Feed Me With Love

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What happens when four very talented Swedes get together? No, the answer is not to feed me with Raggmunk, although I would not turn that down. The correct answer is “Feed Me With Love”, the new single from Charla K, Alex Shield, Discrete and NEIMY, four talented individuals. All four of them brought their unique talents to the recording and we are blessed with a very danceable song, ‘Feed Me With Love’.
This song started with Charla K dabbling with some piano bits and pieces and her partner Alex adding some lyrics. Feed Me With Love sat on the shelf for two years and then NEIMY and Discrete were invited into the songwriting process to help with the lyrics and production in that order.
Charla recalls it this way; “Alex and I stumbled on the entire melody in a matter of hours. We never had to bang our heads to flesh out ‘Feed Me With Love.’ The painless songwriting process left us focusing on other projects until we brought NEIMY and Discrete onboard. The four of us secured the song’s irresistible pulse.”
Discrete adds to the conversation and explains, “I wanted to project the aesthetic from a decade ago onto contemporary house, so I experimented with some clean synths until I settled on what you hear on the track. Together with the guitars, the track sounds simultaneously like 2010 and 2020.”
“Feed Me With Love” is irresistible, the heartbreaking lyrics of Charla, Alex and NEIMY soar through Charla amazing voice and mesh seamlessly with the production of Discrete. This is a song to dance along with all summer, the album will be dropping soon as well, I look forward to having all three singles from the album and the new and unheard material, it will be like Christmas in the summertime.

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Uneasy Rider

‘Did my best, all though it comes to show

That I was wrong,’

-Magnus Bechmann from his album ‘Uneasy’

‘Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.’

– Step 10 of AA

‘The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.’

– M. Scott Peck

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In 1969 we had ‘Easy Rider’ written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern. in 2020 we have ‘Uneasy’ by Magnus Bechmann. ‘Uneasy’ is the second track from the album of the same name by Norwegian Magnus Bechmann. The last we heard from Magnus was in 2017 when he released his debut EP ‘Loners Get Lonely Too’ which received great reviews and being named band of the week by The Guardian. The first single from this new album was ‘What Do You Know’ which received great reviews and radio listings in his home country. The years between now and then have been a time of growth for Magnes and it is evident in this new music that shows us a more mature and gifted musician and writer.  

‘’Uneasy captures a situation most people are familiar with but really uncomfortable with. Situations in everyday life that are usually not a big deal can grow totally out of proportion. – Magnus Bechmann

The album ‘Uneasy’ will be released as singles spaced out over the remainder of the year as individual ‘chapters’. As Bechmann himself says, ‘’viewing it as a writer listening from the outside, it can seem a bit overwhelming to take in everything at once – after all, I don´t want the listener to feel too disillusioned. But there is really no way around the fact some situations in life are a bit unpleasant. In a way, you can look at the lyrics as the bitter pill and the accompanying music as the spoonful of honey to make it all go down smoother’’.

Uneasy is easy to listen to but be forewarned that it will grow on you after repeat listens and for me at least that meant I was going to develop a good case of ‘stuck song syndrome’.

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‘Uneasy’ dropped Friday 24th April 2020 on Sailor Music.

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The Bluest You

Welsh up and coming band Kidsmoke may be singing about feeling blue but it left me feeling more alive. “The Bluest You” is a teaser single from their forthcoming album which will drop this summer until then we can enjoy the catchy hooks and jangly guitars that are definitely not the blues.

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The band tells us: “This song is a live favourite of ours. It is a fly on the wall look into a household where one person’s depression is affecting everyone else who lives
there. The song doesn’t address the feelings of the person suffering with depression, it is a sort of commentary from the viewpoint of the rest of the family.”
Initially inspired by Low/Heroes-era David Bowie, the track was intended to be an
instrumental – but after intense rehearsals and the addition of some Matt Berninger-
influenced lyrics, it morphed into something completely different and became the
track we hear today. I am glad they expanded it to more than it was initially intentioned to be.
Dialogue about mental health is something that we should be engaging in, and listening to, as we are doing with this edgy song from Kidsmoke. The song rocks gracefully with guitars that cut through the song like a hot knife through butter. Kidsmoke layer synths, strings, guitars and smooth vocals together and produce a very listenable song, I look forward to the album.
Stay safe and enjoy the music folks.

