The sound of summer is here a few months early with Jonny Dee’s The Human Experience

Music has provided and created many forms of escape for both artists and fans, a way to remove yourself from a world that just isn’t what you need it to be in the moment. So much focus has been put into creating musical worlds to hide in that a niche market has been left for music concerning self-discovery, music that encourages you to understand and love yourself. Alternative rapper Jonny Dee is here to fill this gap in the market with his unique combination of psychedelic hip hop and rap with debut album The Human Experience. An album aptly named when it has been described by Jonny himself as being ‘all about a person getting more in touch with themselves…the act of going out and trying to understand humans.’

Based in San Diego, Jonny has been influenced and surrounded by music basically his entire life with family ties to psych-soul stars 5th Dimension in the form of his great-aunt, Marilyn McCoo, who was a member. Jonny’s own music has been influenced by a variety of genres, the most recognisable and predominant being rap but The Human Experience also contains elements of funk, jazz, soul and even video game music – which is evident in track ‘A Ways Away.’ The song is funky and free, a laid back, fun track to either dance or relax to. Whatever mood takes you, The Human Experience has something just right to go with and elevate that mood. Whether it be a need for supersonic loops or 70s soul funk in lead tracks ‘Rhythm of My Life’ and ‘The Man Who Fell from the Sky’, or even some 60s electric guitar in ‘In the Sound.’ No matter the influence behind the track, every song on The Human Experience screams Soundtrack of Summer, infused with grooving beats that take you on the easiest journey of self-discovery you will ever make.

Get just a taste of The Human Experience by listening to ‘A Ways Away’ here: https://soundcloud.com/iamjonnydee/a-ways-away-prod-claine

After spending some time being told he sounds like other artists already out there, Jonny took a step back from the music scene to re-evaluate what got him into music in the first place. Whilst being influenced by rap artists such as Chance the Rapper, Jonny has also taken music notes from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Prince, the Beatles and has managed to create his own unique sound in the form of psychedelic rap. With his album Jonny hopes his music will be ‘a guideline…to find some freedom and peace from the “everyday struggles”’ but not by becoming lost and avoiding them. Both Jonny and The Human Experience urge us to try to understand people, why we do what we do and how we can better help one another by understanding. Not only is Jonny talented but he is proving to be a true revolutionary in the music scene and after the release of The Human Experience on May 12th will no doubt go on to inspire and influence a whole new generation of musicians.

Links:

Website: http://artistecard.com/iamjonnydee
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamnotjonnydee
Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamjonnydee
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/iamjonnydee/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamjonnydee/

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

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Discovering Lindsey Stirling

Unlike the other artists featured on the small ‘Discovering’ series present on this blog; my discovery of Lindsey Stirling is not a recent one but more a resurgence. For those of you who do not know, Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist/dancer, two things no one would have thought could be combined with such success. Lindsey’s music is the kind I would always listen to when revising during college or when I wasn’t sure what kind of music mood I was in. Even then, I was utterly blown away by her creative talent and couldn’t be prouder as a fan of the progress she has made during her journey.

Being from a small Utah town didn’t stop Lindsey from dreaming big, even when she was told she would have to choose between learning to play the violin and dancing. Although she chose to take violin lessons, Lindsey didn’t drop her passion for dance but managed to find a way to keep both in her life. The first time I was ever knowingly introduced to Lindsey’s music was back in 2013 when she collaborated with the popular a cappella group, Pentatonix (future blog post imminent). The artists combined their unique musical talents to record a cover of Imagine Dragon’s ‘Radioactive’, adding another layer of brilliance to the already incredible song. Whilst Pentatonix’s performance was outstanding there was just something about Lindsey’s violin and footwork that was mesmerising. Without a voice Lindsey managed to sing the loudest and completely captured my attention.

Listen to the cover here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE2GCa-_nyU

However, this was not the first time Lindsey had been on the musical horizon for me. Back in 2010 the artist took part and became a finalist in America’s Got Talent. Being something totally unseen got her far in the competition but unfortunately that was not enough to impress the judges in the semi-finals. Whilst Lindsey’s performance on the show was not as refined as it is today, there was still the lingering hint of potential that would go on to build into an admirable determination to pursue her dream. Despite the judges’ critiques that Lindsey would find more success in dropping the dancing and joining a band, she prevailed and proved she only needed herself and belief.

