#Review: With Confidence – Love And Loathing ūü•Ä


   

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Muzik Speaks Loves Hopeless Records - SmallerWith Confidence are a pop punk band from Sydney, Australia, who formed back in 2012. Having been through some line-up changes, the band now consists of¬†Jayden Seeley (lead vocals & bass),¬†Inigo Del Carmen¬†(lead guitar & backing vocals) and¬†Joshua Brozzesi (drums).¬†In 2016, the band signed to Hopeless Records and released their debut album¬†Better Weather. Now, in 2018, the¬†band are back with their sophomore record,¬†Love And Loathing. Here’s what we have to say about it…

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This feels very much like the band have studied and followed the recipe for making the perfect pop punk record, down to a tee…and that’s not even a bad thing! Somehow, the record feels timeless within the realm of the genre but without sounding like a carbon copy of so many others. After only a couple of listens, it feels just like returning to an old favourite that has been in my collection for years!

Opening track, ‘That Something’, is a stunning way to kick off an album – it’s got catchy vocals (but not obviously so) about finding a new love interest, paired with strong instrumentals of varied tempos, topped off with superb and subtle production flourishes.

Other huge tracks to take note of, include: ‘The Turnaround’ is a massive tune about making a change in your life and grabbing it by the horns, all accompanied by seriously incredible falsetto vocals; ‘Jaded’ which is a fast-paced thrashing track that you might find from the likes of Simple Plan; ‘Better’ is probably my favourite song on the record – about the desire to improve yourself with it’s occasionally satirical lyrics and soaring high-pitched vocal melodies, it’s a track you can easily get lost in.

Diversity spans the record: ‘Spinning’ is much calmer tune that has ‘woohoos’ and the subtle catchiness of a We The Kings or Maroon 5 track;¬†‘P√Ęquerette (Without Me)’ wishes an old love well with mellow acoustic vibes and¬†‘Icarus’ is a far grungier and more aggressive song that bares a resemblance to something by You Me At Six – it’s got heavy guitars and screamy vocals and adds a new depth to the record.

After only a couple of listens, it feels just like returning to an old favourite that has been in my collection for years!

Even in its lower moments, this is an album that feels overall, positive and like a band that’s been revitalised. The tracks each sound unique and interesting in their own ways; some outright pop punk anthems, other mellow, heartfelt ballads and even a couple of slightly more experimental numbers…yet it all still comes together as a cohesive record. Love And Loathing is just that – a record of two halves, covering the excitement of new relationships and hatred of old ones.

It is a tight, well-produced album that, despite some recent, tumultuous events, feels like a band now set for even bigger things! Could this be the next All Time Low or 5 Seconds Of Summer? If you’re a pop punk fan, you will love every second of this record!

Rating
4-5


‘Love And Loathing’¬†is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/love-and-loathing/1388719305


Love And Loathing on Spotify

That Something (Official Music Video)

Moving Boxes (Official Music Video)

Jaded (Official Music Video)


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#Two4Tunesday: Troye Sivan – ‘Bloom’ & Jess Glynne – ‘I’ll Be There’


   

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Troye Sivan – ‘Bloom’

Troye Sivan is South African-born, Australian singer, songwriter, actor and YouTuber who has been gathering a huge online following over the past few years.

Openly gay, Sivan describes ‘Bloom’ as a, ‘subversively queer song,’ that sees him take on the role of a passive guy losing his virginity. Although it’s full of innuendo, it is a really fun, subtle track that has an incredibly catchy chorus (but not in an obvious sense). It’s summery and deserves to be played loud…I expect his pride appearances this year will be huge!

No music video (as such) has been released, however a 3D animated lyric video, created by Jason Ebeyer, was released, featuring an animated version of Sivan floating through a fantasy land.


‘Bloom’¬†is¬†on¬†iTunes for downloading now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/bloom-single/1375827482



Jess Glynne – ‘I’ll Be There’

Jess Glynne is finally back with the first single since her 2015 debut, I Cry When I Laugh, indicating that her second album is on its way!

‘I’ll Be There’ is an uplifting track with very soulful and gospel-like qualities to it whilst maintaining a contemporary pop sound. It is a track that transcends as it progresses; this song makes it easy to see why she’s won a Grammy! I hope this is another Number 1 hit for her, like 2015’s debut, ‘Hold My Hand’.

The video itself doesn’t appear to have much of a narrative however the locations she performs in are pretty interesting and vibrant colours certainly play an important part throughout. Well worth a watch.


‘I’ll Be There’¬†can also be downloaded from iTunes now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ill-be-there/1376766204?i=1376767301


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#Review: Geowulf – Great Big Blue


   

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Geowulf is a duo comprised of members Star Kendrick and Toma Banjanin, originally from Australia. They started writing music a few years ago and released their first track, ‘Saltwater’, in July 2016, which now features on their debut album, Great Big Blue. Here’s what we had to say about it…

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Self-described as ‘Beach Pop’, this album is exactly that; it’s hypnotic, easy listening music with a brilliant blend of laid-back guitars, floaty vocals, subtle synths, down-tempo beats and all-round melancholic vibes.

This album is Americana through and through and could quite happily be the soundtrack to a lazy afternoon around a Californian pool-side or whilst hitting the open road in a big convertible, wind through your hair, driving down an American highway. It has a strong resemblance to some of Lana Del Rey‘s music too…just with a slightly more light-hearted feel to it.

