#MellowMonday: Meadowlark – ‘Headlights’


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Having seen Meadowlark supporting Aquilo at Patterns in Brighton (check out our review here), over the weekend, I couldn’t post anything else for this week’s #MellowMonday!

The song is mellow, adult pop at its best – it has elements of calm electronica with essences of modern, contemporary pop, making for an intriguing and beautiful track. The guitar sounds combined with synths and distorted, high-pitched vocals are pure perfection, accompanied by stunningly simplistic, yet powerful vocals; it’s got a feel of Ellie Goulding about it.

The video only adds to the interest of the song – not only is it a wholly captivating track, but the video is shot in one take, adding another dimension to the experience of this release.

What are your thoughts of this band? Do you like their sound? Have you already heard of them? What would you choose for #MellowMonday? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment below or hit us up via Twitter or Facebook.

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‘Headlights’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/headlights-single/id1149418717


#EventSpeaks: Aquilo @ Patterns, Brighton – 22/10/16


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On Saturday 22nd October 2016, I was lucky enough to see Aquilo performing live at Patterns in Brighton, with support from Meadowlark. The event was brilliant and both acts were fantastic. If you haven’t seen either act live; I strongly recommend it!


Meadowlark

Having only recently heard of Meadowlark and done an interview with the band (which you can read here), I was excited to catch their live performance!

The pair were thrilling to behold – their songs are well crafted, the production was perfection and their performance was flawless. I imagine that a long time has been spent writing, recording and rehearsing and this shows, since their performance was remarkable.

I found myself enjoying every song they played; even the ones I didn’t know and from a support act, this is rare.

I strongly recommend watching them live and listening to their music online…they’re ace!

Highlight:

  • Fantastic use of synths, pads and vocal harmonies.
  • Captivating songwriting and big energy from both members.
  • A very full-on sound; production was top-notch.

Setlist

Paraffin
Sunlight
Body Lose
Pink Heart
Quicksand
Fly
Eyes Wide
Headlights


Aquilo

Aquilo were stunning! Their performance was captivating, full-on and brimming with high energy and placid moments, all in the right places – it was thoroughly enjoyable.

The band’s songs are such a powerful soundscape that the whole performance was like a journey, a story, it was almost a shame when the band spoke between songs. That being said, some of their anecdotes were witty and you could tell that they truly appreciated the audience being there to see them.

The pair confirmed that they have completed the work on their album and that it will be coming sometime at the beginning of next year, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for this.

Highlights:

  • The vast soundscape created by the band.
  • The couple of songs performed without the backing band – especially their song, ‘Sorry’ – this showed their raw talents off well and their songs were filled with power and emotion.
  • The beautifully intricate harmonies created by both of their voices together.
  • Stunning songs and brilliant songwriting shown off in a fantastic live setting.

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 Setlist

Calling Me
I Don’t Want To See It
Never Seen You Get So Low
Human
You There
I Gave It All
Losing You
Waiting
Sorry
You Won’t Know Where You Stand
Good Girl*
Better Off Without You

Encore
Silhouette

This song can be viewed on our YouTube, below.


Finally, I want to say an absolutely HUGE thanks to Phil from Sonic PR for organising this show and to Meadowlark and Aquilo for their epic performances!

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#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with Meadowlark


   

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We recently had the opportunity to catch up with mellow, electro-pop duo, Meadowlark, ahead of their performance at Patterns in Brighton, in support of Aquilo. Dan (one half of the duo) told us about their upcoming album, his most embarrassing moment and what the pair do when writing and recording. Check out what he had to say…


1. How’s it all going with your music? Is there an album in the pipeline at the moment?
It’s going great thanks! We do indeed have an album in the pipeline, we don’t have a release date yet but rest assured it will be with you all in the new year!

2. What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you, either through your music career, or in life?
I (Dan) head butted a pile of dog poo when I was a kid in front of a bunch of friends… that was a dark evening.

3. What really grinds your gears?
Music venues with no parking!

4. Is there anything other than music you’re really passionate about? What do you get up to in your spare time?
I (Dan) direct music videos in my spare time and make short films of all the trips I do to various places in and out of the UK.

5. What music have you been listening to most recently? Have you got a favourite song right now?
I’m not going to lie, every morning I’ve woken up on this tour I’ve heard ‘About You Now’ by Sugababes blaring out of Kate’s bedroom… on repeat!

6. Has anything really scary ever happened to you on tour? If so, what?
In Newcastle a drunk guy tried to invite himself into Kate’s room in a hotel whilst we were trying to load our gear in. It almost got violent, definitely not what we wanted at 2am!

7. Have you got any disgusting habits?
It’s not a disgusting habit per-say but I snore a lot which makes me very unpopular on tour.

8. What is your usual process for writing and recording? And where do you take your inspirations for songs from?
We wrote most of the last album at a beautifully secluded barn near Doncaster. It’s in the middle of nowhere, no signal, no distractions. We wrote and demoed the songs to the best of our ability, getting across all the important elements so that when we took the songs to a producer they would be a blank enough canvas to start carving from but had enough in them to get across their intended pace and genre.

9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Never compare yourself to others.

10. Would you rather live in a Disney or Looney Tunes universe and why?
I think I speak for the both of us when I say DISNEY!


Meadowlark‘s releases are all available:

  • To purchase on iTunes –  Meadowlark
  • To listen to on Spotify –


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Life Of Dillon

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