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Phoenix – J-Boy

Phoenix has been a band that I’ve gone to for polished indie-pop when I just want to give myself some sort of mental break because of the simplicity of their sound (I can’t listen to Death Grips all day can I?). I love Phoenix for their upbeat, jangly and animated sound which I often use to compensate for the lack of good and solid pop songs (bless the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen for changing that fact). Phoenix’s music is usually pretty energetic and spirited which I think is lacking in “J-Boy”. The instrumentation is great, very reminiscent of Phoenix’s signature peppy synths. The synths in this track also bring to mind The Human League a little bit (not complaining since I’ve unashamedly sung out loud to “Don’t You Want Me”). But Mars’ autotuned vocals are a turn-off for me as it overshadows the charming hushed voice I’m so used to hearing from Mars’. It also kind of takes away from their romantic vision of love and desire since the autotune makes him sound more detached and dispassionate to me. I’d still play this song on repeat though, just until it grows on me.

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On My Loop: Hibou – When The Season Ends

To me, Hibou kinda sounds like the love child of DIIV and Wild Nothing. There’s a bubbly sensation to Peter Michel’s tracks that just makes me tingly all over. ‘When The Season Ends’ is a track has that has some sort of Phoenix indie-pop beat but mixed in with the light dreaminess of DIIV and Wild Nothing. Vocals may be just a tad apathetic, but hey, it goes with this style of music.

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FIDLAR – 40oz. On Repeat

The voice of teenage angst, FIDLAR, released a new track, ’40oz. On Repeat’ and it was nothing less than what you would expect from them. They’re still that laid-back, straight up garage punk band that I grew so fond of two years ago with their debut album. Even after those two long years, their chaotic energy show no signs of dwindling. Their video parodying our favourite 90’s music videos is a hoot to watch and Zack Carper makes for a very pretty Britney Spears btw.

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On My Loop: Protomatyr – Come and See

Protomatyr, the American post-punk band released their third full-length LP ‘Under Colour of Official Right’ last year and me being slow, has just gotten around to listening to it. It’s heavy, wicked with the deep and coarse vocals that just completes this menacing album. And their single ‘Come and See’, is everything the album is. The single is filled with this wrath that’s accompanied by a bass that’s just full of suspense. It’s a great listen for whenever you’re in an angsty mood.

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On My Loop: Sakawa Boys – Lazy Eys

I’m a sucker for the fast-paced, guitar-filled and straightforward indie rock tracks. They’re easy to get on board with and it always beats listening to a Top 40 Hit. Hailing from Cape Town South Africa, Sakawa Boys is still a pretty fresh band but their track ‘Lazy Eys’ is a promising tune. There’s a sense of urgency in this track that kicks right in from the get go. Sure it’s rough around the edges, but that’s part the restless charm this track has. Sakawa Boys, I’m gonna look out for you in the future.

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On My Loop: Parquet Courts – Instant Disassembly

“Tomorrow, tomorrow, I’ll love you tomorrow.” Is that you Annie that I hear? Nah, it’s the laid-back tune of the Parquet Courts. The Brooklyn band is usually recognised fast tempo tracks like a favourite of mine, ‘Stoned and Starving’ but the band decelerates on ‘Instant Disassembly’, taking a turn for the sedated and unhurried. It’s constant throughout the whole 7 minute track, the same chords repeated over and over again. Albeit, there’s a certain something to it that locks you in and before you know it, that 7 minutes has ended and Parquet Courts is now your new favourite band.

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On My Loop: Beach Baby – No Mind No Money

Relatively new in the scene, the London four-piece Beach Baby has a few tracks here and there. With ‘No Mind No Money’ under their sleeve, this kind of post-punk, kind of grunge track with a little shoegaze infused in it, is one you’ll be listening to on repeat.

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Childhood’s Sparkling Debut

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I have been anticipating for Lacuna ever since I listened to Falls Away and Solemn Skies. The two tracks were an incredible introduction to the London four-piece. I’ve made my adoration for the track Falls Away quite clear on ‘On My Loop’ but Solemn Skies is another gem from the band. The track is the epitome of alternative pop rock. Contrary to its title, the song is addictive, bouncy and almost radiant.

Many have commented that Childhood is a sub-standard version of The Stone Roses and I don’t blame them. It’s easy to hear the resemblance between the two with their bright and psychedelic guitar riffs that could last forever and drumming that feels so effortlessly fun and easy. It definitely would be difficult for Childhood to ever amount to the legend that is The Stone Roses but at the rate Childhood is going, they could be around for a while.

Lacuna introduces itself with Blue Velvet which initiates a calming ethereal sound with a chorus which is certainly a crowd-pleaser. You Could Be Different is this gritty lo-fi track that has riffs that just dances off of the speakers. As I Am takes a much more invigorating pace making you feel all warm and cozy. Right Beneath Me is one track that accentuates the velvety vocals of Ben Romans-Hopcraft to a whole new level of tranquility. Romans-Hopcraft’s falsetto is somehow able to bring a little more emotion and longing to the track.

Tides is where the band experiments with a slower pace. The track is smooth, has guitar twangs that are out of this realm and the vocals are incredibly gentle. It’s something you would imagine slow dancing to at beach, when the sun is down and the tides of the ocean rolling in and out. Chilliad continues this chill feeling with guitars that are like rays of sunlight seeping through each cloud of nostalgia. Pay For Cool, one my personal favourite, is fast and racy making you feel as if you’re hurtling through the city lights. The riffs are quirky and loose adding to that dangerous excitement of the track. When You Rise manages to end the album boldly that leaves an imprint of the band in your mind.

Childhood made their entrance along with other promising indie alternative bands but they have managged to achieve consistently catchy hooks and now stands slightly above the rest. Lacuna impresses and exhibits the band’s talent from not being able to play a single note a year ago, to making music that just hits all the right notes.

8/10

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Alt-J’s New Track, Hunger Of The Pine

Alt-J’s back and with a new member to replace their old bassist Gwil Sainsbury maybe? Could that new member’s name be Miley Cyrus? Alt-J fans calm down. They’ve only sampled a bit of her into their new track. I myself am excited to see Alt-J back at work even after the loss of their bassist but Hunger Of The Pine reflects the band’s current condition. It feels incomplete, especially for an Alt-J track which would always comprise of exaggerated sounds that blend together nicely. Even the sampling of Miley Cyrus seems to fall short of filling in for Gwil. I’m a big fan of Alt-J, but not a big fan of this track.

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OK Go’s Mind Boggling New Video

If you were impressed by Taylor Swift’s one-take music video, (the one with farm animals or something) then boy are you in for a treat. OK Go might be a band, but their efforts are mostly seen in their extremely innovative one-take music videos. From dancing on treadmills to extreme domino effects, OK Go sure knows how to get your attention. The song might not be groundbreaking, but it’s light-hearted, fun and accompanies the video so well. The video is brilliantly thought through and captivating which makes it difficult to peel your eyes away. It’s definitely on it’s way to becoming the next viral video and it’s well-deserved. I’ve missed OK Go ‘s creativity dearly and it’s great to have them back.

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