Being dubbed a ‘hip-hop violinist’ on the show was not the most accurate way to describe Lindsey as a musician. Since then she has broadened her horizons by creating and covering music in classical, rock and dubstep, just to name a few. Her own original music came about in 2012 when she singed a deal with Lady Gaga’s manager, Troy Carter. Lindsey’s first self-titled album is a fuse of dubstep and electronica, conveying emotion and narrative through her evocative playing. Songs like ‘Transcendence’ that manage to portray feelings of being trapped and the need to break out. Lindsey’s violin performance perfectly reflects the narrative moving from control to realisation of this control.

Listen to ‘Transcendence’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiyPRqP5glY

Many of Lindsey’s songs have powerful and important meanings behind them, the emotions of the songs hitting harder than words ever could. On more than one occasion her music has managed to move me to tears from the sheer beauty she pours into it, especially on her other albums such as the incredible Shatter Me. Even her covers are something to behold. Not shying away from already popular and beloved songs but taking on the challenge of making them her own and, more importantly, succeeding. I never expected to hear a cover of Evanescence’s ‘My Immortal’ and feel like I was hearing it for the first time. A song I have listened to more times than I can count being presented to me in a way I wasn’t aware I needed. With a focus purely put on the melody of ‘My Immortal’ adds an open vulnerability and offers even more depth to the song.

Listen to Lindsey’s cover of ‘My Immortal’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-onQcF95pfs

Lindsey’s story is truly an inspiring one and Lindsey herself is the kind of person many could and should look up to. Battling against musical restrictions in her youth, putting effort into and building her Youtube channel whilst always managing to keep a clear head and remember her roots. Her talent as a musician aside, Lindsey truly seems to be the ultimate example of a girl living her dreams and loving every moment of it. Evident in her dedication to her music even when being told it wasn’t good enough, the energy and emotion put into her live performances and music videos and her love of music in general shining through in her covers. Still on the rise, Lindsey will soon be embarking on a summer tour with none other than Evanescence. Something I would love to see if there had been any dates for the UK, but I cannot think of two artists better suited to perform on the same stage.

Links to two of my favourite medleys:
‘The Greatest Showman’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGhPGH2YROA
‘Beauty and the Beast’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-AjhXhk19U

Links:

Website: www.lindseystirling.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lindseystirlingmusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindseyStirling
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/lindseystomp
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/378dH6EszOLFShpRzAQkVM
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindseystirling/

 

By Skye W.Winwood

There’s a madness that’s just coursing right through me and it’s Fall Out Boy’s new album, Mania

The wait is finally over. After delaying the release, multiple teasers, singles and a North American tour, Fall Out Boy’s seventh studio album, Mania, is available in full. Having already revealed four tracks from the album, fans were left wondering how much more and exactly what to expect from Mania. With the mixed reaction the first single, ‘Young and Menace’, received, there was debate about which direction the band would take the album in. However, in unpredictable Fall Out Boy fashion, Mania is a collection of songs from previously uncharted waters as well as those already conquered. From the upbeat start of ‘Young and Menace’ through the storm of ‘Church’ to arrive at the calm of ‘Bishops Knife Trick’, Mania is a journey through genres.

Mania begins with ‘Young and Menace,’ a song that already had people on the fence about the album, but love it or hate it, you cannot deny the crucial role it played in the creation of Mania. The track was the one that inspired Fall Out Boy to record a full album after Patrick Stump (lead vocals and rhythm guitar) approached Pete Wentz (bassist) with the early stages of the song.Although not being everyone’s cup of tea, the electro-rock song has proven Fall Out Boy’s power of genre jumping. My initial reaction to the song was overwhelmed by the shock of hearing the band producing this kind of music but now I find myself straining my vocal chords every time that chorus hits. Amazingly, the song sounds even better live, answering worried fans questions about how such a moderated song could be performed.

