ALBUM REVIEW: Spiders – Shake Electric

Originally posted on Noise Cannon: http://noisecannon.com/2014/10/29/spiders-shake-electric/

shakeelectric-e1414582318863Guitar driven and full of seveties hard -rock inspiration, Swedish rockers Spiders have shown off their tight skillset with latest album Shake Electric, even if lacking in something new to the palette of guitar-focused music in today’s mainstream. However, it’s not always as simple as whether an album brings something edgy and ground-breaking, sometimes it’s just about pure talent and that’s definitely something that comes across in this album. Continue reading “ALBUM REVIEW: Spiders – Shake Electric”

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SINGLE REVIEW: Bonobo – Flashlight

Originally posted on Noise Cannon as part of the Noise of the Week feature: http://noisecannon.com/2014/10/26/noise-of-the-week-20102014/

Leave it to a genius of experimental music to create something that is both lively and somewhat soothing. Though at first hinting at a typical (yet nonetheless strong) electronic number, Bonobo’s latest track ‘Flashlight’ soon opens up to the idea of a fuse between electronica and funk. It’s a song that can liven you up or cool you down, fitting in to whatever context you need it to. Mind-numbing in all the right ways, ‘Flashlight’ is upbeat, and, without getting too philosophical here, full of clarity in the striking nature of each sound, closing with an otherworldly tone.

ALBUM REVIEW: The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave

Originally posted on Noise Cannon: http://noisecannon.com/2014/10/21/the-twilight-sad-nobody-wants-to-be-here-and-nobody-wants-to-leave/

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With a name like The Twilight Sad and an upcoming album called Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave, it’s hard not to picture a group of melancholy musicians making depressing music. Fortunately for us however, this is not the case. In fact, though very much sticking to a theme of dejected moods and disheartened lyrics, the album is surprisingly uplifting and exhilarating with a variety of high and low tones to keep the album fruitfully alive. Continue reading “ALBUM REVIEW: The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave”

SINGLE REVIEW: Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

Originally posted on Noise Cannon as part of the Noise of the Week feature: http://noisecannon.com/2014/10/13/noise-of-the-week-61014/

More often than not electronic music is passed off as club music with very little consideration of anything else it may have to offer. Caribou has successfully challenged this notion with ‘Can’t Do Without You’, the opening track for latest album Our Love. The track may be relatively simple, highly repetitive, and sure it sticks to some of your typical ‘club’ sounds, but nevertheless each element of ‘Can’t Do Without You’ increasingly functions as a surge of intense emotion. It’s easy to listen to, it’s relateable, plus it’s a fun one to boogie to, so what’s not to love?

So It’s My Final Year at Uni. Help?!

It’s official, I am now in my third and final year at Southampton Solent University. Scared is not the word. Nor excited. To be honest, I don’t really know what to think at all. What am I going to do next year? Where am I going to be? A chapter in my life is drawing to a close and there is something very daunting about that. Continue reading “So It’s My Final Year at Uni. Help?!”

COLDBONES

Originally posted on Noise Cannon: http://noisecannon.com/2014/10/06/coldbones/

With an ambition to produce something more than ‘just a record’, new instrumental trio Coldbones are all about creating something crammed with emotion as well as a cracking sound. Without vocals to guide this they rely solely on a strong set of varied melodies to demonstrate those emotional ups and downs. The musicians behind all this are Jordan Gilbert on guitar, Max Parr on bass and Joe Phillips on drums. Continue reading “COLDBONES”

SINGLE REVIEW: Paolo Nutini – Iron Sky

Originally posted on Noise Cannon as part of the Noise Of The Week Feature: http://noisecannon.com/2014/10/06/noise-of-the-week-29092014/
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Iron Sky from Paolo Nutini’s latest album Caustic Love is straight up class. With excruciatingly soulful vocals and an extremely dramatic melody, this single stands out as a theatrical masterpiece amongst the rest of the album. Nutini’s voice is rich with passion, forcing it into the foreground even over the powerful combination of brass and melodic guitars. Truth be told, every element of this song is so on point you can’t help but to take note of it all as well as let it take you. The more you listen to it the more compelling that mellow introduction becomes before leading you into a whirlwind of emotion-driven brilliance.

Aqua Mirablis | Body Butter | Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

2166With a scent reminiscent of biscuits Aqua Mirablis is a body butter from Lush, a quirky little product that acts as a two in one. Just scrub it over your body in the shower after washing and the ground almonds shells will exfoliate while the cocoa butter moisturises. Continue reading “Aqua Mirablis | Body Butter | Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics”