#Review: Paloma Faith @ Brighton Centre, Brighton – 16/10/21

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On Saturday 16th October 2021, Paloma Faith arrived in Brighton to perform a string of her biggest hits, fan favourites and cuts from her latest album, Infinite Things, with support from Josef Salvat. Here’s what we had to say about the show…


Josef Salvat

Josef Salvat is an Australian singer and songwriter, who graced the stage with his wonderfully quirky shirt and trouser combo and thrilled the audience with his unique brand of pop music. The performer had a diverse vocal style and even did a rendition of Rihanna‘s ‘Diamonds’.

Highlight: Closing the set with his latest single, ‘I’m Sorry’, was a brilliant ending to his performance; the song is upbeat and catchy as hell so really worked the crowd up before Paloma Faith.


Paloma Faith

As the lights dimmed, Paloma Faith took to the stage to perform ‘Last Night On Earth’ with an eruption of applause and cheering from the audience. During the first song, she addressed the crowd and spoke about how after the pandemic we should focus on the here and the now as we don’t know what tomorrow might bring; truly meaningful words from the singer-songwriter.

She performed the first song in front of a curtain for the majority of the track before it came down to reveal a rather simplistic stage set (for her). Accompanying her, was a largely female-dominated group of musicians and backing singers; all of whom were incredibly talented in their own right.

Dressed in an edgy, backless leather dress and a vibrant red pixie wig, the singer wowed her crowd with not only her superbly powerful vocals but wonderful anecdotes behind some of her songs and of motherhood and getting older too. She even made reference to her skin’s elasticity having gone and it being perfect in a plane crash to help her land safely.

Paloma‘s set was engaging on an interactive level, as her personality and charisma shone through, plus she packed it full of songs not only from her latest album, Infinite Things, but a massive selection of fan favourites and huge hits were spread across the duration of the show too.

At one point, she tells the crowd that her latest album is her favourite as it’s more personal than others she’s put out and reveals it’s probably the only one she’s released that she’d actually buy herself. That said, she knows how to have fun with a lot of her older material too, stunning the audience with cuts all the way back to her first album.

She even performs a cover of Chaka Khan‘s ‘I’m Every Woman’ and tells us how she was once invited to share the stage with the iconic singer but knew none of the words, bring her to face her fears and perform the song herself.

The great thing is that from about half way through the set, no one is sitting down any longer as the singer encourages everyone to get up and dance and you can see people are truly living in the moment.

Paloma is a character, that’s for sure, but her powerful voice only adds to the enjoyment of the show. She is someone who needs to be seen live as she not only knows how to put on an incredible show, but she will have you singing and dancing in no time. If you haven’t caught her on this tour, then grab yourself some tickets for her 2022 tour, ‘Age of Optimism Tour’.

Highlights:

  • The between-song interactions with the audience were wonderful; they were genuine and truly witty, making the crowd feel closer to her as a person.
  • Getting everyone out of their seats and on their feet and dancing made for a great experience.
  • ‘Gold’, Crybaby’, ‘Picking Up The Pieces’, ‘Changing’ and ‘Lullaby’ were definitely some of the highlights from the set.

📷 All of the photos in this post are credited to Michael Hundertmark 📸
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 Setlist

Last Night On Earth
Gold*
Crybaby
Infinite Things
Guilty
Beautiful & Damned
If Loving You Was Easy (with Josef Salvat)
Stone Cold Sober / Stargazer / 30 Minute Love Affair / New York / Upside Down
Picking Up The Pieces*
Monster
Can’t Rely On You
I’m Every Woman (Chaka Khan Cover)*
Changing*
If This Is Goodbye

Encore
Better Than This
Lullaby*
Only Love Can Hurt Like This

These songs can be viewed in the YouTube playlist, below.


Finally, I want to say a MASSIVE thanks to Warren from Chuff Media for sorting out this review for me.


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#MellowMonday: Frida Sundemo – ‘Gold’


   

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Swedish songstress Frida Sundemo has released her brand new single, ‘Gold’, ahead of her highly anticipated international debut album, Flashbacks & Futures, due out on 6th October.

This track is a soaring, cinematic masterpiece with its rousing synths, beautiful otherworldly flourishes and Frida‘s sweet-as-honey vocals. This track had me hooked from the very first line, “Take a deep breath.” It’s genuinely a song that feels like a short film and takes you on a journey, like no other song I’ve heard.

Regarding the single, Frida says, “‘Gold’ is about being brave and embracing the beauty of life. It’s about having the courage to risk something that’s ”alright” for the chances of getting something you really dream about.”

No music video has been released as yet, but we’ll keep you posted. The audio can be heard below though.