From the break out of ‘Young and Menace’, the album continues into the more radio friendly ‘Champion’. An uplifting, inspiring song delivered in a familiar, classic Fall Out Boy pop-rock style but still with experimental elements. ‘Champion’ is an underdog anthem full of powerful vocals and an even more powerful message of remembering all you have survived to help you beat what is to come. One of the reasons Fall Out Boy are so beloved by their fanbase is because of how honest they are with their fans and the effort they make to connect with them. Never shying away from sensitive topics but instead shouting them out for all the world to hear, ‘Champion’ is an encapsulation of all of this.

Read a full review on ‘Champion’ by clicking this link

Continuing with the band’s more recognisable sound, ‘The Last of the Real Ones’ and ‘HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T’ are two songs with romantic themes. ‘The Last of the Real Ones’ offers a more synth-pop sound and has been described by Pete Wentz as a song about ‘falling in love with somebody whose glitches line up exactly with yours.’ In a world full of fabricated lives through social media, it’s important to remember that nobody is perfect and that’s exactly what we need more of in the world. ‘HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T’ is a song that had my heart from the teasers visualising the Mexican Day Of The Dead festival. With the release of the song, it is a captivation of pure beauty and uncontrollable rhythm.

Read a full review on ‘HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T’ by clicking this link

The third track on the album is the first to offer something we have yet to hear, an unrelenting track going by the unusual name of ‘Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea.’ Fall Out Boy have always encouraged fans to take up arms against the world that threatens to drag them down, the band also having to fight against the media and personal battles. ‘Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea’ contains themes of celebrity culture and the chaos within that culture but can also be applied to the chaos of everyday life. The stand out lyric is ‘the only thing that’s ever stopping me is me’, meaning the only limitation being placed upon you is you. The world has no domain over who you are, and you should never give it the chance to try.

Read a full review on ‘Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)’ by clicking this link

‘Church’ and Heaven’s Gate’ contain some of the most poetic and one of my personal favourite lyrics from the whole of Mania. Both songs are filled with religious metaphors that connect on a deep, spiritual level that idolise love in pure worship. ‘Church’ is a sobering song dressed in an upbeat sound, the lyrics and narrative provided by the music video painting a picture of forbidden love. If the song had been around during the production of Baz Luhrmann’s modern day telling of Romeo and Juliet, it no doubt would have made it onto the soundtrack. ‘Heaven’s Gate’ is a soulful ballad about a love that transcends the boundaries of earth and is the song that begins to slow down the vibe of the album. Described by Patrick as ‘natural’ to all of the band members explains the complete effortlessness of the track and the simple beauty of it. Both songs are a showcase of Patrick’s phenomenal vocals and the band’s capacity to write such moving lyrics like ‘and in the end, if I don’t make it on the list, would you sneak me a wristband?’

The album ends with ‘Sunshine Riptide’ and ‘Bishops Knife Trick’, the former featuring Burna Boy and being yet another step outside of the box for Fall Out Boy. ‘Bishops Knife Trick’ could belong on the Life is Strange soundtrack and has a feeling of innocent closure to it that is just perfect to close Mania.

In a world slowly descending into chaos, Fall Out Boy have created a collection of songs to help us cope with the madness. Mania is bursting with beautiful lyrics, bountiful beats, gripping hooks, rocking guitar riffs and soulful vocals that deserve a place in your music collection.

Links:

Website: https://falloutboy.com/

Tour dates: https://falloutboy.com/tour

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe3I9BAVCzf9oACYU1EtrxA

Twitter: https://twitter.com/falloutboy

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/falloutboy

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

The Broken Islands’ new album Wars

Music gives us the tools that allow us to experience and create something new from combining what has past. The Broken Islands have taken full advantage of the freedom music gives us by resurrecting fallen genres. Genres like trip-hop and dark wave that are endangered and only see the light within niche markets. With a sound that could be the soundtrack to a futuristic dystopian film, The Broken Islands have released their brand-new album Wars and it breaks all the rules of convention.

