Ariana’s Gift To Us All

Ariana’s Gift To Us All

Hello, hello.

Unless you’ve been living under the world’s largest rock recently, you’d be aware that Ariana Grande currently has the world in the palm of her hand, and is killing the game. I thought 2018 was her year, but 2019 has barely started and she’s already claimed this year as her own.

She recently released her album, titled after the first single she dropped, ‘thank you, next‘ and my god, this album is everything she’s been promising and more.

I’ve never considered myself a ‘fan’ of Ariana Grande if we’re being honest. Up until last year I only ever really listened to her when she popped up on the radio, but I rarely went on to Spotify with the intent to literally binge her entire album, which up until today, I could never say I had done. That’s over.

That said, let’s get into this play-by-play rundown. Sadly this isn’t a reaction post, because I was too busy hyping every second of it to think about typing down my thoughts. But it’s close enough.

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imagine
Ok. I know this song is cute. I know it’s a sweet lil tune, and heaps of people are around it. But it’s taken me way too long to get into it and now I’m only just jumping on the bandwagon. It took me a little while to even bother listening to it, even though it was released as a single. I don’t know. I just wasn’t hooked straight away.

needy
Did someone say me? No, they just said ‘needy’, but that’s practically the same thing. This song gets me. The simple piano is something that makes it such a catchy song, and the record just sounds like a dream, really kick-starting the entire ethereal aesthetic of the overall album. I kinda want to do a cover of this song, plainly for how simple it is, but how great it is to listen to.

NASA
How genius. This is a great tune. Such a great song. The play on words and the open-ness about just needing, space? I love the content of this album, Ariana’s so honest and raw in it, and it’s an honesty that I think her audience have come to expect from her. I think with everything she’s been through, in such a short time span, she can’t afford to be anything other than honest and true. However she still manages to do so in a way that gets you off your feet and bopping.

 

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bloodline
This is undoubtedly, in my top three songs on this album. The trumpets, how simple and catchy the chorus is, the story-line, everything. This song to me, in a nutshell, throws all the necessary shade at Pete Davidson, in one, pent up go. Considering how many times Pete decided to use their ended engagement as the butt of a joke, compared to how silent she kinda was, the whole ‘letting go’ part of the song kinda points fingers at a comparison between the two and how they handled the ended relationship so differently. Regardless, the song is a really fun anthem, and I find myself searching for it while I’m getting ready to jump in the car, purely so I can sing along.

fake smile
I love the intro to this song. So much. I mean sampling Wendy Rene?? Yes please. This song is probably one of the most honest songs on the album. She’s so candid about that fact that she’s been through hell. So much, and for someone so young who’s constantly on show, being scrutinised every second, it’s gonna be hard regardless. The song remains cute and playful, but provides a really vulnerable insight into Ariana’s mind.

bad idea
This song’s just really strong and energetic, but in a ridiculously cool way. She doesn’t sound like she cares at all and funnily enough it’s what I love the most about it. I don’t know if this song reaches as high as some of the others on the album for me personally, but it’s a good song to fit into the middle of the record. It genuinely fits the aesthetic of the record and I think a lot of time has gone into crafting the perfect selection of songs that contrast yet still manage to compliment each other.

make up
We love a cheeky play on words.

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ghostin
Possibly the saddest song on the album. It’s all about giving someone so much and getting little in return, and I think it’s possibly one of the strongest yet vulnerable songs on the album for how much it says. I think the song could possibly be about how much she had to go through, especially considering she was in a relationship while at the same time dealing with fall outs and issues from other relationships. The song is so clearly about that balance between Pete Davidson and Mac Miller, and the repercussions of his death not only on her personally, but also possibly on her relationship, and the fact that’s she’s so open and honest about it is a bold move considering how much flack and hatred she received when Mac passed away.

in my head
I think Ariana’s killing it with the introductions on all her songs, as well as the sampling. It’s all done tastefully, there aren’t any voice memos included simply because it might sound good, and samples are being used in a fresh way for her music. The fact that the voice memo is of her close friend Doug who ‘was a major help’ to her through some of her hardest moments speaks volumes. I think the song could be speaking about the way she sees someone, compared to way the rest of the world sees them, and the reality in between all of that, and I love it.

