In terms of spirit, I am very much reminded of the eponymous first album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Civilian feels earnest and honest and urgent.
“You can’t escape from something if you don’t know what it is, so acknowledgement in one form or the other must take place.”
Initially reminiscent of M83, an eighties aura soon emerges, blending warm synths with an overall comforting audio wash that softens every edge yet embraces the listener in an energizing, uplifting fashion.
As it turns out, the Belle Sounds are aptly named, and I Lose Myself manages to sound both nostalgic and forward-looking whilst remaining very much its own entity.
If you were setting out to write a banger, you’d be well advised to analyse this latest confection from Nikotene, which switches up dynamics all over the shop to retain interest, and litters the lyrics with smart contemporary references which delight and satisfy in equal measure.
Ariza’s Keep On offers music fans a four minute-plus journey through personal reflection and a gentle indie-pop soundscape that’s a pleasure to escape within.
The Conscious Kid and Lael collaborate to impressive results with this latest single release. Having amassed 13,000 streams on Spotify in just three weeks, The Conscious Kid is well on his way to building a lasting career for himself, and That Light is a superb representation of the degree to which this rings true. That Light is an … Continued
There’s a subtle sense of rising energy – the lyrics, the very concept and title of the song, and the consistent movement musically throughout, all helps this calmness evolve into an incredibly uplifting mood.
Daniel Angelus returns this year with yet another fully introspective, creative project. Act 1 offers further insight and a musically impressive leap forwards in terms of melodic progression, instrumental set-up, and lyricism.
What first emerges here as a simple folk sound, soon shows its true colors as a much more broadly influenced, heartfelt and warm presentation of stunning songwriting. Justin has built this with intention, and you can hear the various layers and intricacies emerging one by one as you make your way through the short collection.
The sound is crisp & colorful, and although there are many layers to the soundscape, the original emotion & authenticity of the idea & the human voice have been highlighted at every step. The electronic ambiance takes nothing away from the organic realness & positivity, so you get the best of both worlds.
A brilliant bit of writing and musicality, an exciting introduction to the band and a refreshing, creatively free yet smart piece of music that’s a pleasure to hear right now.