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Single Review: The Japanese House- ‘Saw You In A Dream’

Up and coming indie pop act, The Japanese House, have delivered a unique yet simple single, that does not rely on over the top productions. For those unfamilar with  The Japanese House, the act consisting of solo artist Amber Bain and in total has released three EPs; Pools to Bathe InClean, and Swim Against the Tide. If your a fan of Lana Del Rey, I highly reccomend you listen to The Japanese House. Bain has a mellow soft spoken voice that is very reminiscent to Del Rey. The only difference is that Bain depends more on pop-synth. Her breathy vocals mesh perfectly with the low tempo melody of synth music.

https://open.spotify.com/track/1mV7f7rbGwjH3Sp7KHsoyr

Concert Review: Young the Giant Bring their Energetic ‘Home of The Strange Tour’ to Los Angeles

Land of the free, home of the strange. Young the Giant’s vibrant and mezmoring tour light up the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 21. Named after their third album, the ‘Home of The Strange’ tour was filled with unforgettable performances and high energy.

The indie rock band originally formed in 2004, in a town on the outskirts of Los Angeles called Irvine. Members include Sameer Gadhia (lead vocals), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Eric Cannata (guitar), Payam Doostzadeh (bass guitar), and Francois Comtois (drums). This tour stop was a short return to their hometown. The band members even mentioned that their friends and family were in the audience.

Opening for Young The Giant were the New York indie band, Ra Ra Riot. Although the audience was mostly seated during their performance, the bands infectious synthpop style won over the crowd and had them cheering. Wes Miles high vocals were one of the highlights. The frontmans effortless ability to produce extremely high vocal range was quite impressive. Other highlights included the bands strong instrumentations. It was refreshing to witness their incorporations of violins. It’s unusual  to see violins added to synth pop and they defintely made it work. Young the Giant made a great choice adding Ra Ra Riot to their tour.  Continue reading Concert Review: Young the Giant Bring their Energetic ‘Home of The Strange Tour’ to Los Angeles

Album of Review: Kings of Leon Return with Personal Album, “WALLS”

kings-of-leon-walls-2016-2480x2480Its been a whirlwind career for Nashville rockers, Kings of Leon. People either love them or hate them. The reason for the strange reception is their inconsistency to live up to Only By The Night’s, the album that catapulted the band into mega-stardom.  The 2010’s album Come Around Sundown was hated by fan. Luckily. the band bounced back with 2013’s Mechanical Bull. 

After a three year hiatus, the band is back with their seventh studio album, Walls (We Are Like Love Songs).

Although the album lacks smash hits, it consistently delivers solid emotionally driven songs. The album stays true to the southern indie rock style.The album begins with ‘Waste of Moment, ‘ a heavy guitar single filled the bands signature harmonization.

All tracks written by the band. The entire album feels more personal. Frontman, Caleb Followill whispery voice sounds more relax and mature. The album feels like a reflection of the bands struggles. Continue reading Album of Review: Kings of Leon Return with Personal Album, “WALLS”

Concert Review: Bastille Bring Wild World to LA

To promote their sophomore album Wild World, Bastille has been very busy performing at some of the first venues they ever played in the U.S. On Monday, Oct. 09, ‘The Born to Be Wild World North American Mini-Tour Tour’ came to an end at LA’s most famous and intimate venue, The Troubador.

In front of super fans and new listeners, the band transformed their set into two marvelous acts. The first act, celebrated of the new album. The band performed Wild World in its entirety.

Humbly, admitting they were still adjusting to the new songs, the band sure knows how to get a crowd to go wild. The band opened with the first single off the new album, Good Grief. Song after song, everyone was sweating and dancing around. The newest album by the band is filled with an enormous amount of variety and unique sounds.

From slow depressing songs like ‘Two Evils’ to infectious songs like’Set Them Off,’ the bands diversity and electric mixing always got the crowd going crazy. The band even gave a special first time performance of the single, ‘Way Beyond.’  Lead singer Dan Smith proclaimed he might forget the lyrics, but the song seemed seamless performed. If your ever considering watching a band live. I definitely recommend Bastille.  Continue reading Concert Review: Bastille Bring Wild World to LA

Album Review: The Mowgli’s Bring Cali Fun Vibes with Fourth Album ‘Where’d Your Weekend Go?’ 

Indie pop band, The Mowgli’s keeps the summer vibe alive with their fourth album, Where’d Your Weekend Go? 

True to the bands signature Cali style, the band newest album is infectiously fun. The album takes the listener through an adventure of deep life lessons in a energetic production.

The band plays it safe with the album, showcasing the groups perfect harmonization and contagious lyrics.The album begins with the carefree, “don’t care about anything” anthem, ‘So What.’