7 rings
A bop. An anthem. I sing this song all the time, nearly once a day, and it’s constantly being rewound and played back again. At first I was kinda confused, but then the confusion passed, the clouds moved away and I saw the light, and now I can’t get enough.

thank u, next
The song that shook us all. The song that announced her rebirth, her resurrection, her re-brand. A lot of love for this song, man.

break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored
Ah yes, we’ve arrived. My favourite song on the entire bloody album. I feel like this song is the bad-ass sister song to thank u, next, which is quite subtle about it, but this song is so in your face, I love it. I haven’t listened to it as much as 7 rings, but boy am I getting there.  Wait for this song on my February Tunes, cos it’ll be there, I promise.

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So yeah! That’s my song-by-song wrap up of Ariana’s album, thank u, next. I’ve been loving Ariana and her music since she released God Is A Woman and I’m sure she’s gonna give us a lot more in 2019. Let me know what you think, in the comments below.

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Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 9

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 9

Hello every and welcome to Part 9 of possibly one of my favourite blog posts. I didn’t anticipate keeping these going for so long, but I love them because I get to listen to my own playlist a bit more carefully while I pick which songs to include, and a lot of you leave me comments about new songs you’ve discovered through my list! Let me know if you find any songs you enjoy from today’s post!

Switch Sider – Ella Mai
Social Jungle – Herizen
Bad – Lennon Stella
Yours – Aidan Alexander
Dangerous – Kaien Cruz
I Need – Clark Beckham
Ride – Shoffy
Wait – crwn, Jess Connelly
Fantasy – Alina Baraz, Galimatias
Let Me In – Skinny Living
Knock – ALMA
take care – EDEN
Hold You In My Arms – Ray LaMontagne
Don’t – Zoe Kravitz
Aunty Tracey’s Cookies – Joyride
I Need – Maverick Sabre
Wait. – David Pfeffer
I’m In Love Without You – FINNEAS
Paper Love – Allie X
Lighter – Turquoise Prince
Dirty Harry – Grace

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Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 8

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 8

Hello everybody, and welcome to another attempt at me just really smashing through my bulk writing day, and producing what will be the third of these specific posts in the last two hours!!!

In all honesty though, I love these posts, as I’ve mentioned before. I love listening to songs that I don’t listen to regularly, and a few of you always leave lovely comments about a new song you’ve found on this list that you enjoy, so it’s a win/win for us all. For round eight of my songs you don’t know but should series, I’ve got some good ones.

Death To The Lads – The Smith Street Band
Boy – Gymnastics In The Seventies
Television Romance – Pale Waves
XXX – The Bohicas
Selfish – Jordan Rakei
Missing The Mark – Paris Youth Foundation
Sweet Jane – Garrett Kato
You’re The One That I Want – Lo-Fang
The Kids Are Alright – Chloe x Halle
Warcry – Ava Love
Losing Your Mind – Raury
Sunshine – Tom Misch
love – DEAN
New Rules (Initial Talk Remix) – Dua Lipa
How Can I Compete – The Magic Gang
Wait – crwn
Fifty One Cards – Soar
Eva – Punctual
Overdose – The Good Fortune
You Can Count On Me – Ansel Elgort
Misty Frequencies – Che-Fu
Love Me – Stooshe, Travie McCoy  

I have a feeling there may be some of you who are familiar with some of these songs, as a couple of them aren’t that undiscovered, so let me know! The genres and vibes of all of these songs vary drastically, as my playlists tend to do, so hopefully you gave some of these a listen and found something new!

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Priya

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Gang Of Youths And The Spiritual Awakening

Gang Of Youths And The Spiritual Awakening

 

On the 13th of November, two of my best friends and I got to go full circle, and get in the mosh pit for Gang of Youths, a band we saw for the first time live back in February at Let Go Fest.

If you’re unfamiliar with Gang of Youths, they’re an indie-rock group from Sydney, Australia, and our concert was the last of a stretch of 8 shows they did in Melbourne. Considering they initially had two shows scheduled and set for tickets to be sold, the increase in shows during the couple of hours tickets were on sale is a clear indication of this bands reach.

It was an incredible show. The night started off very well, we managed to find a pub a block down from the Forum Theatre where the concert was being held, and grabbed some hot chips and a few drinks, before joining the crowds of people making their way inside the theatre.

It was packed inside, and crowds continued building by the minute, but by 9:50, we were all ready to kick off.