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Jazzapocalypse

One of the definitions of apocalypse according to Dictionary.com is “a prophetic revelation, especially concerning a cataclysm in which the forces of good permanently triumph over the forces of evil.” Jazzboy jumped all over the word revelation and that turns out to be a case of good triumphing over evil, or over bad music at least.

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After listening to the single “Jazzapocalypse”, from the forthcoming EP due to be released June 5, I came up with my take on this song. I think it sounds like Jon and Vangelis creating music on a keytar and an Atari 2600 and I mean that to be flattering because I like Jon and Vangelis, especially “Friends of Mr Cairo” and lots of decent songs were composed on the Atari 2600 and it paved the way for the synth-driven sounds of the 90’s raves and current music such as Jazzboy’s Jazzapocalypse. Jazzboy muses, “To me, it’s depicting the alien-like feeling of a new self, growing under your skin and bursting out unexpectedly, painfully. The death of a soul, and the birth of a new one.”

The video that compliments the song Jazzapocalypse, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG0-N_JMpcI1HEoS8DTafPQ takes place in a cluttered bedroom within a larger building. I’ll let Jazzboy explain it to you. “The idea for the video was to illustrate the feeling of an inner-apocalypse, in a fantasy-like, Shakespearian fashion. It’s the violent tale of a dying butterfly witnessing the birth of a brand new one. It’s about metamorphosis, cycles of love, death and rebirth.”

Did I like the music and video” I am not big on video’s in general but I was OK with this one, but hey, my favourite video is from 1986, Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel.

Did I like the song? I listened to it easily 30 times and it grew on me a bit more with each listen. I still don’t know where the jazz in Jazzapocalypse comes from but this is decent synth-pop and can be listened to 30 times without hating it.

New single ‘Jazzapocalypse’ will be available on DSPs from April 27th and the EP of the same title is due for release June 5th. Do your ears a favour and listen to this music, it may not be jazz but it is darn good music.

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Ollie

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Ollie is a tortured soul. Ollie was involved in more than one accident in his life but it is a car accident that he attributes much of his current state of mind and creative force to. However, there is enough lyrical evidence to leave me thinking there was a relationship wreck that also left him in emotional pain equal to, if not greater, than the scars, both physical and emotional, caused by the car accident. Ollie is also dropping a new album on April 17th via BMG Records.

This album, “maybe this was supposed to happen”, takes us on a journey through pain, despair, depression and ultimately to happier days. Here is a breakdown of a few of the tracks as experienced through my ears.

Track one tells us through dispatch voices that there was a car accident and it opens the album with dark and brooding tones.

In track two Ollie tells us that “life can hurt, life is pain, then get on your feet again”, which has some optimism amidst the pain and then he makes a confession to us, “I’m so afraid of going through change, does anybody feel the same?” It takes courage to admit our fears to others and to then reach out and ask if anyone else feels the same way that we do.

Track three sinks down the self-loathing well with Ollie confessing that “nothing’s ever good enough” and then he strikes upon some lyrics that speak to the world that we find ourselves in during the Covid-19 pandemic, “What’s another day I spend inside, Like everything I do is a waste of time.” Another day spent inside could easily be relevant to the millions of us experiencing lockdown in our homes, not just a day but rather weeks that could stretch to months and that could lead to the lyrics referring to another day spent inside our heads which can be equally scary.

I like this quote that I learned from addiction counselling: “your mind is like an unsafe neighbourhood; don’t go there alone.”― Augusten Burroughs

Ollie continues with the self-loathing, the feeling that he can’t do anything good enough and the feeling that everything he does is a waste of time.

