Lana Del Rey
It’s only been three years since Lana Del Rey first came into the scene with “Video Games,” and we still don’t know whose words to trust about her music — is she the lovely pop star fans says she is or is she a hollow fake as the detractors attempt to out her as? Navigating through her latest album, Ultraviolence, doesn’t make things easier. But one thing for sure, she’s an interesting figure (character?) to discuss and critique. Stacey and I are fans of her music so in the occasion of her new album release, we took the time to talk over the music of Lana Del Rey, past and present.
Ryo: You included “West Coast” for our Best Songs of 2014 (So Far) list, and I just saw you bought her new album on vinyl, so I can safely assume you like Lana Del Rey’s new album, Ultraviolence. How was your first listen with the album? Any worries or excitements you had going in?
Stacey: To be honest, I didn’t like Lana Del Rey’s album Born To Die all that much the first time I heard it. I’m not sure why, it just didn’t stick with me, but I persevered and now I adore it. I think this influenced how I approached Ultraviolence because, although I liked what I had heard from it, I didn’t pressure myself into loving it as soon as I pressed play for the first time. I’m not a fan of every track on the record (although I’m pretty close) but I’m completely enveloped in the world Lana creates with her bodies of music. I felt this way about Born to Die and the Paradise EP, too, which is one of my favourite things about her as an artist. To me this album contains absolutely everything I love about her on some astonishing tracks which is why I’ve listened to Ultraviolence an insane amount over the past few weeks. I don’t think I’ve ever really seen you mention Lana much. What has your experience with her music been like?
Stacey and I talked about Lana Del Rey for the MWC. Finally, I got to write some words about her music, especially Ultraviolence. I’ve tried and tried here before but the draft ends up being deleted after like five paragraphs in. And it was fun getting to talk to another person who’s into Lana as much as I am!
I gushed over Lana Del Rey with Ryo over at TMWC this week and it was so fun!
Karen O’s debut solo album comes out this September and “Rapt” is the first track we’ve got to judge it by. It doesn’t even break the 2 minute mark but it’s so raw and beautiful that I am truly stunned. I try to stay open to other people’s opinions, but if you don’t like this, I am sorry to telly you that you are wrong.
Today was the day I discovered that The Drums had posted some new material so, understandably, I now feel unable to do anything other than continually pressing ‘repeat’. “Magic Mountain” is from the band’s upcoming third album of the same name and the first thing we’ve heard from them in six years. Over that time, there’s been drama spurred through inner-band disagreements, causing two members to leave, but they still sound as great as ever!
(Source: staceyhasgoodmusictaste / TheDrums)
In a sorely missed rare occasionally I found myself with a little free time, so I checked soundcloud and found that a band I’ve been keeping my eye on for a while now, Holy Esque, had posted some new material. “Sovereign” is a new direction for the band, it’s not as dark as “Tear”, a song I adored, but this change suits them, evidence by the fact that it kept my attention for the whole, mighty track. Does anyone else get an “Rock Me Amadeus” vibe in the first minute-and-a-half?
(Source: staceyhasgoodmusictaste / HOLY ESQUE)
"My Song 5" was one of my favourite tracks from Haim’s debut album “Days Are Gone” and it’s been remixed to feature rapper A$AP Ferg, from the A$AP Mob. Let’s be honest, this track was pretty amazing on its own, but this remix draws additional attention to it, which can never be a bad thing. I don’t really think A$AP’s contribution is any great rival to the original, but I can’t deny that this team-up has been pretty ace.
(Source: staceyhasgoodmusictaste / HAIM)
"An Awesome Wave" is one of my favourite albums, so i kind of lost my shit when I saw that Alt-j were planning to release their second album at the end of this year. "Hunger Of The Pine" is the first taste of what awaits us on "This Is All Yours", and while it’s still reminiscent of the band’s previous experiments, it takes a much darker and atmospheric route, but tenebrous tracks hold a special place in my heart, so I’ll listen to this every day through the painful wait for their new album.
(Source: staceyhasgoodmusictaste / alt-J)
I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve new material from both Jessie Ware and Honeyblood on the same day, perhaps the stars have aligned, but I’m not complaining. After seeing them live last month, Honeyblood have been irresistible to me, and “Super Rat” showcases all my favourite aspects of them in just one song: it’s catchy, with some great guitar riffs contrasting with their garage-punk vibes and fiery angst. I’m almost ashamed to admit to how many times I’ve pressed repeat on this track, except not really because it’s so awesome.
Jessie Ware is finally back on the scene after an agonising wait for new material since she released her phenomenal debut album “Devotion”. Jessie’s upcoming second album will hopefully be available before the end of the year, but for now, “Tough Love” will be enough to settle my unbearable anticipation because it’s such a great, sophisticated pop song. Not that I’d expect anything less from her sleek, elegant and downright cool style.
(Source: staceyhasgoodmusictaste / JessieWare)
Radio 1’s Big Weekend- Glasgow Green
Show Date: Saturday 24th May
Hosted by Radio 1, Europe’s largest free music festival came to Glasgow and it showcased some of the most famous and successful bands around just a few metres away from the up-and-comers. I was only able to attend on the Saturday (don’t you just love exams?) and although I was hesitant about the line-up on paper, in reality, I don’t think it could have worked out any better. You can also check out the full line-ups and videos of all the acts across the weekend here.
I’m officially ending my writing hiatus with a really late review of Radio 1’s Big Weekend. I’m still glad I went through with posting this, though.
I don’t really have time for this right now, but Luna Webster's new “The Vanity EP” is too good not to promote. The Scottish singer-songwriter is young, but I don't want her age to compromise her talent or become a selling point, because that's just condescending, so I'll just tell you to listen to this exceptional talent for the beauty spills out of her mouth with her ethereal vocals and wise lyrics. I really don't think you'll regret taking a few minutes out to give it a chance.
GUM’s ”Growin’ Up” was my second discovery, and I found them on the Spinning Top Music account on SoundCloud that had previously brought me songs form Tame Impala and Pond. Following in their footsteps, this new psychedelic Aussie band are using unique musical arrangements and hazy vocals, singing “I’m not gonna die/ even if I try” to create a distinctive sound to share their experiences of ‘growin’ up’.
(Source: www / Spinning Top Music)
After a hectic couple of weeks, I’ve been spending my time trying to catch up on all the music I’ve missed, and that’s how I came to notice State of the Art. The band are based in Texas and “Seriously, So What?” their newest single is the fourth iTunes release in the US. I’m a sucker for American indie bands, but these guys seem to be capturing exactly what I’ve been lacking in the past year or so, yet I still don’t think they’re signed!
"Velo" is the newest track from Friendly Fires (& The Asphodells?) and it’s released tomorrow as a limited edition, double A-sided 12 inch record. “Velo” may seem like a lot to take in, but enjoying it in all of its 9 minute glory will send your mind on a short, enjoyable, retreat back into an eighties game show*.
*(Results may vary)
(Source: staceyhasgoodmusictaste / Friendly Fires)
"Cadillac Girl" begins with a riff that could have been lifted straight from a nineties grunge anthem but British rapper, Only Real, lightens it up with some sugary surf vibes. Maybe the feeling isn’t mutual between him and the girl he likes, but I can’t help associate this song with late, bright nights in the summer.
(Source: staceyhasgoodmusictaste / OnlyReal)
Aside from snapping up one of my favourite band names of all time, The Ramona Flowers have been busy composing their debut album “Dismantle and Rebuild”. “Tokyo" is their single out April 21st and it’s an immense alternative rock anthem, that builds up over time until it’s completely smashed with an awesome electronic breakdown!