#Review: LAUREL – DOGVIOLET


   

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LAUREL (aka Laurel Arnell-Cullen) is a British indie musician originating from London. She has had a string of critically acclaimed songs since posting her first demo back in 2013 and gained a lot of bloggers’ and radio DJs’ attention for writing, recording and producing most of her early music in her bedroom studio. Since signing to Counter Records (a division of Ninja Tune Records) in August 2016, she has released an EP and headlined her own UK tour. Now, 2018 sees the singer and songwriter releasing her debut album, DOGVIOLET. Here are are thoughts on the record…

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LAUREL is finally releasing her debut album, DOGVIOLET and it’s a real corker! From the moment it opens with the catchy ‘Life Worth Living’ which bursts into life with its heavy drums, we are taken on a personal journey through LAUREL‘s heart and mind.

Some of the other tracks that really stand out are: ‘All Star’ has a really unique guitar line to it and it’s about putting a partner on a pedestal; ‘Hold Tight’ which has some relaxing, summer-by-the-beach vibes about being close to someone; ‘Adored’ for its slightly more grungy sound; ‘Crave’ which builds to a rather haunting chorus and ‘Take It Back’ for its very different and incredibly catchy chorus that lies somewhere along the lines of HAIM and MUNA.

‘Empty Kisses’ is a beautifully melancholic track too about a relationship that’s essentially over and the passion’s gone.

There’s something beautiful about the occasional cracks in her voice – it’s stunningly imperfect.

Undoubtedly, comparisons could be made with the likes of Lana Del Rey or Florence Welch due to her ethereal vocals and melancholic tones but there’s something beautiful about the occasional cracks in her voice too – it’s stunningly imperfect.

The production is artistic and evokes imagery of an artistic independent film; it certainly serves as a soundtrack to this period in her life, with real, introspective lyricism and reflection that must have taken her to some deep, dark places in her memories. This is surely the start of a wonderful career ahead – with her intensely mesmerising vocals and remarkably honest and personal writing style that certainly stands her out from so many others right now. This year is certainly going to be a big one for LAUREL and I can’t wait to see where it takes her next.

Rating
4


‘Dogviolet’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dogviolet/1373664343


Dogviolet on Spotify

Coming soon.

Same Mistakes (Official Video)

Life Worth Living (Official Audio)


We hope you’ve enjoyed our review! What do you think of LAUREL’s debut album, DOGVIOLET? Are you as much of a fan as us? What would you rate it out of 5? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or chat to us about it via our social media.


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#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with A R I Z O N A


   

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Having just released their debut album, ‘GALLERY’, I had the privilege of talking to the fantastic, A R I Z O N A.

During our interview, the guys discussed their debut album, their favourite track on the album, who they’d like to cover one of their songs and in true Muzik Speaks tradition, we played a game of ‘Would You Rather…?’ It’s all in the interview video below!

I want to say a massive thanks to Harriet Brampton, Jake Posner and Geneva Gamblin for making this interview happen! Thanks guys 🙂

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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#Two4Tunesday: Niall Horan – ‘Slow Hands’ & HAIM – ‘Want You Back


   

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Niall Horan – ‘Slow Hands’

Niall Horan is back with, ‘Slow Hands’, the follow-up to his 2016 debut solo single, This Town and it is awesome!

The song has a completely different sound to his debut single and his vocals on this track doesn’t sound like him in places, but this tune is catchy AF!

I love the broken vocal edits on the verses and the chorus just grips you and makes you want to belt it out loud. The guy is a true talent and this single is proof of that.

No video has been released yet, but I’m sure it won’t be long.


‘Slow Hands’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/slow-hands/id1230904573?i=1230904755



HAIM – ‘Want You Back

HAIM are back and gearing up to release their second album, Something To Tell You, later this year with the single ‘Want You Back’.

It’s brave to name a song after one of the biggest singles of all time but this track does well to make it’s own mark. It is a song which outlines one’s inner battle between the head and the heart with lyrics that beg for forgiveness from an ex, hoping to win them back into the empty space left in their heart.

It’s a cracking follow-up and sets good expectations for the upcoming album.

No video has emerged for this track yet either but we’ll keep you posted.


‘Want You Back’ can also be downloaded from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/want-you-back/id1229700722?i=1229700978


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#FeelGoodFriday: The Knocks – ‘Collect My Love’ featuring Alex Newell


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The Knocks are an electronic music duo from New York, consisting of Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “JPatt” Patterson. Their name actually comes from when the pair made beats in their apartment and would get “the knocks” from their neighbours, to keep the noise down.

They’ve earned recognition for their productions and remixes for a whole host of bands and artists, including Ellie GouldingBritney SpearsThe 1975Jack ÜFoster The People and Haim.

They’ve since gone on to record a string of singles and their debut album, 55, which features an incredible array of acts, including Alex NewellSt Lucia and Walk The Moon.

‘Collect My Love’, which features Alex Newell‘s trademark vocals, is one of the singles they released from the album and it’s got some serious funk going on – it’s reminiscent of Daft Punk‘s ‘Get Lucky’. The video for the song is pretty quirky too – it’s got that urban feel but with an air of “getting ready for a night out”; it’s just good fun!

What do you think of these guys? Has it given you that #FeelGoodFriday vibe? Please share this link on your social media sites!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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‘Collect My Love’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/collect-my-love-feat.-alex/id1073325719?i=1073325727


#Playlist: March 2015

So, rather like a ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ compilation, I thought it might be cool to do a YouTube and Spotify playlist of the month’s songs from now on, instead of each week’s playlist on a Sunday, that way you get the whole month’s songs to look forward to at the end of the month. What do you think?

I can’t believe this blog has been live for a month already! You’ve had tracks from Dappy, Jess Glynne, Justin Timberlake, All Saints and more.

I hope you enjoy these songs (sorry some are missing from the Spotify playlist – some haven’t been released yet and some haven’t been allowed on Spotify by the artist). It’s a little look back at March 2015.

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.

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Week 3: 2015 – The Playlist

Happy Sunday everyone!

Another fun-filled week of music, here at ‘Muzik Speaks’! We’re really enjoying sharing our song selections!

We still need your help though!

We still need you to keep pushing the support of our chosen daily artists and try to get them re-tweeting and sharing the links for our blog posts – your support is key to this.

How to reply to posts

In addition, we want to hear MORE from you – please click on each blog post, each day, where you will see the option to ‘reply’ to the post – please reply with your own song selections for that day; it could be in the form of a YouTube or Spotify link or just the name of the artist and song, but this is all about you! Or just reply with your thoughts about the track. Please spread the word!

This weeks playlist

Below, you can find a playlist of this week’s tracks, in case you would like to listen to them all again (some of them are unfortunately missing from Spotify, because they haven’t been released yet), in one place!

Enjoy 🙂

Who’s looking forward to next week?! Get thinking of your song choices for each day’s theme, and be ready to share!

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#FeelGoodFriday: HAIM – ‘Forever’

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What a knock-out song! This is an incredibly strong debut pop rock track, written by the three Haim sisters. Even though it was released back in 2012 (I can’t believe it was already 3 years ago!), I recently heard this on the radio, which brought it right back to my attention again. I love the superb blend of their vocal harmonies with strong percussion and rhythmic guitars.

The song is very reminiscent of 80s and 90s pop and rock; Michael Jackson, Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac all spring to mind.

A really classic, feel-good song! Puts me in a great mood – today, it truly gives me that Friday feeling!

What song’s putting you in a weekend mood? Is this song hitting the spot? Please share this link and your Feel-Good Friday track!

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