Great Big Blue is hypnotic, easy listening music with a brilliant blend of laid-back guitars, floaty vocals, subtle synths, down-tempo beats and all-round melancholic vibes

Prior to its release, the album enjoyed several successful singles but some of biggest highlights on the record include;¬†‘Sunday’, which is a beautifully mellow ballad, setting the tone for what’s to come (plus the opening lyric gives the album its title),¬†‘Saltwater’, is slightly more up-tempo with a real summery warmth to it,¬†‘Get You’, has an almost African rhythm, topped off with Star’s long, drawn-out notes, whilst¬†‘Drink Too Much’¬†is probably one of the most conventionally pop tracks, with a tongue-in-cheek look at how drinking a little more than you should, whilst on a night out, can land you in trouble when you get home, with the simplistic yet honest lyrics; ‘Coz I get myself in trouble when I drink too much, Think too much,¬†And you’re somehow on my mind when I drink too much, Think too much.‘ At face value, it sounds cheerful and uplifting but when you listen to the lyrics, it’s a real oxymoron to the sound.

On first listen, the songs tend to blur a little into one, however it’s after a few plays through that you can begin to detect the differences between each track and truly admire¬†Star‚Äôs euphoric vocals, Banjanin‚Äôs stunning melodies and understand the complexity behind the simplistic-sounding, psychedelic production, appreciating just how much time and effort must have gone into producing¬†Great Big Blue.¬†I have to say, whilst I really did enjoy this record, from start to finish, it is not necessarily an album that you will want on repeat for weeks on end; it’s a very good album but will it stand the test of time? Sadly, I’m not convinced.

Rating
3.5


‘Great Big Blue’¬†is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/great-big-blue/1316527015


Great Big Blue on Spotify

‘Saltwater’ (Official Video)

‘Don’t Talk About You’ (Official Video)

‘Get You’ (Official Video)


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#ThrowbackThursday: Darren Hayes – ‘On The Verge Of Something Wonderful’


   

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It’s been a decade since¬†Darren Hayes¬†released the first single from his third album (This Delicate Thing We’ve Made),¬†‘On The Verge Of Something Wonderful’.

It is a truly captivating song with some fantastic trademark highs in Hayes’ voice – it’s a powerful and emotive track that really stood apart from the rest of mainstream music at that time, by reigniting the 80s sound.¬†The track (and in fact the rest of the album)¬†was recorded with the help of a 1983¬†Fairlight CMI¬†synthesizer.

It reached Number 20 in the UK charts and not only did the song have a very 80s feel to it but so did the video. The music video contains a cameo appearance by Janice Dickinson and features Darren singing in front of a series of animated backdrops Рit is reminiscent of the Max Headroom TV series, certain scenes from the film Electric Dreams and the graphics of some Atari brochures from the early 80s.

Do you have some great memories of this track? Have you got a #ThrowbackThursday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘On The Verge Of Something Wonderful’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/on-the-verge-of-something-wonderful/id717145078?i=717145484


#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with Pogo (Nick Bertke)


   

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Having recently released his latest album Weightless back in December 2016 and a brand new¬†tune, ‘Boy & Bear’,¬†I had the privilege of talking to the fantastically talented, Nick Bertke (aka¬†Pogo).

During our interview, Nick chatted about what it’s been like to work with Disney, what he’s got in store for releasing music this year, where he takes inspirations from and who he’d like to play him in a biographic film. It‚Äôs all¬†in the interview video below!

I want to say a massive thanks to Nick himself for taking the time to make this interview happen! Such a genuine, lovely guy ūüėÄ

I really hope you enjoy watching this interview! Please show your support for the band by sharing the link to this post on all of your social media accounts!



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#MellowMonday: Mumford & Sons – ‘Timshel’


   

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I love Mumford & Sons; their folky sound is so unique and refreshing in today’s saturated pop market.

That said, I also felt that I had to feature this stunning track today in honour of¬†Marcus Mumford‘s incredible performance of it, to open last night’s¬†One Love Manchester benefit concert, in aid of the horrendous attack in Manchester.

Although you probably saw his solo performance last night, I found this remarkable live performance with the full band, in a Melbourne side alley – it captures their harmonies to perfection.

What are your thoughts of this beautifully melodic track? Did this strike a chord with you at last night’s ‘One Love Manchester’¬†concert? Got a #MellowMonday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Timshel’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/timshel/id405482774?i=405482788


#ThrowbackThursday: Holly Valance – ‘Kiss Kiss’

 


   

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Has it really been 15 years since¬†Holly Valance released¬†‘Kiss Kiss’? Well at the start of May 2017, the song will be 15 years old and boy has time gone quickly for this track!

‘Kiss Kiss’ was¬†Holly Valance‘s debut single after breaking away from her acting career in¬†the Australian soap,¬†Neighbours¬†and it quickly rocketed to Number 1 in the UK charts. As a result of this, Valance had a string of hits and a couple of albums during¬†the early 00s but since then, has been relatively quiet on the musical front, instead concentrating on being an ambassador for Disability Rights International.

What a great song and a brilliant blast from the past! Please share this post and re-live some memories ūüôā

What are your thoughts of this old-school pop classic? Got a #ThrowbackThursday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Kiss Kiss’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/kiss-kiss/id372326348?i=372326351