Lana Del Rey’s bewitching , ethereal , compelling shades of ” Ultraviolence “

“Born to die “ established her as one of the most divisive musical figures of our age and by many she is considered to be a cultural phenomenon. It admittedly made such a polarizing impression because in a way it offered something that really didn’t sound like anything else. However she has proved to be a unique , intriguing figure on the contemporary music landscape.

 

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Lana Del Rey’s follow-up album “ Ultraviolence” comes as a pleasant surprise. Rather slow , moving , atmospheric , nostalgic , melancholic , dreamy and endlessly fascinating , it almost instantly strikes sensitive chords. The album simmers with a haunting , yearning feeling , a range of emotions and a quiet urgency as the one track moves to the next but without boiling over. creating moments of film-noir melodrama that literally permeate the majority of the songs.

Production from Dan Auerbach ( The Black Keys ) has greatly influenced the mood and the dreamscape of the whole album since he ended up producing seven of the eleven tracks. A dence album which is absorbed as an entire experience with even the weaker tracks contributing to the whole atmosphere. Lana Del Rey is digging deeper and seems to have complete control of her craft. As a matter of fact she has never sounder so compellingly crystalline and appears more complicated. More mature , captivating and as always not hiding her influences of the past as she often draw upon signifiers of the 20th century culture.

Try as you might , it seems hard not to be swept away by Ultraviolence’s sound. It feels like listening to a collection of mid-century ballads but with a different twist , permeated with blues-rock influences. You discover songs that whimper , howl , daydream , soothe , taunt , hypnotize , thrill , nod at cinema and deliver a real summertime sadness. Unadorned verses that gradually build up into massive ethereal choruses and an admirable thematic and musical unity that helps the album run smoothly.

The truth is that emphasis is placed on its little great moments that obviously make a difference and keep it consistent and charming. Minor touches and beautiful details that cannot pass unnoticed and make ULTRAVIOLENCE so cohesive and compulsively listenable from beginning to end. It seems that Lana Del Rey is given the well deserved opportunity to strike back and prove all her critics wrong. With her new album she takes a brave step towards becoming one in her own right but I guess she already is !!! She knows more than her share about love , despair , longing , regret , toxic relationships and sadness … so she steps into the shadows , whispers old secrets and gives voice to charming characters that never had the chance to speak for themselves.

 

Ultraviolence tracklist:

1) Cruel World
2) Ultraviolence
3) Shades of Cool
4) Brooklyn Baby
5) West Coast
6) Sad Girl
7) Pretty When You Cry
8) Money Power Glory
9) Fucked My Way Up to the Top
10) Old Money
11) The Other Woman
12) Black Beauty (bonus track)
13) Guns and Roses (bonus track)
14) Florida Kilos (bonus track)

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Official Website : http://lanadelrey.com/

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Ultraviolence on SPOTIFY : https://play.spotify.com/album/3zU6lhWOIaBhgrJQee4s1L

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West Coast : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKxuiw3iMBE

Brooklyn Baby : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5xcnjAG8pE

Shades of Cool :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJABBmAMXnY

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Old Money : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MaAPzg_YbQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CYANNA MERCURY : Music that runs deep

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Cyanna’s journey began back in 2002 and though it may have sadly come to an end , some of the band members come back with a different sound as CYANNA MERCURY and pleasantly surprise us with the release of two digital singles ” Ode To The Absent Father ” and ” Dirty Things ” that give us a taste of what comes next. The truth is we can hardly wait 😉

The band returns after a great reboot with a sound unquestionably addictive and unexpectedly refreshed , charmingly dark , underground and cleverly groovy at the same time… exploring music landscapes where rock blends with blues and psychedelic elements , successfully reintroducing itself as a promising progressive psychedelic rock quintet. The dark sound of ” Ode To The Absent Father ” simply sinks into your soul and keeps haunting you long after it is over. As for the groovy ” Dirty Things ” it sticks into your head and refuses to leave , taking you to a whole new level of musical experience.

The band currently released a video for the track ” Dirty Things ” and its eight track new album will be released at the end of the year. Until then you have plenty of time to love Cyanna Mercury’s new singles and rest assure that they will prove once more how innovative , creative and inspired they are , always eager to make mind blowing music and explore their limits.

