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Video of the Moment #2881: You Me at Six

 
By on Wednesday, 8th August 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

It’s a big year for long-soldiering Southern alt-rock band You Me at Six. This winter, they are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album ‘Take Off Your Colours’ with a massive UK tour. The demand for tickets to this tour has been so phenomenal, additional dates have been added, but don’t expect tickets to the new gigs to last long. A month before the UK tour kicks off, they will be releasing a new album, ‘VI’ on the 5th of October via AWAL, on their own Underdog Records.

Their newest single ‘3 AM’ taken from the upcoming LP now has its own music video, which put frontman Josh Franceschi in an unusual position, squarely as an actor. Franceschi describes the gist of the video and the difficulties in making it: “The idea came from watching Wolf of Wall Street. In the film there is a scene where the main protagonist (Leonardo DiCaprio) has a split reality when under the influence of what he believes to be true and what is actually true. That just resonated with us. I worked quite closely with Dan Broadley (director) as I found myself doing a lot of ‘acting’ in this video. It was new, and a challenge, but he gave me the confidence to embrace it and also have the freedom to go off script.” Check out the ultra-poppy ‘3 AM’ and Franceschi’s acting chops in the multi-act promo video below. To catch all of our past coverage on You Me at Six, go here.

 

Album Review: Kodaline – Politics of Living

 
By on Wednesday, 8th August 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Kodaline Politics of Living album coverWhen I reviewed Kodaline’s sophomore album ‘Coming Up for Air’, I noted their “newfound self-confidence”. I also noted the Dubliners’ concerted effort to move away from their folkier, Gary Barlow-endorsed beginnings (‘Love Like This’, anyone?) and towards a more mainstream pop sound. That was 3 years ago. I don’t think I would have predicted this, but ‘Politics of Living’, out this Friday, is even more pop than their last. Is their confidence still on the up and up? I’ll have to see about that when they swing by Washington in December. Surely, this third album is a distillation of their attempts to continually evolve and grow as artists and musicians, with varying degrees of success. Like its predecessor, ‘Politics of Living’ is the product of their collaboration with producer Steve Harris and quite a few big names in the industry, including Steve Mac (Ed Sheeran), Johnny Coffer (RagNBone Man, Beyonce) and Jonas Jeberg (Dizzee Rascal, Kylie Minogue).

Kodaline appear to be most comfortable when they return to their roots, that is, when the production is relaxed, the tempo is slower and the emotions run high. The gorgeously simple melody that unfolds from the mostly a capella ‘I Wouldn’t Be’ sounds like it came straight from the lips of an Irish mother singing to her child. In this form, beginning with lead singer Steve Garrigan’s voice alone, then leading to perfect, four-part harmonies, makes the song unforgettable. ‘Angel’ and previous single ‘Brother’ (single/essay here) broach death and friendships, respectively, both holding the enduring strength of love with much reverence. They are a band who can uplift us even in our darkest days, the best example of this in the whistle-happy ‘Head Held High’. It isn’t hard to imagine that they’re sat “waiting for the sun to shine again” right along with us, supporting us.

The problem is when they go too far from their comfort zone to relate to more urban, Radio 1 palates. Replete with syncopated beats and flicks of tambourine, ‘Born Again’ and ‘Come Around’ sound too much like Glass Animals‘ retreads. If we were to view ‘In a Perfect World’ hit ‘All I Want’ as at the desperation stage of grief in a breakup, ‘Hell Froze Over’ is at the anger stage: “I would do anything for you / but I won’t do that again / we might never get closure / heaven knows it had to end”. Sure, we all get upset, but it’s hard to picture the squeaky clean and super sweet Kodaline lads truly lashing out at an ex.