As soon as the band (David, Max, Jung, Joji and Donnie) walked out, it was like everyone was jolted with this huge electrical energy. One thing I noticed was, besides from having a girl break her beer cup and having the back of my feet and ankles splashed with beer, it was a really respectful, chilled out crowd. There was no-one shoving or pushing their way through, there wasn’t anyone screaming or talking loudly when it wasn’t necessary, everyone was just there to have a good time.

We didn’t even catch the two supporting acts, and we were still able to make our way quite easily to the front right of the stage, about six metres from the front.

The beginning of the concert was electrifying. I’ve always said this whenever describing their music, but for me, listening to Gang of Youths is like going to church and being baptised. Or what I think that feels like. You feel so refreshed and spiritually awake, it’s an incredible experience, and seeing them live only amplified that feeling.

 

 

 

Their entire set was incredible. It was just song after song of chest-pounding anthem-ic songs that hit you right in the gut in the best possible way.

For a large majority of the show I was completely spaced out, just watching them on stage. It was hypnotising to watch David move up and down the length of the stage, with or without his guitar and Donnie, the drummer, was a huge stand-out for me. By the end of the show his button up shirt had completely come undone and he was a huge mass of energy and limbs up on his throne at the back of the stage. Time and time again I just felt my eyes being drawn to him and how much passion he put into each song.

But like I mentioned before, David was absolutely hypnotising to watch. The way he danced and moved wasn’t like anything I have ever seen before, and there were plenty of songs where I didn’t move or sing a word because I spent the entirety of them just staring at the band on the stage. They entire band, especially David, had total control of the audience.

 

 

 

 

At one point David even got down into the crowd, as he had done at Let Go Fest, and ya girl just happened to have her camera ready when he did.

 

 

 

When they started performing Let Me Down Easy, the volume in the theatre just increased tenfold. I nearly lost my voice, considering I was already sick, but everyone’s energies just combined beautifully and it was genuinely like an out of body experience. On the train ride back, all of us mentioned that the entire concert was like one big dream, and listening to Let Me Down Easy live was a huge highlight for me.

Another song I really loved was one of their most popular tunes, The Heart Is A Muscle, another song that made the crowd go crazy. It was when they performed this song at Let Go Fest that Kate, Jess and I all realised we all loved the band and the others just didn’t know. It was a great experience realising we were all singing along and yelling the lyrics, equally as passionately.

It made for an even better show that the guys in front of us were just as enthusiastic about all the songs as we were, if not more.

The Heart Is A Muscle basically ensured I lost my voice completely, but I’m not complaining.

 

 

One of my favourite songs from Gang of Youths is Magnolia. I honestly think it highlights how eclectic and unique their instrumentation and song-writing is. There’s so many layers to the song, and the story behind it is so incredibly sad, yet the song is this huge anthem that the crowd just went wild too.

 

 

 

 

A huge problem I’ve come across, especially in the last two years, is that every concert I go to, ends up being so spectacular that I think it belongs in my top five concerts ever, when the fact is they’re all so different, you can’t possibly compare them. It was something that was brought up at the end of the concert as we joined the hordes of people leaving the Forum. The Gang Of Youths concert was incomparable, as are many concerts. It was honest to god like baptism through fire in the best way. If you ever get to see Gang of Youths live, ever, be prepared for the spiritual awakening.

 

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Priya

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Moneylover // A Bold Entrance from Supergold

Moneylover // A Bold Entrance from Supergold

Hello friends!

Welcome back to another post, this one’s pretty fun!!

A little while back I was put in contact with a relatively new Florida band, Supergold, who formed in December of 2017. Running their ship out of lead singer Alex Alston’s garage, the band is made up of Alex, Kyle Santiago, Tanner Collins, Dana Miral, Pablo Falcon and Christian Ballon. With the band playing 10-13 shows a month according to their website, they really run themselves hard, and it’s definitely a long awaited arrival to see a single come from the group.

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The single comes in the form of their debut song, Moneylover, which was released in late September this year, almost a year after the band’s formation. If you head to the press section of their website, their’s a quote at the top that kind of summarises their sound, or what we can hear of it so far, perfectly.

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When I first heard the single, the bass line and the smooth guitar definitely got me hooked. I won’t lie and say that the style of vocal performance is one I listen to all that commonly, but it seems to fit perfectly and Alex does a great job of tying the entire sonic into one great package. It’s this perfect blend of possibly The Strokes, David Bowie as mentioned before and the essential elements pulled from current and evolving indie rock bands at the moment.