Discover CYANNA MERCURY’S new identity and take a dive into a world of great music , a dark world … groovy and hot as hell !!!

Welcome Back Guys !!!

Cyanna Mercury:
Spyreas Sid: vocals, percussion
Nick Sid: keyboards
Diamond Pr: guitars, percussion
Dennis Panagiotidis: drums
Dimitri “Zilla” G: bass

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Ode To The Absent Father is a self-released single. Buy it from their website.

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Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/CyannaMercury

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THE BLACK KEYS Turn Blue

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The Black Keys Turn Blue

 
The Black Keys seem to be getting better with every album. Following the highly successful 2011’s “ El Camino ” their eighth album feels loose , sort of irresistible and more improvised, consisting of songs that you can’t help but sing along to . The undeniable upbeat drive of their playing and the bittersweet content of their songs are a combination able to turn heartbreak into a totally new experience and function therapeutically.

Tracks immediately accessible that have become instant favourites on the first listen are the single “ Fever ” which unquestionably pleases their numerous fans , “ Turn Blue ” which is beautifully bluesy and the incredible opening track “ Weight Of Love ” that is truly and genuinely thrilling and features an epic guitar solo.

Dan Auerbach’s guitar playing is nothing short but exceptional and takes center stage, leaving you astounded. It looks like he has found what it takes to make the songs as good as they can possibly be. As for Patrick Carney’s drumming , it is powerful and appealing as always but without overwhelming the songs. As it has well been written , “ Turn Blue ” is a wonderful album that is meant to be heard in its entirety with your full attention. The music just flows from the listener’s ears to the brain and into the heart and often works as a healing force. Surprisingly enough the album seems to have stepped right out of the 70’s and this is something The Black Keys should be proud of.

With “ TURN BLUE ” The Black Keys exhibit even more musical growth and maturity but at the same time they leave room to grow and develop their supreme talents. There is no doubt that they have all the right elements and maintain a high level of quality in their work but what is even more important and admirable is the fact that they prove what they already know in their hearts … “ Taking risks and sticking to what you love often works ” !!!

Discover the irresistibly catchy album with the melancholic title “ Turn Blue ” and let a special band blow you away !!!

TURN BLUE Tracklist

1. Weight of Love
2. In Time
3. Turn Blue
4. Fever
5. Year in Review
6. Bullet in the Brain
7. It’s Up to You Now
8. Waiting on Words
9. 10 Lovers
10. In Our Prime
11. Gotta Get Away

 

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OFFICIAL SITE : http://www.theblackkeys.com/

 

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WEIGHT OF LOVE ❤ ( Turn Blue ) video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cwz_CwRgEY #EPIC

 

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Kasabian’s 48:13 ( Not giving into convention )

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Ready to headline Glastonbury this summer, Kasabian have a lot to prove in 2014. 48:13 is the fifth eagerly awaited studio album by the English rock band from Leicester. The album, produced by the band’s guitarist Sergio Pizzorno is named after its total running time. Kasabian have forged ahead … created their own template and though widely discussed could it just be their masterpiece ? Their latest album embraces their electro-funk roots and could be described as their most dance-influenced outing to date ( ‘Explodes’and ‘Stevie’ are a tangible proof ). An LP consistently strong on grooves , sincere , innovative without any doubt , daring and bursting with energy.

 
Kasabian are one of those bands that split opinion and I guess that always makes a band really interesting. Their inventive songwriting skills cannot be questioned and as a matter of fact , this time they prove to be a far more inventive group than expected. Their music takes some daring journeys that seem to surprise and then hypnotise their fans. Much of the heavy synth and the neo-psychedelia remains but finely tuned and enriched with more electro-rock elements that demonstrate the confidence of a band who aren’t interested in giving into convention.

