ZABA

After listening to Flume last week and stumbling upon the song with the feature of Dave from Glass Animals, there’s no way I can’t talk about how much I love Glass Animals now! They have two albums currently out in which I want to break them down. Glass Animals has a unique sound that mixes together different genres together, which I think is what really appeals to me. They are considered, ‘synth pop’, as well as indie music with a touch of hip hop according to their band bio. Synth pop is most definitely an accurate description to their sound at broad.   Their first album is called, ZABA. It was released as a full album in 2014 after releasing singles to promote this album. This album contains their most popular song, Gooey. My personal favorite song they have is, Pools. This was the song that made me realized I liked their funky sound. I not only heard the song originally but saw the music video. The music video is something out of an Alice in Wonderland movie and contains constantly moving and extremely vivid colors and claymation. This struck me as something super bizarre because claymation isn’t something you see very often now. I think the music video accurately depicts who they are a band as well. The modernized trippy images you see explain the sound and the calming music they want to display.  ...

features on features

Continuing into the end of this week, I’ve stayed with the same artist but transitioned to some of his even newer music. The Australian DJ released another EP shortly after the Grammy’s this year. The Skin Companion II EP features four new songs that were not on his previous album but will rather stand separate from his other work. On this EP, three out of the four songs include other artists who he collaborated with. He continues to put out new music with new artists, staying away from any repeat features as well. In the first song, ‘Enough’ it has a feature of Pusha T for vocals. He raps over the track that the DJ created, giving both a unique sound that when they stand alone. The second song is featuring, Moses Sumney. This song differs from the first collaborating with a completely different artist in genre. The song is much slower in terms of vocals and gives a sweet melody with his inspirational and description lyrics. The third song, is only by Flume and features no artist, still giving the DJ a chance to share his work in it’s purest form. The song is about 5 minutes long, making it the longest song on the EP as well. I like that he does this because it gives you a taste of all kinds of mixes while still staying true to his own organic sound. The last song is, ‘Fantastic’ by Flume featuring Dave from the band, Glass Animals. This song especially peaked my interest in the sense that I’m a huge fan of Glass Animals and hope to...

f l u m e

Starting off a new week, means new music to spice it up! Waking up to sun shine peeking through my blinds makes waking up in the morning that much easier and puts me in a great mood to start my day. The artist that has been on repeat to start is Flume. This Australian DJ has had my heart since his debut self-titled album back in 2012. Flume is known for his dance music and has taken off with his newest album Skin that was released last year. The single, “Never Be Like You” was blasted all over the radio and it was clear that he had come back better than ever. While his original album features classics such as, “Holdin’ On” and, “Sleepless”, Flume’s new sound continues to hold the same wonky beats, but with a smooth undertone of rhythm and lyrics. This new album gave him a chance to work with bigger artists and collaborate with other genres to create something new. Ranging from rap artist, Vic Mensa to Australian singer, Kai, his work flows effortlessly between each song. I personally own, “Skin” on vinyl and at first was unsure if I would like it as much as some other records I have, but it enhanced his sound. The album cover he has was art from an Australian artist named Johnathon Zawada. Both artists share a lot for art in both music and visual. They’ve worked together to create an art filled show and have publicly shared their opinions on encouraging young artists to follow their dreams and keep performing. I’ve tried to narrow down what song...

Gimme All Your Love

While Alabama Shakes is known for their unique sound, and my favorite song of theirs is a much slower song, they do have others that more accurately represent the southern rock vibe they claim to have. In their song, Gimme All Your Love, off their more recent album, you hear much more of their guitar and drum sound come through. The song sings about putting work into a relationship and giving it your all. It’s still very mellow and the lyrics seem to float in between the guitar solos giving you a chance to appreciate both aspects of their sound. With a band as unique as, Alabama Shakes, their sound isn’t something that can really be played on KISS FM’s top 100 or anything like that. The look that they give both through their sound and stage presence isn’t anything like other traditional bands either. Their hipster-esque look belongs on a vinyl, played softly in the room as you read a book on a cold day. Their success as a band can be seen throughout the both Grammy nominated albums they’ve produced in just a short 4 years of entering the spotlight. The Sound & Color album was not only nominated, but won for the Best Alternative Music Album the year it came out. I love following this group of individuals and can’t wait to hear what new music they are going to produce. Gimme All Your...

Alabama Shakes up my week

Alabama Shakes is the name of the band I’ve been listening to this week. Their sound can be compared to bands like, The Black Keys. The genres they are categorized as are, soul music, blues rock, and southern rock. Their sound consists of both male and female vocals. I find their music to be very soothing. Especially with the weather this week being a little gloomy, it’s the perfect sound to just listen to inside with a warm drink and relax. Specific songs that I really like from them include, Don’t Wanna Fight, Always Alright, and Sound & Color. Sound & Color is a personal favorite of mine. It’s a much slower paced song compared to their others. I watched the music video for the song and was able to learn a new meaning to the song. Brittany Howard, one of the main vocals for the group, wrote the song and explained how she pictured and astronaut waking up from a deep sleep and being in a new world. He experiences flash backs trying to understand where he is. This explains the title of the song being, Sound & Color, as he experienced that while trying to make sense of this new life. I think that is something that can be applied to a lot of people that have to go through a not so easy transition in life. Whether it be dealing with a death, or moving. You experience a new world and look back on the life you had before with different sounds and color. The song itself is about 3 minutes long, but I constantly finding...