Listen to the lead track ‘No-one Left to Kill’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6U3vkfJA8NM

Consisting of alternating lead and rhythm guitarists Will MacDonald and Kurtis Sheldan, Stephan Cameron on bass, Ty Badali on drums, Rachel Ashmore on keyboards and Rachelle Boily providing the sensually hypnotic vocals, The Broken Islands have the sound of My Bloody Valentine and the un-conventionalism of Ladytron. After taking about a year to write and record the tracks, Wars is now complete and is a beautiful, distorted collection of songs. With the help of Dave ‘The Rave’ Ogilvie (most known for his work with Skinny Puppy, Trent Reznor and Killing Joke), The Broken Islands have really put in the work to achieve their dreams. Already having played for a sell-out crowd in a local venue, they are determined to be the next big band in the alternative genre.

Taking a page out of Morcheeba’s book, Wars is something not belonging to current mainstream music but fighting against the current with a sound that is both electric and soothing depending on which track from the album you are listening to. ‘No-one left to Kill’ is a song consisting of a vibrating electric echo infused with 90s vibes. The low thumping bass blends perfectly with Rachelle’s haunting vocals to create something akin to The Cranberries. The raw emotion captured in the song is breath-taking and continues to resonate long after the song has reached its end. On the other side of the scale is ‘Crown’, a song that will leave you with a heavy devastation that can only be cured by listening to the song on repeat. ‘Crown’ takes you on a journey of both highs and lows, soaring and diving and never giving you a chance to catch your breath. The guitar solo within the song hits hard at the crescendo of the song before mellowing out once more to leave a feeling of needing more. ‘El Dorado’ offers something different again, with a slightly funky start that transforms into a trippy track of high reaching, chiming peaks. Each track belonging to Wars has been meticulously thought out and performed with an admirable precision to evoke the exact feelings intended by the band when creating the songs.

Wars is an ocean of crashing guitars and sweeping vocals that will bring you to the shore of The Broken Islands, a place where organic soundscapes meet with music gone by. Almost overflowing with deep emotion, vast tenderness and heart-breaking truth, The Broken Islands have released something that will no doubt be a milestone in rock music.

Links:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-475951978/sets/wars
Spotify: https: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5gpCj0xQj8BwdG3uXPUJRr
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvEJQKLM-qaFjTvMXxUMkWg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebrokenislands/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/broken_islands
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_thebrokenislands_/
Website: http://www.thebrokenislands.com/

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

New wave of electronica music from Eztain

Who would have thought having breakfast could lead to a breakthrough in the electronica music genre? Australian music artist, Eztain, was inspired after discovering a form of free software that was being given away with his breakfast cereal!

Listen to the product of this discovery, ‘Asymmetrical’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNA5pM6mahQ

Jake Colson, otherwise known as Eztain, hails from the Joondalup area of Perth and is contributing highly to the area’s rising campaign on the global dance stage. A vibrating combination of future bass and electronica, Eztain is taking a page out of fellow musician’s, Flume, book and staying away from the generic ‘house’ sound. Finding an affinity for music at an early age, Jake learnt to play the guitar whilst still at school and was influenced by artists like Deadmau5, K. Flay and Amon Tobin to create something revolutionary in the electronica music scene. Jake found he was not only able to freely experiment with his music but use it as a form of release, a wordless communication to the world outside of his mind.

Jake’s music creates more than pleasing audio, it creates a whole other world that up until now was only ever present inside Jake’s mind. The sonic landscapes perfectly convey emotion and thought through sound alone, the music having a surprisingly personal touch to it that most electronica music seems to lack. ‘Asymmetrical’ combines sounds to create a technicolour world infused with pulsating beats and mellow synths. Jake successfully infuses a down to earth vibe into the track by keeping the sounds soothing and not overwhelming, conveying his personal connection with the music.

The song is the lead track from Eztain’s new EP, Iconoclast (VIP), which is set to be released New Year’s Day. The EP includes more otherworldly tracks like ‘Asymmetrical’ such as ‘Enhanced Vanilla’ and more intricate pieces like ‘Iconoclast,’ a combination of tracks that could prove to be the next era in electronica music.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2gXV3e7qRIhBYpTR6OGRv6

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi5XehLQ0GCtYsy_bM3dMBA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eztain/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Eztain

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_eztain/

Website: Eztain.net

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/eztain

 

 Review by Skye W. Winwood

Unapologetic new single ‘So Gay’ from LGBT artist Hunter

Even in the 21st century people are being oppressed, ridiculed and disgustingly judged for who they love or how they live. With recent events it is more important than ever that we stand together. Against anyone or anything that threatens our way of life. We must continue to support artists like Hunter who seek to break down these walls of discrimination through music. Creating liberating and fun music we can all enjoy on our journey to a more accepting world.

