All posts tagged: Music

Jorja Smith, The Upcoming Queen

Queues that trailed around the block spiralled around the streets of Nottingham. Each fan waiting to see the woman herself in the flesh, wanting to be as close to her as possible. Jorja Smith has evolved rapidly as an artist over the past year, her fan-base multiplying every day. At only 21, she has accumulated over 1 million Instagram followers, over 60 million YouTube views, alongside winning the UK Breakthrough Artist of the Year award at the AIM awards 2018.  Jorja Smith is not one to ignore. At her first headline show in Nottingham of her whole career to date, she stunned the crowd endlessly. Upon entrance to the stage, wearing a glitter striped dress and her hair tied back, she was welcomed to screams of happiness and a collective feeling of being proud. Every fan in that room had seen her grow into the woman she is today. Beginning with her 2018 album’s first song ‘Lost & Found’ the crowd followed every lyric she sang, returning by singing the backing vocals for her track. …

TROYE SIVAN’S BLOOM ALBUM REVIEW

Troye Sivan came out with a new album – “Bloom”, and it’s breathtaking! The album includes songs that were previously released as singles, such as: My! My! My!, The Good Side and Dance To This feat. Ariana Grande. Troye stuck to his individual style and created magic, you can definitely tell that he’s consistently working on bettering his art and not losing himself in the process. All of the songs have meaningful lyrics, supposedly inspired by his own life, and that’s what makes them so beautiful. Bloom… The only song that has its own music video (for now) and the song that gave the whole album its name. We have already included Bloom in our May Inspiration post and here’s what we said – “(through) Bloom we can finally experience him in his truest, authentic and unapologetic essence, as all of the stereotypical expectations and barriers are erased.” This is still true; the music video to this song completely breaks down every single stereotype people have consciously or unconsciously labelled Sivan by. “Bloom” – the …

LGBT, Media and the Male Gaze

I am so grateful to grow up in a rapidly changing and increasingly accepting society where exploring your sexuality is mostly the norm and even perhaps encouraged…? As much as I love how nonchalantly people in western society bring up their same sex ex or how openly they talk about their kinks and fantasies, I am concerned about the intensity of it. It seems as if now, more than ever, that conversation is open which is fantastic, and we should celebrate that, but sometimes I feel as if it is being misunderstood and misrepresented, especially by the media. Music videos that claim to be LGBT inclusive glamourise lesbian sex by having two, young, half-naked girls making out on a bed but diminishing even the possibility of creating a more complex story line exploring the validity of their relationship. Are lesbian relationships even taken seriously by the media? Sometimes I feel like they’re only included for men’s amusement. This then creates a domino effect of fetishising lesbian relationships, and even though there is so much representativeness …

CURRENTS – TAME IMPALA

I really enjoyed writing the review of Costello’s and Pink Floyd’s album last time, so I thought I could continue it but this time find a CURRENT album, to “relate to the teens”. Knowing me, and my random and messy, music taste I will probably post more reviews of older albums from the 60s – 90s but I will sprinkle in some albums of my time too. Even though Currents by Tame Impala was released in 2015, it still wins the people’s hearts now with it’s distinguishable, unique sounds. With over 3 million monthly listeners on Spotify, the Australian psychedelic band, just keeps growing bigger and bigger, creating more music that is influenced by some 60s subcultures. I hope Tame Impala will becomes one of those bands, that future generations will be jealous of us because we actually grew up listening to their songs. The Currents album was made to be listened to at gatherings, festivals and raves. It was created for people feel like they have altered their state of conciousness, sober. The band even achieves this through the …

THE FRATELLIS

Hey guys, This will not be a long written post, but I just really wanted to share my photos from The Fratellis gig in o2 Forum Kentish Town. You can read the review of the gig and see my photos on this website. The whole experience was so intense; I was in front of the barrier, resting my hands on the edge of the stage with the whole band inches away from me. I loved the gig and how the photos turned out. The Fratellis is a band that recently performed their Costello 10th Anniversary concert and absolutely killed it. You can listen to them here.  

MY AIM IS TRUE – ELVIS COSTELLO

The name always swayed around invisibly like an elephant in the room. It was always there. It was always a part of the rock n’ roll history, and a part of people’s lives and hearts. However, until recently, I have never paid close attention to this legendary singer, song-writer and record producer – Elvis Costello, but I wish I did. His astounding career was born during the peak decade of rock and punk – the 70s. The whole atmosphere of London at that time can definitely be heard and felt in the melodies as well as some notes and rhythms that remind us of the 60s. The ‘My Aim Is True’ album is made up of 13 individually unique and intelligent songs. Costello explores his sensitive side in most of those songs, he doesn’t hesitate to bend the rules of typical punks of the day, instead of painting an image of himself as not giving a fuck, he wrote songs and poured his thoughts and feelings into the lyrics and rhythms. He took a depressing topic …