 
They are daring and never do the obvious thing. Some might say they are an underrated force who never rest on their laurels. Always ready to take risks they avoid being led into a stale territory. Lets see where this new venture takes them 😉

 

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NME’s Review on “48:13” and Photo Galery : http://www.nme.com/reviews/kasabian/15383#2

KASABIAN’s Official Web Site : http://www.kasabian.co.uk

GLASS ( video ) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oR8yxUIHPk

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KASABIAN :
• Tom Meighan – lead vocals
• Sergio Pizzorno – guitar, keyboards & electronic programming, vocals
• Chris Edwards – bass, guitar
• Ian Matthews – drums

 

 

 

COLDPLAY’s haunting , atmospheric Ghost Stories

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COLDPLAY have undoubtedly become one of the biggest acts in the world since their appearance in the music scene. Ghost Stories is their sixth studio album co-produced by the band with Paul Epworth along with returning Mylo Xyloto producers Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson and was released on 16 May 2014. Since the release of “ Parachutes ” back in 2000 they have given us so many brilliant samples of songwriting. We have loved songs that have made enough memories last for a lifetime and adored albums like “ A rush of blood to the head ” that had a great impact on us in many levels and managed to stand the test of time. However their latest self-referential album probably signifies a change of direction.

GHOST STORIES is an album of intimate nature , where Chris Martin is working out his private pain in public and full of songs that thread through mid-tempo soundscapes , tender , melancholic melodies ( that leave you with an optimistic feeling about love ) in combination with electronic touches , strings and ethereal voices. Everything sounds so serene , pristine and fragile to the point that gives you a sense of weightlessness. The whole album moves along on an ever-changing atmospheric , haunting bed of sound that justifies its title.

Though it is instrumentally brilliant and exceptional in terms of production , it kind of lacks the big anthems and there may be times you get the impression the band is trying too hard to prove it can get its point across without the formula that made them famous. Yet there is something inviting about Coldplay trying something new at this stage in their career and their new album can be seen as brave move of a commercially successful band.

The truth is that Coldplay’s listeners are definitely taken on a totally different kind of journey than they’ve gone on before and the sense of magic is somehow kept alive . Even if the album it fails to deliver the same kind of catharsis and excitement of their earliest work , it should be given a chance to win your heart. Emotionally engaging , tender and sensitive , their “ Ghost Stories ”come as a soothing musical balm and I guess time will determine whether they will stand the test of time or to what extend they will influence the band’s future steps.

Coldplay is always going to be warm, nostalgic, melancholic , sentimental , innocent and deeply touching in their own unique way. This is the same Coldplay who made Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head but this time slightly updated for more than a decade after their first arrival and in a more experimental mood.

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Take a look at their new album that has already hit Number One in 72 countries & discover its amazingly inspiring artwork here : http://www.coldplay.com/

Suggested Tracks : Midnight , Magic , Another’s arms , A sky full of stars , Oceans , Fly on

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MAGIC video clip : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qtb11P1FWnc

FLY ON video ( Press Full Screen and Enjoy the amazing artwork )  : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX2KJKRViPA

 

 

Florence + The Machine Metal Tribute Album released

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So you may be wandering …How does Florence + the Machine mixes with metal? Well, judging by Periphery’s cover of “Only If For A Night” in the video below, it can mix pretty well. It appears that Sumerian Records has gathered a bunch of bands on the label together to cover Florence + the Machine. The album has been dubbed “Sumerian Ceremonials” Florence + The Sphinx and is due out on May 15th. It mainly consists of songs from Florence + The Machine’s 2011 album, Ceremonials. Of course, one exception has been made — Stick To Your Guns have recorded “Dog Days Are Over,” because you can’t really release a Florence + The Machine tribute album and not include the band’s big breakthrough hit.

 
Speaking about the record, Sumerian’s co-founder Ash Avildsen commented:

“To me, ‘Ceremonials’ by Florence + the Machine is one of the most timeless records to come out in years. The distinctive vocals and melodies, the orchestration and instrumentation, the production, the mood and the lyrics have made me enamored with the album. It is also one of the heaviest records in years to me … not in the sense of metal and aggressive vocals/guitars/drums, but in how the songs make you feel.”