Listen to and watch the lyric video for the lead track from So Gay here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOyS3cF_zQA&sns=em

Already being marked as an influential flag bearer for gay rights, Hunter has had to struggle through discrimination simply to be who he is. ‘So Gay’ is almost like an exhale of breath, proudly shouting out to the world who he is whilst encouraging those in similar positions to do the same. The track not only rallies troops from all different backgrounds but calls out and puts down those who dare to stand in their way.

Originally from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and born of Indian heritage, Hunter hails from Eastern Africa – a country still threatened by the ridiculous law of illegalising homosexuality. Combined with being raised Muslim by Indian parents, Hunter had to begin his fight before he even really knew what he was fighting for. Managing to break free and begin pursuing his dream of becoming an artist. After completing his education in London, he remained in the city to further another of his passions – dance. Truly an inspiration, Hunter became a tutor and choreographer within the Asian dance industry. Already showing his creativity and knack for combing different cultures through the fusing together of Western dance styles with Bollywood.

This talent for seamlessly combining cultures flowed into Hunter’s music with the release of his first single ‘So Gay’ from his EP of the same name. An uplifting, humorous and blunt track recorded in London by Niraj Chag. A producer highly recognised for his skills in combing music from different cultures. It’s no wonder Hunter and Niraj were able to perfectly pair together to create something that has the potential to become a gay anthem.

The introduction of ‘So Gay’ sounds like a beautiful mixture of both Eastern and Western music, Hunter’s convincing American Southern growl playing over a sitar like string picking. Possibly inventing a new genre of Eastern country music. Beginning with a slow electro-blues riff before hitting a little harder into the chorus. The lyrics of the song are simple and to the point. Not wasting any time with extravagant metaphors or intricate similes. Stating simply ‘I’m gay…judge all you want’, calling homophobes out and daring them to challenge Hunter. Whilst the song is one with the theme of being accepted, it also celebrates the differences between us all. Reaching out to everyone within the LGBTQ+ community no matter their gender or sexual orientation. The lyric music video features images of soldiers marching as well as Pride parades, splicing together these two separate shows of unity but creating the undeniable message: ‘run back to your closet/you homophobic boy.’

‘So Gay’ has been given two club remixes as well as the promise of upcoming merchandise to continue supporting the fight against homophobes.

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hunter-Hunter-126407388048990/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HunterTheVoice

Instagram: hunter.the.voice

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3eJjIzxaZ2ahFwDiva9dA?view_as=subscriber

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

Discovering Studio Killers

Even with the summer season dead and gone, the feelings and memories still remain. Leaving a craving for one last delve into a season past through the time machine of music. Our first stop on this journey back takes us to the funky, electropop world of Studio Killers. A virtual band consisting of the fictional characters Cherry (vocals and designer), Goldie Foxx (keyboard) and Dyna Mink (DJ). Even their manager has been given the character of Bipolar bear. The true identities of the artists are still up for speculation – even though some people think they have it worked out – but that just puts more focus on their music where it belongs.

Studio Killers began when Goldie Foxx and Dyna Mink wrote a song for a British girl band before it got dropped. After this the two were introduced to Cherry and the rest is a history lost in time. Most of their earlier music was composed through emails among the members until ‘Who Is In Your Heart Now?’ when the group had their first face to face meeting. It wasn’t until 2011 when Studio Killers first burst into the public with their single ‘Ode To The Bouncer’, a humorous song about a night Cherry had some issues getting into a club. The track is a mood combination of wanting to fight and wanting to dance whilst still maintaining a beauty through backing vocals and synthesised sounds. The lyrics are simple yet entertaining, easy to follow and completely relatable when you have that one bouncer that just wants to lord their power.