I try not to share music that I don’t genuinely love, or give reviews for the sake of promoting music I don’t genuinely care about or enjoy, and I’ve found myself listening to Moneylover more and more since being sent the single. Fair enough, it took me a little while to click with it, but once you click, you’ve clicked for good.

Supergold seem like they’d be a great act to see live, which you can bet I’m gonna do if they ever head down to Australia. You can feel the energy that drives Moneylover, and if the rest of their set is anything like it, I’m sure it would be incredible. It’s not a song you could stand still to, it’s got this great driving beat that just requires you to dance. You can find Moneylover on my ‘summer to end all summers‘ playlist on Spotify.

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If there’s one thing that I love about up and coming bands, it’s the hard-work they put in, on and off the stage. While I was doing some research, I couldn’t help but notice how ridiculously good their website is, the sick merchandise, the constant roll of reviews and several radio features.

I was lucky enough to speak to Alex, the lead singer of Supergold and he was kind enough to answer some questions for me, hope you enjoy!!


How does it feel, finally having music out since forming a year ago?
It’s a huge weight off our shoulders, we put off the recording process for a few months after the band had started because we wanted to see if anyone would even enjoy the songs and after playing some shows we felt confident enough to step into the studio. Although we’ve been playing for 10 months, I consider us only a month old because, that’s how long the song has been out and the time spent previous was us just learning how to be a band together. When ‘Moneylover’ went live, I was nervous, it was our first impression and I wanted to make sure that we got it right.

I really love that comparison on your website from Wolfe Guitars, ‘If David Bowie and The 1975 had a baby, Supergold would be it’. How would you guys personally describe your sound?
We get asked that sometimes and I never really know how to answer, and it’s tough to answer when your in the band, because the sound comes out naturally (which I get is a total cop out answer haha). I will say that when we approach writing a song, there isn’t a specific sound in mind, or a certain sound or audience that we are trying to please. The only question we ask ourselves when a song is being written is ‘is this authentic and are we being honest?’ Whether that comes in the form of a more electronic song or an acoustic guitar tune or whatever, it just has to be real to us & what comes out is Supergold.

Are there any particular bands or artists your draw inspiration from?
I listen to tons and tons of bands. I’ve been listening to this one band out of England called ‘Sports Team’ I found them one day on Noisey & I listen to them almost every day. Whitney is another band I love, I named my dog after them. My biggest influence if probably Bowie, his stage presence, and how he never stuck to one sound and was constantly evolving his sound is something I hope we can emulate.

Alex, you spent some time playing in a few bands before Supergold came along, what made this particular band and this group of people work so well?
This project works so well because we are all trying to make this band our careers, we all have the same focus and we are all hard workers. There is hardly ever a dull moment with group everyone just had so much fun together, we’ve quickly become a family.

You guys a planning a tour, are there any dream gig venues you want to play either this time round or in the future?
We are planning on touring the west coast of the U.S. & will announce dates hopefully sooner than later. A dream gig for me is Terminal 5 in New York City. NYC is my favorite place in the world and if we played there, I’d melt.

When can we expect to hear Alligator, which you’ve been teasing recently?
So after the release of ‘Moneylover’ we realized, that the next single would have to come out pretty quickly, but we couldn’t decide on a date. So we decided that once we hit 250 Spotify followers, we’d release the song. It’s a little unorthodox but, I thought it would be fun to have everyone feel like they had a hand in when we released the song, and so far the response had been really great!

You guys seem to be performing back to back, you’ve got three more gigs left this month, how do you find the time to sit down to work on a song, get it recorded, perfect all the little details and still put on what seem to be such killer live shows?
I love every part of this band from doing the booking, to writing, to playing that I don’t even really think about trying to find the time to do things because it’s what I want to be doing all the time. I’m really happy when I’ve got thirty band-related things on my plate because there is nothing else I’d rather be doing with my time.


So there you go! Hopefully if not my huge push at the beginning of this post, then at least Alex’s amazing answers will convince you to go have a listen to Moneylover and check out Supergold. If you’re in the Florida area, they’ve got heaps of shows planned already.

Check out their upcoming shows HERE.

You can also find Supergold on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Priya

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For The Love Of Mac Ayres

For The Love Of Mac Ayres

I was introduced to Mac Ayres by a close friend of mine who I work and play music with. My quality of life has vastly improved since.

