#Review: The Rocket Summer – Sweet Shivers ūüźĚ

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The Rocket Summer is the solo project from singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Bryce Avary. Since self-releasing his first EP in 2000, at the age of 17, Avary has gone on to release a total of 7 EPs, 7 full-length albums and a live album too! Now, 2019 sees the release of his seventh studio album, Sweet Shivers. Here’s our thoughts on it…

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From the offset, it’s clear that Sweet Shivers is a much more experimental album than his previous efforts, thought it’s still distinctly The Rocket Summer.

We’re instantly thrown in at the deep end with opening track, ‘Morning Light’, a much darker introductory track than some of his previous efforts – there’s a twinge of a more mainstream Nine Inch Nails vibe to it!

We’re then led nicely into ‘Shatter Us’– whilst I’m not keen on the trumpet-like synth effect, the vocal melodies in the chorus and the plonky piano are incredible, especially paired with the very personal lyrics.

‘Blankets’ is possibly one of my favourite tracks on the album – the full-on verses are juxtaposed by the beautifully whispered chorus, making it powerful and captivating. Melodically it is a stunning track and has something a bit Biffy Clyro about it.

We’re then treated to ‘Gardens’ – like an experimental pop track where Avary has clearly played around with production – Jamiroquai inspirations seem to come through in places. ‘Peace Signs’ has a lovely yet simple, descending guitar melody that loops throughout and a strong vocal melody to the chorus. And in the spirit of looping, ‘5 4 3 2 1 Z’ has a looping piano melody, combined with brass sounds and an understated vocal melody. Maybe the most commercial-sounding track on the record, though it completely changes pace two-thirds of the way through before coming back to the original chorus.

‘Wannalife’ then seems to act as an interlude between the first and second half of the record. A nice little acoustic number about his life’s desires.

Overall though, this is a well-written, if slightly more experimental album, that could divide the fans.

As a long-time lover of The Rocket Summer, it pains me to say that ‘Sweet Shivers’ is very much an album of two halves – the first half being a lot stronger than the second. The second half has a lot of melodies that kind of blend into one.

Additionally, throughout the record, there are some rather quirky synth sound choices that I’m not convinced work, at times sounding a little cheap and underwhelming.

‘Slomo’ and ‘Keep Going’ are both pretty forgettable, while ‘Together In TX’ has an edgy breakdown, which stopped me from skipping the track. ‘Apartment 413’ has a dark melody and this is lyrically reflected in the tone too.

It’s the final two tracks that are saving graces for the latter part of the record. ‘World‚Äôs Greatest’ has some great deep vocal melodies and heavy bass synths with an amazing breakdown that continually builds back up to the end of the track. Whilst ‘m & m’ is possibly the strongest track in the second half, bringing the album to a strong close – there are intense vocal melodies and a fast-paced drum beat, plus funky guitar riffs and a Busted-esque synth at the end. A great track to end on!

Overall though, this is a well-written, if slightly more experimental album, that could divide the fans. That said, there are plenty of moments to enjoy, so fans will still find parts they love. I’m certainly still a lover of The Rocket Summer and appreciate his artistic license to be experimental, but I hope his next record might return a little more to his roots.

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‘Sweet Shivers’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://music.apple.com/gb/album/sweet-shivers/1473282206


Sweet Shivers on Spotify

Morning Light [Official Music Video]

Shatter Us (Official Music Video)

Blankets (Official Music Video)

Peace Signs (Official Music Video)


We hope you’ve enjoyed our review! What do you think of The Rocket Summer’s latest album? Do you share the same opinions as us? What would you rate it out of 5? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or via our social media.


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#Two4Tunesday: Ariana Grande – ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ & Emma Blackery – ‘Dirt’


   

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Ariana Grande – ‘No Tears Left To Cry’

Ariana Grande¬†is back with the first single to be taken from her upcoming fourth album, ‘No Tears Left to Cry’. Written by Grande herself, alongside¬†Savan Kotecha¬†and its producers¬†Max Martin¬†and¬†Ilya, it is a rather different pop track to her normal style.

Don’t be mistaken, it’s still dance-pop at the core with a powerful vocal chorus, but it’s got some quite 90s pop and R&B influences to it and it’s certainly not an instant and obvious standout hit; this track is much more of a grower.

The video features Grande performing amongst a lot of disorientated scenery (which corresponds with the upside-down text of the single cover and leaks of Grande in a corresponding sweatshirt). It’s an interesting concept for the video, which was directed by Dave Meyers.


‘No Tears Left To Cry’¬†is¬†on¬†iTunes for downloading now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/no-tears-left-to-cry/1374085537?i=1374087460



Emma Blackery – ‘Dirt’

Emma Blackery is a singer-songwriter, YouTuber and author from Basildon in Essex, UK. To date she has 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube, with 148 million views and in 2016, she supported Busted on their Pigs Can Fly Tour.

Now, in 2018,¬†Emma Blackery is releasing her new single,¬†‘Dirt’. With a decidedly electro-pop foundation, this track is topped off with Blackery’s rather British-sounding voice (which is quite refreshing!) and some explicit vocals; making it edgier than your normal dance-pop songs.