Listen to ‘Ode To The Bouncer’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN_-Nkkaft0

The song gained a lot of attention through its music video on Youtube and provided the group with a substantial growth in popularity. The single showed most success in the Netherlands, Finland and Denmark, the latter two origin countries for two of the band members. Since this initial success Studio Killers have released the singles ‘Eros and Apollo,’ ‘All Men Are Pigs,’ and ‘Jenny’ until their debut album, Studio Killers, in 2013. The album is a fun fused assortment of tracks that have you lounging in the sun on the beach with ‘Jenny’ before partying the night away at the nearest club with ‘Eros and Apollo.’

Listen to ‘Jenny’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyj4JFSErrw

…and ‘Eros and Apollo’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_QnHKblsKk

Studio Killers music will take you on a trip to Ibiza or anywhere else you can enjoy music to your heart’s content without consequences (apart from maybe a hangover) even during these current cold months. The music is only part of the allure of this group as it’s obvious the same amount of work is put into their music videos and look. A unique and eye catching form of animation that is akin to the likes of The Gorillaz music videos. Fans of La Roux and a classic disco tune will find exactly what they are looking for in the form of Studio Killers.

Links:

Website: http://www.studiokillers.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/studiokillers

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/studiokillers

Souncloud: https://soundcloud.com/studiokillers

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/StudioKillers

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

I Don’t Know How But They Found Me new single ‘Choke’

Movie references, thought provoking music and artsy style have combined in an intoxicating mixture to form genre jumping band, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (IDKHow). Manoeuvring their way and blending through art rock, alternative, space rock and punk, IDKHow have released their second single ‘Choke’ and it’s an assortment of awesomeness.

Listen to ‘Choke’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvJjmWTg7Qo

Consisting of two members made up primary of musical talent and an indulgence for eccentric extravagance, IDKHow is probably that band you’ve seen around and now your interest is piqued. To begin satisfying your interest the band’s two members are multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter Dallon Weekes and hard rock/pop/punk drummer Ryan Seaman. Currently, Weekes is most known for his work with American punk rock band Panic! At The Disco whilst Seaman has worked with Falling In Reverse as their longest tenured drummer. Described by Weekes as a ‘little project’, IDKHow already put themselves forward as a professional, established band as proof of the combined experience between Weekes and Seaman. The formation of the band seems to have come to fruition as a ‘right time’ kind of thing with both musicians finding themselves at points in their lives when they have time to work on their own music.

Whilst fans eagerly wait for the release of IDKHow’s completed debut album, the band have been teasing fans with song drops on the wait to the release. The first song to be officially revealed to the world was ‘Modern Day Cain’, a weird and wonderful introduction into the promise that is IDKHow. Accompanied by a performance music video that leaves a sense of unnerve even whilst the music slowly draws you in until it’s too late to escape. The music video was inspired by old cable access series after Weekes spent a significant amount of time one night watching reruns. He has said when watching the people on the show he felt they thought this was their ‘big shot and that they were going to be a star’ only to be forgotten when the show had run its course. This idea plays well in the music video as both artists have close up shots of discomfort as if they are being forced to be there. An interpretation emphasised by the animatronic voice at the beginning of the song saying ‘dance, dance, that’s enough’ in sync with Weekes’ movements. It leads deeper into the idea that people will do anything for fame, even preforming in a way they are not comfortable with but the music video ends with the band acting against that.

The song itself has been cited by Weekes as about a priest character from the popular BBC series Broadchurch which would explain the biblical reference of Cain. The song is filled to the brim with artistic genius and sweeping metaphors that really strike and portray the band as something unheard of. The futuristic synthesised sound has a vibe that could have been plucked directly out of the Black Mirror soundtrack whilst Weekes’ talented, haunting vocals are hair raising. It’s no wonder the single was an almost instant hit on the top ten alternative iTunes charts.