What are your thoughts of this sensational singer-songwriter? Got your own #MellowMonday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Gold’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/gold/id1273236455?i=1273236941


#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with SHELLS

SHELLS took the time to tell us about her recent EP release, weird habits and her most recent embarrassing moment! It’s all here…


   

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Here’s our first interview of 2017 and it’s with none other than beautiful songbird, SHELLS. She took the time to tell us about her recent EP release (‘Shapes’), weird habits and her most recent embarrassing moment! It’s all here…


Hey, how are you?
Great thanks! How are you? 

I’m very well thanks. So what’s new with you at the moment?
I just got back to my flat after a wonderfully busy Christmas season. I’m excited to be spending a couple of weeks in London before some upcoming shows abroad!

Can we expect an EP or album any time soon?
Yes! I’ve just released my first ever EP ‘Shapes’, and am currently working on new material for the next release. 

That’s really exciting! I was wondering, where do you take your inspirations for songs from?
Listening to people, reading books, nature, personal experience… anything and anyone.

If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?
Radiohead, for their genius!

Have you got any weird habits?
I keep buying house-plants for my flat in London, I’ve lived in Kent for most of my life so I miss the countryside a little!

What really grinds your gears?
It takes a lot to really rile me…

Is there anything other than music you’re really passionate about?
The outdoors – wildlife, trees, travelling, reading, I love running too. 

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you, in life?
Like a lot of people, my teenage years consisted of a stream of embarrassing events! Most recently, I was boarding a busy underground train during morning rush-hour when my suitcase knocked a commuter’s high-heel shoe down onto the tracks! My uninterrupted flow of mortified apologies was the only voice to break the pregnant silence between the next few stations. She hobbled off at Westminster in her single high-heel shoe! I can laugh at myself now…

That’s hilarious! Poor woman. So, what music have you been listening to most recently?
‘Reflection’ by Brian Eno, ‘Tawo’ by Jordan Rakei and lots of Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf on Vinyl – all wonderful!

What’s the best film you’ve seen lately?
I watched ‘Youth’ last night, it was beautiful. I also saw ‘The Imitation Game’ for the first time recently which I loved. 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Be present.”

Sound advice! Well, thank you very much for taking the time to talk to me today, it’s been a real pleasure! Best of luck for the writing and recording of your next release…we’ll be eagerly awaiting it!


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#Playlist: May 2015

Hola Speakerz!

It’s time for another of our monthly playlists! As usual, we’re bringing you both a YouTube and Spotify playlist of all of this month’s featured songs!

Muzik Speaks has been alive and kicking for just 3 months now and it’s still growing fast! During this month, we’ve reached 100 followers on Twitter, and nearly have 100 Facebook likes. We also did our first interview with the awesome Ali Tabatabaee from Zebrahead – he and Ben, both from the band, were so amazing to work with!

This month’s playlist also brought you some excellent tracks from the likes of; Maroon 5, Britney Spears and Nelly Furtado as well as songs from independent acts, like Andy Jordan and Jack Peñate. We also brought you music from newcomers Life Of Dillon, Prides and Ryn Weaver and finally we threw-back of your Thursdays with Wheatus, Five (5ive), Alien Ant Farm and Will Smith.

We hope you enjoy this month’s songs, all taken from our posts throughout May 2015 – Our apologies if some of the tracks are missing from the Spotify playlist – some may not have been released yet and some may have been removed from Spotify by the artist/band.

Note: You can view the whole YouTube playlist by using the dropdown menu at the top corner of the video, or skip a song using the ‘next’ button.


OUR AIM

We’d like to ask you, to go ahead and ‘like’ our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/muzikspeaks) and ‘follow’ us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/muzik_speaks). Then if you could please post a status or send a tweet to your followers and friends to ask them to check us out, we’d be really grateful! We want to grow this community and we honestly can’t do it without your support!

Lastly, please please feel free to respond to our posts on Facebook or leave comments on each of our blog posts with your own tracks for each of the daily themes – we want to hear what you’re listening to because we love music as much as you, and we really enjoy finding out about new tunes. Thanks so much.


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#WildCardWednesday: Chet Faker – ‘Gold’

Chet Faker

Today’s #WildCardWednesday is ‘Gold’ by Chet Faker.

Chet Faker is a pretty recent musician from Melbourne, Australia; he is said to be influenced by a number Jazz artists.

‘Gold’ comes from his recent 2014 album “Built on Glass”, which reached number 1 in a few country’s. ‘Gold’ is accompanied by many other well-produced tracks that incorporate this Jazz/Funk style with more modern-electronica sounds and beats.

“Built on Glass” is entirely self-written, performed and recorded by Faker himself. I feel this adds to his original style of sound, along with his imaginative music video for ‘Gold’. The tracks on this album are said to have an overlaying “warm, intimate feel with a solid groove structure”, I think this is appropriate for all his previous work too.

Check out the unique music video below, and if you’re interested, Chet Faker is currently touring Europe and North America!

Max – Muzik Speaks