The video is a bit of fun with it’s quirky dances and neon pink and blue colours throughout; it’s not breaking any boundaries but it’s light-hearted and funky.

This is a great track by a great up-and-coming artist on the pop scene!


‘Dirt’¬†can also be downloaded from iTunes now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dirt-single/1353482430


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#Playlist – re:MIXTAPE

 

 


   

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We felt it was time to create the ultimate remix playlist, to accompany/rival the likes of the latest¬†Now That’s What I Call Remix¬†album, putting all the world’s best¬†remixes into one mammoth playlist.

This playlist has been lovingly crafted to include a variety of remixes we love, as well as suggestions from you guys!

If you already own the songs and want the custom artwork, please feel free to copy/download it below:

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re:MIXTAPE Playlist

This playlist is packed to the brim with some of the best remixes around:

  1. Bazzi – Mine (Jengi Remix)
  2. Maroon 5 РWhat Lovers Do featuring SZA (A-Trak Remix)
  3. NEIKED – Sexual featuring Dyo (Oliver Nelson Remix)
  4. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (NOTD Remix)
  5. Charlie Puth – Attention (Bingo Players Remix)
  6. Avicii РLonely Together featuring Rita Ora (Alan Walker Remix)
  7. Sigrid – Strangers (TIEKS Remix)
  8. P!nk – What About Us (Ti√ęsto’s AFTR:HRS Remix)
  9. Kesha – Praying (Frank Walker Remix)
  10. Craig David РI Know You featuring Bastille (Sultan + Shepard Remix)
  11. Thirty Seconds To Mars РWalk On Water (R3hab Remix)
  12. Maroon 5 – Wait (Chromeo Remix)
  13. Taylor Swift¬†– …Ready For It? (BloodPop¬ģ Remix)
  14. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (E11even Remix)
  15. Niall Horan РSlow Hands (Basic Tape Remix)
  16. Miley Cyrus РMalibu (Alan Walker Remix)
  17. Rita Ora РAnywhere (R3hab Remix)
  18. Britney Spears – Make Me… featuring¬†G-Eazy (Tom Budin Remix)
  19. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (Freedo Remix)
  20. The Chainsmokers РSomething Just Like This featuring Coldplay (Alesso Remix)
  21. Sam Smith – Like I Can (Artful Remix)
  22. Zedd РStay featuring Alessia Cara (The Kemist Remix)
  23. David Guetta & Afrojack РDirty Sexy Money featuring Charli XCX & French Montana (Banx & Ranx Remix)
  24. Charli XCX РBoys (Nevada Remix)
  25. Clean Bandit – I Miss You featuring Julia Michaels (Cahill Remix)
  26. Liam Payne РBedroom Floor (Cash Cash Remix)
  27. Anne-Marie РHeavy (John Gibbons Remix)
  28. NEIKED РCall Me featuring MIMI (Alex Adair Remix)
  29. Kesha – Learn To Let Go (Feenixpawl Remix)
  30. Mabel РFinders Keepers featuring Kojo Funds (DUSK Remix)
  31. Rita Ora РYour Song (Cheat Codes Remix)
  32. Miley Cyrus – Younger Now (Fred Falke Remix)
  33. ZAYN – LIKE I WOULD (Oliver Nelson Remix)
  34. Busted РThinking Of You (TAYST Remix)
  35. Charlie Puth¬†– We Don’t Talk Anymore featuring¬†Selena Gomez (Attom Remix)
  36. Julia Michaels РIssues (Alan Walker Remix)
  37. Vance Joy РLay It On Me (Said The Sky Remix)
  38. Selena Gomez РWolves (Said The Sky Remix)
  39. James Arthur РNaked (CADE Remix)
  40. Sam Smith – Lay Me Down (Ti√ęsto Remix)

I hope you enjoy this playlist as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it! Please share the link to this post, or the playlist itself and give it a follow on Spotify too –¬†https://open.spotify.com/user/muzik5peaks/playlist/1nN0ylV9EkCnCFOo3b6jW5?si=fFo3ZTQuTfq57o7xBw5Yig. If you’ve got any songs to suggest for us to add to the playlist, please let us know ūüôā

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#SummerSongs 2017 – The Playlist


   

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It’s the 1st August and summer is in full swing! As such, I thought it was time to present you with our next playlist –¬†#SummerSongs¬†2017 (following on from #SummerSongs 2015)!