It was a general Wednesday shift and I was coming in with my lunch for my break, and it was like my ears physically widened and I had to pause. Mac Ayres, is not a sound you can readily or voluntarily ignore, and if you find that you can, I’m questioning everything about you.

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I can’t remember which song it was that I heard first, all I know, was that it was smooth, and for the rest of the day while it was playing through the speakers at work, the world was at peace. At least within the store walls. It’s hell out there.

Mac’s voice, is on that same kind of Daniel Caesar wave, which by now you know I appreciate. I at least hope you know by now. It’s so indescribably rich, and it’s the audible sound of butter and honey. Smooth.

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Mac released his album, Something To Feel this year, and it’s just one big package of goodness. Like I mentioned at the start of this, this album in particular is played fairly commonly at work, and I’ve fallen in love. So much so that most of my colleagues know that whenever I’m rostered on, that’s all we’re listening to for the day.

My favourite song from the album is Get To You Again, purely because of how unexpectedly hard Mac goes in on it. It seems cruise-y, it’s seems chill. He shows off some of his pipes in the first chorus, you get some tasty runs. But then two and a half minutes in and he starts really singing and you feel this song in the bottom of your feet. I have to watch how much I get into this song in public cos it shows on my face.

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This Bag is another great tune from the album, as is Stay which features Jack Dine and Chris Anderson. Both of them are really chill tunes that manage to showcase his incredible vocal ability at the same time.

If smooth tunes, easy listening yet shiver-inducing vocals are what you’re after – Mac’s the way to go. He features on heaps of my personal playlists on Spotify, which is linked below for you to check out, and his music is so picturesque and perfect to listen to on really relaxing drives, either on your own or by yourself. At the same time, I love turning it up while I’m going about my business at home, just to have as a soundtrack to my day. It’s very often that I just head to his general artist page on Spotify and press play, because there’s nothing on there that doesn’t please me.

I’m currently just patiently waiting for Mac to announce a tour through Australia, because best believe I’m snagging myself some tickets to that concert.

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Priya

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Joy Crookes

Joy Crookes

Let’s talk about Joy Crookes.

I discovered the South London singer earlier this year on YouTube, while watching videos shared on the popular music channel, COLORS.

Have a watch for yourself.

 

 

Surely I don’t need to say this, but any fan of Amy Winehouse will find themselves a fan of Joy Crookes, because I sure as heck did. Not only is she stunning, I mean, how slick can one gal look, but her voice is ridiculous. It’s like the audible sound of honey. And remember that guitar sound I’m ever so fond of? Catch my dude in the back delivering the goods.

As is the ever-obvious next move, I headed over to Joy’s Spotify. Good move. Joy released an EP in July this year, Influence, and it’s another package of tunes. As well as a studio version of the song in the video above, Mother May I Sleep With Danger?, finessed with a really nice jazz kit, the EP has four other songs, all of which are equally as tasty.

Mother May I Sleep With Danger? is a great song, it’s definitely up there, but we all know I’m partial to a good groove, and that comes in the form of the second track on the record, Bad Feeling. The groove in that song is so deep, and the lyrical flow is so catchy to listen to because she takes it to places you don’t expect straight away.

 

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New Manhattan is a really haunting ballad, major Lana Del Ray vibes, so I know a few of you are Lana fans, meaning you’d definitely enjoy this song. The lyrics are very realistic and critical, but incredibly beautiful. Joy’s able to paint a really poignant picture with New Manhattan, and while it doesn’t have the same type of uplifting, upbeat groove of Bad Feeling, it makes you feeling something else it a different way.

Influence is definitely an EP you need to listen to a couple of times to truly appreciate it. Through the process of writing up this blog post, editing it, proofreading, quickly making that header and taking a break to have lunch in between it all, I listened to the EP completely through, two and a half times. And it was only during the second listening that I started really listening to it, paying attention to the smart lyrics, the groove behind every single line, how good the percussion pockets are and how seamlessly Joy’s combined that old-time classic ballad feel with a very current sound.

 

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Make sure you check out Joy Crookes. Since really have a listen to some of her music, I’ve added most of the songs on the Influence EP to my personal playlists, and shared some of the songs with my friends. Another power woman making big moves. Can’t wait for more from Joy Crookes. Let me know if you listened to any of her songs in the comments below, I’d love to know what you think!!

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