FLORENCE :
Louder than Sirens
Louder than Bells
Sweeter than Heaven
Hotter than Hell

 

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The track listing is as follows :

1. Periphery – “Only If For A Night”
2. Stick To Your Guns – “Dog Days Are Over”
3. Ben Bruce (of Asking Alexandria) – “Shake It Out”
4. Darkest Hour – “Spectrum”
5. Miss Fortune – “No Light, No Light”
6. Fever Dreamer – “Leave My Body”
7. Born of Osiris – “Seven Devils”
8. Come The Dawn – “What The Water Gave Me”
9. Upon A Burning Body – “Lover To Lover”
10. Mike Semesky (of Intervals) – “Hearlines”
11. Dead Letter Circus – “Remain Nameless”
12. City In The Sea – “All This And Heaven Too”

 

 Watch the tracks here : http://sumerianceremonials.com/

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Periphery – Only If for a night : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08aHl-AaFCo

 

 

GAD : Like a favourite song that speaks to the soul

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How could you be objective and what could you possibly write about a band that holds a special place in you heart ! GAD’s story began in 2005 when Iraklis Anastasiadis and Kostas Antoniadis joined forces to compose a track for a Greek Electro Compilation. That was the beginning of a beautiful journey and during the recording of their debut album “ System May Fall ” Antonis Antoniadis , Spyros Papakotsis and Mike Semertzoglou joined the band which came to be one of the most creatively innovative Greek Indie bands that never ceases surprising us and always gives us the feeling that the best is yet to come.

GAD have performed in various stages and festivals through the years and have opened for bands like Chicane , Nouvelle Vague and Puressence. Their second album “ The Perfect Crime“ was released in 2010 and added a somewhat deeper and more vibrant feel to their already distinctive music. Using a more natural sound this time , beautiful melodies and dark bass lines , they created a beautiful album where the various music influences of the group members are combined masterfully. The single WAVES undoubtedly gained massive airplay and helped them reach larger audiences but there are so much more to the second album than that. Songs like DEEP BLUE WORLD , PARALLEL LINES , SEPARATE WAYS , YOU KNOW THE WAY and the amazing OVER THE MOON ( where Konstantinos Vita adds a magic twist with his participation ) are some of its greatest moments.

However it is their third album “ End In Tears “ which to me is probably their most mature work. An album that is perfectly combining elements of the two previous ones in a skillful and brilliant way that makes it a real gem. A feast for the ears from beginning to end . Their highly anticipated third album is full of beautiful surprises and guest singers such as Maria X.Kourmouli ( Transistor ) , Alexandra McKay and Aliki Avdelopoulou (Monitor) give it a fresh , unique note , taking us away on a journey full of emotions and letting us get a glimpse of a fascinating world. GAD give us a chance to enjoy rock , electro pop , atmospheric rhythms that are combined perfectly and are complemented by Kostas Antoniadis’ deeply expressive voice. The truth is that it is not at all easy to decide which of the tracks deserve more praise or attention because each and every one narrates a unique story , moves , liberates , touches sensitive chords and penetrates the soul in different ways. WONDERFUL , YOUR LOVER TONIGHT , BIG BROWN EYES , END IN TEARS , PRETENDING , BELONG , TOO LATE will definitely become an instant crush.

Always creative , innovative , inspiring , trying to keep a very high standard in terms of production , staying true to themselves and to all the things that make them so special , remaining faithful to the music that has been an inspiration to them through the years and with great respect towards their loyal fans , GAD have evolved brilliantly and have shown us admirable samples of songwriting. What a great reason to be proud of !!! As a matter of fact , It feels like their albums belong to a very special place inside us since so many of their songs were meant to steal our hearts. ( After all … that’s where they belong )

They don’t lack passion , inspiration , talent and true love for what they do and one thing is certain. The end of the road is very far and they seem ready for another leap that will bring them closer to the music of their dreams … to the music that speaks to our souls and makes reality more bearable.

Thank You for the amazing journey so far … ❤

 

GAD Official Website : http://www.gadmusic.gr/‎

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Parallel Lines – GAD : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvoANnq6HIE

END IN TEARS Promo Video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxlkTKOfW9M

 

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Waves – GAD : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZBapb9V5oU

Over The Moon – GAD ft. Konstantinos Vita : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLP9QizAaNM

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GAD – This light in you ( Promo Teaser ) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAcLDcHbS3g

I ‘ll try to find the words
I ‘ll try to find the way
To show you how I feel
To take pain away
With you I ‘m feeling strong
With you I ‘m feeling safe
Take me with you
And I ‘ll be ok…
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You are my world
You make things work
You are my world
Sing to my soul…
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I love this light in you
This light in your eyes
Even when you cry
Your face looks so bright
Just hold me tight
For one more time
Just hold me tight
And light up the night
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You are my world
You make things work
You are my world
Sing to my soul…

 

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