This 30-track playlist has been lovingly crafted with over 100 minutes of summery¬†songs, both new and old, that I really love and put me in a great mood and I hope it’ll do the same for you too ūüôā

If you already own the songs and want the custom artwork, please feel free to copy/download the artwork below:

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#SummerSongs 2017 – The Playlist

This mammoth, tune-filled playlist includes the following summer anthems:

  1. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (Throttle Remix)
  2. OneRepublic – Rich Love featuring Seeb
  3. A R I Z O N A – Feed The Beast
  4. Jonas Blue – Mama featuring William Singe
  5. NEIKED – Call Me featuring MIMI
  6. Sigala РCame Here For Love featuring Ella Eyre
  7. Phats & Small – Turn Around
  8. Nevada РThe Mack featuring Mark Morrison & Fetty Wap
  9. Rita Ora – Your Song
  10. Anton Powers РBaby featuring Pixie Lott
  11. John Gibbons – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
  12. Zedd – Stay featuring Alessia Cara
  13. Will Joseph Cook – Plastic
  14. Miley Cyrus – Malibu
  15. Luis Fonsi РDespacito featuring Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber
  16. Calvin Harris РFeels featuring Pharrell Williams, Big Sean & Katy Perry
  17. Katy Perry РBon Appétit featuring Migos
  18. Ke$ha – Learn To Let Go
  19. Disciples – On My Mind
  20. J Hus – Did You See
  21. Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like
  22. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holding Me Back
  23. The All-American Rejects – Sweat
  24. Club Drive – International
  25. Busted – One Of A Kind
  26. The Maine – Bitch Better Have My Money
  27. Life Of Dillon – Rocks
  28. Paramore – Forgiveness
  29. Sheppard – Geronimo
  30. Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams

I’ve gathered only the best songs which I hope will be the soundtrack to your summer – I want this summer to be one you’ll remember…for the best reasons! Check out the playlist on Spotify.

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#Two4Tunesday: Busted – ‘On What You’re On’ & Will Joseph Cook – ‘Sweet Dreamer’


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Busted – ‘On What You’re On’

Man are we pleased that¬†Busted are back together! Despite years of stating he’d never rejoin¬†Busted, Charlie and the boys have reunited and their new sound is SICK!

This latest track,¬†‘On What You’re On, is funky as hell, with some sort of¬†Daft Punk vibes going on! I’m all over this – loving the new sound and the fact that they have moved with the times, rather than stuck to what they used to do, within the pop rock genre – it’s just awesome!

Surely a tune like this is set to hit Number 1?! Good luck with the comeback boys!


‘On What You’re On’¬†is¬†on¬†iTunes for downloading now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/on-what-youre-on/id1157198095?i=1157198107



Will Joseph Cook – ‘Sweet Dreamer’

Will Joseph Cook is a great, British singer/songwriter who is making waves on the scene.

Having seen him support¬†Walking On Cars¬†earlier this year, he has been on my radar ever since and this song is rather infectious. Although it’s still deep-rooted in indie songwriting, there’s something beautifully pop about it.

He’s been hard at work gathering a loyal following and I’m sure when his debut album drops, things are going to blow up for him!

Make sure you check out¬†‘Sweet Dreamer’, it’s ace!


‘Sweet Dreamer’¬†can also be downloaded from iTunes now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sweet-dreamer/id1152668045?i=1152669470


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#Two4Tunesday: Sia – ‘The Greatest’ featuring Kendrick Lamar & Busted – ‘Coming Home’


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Sia – ‘The Greatest’ featuring Kendrick Lamar

Sia¬†is back again with another incredible new track, just months after her album,¬†This Is Acting and it’s not taken from it. Could this be another new album in the making?

The song is passionate, powerful and pure pop…it’s everything a contemporary pop song should be and more!

The addition of¬†Kendrick Lamar‘s verse, further adds to the dynamics to the song and of course, as we’ve come to expect, the music video is a masterpiece; a marvel to behold!


‘The Greatest’¬†is¬†on¬†iTunes for downloading now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/greatest-feat.-kendrick-lamar/id1149503804?i=1149503816



Busted – ‘Coming Home’

After 12 years away from the band,¬†Busted are finally back with their new single,¬†‘Coming Home’, taken from their upcoming, third album,¬†Night Driver.

The song sounds a lot more mature than their previous, pop rock antics, with its synth-heavy and subtle tones, however it still has the iconic vocals and feel to the band. I’m intrigued to hear what the rest of their new album will hold…will there be some of their fun-filled, guitar-heavy, power-pop anthems? Or will they have carried the maturity of this song, throughout the album?

Either way, we sure are excited to have the band back together and kickin’ it like they never went away! Welcome back guys!


‘Coming Home’¬†can also be downloaded from iTunes now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/coming-home/id1148088304?i=1148088358


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#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with Chris Bourne


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After departing from his band, Hollywood Ending, Chris Bourne is going solo and gearing up to release a whole host of new music.

The first single of his new material, is¬†‘MFT80s’ has been really positively received and so Chris is planning on releasing more, very soon.

During our interview, Chris explained that he is focusing on releasing singles, rather than an album, as well as a cover song (which he is shooting the video for this weekend!).¬†He told us how¬†the music he’s been listening to recently, mainly consists of¬†old-school 80s tunes and what his plans are, regarding his tour of the¬†UK.

As with most of our interviews, we played a game of¬†‘Would You Rather…?’, so make sure you check that out!

I hope you enjoy this interview and please go ahead and show your support by sharing the link on your social media accounts!

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