Bridging the distance between the group’s best and their not so best on this LP are the grand stadium pop numbers that have been unveiled as previews prior to the album’s release. ‘Follow Your Fire’, wrapped up in its shiny production, is an upbeat, zippy pop number about living life without regrets. Piano-led “gospel-tinged” ‘Shed a Tear’ slows things down with a message akin to soul classic ‘Stand By Me’. ‘Politics of Living’ closes with the pop/soul mix ‘Temple Bar’, celebrating the famed district south of the River Liffey in Dublin. In it, frontman Garrigan repeats the rhetorical question, “where did it all wrong?” It’s one question I posed to myself about this album before I committed any words down for this review.

The elephant in the room on Kodaline’s third outing is the lack of direction. While the most heartfelt moments and poptastic singles are fantastic, the rest of the album misses the high bar the band already set for themselves. The variety of songs may serve to appeal to different groups of the music listening public but as a whole, the collection lacks consistency. Too bad.

6.5/10

‘Politics of Living’, the third album from Irish band Kodaline, will be released this Friday on Sony Music. Have a listen to ‘Worth It’, the latest taster to the album, in the embed below. To catch up on all of our past articles on the group, come through.

 

Video of the Moment #2880: Smoke Season

 
By on Tuesday, 7th August 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Smoke Season were one of the best American bands I caught at SXSW 2017. The sound of Los Angeles duo of Gabrielle Wortman (now going by the stage name Gabby Bianco) and Jason Rosen is unabashedly, unashamedly reminiscent of great ’80s electropop. The promo video for their latest single ‘Sweetest Thing’ recalls the sweatiness of Olivia Newton John’s video for ‘Physical’, just without the exercise machines and leg warmers and in place of those, a whole lot of sweaty sultriness.

On the press release, Bianco offers an artistic explanation for the video: “We believe that fluidity is the future. As people who embrace blurred lines between masculinity/femininity, sexual orientation and monogamy, we wanted the Sweetest Thing music video to be an exploration into all types of sexual fluidity…The video uses dance as a metaphor to reject traditional binaries and allow us to literally slide between hetero-normative and same-sex pairings while simultaneously challenging dated notions of masculinity and monogamy.” Given the current societal push and pull on racial and gender issues, it couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. Watch the steamy video for Smoke Season’s ‘Sweetest Thing’ below. We hope an album is looming on the horizon.

 

Video of the Moment #2879: St. Lucia

 
By on Monday, 6th August 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

South African singer and musician now based in Brooklyn Jean-Philip Grobler, aka St. Lucia, and his band will be releasing a new album next month, entitled ‘Hyperion’, the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Matter’. Following first LP taster ‘Walking Away’, they have unveiled the promo video for a second track from the album. ‘A Brighter Love’ is a summer scorcher with delightful synth notes and a driving beat, and its accompanying video is all about a weird level of synchrony between strangers, between the worlds of nature of technology. Watch it below. ‘Hyperion’, the third St. Lucia album, will be out on the 21st of September on RCA Records. For past coverage of St. Lucia here on TGTF, use this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2878: Doe

 
By on Tuesday, 31st July 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

London indie rockers Doe have announced details of their sophomore album. ‘Grow Into It’ will be out on the 28th of September on Topshelf Records. The first single to be taken from the upcoming LP is called ‘Heated’. Already a live hit, the loud and hard-hitting tune is an indicator of things to come in 2 months when we can finally get our mitts on the new album. Accompanying the single is a mango-coloured promo video in which the band are playing in and amongst plants and get into some mischief with mulch and paint. Watch the shenanigans below. For more of our past coverage here on TGTF on Doe, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2877: Castlecomer

 
By on Monday, 30th July 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Aussies Castlecomer, who wowed me at SXSW 2017, have some exciting news for us. The Sydney five-piece’s self-titled debut album will be released in a few short weeks. The first taste of what’s to come is propulsive lead single ‘All of the Noise’, which now has its own music video. Watch it below. Stay tuned: Castlecomer will drop on Concord Records on the 5th of October. For more on Castlecomer on TGTF, check out this link.

 
 
 

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