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CAGE THE ELEPHANT – TROUBLE
The latest offering from Cage The Elephant’s upcoming album Tell Me I’m Pretty is a deep lyrical journey through the mind of Cage the Elephant’s frontman, Matt Shultz.
‘Trouble’ boasts breezy melodies, an acoustic guitar and drum beat combo that underlies the heartfelt lyrics that Shultz sings perfectly “Trouble on my left/Trouble on my right/I’ve been facing trouble almost all my life”, showing Schultz at his most heartfelt.
With The Black Keys frontman, Dan Aucerbach, in the producer’s seat for bands latest offering, it’s hard to look past this album not being a success.
CALLUM MCCORMACK @
DAVID BOWIE – BLACKSTAR
David Bowie’s new track is a ten-minute epic from start to finish. The song takes a few turns but the haunting, drone-like themes are there throughout.
Bowie’s voice lends itself to the eerie sounds that dominate the first half of the track but his vocals take full flight when the more conventional melodies are pulled out of the woodwork. The song winds up linking the oddities (ha!) and the orthodox in an entrancing mix that leaves you a little confused but intrigued.
It’s only been two years since The Next Day but everyone should be excited about the prospect of a new Bowie album, especially after this release.
MADDY HARDMAN @
THE DARKNESS – I AM SANTA
Determined to “bring back the Christmas song”, The Darkness have delved deep into their stockings and pulled out a cracker. With an upbeat ‘80s drum riff and the clanging chimes of joy, they’ve hit the mark perfectly.
“Winter is cruel/As is Autumn” and “I don’t want no chestnuts or Ferrero Rocher” are the lyrics of a group that do not take themselves too seriously. Embodying everything that’s great about Christmas – cheesy traditions and jovial nonchalance – ‘I Am Santa’ is a sure fire catalyst for Christmas spirit.
It’s nothing on 2003’s effort but in keeping with the sentiment they haven’t let the bells end for Christmas time.
RUPERT TAYLOR @
SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS – OPEN YOUR EYES
With their fourth album SVIIB set to drop in February of next year, School of Seven Bells have released the third track from the album; beautifully dreamy and electronic ‘Open Your Eyes’.
‘Open Your Eyes’ could very well be placed slap bang in the middle of Chvrches second album and wouldn’t feel an inch out of place. The track blissfully goes about its business and after its four minutes and nineteen seconds it has instantly places you at ease
ANDREW SHELLEY @
DROWNING POOL – BY THE BLOOD
It’s no ‘Bodies’ but it’s definitely not bad. As vocalist Jasen Moreno spits the lyrics “You will remember me by the blood on your shirt” and “I don’t care about one damn thing”, you realise Drowning Pool are just as angry as they have ever been.
Sided with beastly guitar licks and face-punching drums, this track is dark, threatening and will certainly make you re-consider starting on your co-worker that pissed you off last week.
If you are in the mood for something with a bit of a bite, ‘By The Blood’ will not disappoint.
LIZZIE CAPEWELL @
BARONESS – SHOCK ME
After releasing the crown of their trilogy of fantastic records, double LP Yellow & Green in 2012 and nearly having their career ended by a bus crash the very same year, Georgia’s Baroness have been – and still are – on a long road to recovery.
Their new single ‘Shock Me’ certainly isn’t surprising, sticking to the band’s tried-and-tested tactic of progressive, sludgy rock riffs, triumphant guitar leads and heartfelt vocals but thankfully it’s an undeniable victory. The war-march of new drummer Seb Thomson’s main groove underpins one of the band’s tightest, catchiest jams ever. Baroness remain on a whole other level of their own.
JOE GILBERTSON @
FLEUR EAST – BREAKFAST
Fleur East is one of the hottest artists to come out of pop recently with her smash hit ‘Sax’. With her new single ‘Breakfast’, she shows that she’s simply not a one-hit wonder and can produce quality pop tracks.
The single starts with a different beat to her previous single. The story is about going out to a club, getting drunk and looking good so maybe isn’t suitable to a younger audience.
It uses recent cultural references to its advantages (“There ain’t nothin’ left/On Netflix when I’m restless”), something most teens and even adults of this era can relate to. East is doing well in appealing to different audiences with her music.