Listen to ‘Modern Day Cain’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieThrn5Ujmg

The themes and artistry of ‘Modern Day Cain’ have bled beautifully into the band’s new single, ‘Choke’, a Muse infused heart thumping track. The almost spooky single has a twisted tune and even more macabre lyrics about feelings of disenchantment. Weekes’ charismatic vocals combined with the indistinct backup vocals accompany an overpowering beat to create a sweetly dark song of raw proportions. Nearly every line is dressed in a poetic artistry that sets the level of expectation for the band and raises the levels of trust from IDKHow’s audience.

With said audience on the edge of their seats for IDKHow’s album drop, the band can guarantee to be seeing more of the praise and exposure their music demands.

Links:

Website: https://www.idkhow.com/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPeiIDYMwZQpL7aocblfqtQ

Dallon’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/dallonweekes/status/1548472452?lang=en

Ryan’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryanseaman?lang=en

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

It was the summer of 2009…

Summer has officially come to an end. School, university and work are all creeping up on us to blow away the hot summer breeze and sweep our carefree days under the rug of Autumn. Leaving nothing but our memories and the echo of songs long forgotten.

A common reaction to the passing of time is to reminisce and as I get older I find myself doing it more and more. I’m not old enough to have been born during the golden era of the 60s, the psychedelic era of the 70s or experimental era of the 80s and I was too young to appreciate the 90s until the early 2000s. Therefore I’ve decided to create a playlist of ten songs for one of the most memorable summers of my childhood and hope some of you can relate to the nostalgia.

Lady Gaga ft. Colby O’Donis – ‘Just Dance’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Abk1jAONjw

The song that started my (and many others) obsession with the American singer/songwriter Lady Gaga. A classic party tune that would guarantee to have anyone within the vicinity up and dancing. The R&B influenced, synth-pop, dance-pop single kicked off Gaga’s career in 2008 from her debut studio album Fame and received a Grammy nomination in 2009 for Best Dance Recording but lost out to Daft Punk for their just as icon ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.’ Gaga has described the song as a happy one and wanted it to help people going through hard times such as losing their jobs or homes. ‘Just Dance’ was written in ten minutes and still remains Gaga’s most famous single that has the power to transport you back to wherever you were when you first heard it.

Black Eyed Peas – ‘I Gotta Feeling’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSD4vsh1zDA

The second single from their fifth album The E.N.D ‘I Gotta Feeling’ was produced by David Guetta and has become a part of music history for classic songs. Upon release of the upbeat dance pop song it hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chat only losing out on the number one spot to ‘Boom Boom Pow’ another song by the group. The song was nominated for Record of the Year at the 52nd Grammy Awards and won the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. It was also nominated Song of the Year at the 2009 World Music Awards and therefore deserves a top spot on this playlist. ‘I Gotta Feeling’ samples the song ‘Take A Dive’ by Bryan Pringle and is built upon a heavy use of auto tune and futuristic synthesizers that was a theme throughout the whole album.

Beyoncé – ‘Single Ladies’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m1EFMoRFvY

Through countless years Beyoncé has released phenomenal music that resonates with and drives her fans crazy. Nearly any song the American singer releases becomes an instant hit and ‘Single Ladies’ was no different. Creating also an iconic video that has provided us with both an artistic, dance infused visual and numerous parodies that can even reach the same calibre of professionalism. ‘Single Ladies’ won three Grammy Awards in 2010 including Song of the Year and has been considered the best song of both 2008 and the decade. It hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry of America.

All American Rejects – ‘Gives You Hell’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxUATkpMQ8A

A song on everyone’s lips in 2009, ‘Gives You Hell’ was the lead single from American rock band The All American Reject’s third studio album. Alongside ‘Dirty Little Secret’ it has been named the band’s most successful song to date and peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as well as being certified platinum for four million shipments. The tongue in cheek song continues the band’s stereotypical ‘high school movie’ sound and contains drunken backing vocals so the chorus sounds like a ‘bunch of drunk assholes.’

Taylor Swift – ‘You Belong With Me’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuNIsY6JdUw

Back before the media started taking bites out of Taylor Swift’s career she was a sweet country singer/songwriter who released songs about unrequited high school love. No matter your opinion on her now it cannot be denied ‘You Belong With Me’ has become a classic everyone knows the words to even if they are not sure when they learnt them. Swift has said the song was inspired after overhearing a male friend of hers arguing with his girlfriend on the phone. The pop song won Favourite Song at the 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards and was nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards. The music video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video in 2009 and created the iconic Kanye West interruption during Swift’s acceptance speech.

