recent single off ‘AM.’
"Witch rock" band BURNING PALMS transports you from the sands of their hometown Arizona to that of Egypt, with an electric buzz coalescing silky voices and heavier instrumentals. They channel the psychedelic aura of the increasingly popular band Temples, while maintaining the classic blues rock sound of artists like Jack White. Their recent self-titled album is spectacular and deserves a listen from every open-minded rock n roll fan.
Listen/purchase: BURNING PALMS by BURNING PALMS
The two Spanish girls who make up garage pop outfit Deers capture the attention of listeners with just 2 tracks. ‘Bamboo’ gives off a fun DIY vibe that could take one back to a sunny day laughing with friends. ‘Trippy Gum’ resembles the title; full of differing tempos and voices, with an ongoing light psych-pop sound. DEMO is truly a demo, recorded in a rehearsal studio to give a taste of what is to come from Deers.
Listen/purchase: DEMO by Deers
'Animals' ~ The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (GOASTT) could be described as avant-garde, for lack of words to describe this psychedelic/rock/folk/etc duo. This bizarre video with biblical/ancient Egyptian themes perfectly matches their wonderfully weird sound. If you like Tame Impala and/or MGMT and are ready for a little more obscurity, The GOASTT should be on your playlist.
Combining ethereal synth and string elements, VERDIGRLS orchestrate a unique pop experience. An emotional voice and heavenly harmonies pull you close to the sentiments of the lyrics. Sounds rooting from artists such as Marina and the Diamonds and Lily Allen, the sister duo takes a fresh spin on this genre, self-labeling it “sad girl electro chamber pop.” Not only are they amazing musicians, their frequent social media activity is entertaining and relatable, taking to heart the very real troubles of being young and lonely (check out their Twitter and Instagram). Their recent EP maintains a solid, recognizable sound, while varying in musical qualities, making it a lovely work.
Listen to (and download) more of their stuff on their bandcamp
Source: SoundCloud / VERDIGRLS
Check Out: Sharon Van Etten | Are We There
Sharon Van Etten’s dreamy, relaxed vocals combined with an airy and organic sound makes her the ultimate listen for a lazy morning or a gloomy afternoon. Her latest release, Are We There, also incorporates the occasional digital beat or synth which seamlessly blends with her otherwise natural sound. The singer/songwriter’s voice is laced with a sort of emotionless emotion, making her music utterly relatable without even having to pay attention to the lyrics. The strategic placement of harmonies on many of her tracks, highlight the unique quality of Van Etten’s voice. This record definitely accentuates Van Etten’s talents as an artist, you should definitely give it a listen.
Stream the album on Spotify
Check out her upcoming tour dates
Source: SoundCloud / Jagjaguwar
Mega Gem makes you feel like you’re riding a bike on a sunny day in a small town. The cutesy punk/pop band intertwines orchestral and folk elements into each song, giving for comfortably complex arrangements. Even if you’re not from their hometown, Denver, they still radiate a lovably local vibe.
Check out Colors of the West by Mega Gem
around the world
01. Macchu Picchu // The Strokes 02. Australia // The Shins 03. China Girl // Iggy Pop 04. Miss Teen Massachusetts // Skaters 05. Berlin // Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 06. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa // Vampire Weekend 07. Paris // Kate Nash 08. Tokyo - Vampires and Wolves // The Wombats 09. Moscow // Autoheart 10. Postcards from Italy // Beirut 11. Skies Over Cairo // Django Django 12. Indonesia // The Mountain Goats 13. California Daze // Peace 14. Mexico // Brns 15. Oceania // Björk
photo: Grace Wessels | Paris, France