Aurora

aurora

 

Sometimes you find new music in the most random of places. This time I found it on an advert in the London underground a few weeks ago.  Usually I don’t always take notice of the adverts but this one stood out and if you look at the image above you will understand why. It was an advert for Aurora’s debut album, “All my demons greeting me as friends”  which also peaked my interest.

The image itself is haunting yet intriguing and it had lodged itself in my brain. However, it was only a few weeks later when I was thinking of something to listen to on Deezer that I thought to look her up…and I have never looked  back since.

You may not realise this but you most likely already know her voice. She sang the beautiful version of “Other side of the world” in last Christmas’ John Lewis advert and has also been featured on HBO’s hit TV show, Girls..

Autora has a beautiful yet haunting voice and  her songs send shivers down my spine at times. Many of the songs have a dark quality to them and II must admit this is one thing I do love about her.

One of my favourite songs of hers is called “running with the wolves” everything about it I love, from the melody to the stretched out notes.

Although she is in a class of her own and difficult to put in a category if I had to compare her to someone it would be Florence and The Machine, but Lungs era and before, not post Lungs. She has the strength, the tenacity and the attitude that I saw in Florence Welch when I watched her perform in Shepherds Bush before she became so famous. She is not afraid to go this is me, here I am, love me or hate me.

I will definitely be buying her album soon but in the meantime have a listen to “Running with the wolves”

 

 

Let me know what you think!

 

 

 

 

BBC Sound of 2016- the short list

Happy new year to all. It’s that time of year again. The shortlist and the winner has been announced for the BBC Sound of 2016.

This is one of those awards that the winner is pretty much guaranteed to have a good year. After all, BBC Sound of 2015 winner was Years and Years who have gone on to have a pretty successful 2015. I must admit I have even grown to like them, although my favourite for that year was and is still James Bay.

So, without further ado let’s start…

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Little Comets @ Joiners Live- 6th August 2015

The Joiners in Southampton is one of my favourite music venues. It’s intimate, has great acoustics and if you’re near the front the band is so close they are pretty much on top of you. It is one of those venues that has been around for a long time and has been host to some big bands in the past.

The venue was the most packed I have seen it in a long time and the atmosphere was alive and kicking. After two local support bands, Mother Goose and Howland on came Newcastle indie band, Little Comets

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Takedown Festival, March 15th 2014 @ Southampton University

01ed019aa15b08682886277a51312b8c11317356c3Before I go any further, I will admit, I am not the biggest rock fan. As you may be able to tell from my blog, the main genres I enjoy listening to are acoustic, pop and indie. But, that’s not to say I don’t enjoy listening to rock music sometimes.So, takedown for me was not only a music festival but a further insight into the world of rock and metal, and wow was it music overload but for all the right reasons.

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Takedown Festival 2014

As you may know from previous posts, one thing I really enjoy being able to do is promote local music. This time I can go one better!

On 15th March, Southampton University will be host to Takedown Festival 2014.

This event is host not only to well know bands such as Kids in Glass Houses and Funeral for a Friend but also to many local bands such as 6 Minutes to Sunrise, who I have previously reviewed and Seasons in Wreckage who are based in Portsmouth.

Doors open at 13:30 and there will be lots more bands playing throughout the day.

Tickets are available through the official website (www.takedownfestival.co.uk)

So, if you want a day filled with good music, both on a local and national level, what are you waiting for?

6 Minutes to Sunrise at the Joiners, Southampton- 4th Feb 2014

6 Mins to Sunrise Gig

It may only be February, but 6 Minutes to Sunrise are already set to take 2014 by storm. Having recently supported bands including; Max Raptor, We are Fiction and Attention Thieves, they came back to perform once again at the Joiners to support Lonely the Brave.

The band has previously played to a sold out crowd at the Joiners so they are no stranger to this venue or a large audience; this is clearly evident through the band’s stage presence, and the lead singer, Cameron’ charisma and energy throughout the gig which helped  captivate the audience.

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BBC Sound of 2014 – Top 5!!!

I was inspired to do this blog post after reading my friend, Mr Brawny’s post on  his blog (Brawny: Life, thoughts and drunken ramblings) about  the nominees at the Brit awards. So I thought I would do one for BBC Sound of 2014 as this very much applies to my blog.

By the way his blog is very good so once you have read mine you should definitely go have a read.

It’s that time of year again, a short time ago BBC announced their Top 5 for BBC Sound of 2014, including their winner. This is quite an influential list because previous winners have often gone on to become pretty big. Previous champions include; Little Boots, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J. So, this is quite a good indicator of finding out who we are going to be hearing more of in 2014.

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6 Minutes to Sunrise


6 mins final

One thing I really enjoy being able to do on this blog is promoting local bands and artists. If you listen to a great local band, it is that much better than someone from a different area, in my opinion. It makes you like your city that little bit more as you know that at the very least it produces some decent music. This is certainly something 6 Minutes to Sunrise did for me.

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Band of Skulls

 

If you are looking for a new indie/rock band, look no further. From the first  track I listened to of theirs I knew I was listening to a good band with a lot of potential. Plus, they are also from Southampton so they are also local talent for me which is always a bonus.

They have recently released a new album called  Sweet Sour but I would definitely reccomend you start with their début album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey as it is a brilliant mix of indie and rock beats from the catchy lyrics of Death by Diamonds and Pearls to the upbeat melody of Light of the Morning; you will not be disappointed!!

This band is set to breakthrough the music industry having already featured on Radio 1 as Fearne Cotton’s track of the week as well as having slots at this year’s Isle of Wight festival and Reading festival.

You will be sure to hear more from this band very soon, once they get back from their european tour they are currently on. Keep up to date with the band’s tour and music here.

 

Here is a favourite track of mine of their second album and their most recent single, Devil takes care of his own:

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Fight like Apes

A fellow work experience at nme recommended I listen to this band, as they are from Ireland, same as said work exp. Now, I thought it would be pretty good as the others that she has reccomended have been amazing, but  I am afraid even the people with good taste in music can have the occasional bad band on their list, and this is one of theirs.

The first song I listened to on their myspace was called “Jake summers” and to be honest that was their best one out of the lot as it wasn’t 99% mice squeaking. Plus I could understand most of the lyrics on this track. However, it goes downhill from there.

One piece of advice whilst listening to them, turn down your treble, you will need it, the female lead singer often reaches pitches only dogs can hear. In fact they should lend her voice to the next mosquito device.

But, I must say the “highlight” of the track was a cover version of Lightsabre cocksucking blues, originally sung by McCluskey. I thought, to be fair on Fight like apes I would listen to McCluskey’s version to see if it was just a bad song, but sadly, it seems, fight like apes just destroyed a pretty decent song. It didnt help that it was originally sung by a male and the cover version sounded like a prolonged orgasm by the female.

But, if you are into your loud mouthed, screaming females then you should definitely give them a listen just don’t put the volume on too high, we don’t want any windows breaking!