The Mowgli’s created a solid album, showcasing their vibrant style while adding tiny trickles of new sounds. The single ‘Monster,’ demonstrates the bands ability to produce a faced paced gritty single filled with an infectious repetitive piano note. ‘Last Forever,’ is also produced with an infectious melody that is perfect to sing along to. One of my personal favorites,  ‘Spacin out’ contains energetically high paced lyrics that are perfectly combined with a jazzy vibe. ‘Arms & Legs’, channels in the bands soulful energy, to create a folk style song about a horrible depressing relationship.

Final thoughts: Every single uses the bands strength, yet overall the album feels average. The band needs to get over their comfort zone and grow as a band. The Mowgli’s play it safe with their music. The band uses the same format for most of their songs, they create happy and fun productions filled with infectious hamonizations(which sound amazing).

Fresh Music Monday: ‘Forever’-MIAMIGO

If you are in the mood for a fun pop/rock single, I highly recommend the single ‘Forever’ by MIAMIGO.

‘Forever’ is an amazingly well produced single. I’m obsessed with the daring guitar riff that repeats itself throughout the song. Plus the chorus is so darn catchy. Ugh I love it.

Unfortunately, MIAMIGO’s musical background is pretty obscure. I’ve checked all their websites and after a quick search nothing comes up about their history except for this little excerpt:”MIAMIGO’s dark, twisted pop tales of the human condition examine both the bad and the beautiful air in life, laying bare the despair that hides behind the façade…”

Its a pretty interesting way to describe themselves as a band. Plus the name is pretty unique.

Check out the single below:

 

Single Review: ‘Titus was Born’ by Young the Giant

It’s still a mystery if Young the Giant’s newest single is inspired by the hilariously flamboyant Titus Andromedon from the Netflix show Kimmy Schmidt. I wishfully hope so since the band announced their newest single “Titus was Born” on social media today with the photo of the character.

The newest single is a prime example of the bands indie roots.  “Titus was Born” is a powerful ballad filled with soothing melodies that feel like a sweet lullaby. Sameer Gadhia emotionally sings and tells story of a man named Titus. Check it out and let me know what you think of the new single in the comment section below.

Single Review: Bastille Returns with Single “Good Grief”

good-grief-bastilleIt’s been three years since Bastille exploded in the music scene with their debut album ‘Bad Blood.’ Its hard to believe that the band became an over night hit with the single “Pompeii.” For months on end the song would be played continuously across radio stations.

Over the course of the years, the band have been busy touring across the world. Now they are back with a new single.

“Good Grief” is the lead single from the upcoming second studio album titled “Wild World”, which will be released later in 2016.

A feminine voice utters”So what would you little maniacs like to do first?,” a bass solo begins and then lead singer Dan Smith belts out in that deep British voice. The single perfectly embodies Bastille’s musical style. The band is known for soulful yet upbeat songs. This single is just that. A cheery melody is combined with soulful lyrics of heartbreaking creating an emotionally inducing single. Check it out:

 

Concert Review: The Mowgli’s Spring Tour Comes to An End

It’s always bittersweet to watch a band end a tour run. The indie band The Mowgli’s officially ended their spring tour on Friday, June 10 at The Constellation Room in Santa Ana, Ca.  Next time the band goes on tour it will be with an entirely new set list. As the band is expected to release a new album sometime in the fall.

The night was full of great performances as The Greeting Committee and Pom Poms opened up for the band. It’s always a fun experience to watch up-and-coming bands get some time in the spotlight and this time was no exception.

First of all, I was blown away by the youthfulness of The Greeting Committee. For being in their late teens, the band are already pros at entertaining a crowd. Although they experienced some technical difficulties during the first two songs.The band never skipped a beat and performed a fantastic set filled with catchy guitar riffs and drum beats.  The most enjoyable aspect of the band was their group dynamic. Their performance was filled with playful banter between the band members.

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Single Review: Bury it by CHVRCHES ft. Hayley Williams

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Last year, during a tour stop in Nasville, CHVRCHES surprised the audience and brought Paramore’s Hayley Williams onstage to help them sing Every Open Eye track “ Bury It. ”

Now the synthpop band has released a recorded studio remix of the track featuring the popular Paramore singer.

Although, I personally adore both CHVRCHES and Hayley William, this single definetly misses the mark.The single is definetly over-produced to make Williams voice sound as soft as CHVRCHES’ singer Lauren Mayberry.

Unfortunately both singers have entirely different vocal ranges that do not mesh together. Williams has more of a deeper raspy voice. Whereas Mayberry has a delicate and sweeter voice. It would have been interesting to let Williams different sound shine. Instead her voice sounds very forced.