March 26, 2015 § Leave a comment
”Hailing from North England, Marsicans have got a new single for listeners called “Gone in a Second.” The single combines clashing cymbals and an intricate guitar piece for an upbeat and fun song about…death? Making several references to passing time and, more obviously, the whole “gone in a second” bit, the indie-pop-rock single actually comes out of a much darker place for the bandmates. The song was written by James Newbigging, the band’s lead singer—also on guitar—after two of his grandparents passed away within a two-week time period. The song, rather than being a slow, quiet funeral tune, sounds more like a celebration. A celebration of life, no doubt, but at the same time Newbigging warns us of the dangers of taking life for granted. There is certainly a lesson to be learned when you listen to this one, but the band’s approach to taking on such a heavy topic is unique and sure to be appreciated.
In the first ten seconds of the song, I heard The Beach Boys. But then as the tune went on, we got elements of rock (think past Feature Friday group, Animal Years) and vocals that are comparable to Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend. Band member Matthew McHale unleashes into the drums and Oliver Jameson’s fingers move like lightening across the guitar. Also lending to this uplifting tune is Rob Brander, who is on bass and joins in on vocals.
The single was produced by Embrace’s Mickey Dale and will be released on April 18th in both digital and vinyl format. We can anticipate a music video to be released sometime in the near future as well, according to the band’s blog located at their official site. Check out upcoming gigs, their music, and more, and let us know what you think about “Gone in a Second.”
March 25, 2015 § Leave a comment
After the success of their critically acclaimed 2012 EP Where You Lay, folk-indie duo The Paper Shades have now returned with their latest double A side single “Home/Strong.“
The duo, consisting of Jon Rixon and Sarah Dollar, have spent the last few years touring their new material in preparation for their debut studio album, due out later this year.
Read what Sarah had to say about the writing process and inspiration behind “Home” below.
“A simple set of picked chords were the start of ‘Home’, I wanted the vocal melody to be the main focus on this song. Lyrics were strange because they just kind of happened without me really thinking too much. Usually I’ll come up with a melody first then the lyrics will fit into that but for this song both seemed to come at once. Afterwards I remember thinking ‘did I just write that?’. I’d been doing a lot of soul searching and delving back into childhood trauma so I think the lyrics came from thoughts that had been dominating my subconscious at that time. The chorus of repeating ‘Home’ became a mantra of sorts, trying to find a ‘Home’ inside yourself where you can feel safe and secure. Our aim sonically was to create a song which evoked atmosphere and left space in between the melody and strong drum rhythm.” – SD
March 24, 2015 § Leave a comment
The weather may still be acting a little fickle, but we are officially in the season of Spring! What better way to celebrate than with music?
“Nobody Love” – Tori Kelly
“Luna” – Bombay Bicycle Club
“I Really Like You” – Carly Rae Jepson
“Brave Honest Beautiful” – Fifth Harmony
“A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” – Lily James
“Oh What A Beautiful Mornin'” – Gordon Macrae
“I Did With You” – Lady Antebellum
“Thumbalina” – Coleman Hell
“House Party” – Sam Hunt
“Best Fake Smile” – James Bay
“Flowers in Your Hair” – The Lumineers
“The Garden You Planted” – Sea Wolf
“Down in the Valley” – The Head and the Heart
“Imagination Infatuation” – MisterWives
“Rootless” – Youngblood Hawke
March 23, 2015 § Leave a comment
March 20, 2015 § Leave a comment
I find myself gushing over every new Feature Friday artist we have here at Music Creates Us, and there’s certainly no doubt that we have been lucky to cover some fantastic rising stars. This next featured artist is no exception to the trend. For your listening pleasure, enjoy the romantic and sweet sound of Sahara Beck, the 17-year old Queensland native that is going to shake you to the core with her indelible lyrics and crooning vocals.
At just 15-years old, Beck released her first full-length album titled Volume One. The album was released in October 2011 and featured 9 tracks that garnered the attention of many listeners and critics. Following this release, Beck moved to Brisbane in 2012 to attend the Music Industry College. There she won many awards for her exemplary songwriting skills and sensational sound. If you need a point of reference, consider mixing the prowess of Hayley Williams and the range of Regina Spektor. It’s truly incredible to hear such a matured voice coming from someone so little!
The music video for “Pretender,” Beck’s second single released in anticipation of her new EP BLOOM, is fun and quirky. Beck shows confidence and attitude, singing with an honesty that lacks any naivety typically common among girls as young as she. We should expect impressive lyrical work with her next installation, which will be released on October 6th through SUGARRUSH MUSIC and MGM.
Beck was nominated for numerous awards in the folk singer/songwriter category at the Queensland Music Awards. She has also landed gigs at the Falls and Woodword Folk festivals, in addition to performing live around Australia. Head over to Beck’s official site, saharabeck.com, for information on her upcoming gigs (unfortunately contained to Australia for now) and bits of the music she’s released.
March 19, 2015 § Leave a comment
Indie rock artist YØUTH, the moniker of singer and multi-instrumentalist Julian Dente, has released the new single, “Cold Sweat.” The track is a follow-up to his first single, “Breathing Easy,” and comes from the forthcoming EP, Start Again.
Read what Julian had to say about the meaning behind “Cold Sweat,” and the importance of redemption.
“’Cold Sweat’ is a song about self-harm in different forms. Whether it’s substance addiction, bodily harm, isolation or mental degradation, everyone harms themselves voluntarily in some way. I wrote this song to recognize the ways that I do that both literally and metaphorically. This is not a song that wallows in despair, though. I hope to convey this: redemption is a choice available to everyone, just as available as the choice to hurt oneself. So in a nutshell, we all hurt, but it doesn’t have to stop there.” -JD
March 17, 2015 § Leave a comment
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with us on this fun Tuesday with Irish songs and artists from past and present, classics to new jams. And slainte to all!
“Act My Age” – One Direction
“Kiss My Irish Ass” – Flogging Molly
“Drunken Lullabies” – Flogging Molly
“The Molly Maguires” - Finnegan’s Hell
“The Dirty Glass”- Dropkick Murphys
“Danny Boy” – The Irish Tenors
“Molly Malone” – The Dubliners
“Only Time” – Enya
“Come Out Ye Black and Tans” – The Wolfe Tones
“I Don’t Want to Change You” – Damien Rice
“If I Should Fall from Grace with God” – The Pogues
“Devil’s Dance Floor” – Flogging Molly
“Molly Malone” – The Blarney Lads