3OH!3 – ‘Don’t Trust Me’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdB3Oyd5HtU

Although now becoming a ‘where are they now?’ kind of group, 3OH!3 were hugely popular back at the end of the 2000s with ‘Don’t Trust Me’ probably being their most popular song. The pop single was certified gold by the Recording Industry of America in 2009 and reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as well as having huge mainstream success. The music video received a nomination in 2009 at the MTV Video Music Awards for Best New Artist but lost to Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face.’ 

Pink – ‘So What’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJfFZqTlWrQ

Released in 2008 from the American singer’s fifth studio album Funhouse, ‘So What’ has become nearly timeless in its popularity. The angry heartbreak lyrics are based on Pink’s separation from Carey Hart and infuse a musical fury that stays with you long after the track has ended. Although largely successful people were split on whether they thought it was an empowering single or just too childish to be taken seriously but critical acclaim won overall and has since been dubbed one of Pink’s most iconic songs. The song is a perfect performance marrying both Pink’s aggressive female empowerment as well as her silliness to not take herself too seriously. The song was nominated for a few awards and appropriately won Most Addictive Track at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards.

Owl City – ‘Fireflies’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psuRGfAaju4

Making a recent re-emergence in the online community Owl City’s ‘Fireflies’ is arguably still as loved and hated as it was back in 2008 when it was released. Possibly the marmite of music even those who don’t like the ‘bleepy synthline’ song have to admit how addictively catchy both the tune and the lyrics are. It was the debut single from the American electronica project and was described by Adam Young as ‘a little song about bugs and not being able to fall asleep at night.’ The single managed worldwide success and is something pure and simple that evokes nostalgia no matter your personal opinion on the track.

The Veronicas – ‘Untouched’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykW4rtW2eu0

The Veronicas themselves are probably still quite unknown despite being active since 2006 but their debut single ‘Untouched’ is a tune nearly anyone will recognise. The electropop song has been compared to both Pink and Avril Lavigne by having a foot in both the alternative and pop music genres. The lyrics of the song relate to the Australian twins (Jessica and Lisa Origliasso) feelings about separation from loved ones more so than physical separation.

Boys Like Girls – ‘Love Drunk’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0c-kC8xZ-I

The last song on my Summer of 2009 playlist is the one that was probably played the most among myself and my friends, even to this day the opening causes a smile to break out across my face. ‘Love Drunk’ was the lead single from the album of the same name by rock/pop band Boys Like Girls in 2008 and peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song received a mixed reception upon its release with some critics enjoying the pop/rock tune whilst others criticised it for its controversial similarity to The Killers ‘Somebody Told Me’ due to the choruses of both songs. The song became popular due also to the music video that featured singer/actress Ashely Tisdale from the first shot who makes all the boys in the video fall for her only to lead to a surprise ending.

Of course these are not all of the songs that made up the summer of 2009 so here are some honourable mentions:

Taylor Swift – ‘Love Story’

Jason Mraz – ‘I’m Yours’

Kanye West – ‘Heartless’

Soulja Boy Tell ’em feat. Sammie – ‘Kiss Me Thru The Phone’

Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne – ‘Down’

T.I. feat. Rihanna – ‘Live Your Life’

Kelly Clarkson – ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’

Flo Rida – ‘Right Round’

Katy Perry – ‘Hot n Cold’

Shinedown – ‘Second Chance’

Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West – ‘Run This Town’

Britney Spears – ‘Circus’

Beyonce – ‘Sweet Dreams’

Sean Kingston  – ‘Fire Burning’

Lady Gaga – ‘Paparazzi’

Jason DeRulo – ‘Whatcha Say’

Iyaz – ‘Replay’

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – ‘Empire State Of Mind’

Shakira – ‘She Wolf’

Rihanna – ‘Disturbia’

Green Day – ‘21 Guns’

Katy Perry – ‘Waking Up In Vegas’

 

By Skye W.Winwood

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