Track five really hits home for me, I get the feeling that Ollie is talking about someone close who is experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, check out these lyrics and see what you think.

“When you no longer speak or know who I am

Tell you I love you when I know you can’t

Push off emotions, I’ll be strong for you

The way that you were growing up in my youth

Give back the time you gave up for me

Tell you the memories I’ll forever keep

Till one day I lay in this bed that you sleep

Pray my future children do the same for me”

Wow, just reading that line again as I pasted it in almost caused me to choke up. I have two mothers that are both going through the ravages of ageing, one of them no longer speaks or even acknowledges that I am talking to her, even when I tell her that I love her. Unfortunately, we can’t even visit them during this pandemic so staying strong means Facetime and preserving the memories until we pass them to the next generation.

More lyrics about self-isolation: “Sit alone in my room just barely getting along”

“I spend all of my time inside just playing beats at my desk

Hate saying these next words but I’ve been feeling depressed”

Lyrical evidence that I think points to a love that caused pain but is very real and Ollie embraces both the pain and the love.

“Cause real love never dies, it don’t mean we never fight, it

takes pain and sacrifice, no real love never dies”

Ollie, and vicariously me the listener, close out the album on optimistic terms. True love never dies and there will be happy days when the sun shines through our window, and during Covid-19 days that is about as close as we get to fresh air.

“Happy days, happy days, sun shining through my window, I can’t change, what I cant

change, I’ve been learning how to let go,”

God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change,

the courage to change the things we can,

and the wisdom to know the difference.

Ollie is a troubled soul, as we all are, but I am glad he is embracing that pain and moving forward and looking towards happy days.

Wait a minute! I almost forgot to mention the music while I was focused on the lyrics. The music is hip/hop/r&b/pop/country, the latter of which Ollie attributes his small-town upbringing. Check it out and decide what sounds you hear within Ollie’s unique pallet of soundscapes.

Stay safe and enjoy the music, happy days my friends.

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Release Date: 17th April 2020 via BMG Records

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Bad For You

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Add another pandemic song to your playlist with this offering from aka george.

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I’ll let his own words speak, there isn’t much I could add to it other than the fact that I like aka george’s music and approach to that music:

“i know you journalists and bloggers have short attention spans, so i’ll keep it brief.

i know you’re tired of every new artist’s bio extolling the virtues of their artistry – PRs banging on about how they’re the next <insert brit nominee here>.

thing is… i don’t think you know how famous i am.

in 2013, i was the GET LUCKY kid. my cover of Daft Punk’s “get lucky” broke the internet. i played all the instruments, filmed it at my mum’s house and uploaded it that night. it got 10 million views and pharrell DM’d me to say well done.

it put the name george barnett on the map. it also put george ezra on the map. back then his name was george barnett too. people mixed up the georges, he changed his name to ezra and the rest is history. (for anyone who’s interested, ezra’s song “did you hear the rain?” is about me. apparently he’s still bitter).

insanity ensued. within a year i had my own private jet and a chain of burger restaurants. just kidding, but major labels were in contact. i was flown to berlin to meet with universal music. warners were calling me up every other day. all my other songs were blowing up.

and then, that summer, in the middle of a tour, i deleted it.

after that, i also deleted:

1.A SINGLE I WAS PROMOTING AT THE TIME.

2.ALL OTHER COVER VERSIONS ON MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

3.AN ENTIRE ALBUM I HAD MADE THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

… and i changed my name to AKA George.

i’ve been told i’m very self destructive. in my defence i hated the idea of being a youtuber. i didn’t want to be in the same category as conor maynard – i wanted to be an artist. i realised pretty quickly the attention i was getting was based entirely on numbers; specifically the number of views on the “get lucky” cover: a sure way to get dropped about 18 months later, which I didn’t want.

so instead, I wrote a load of songs that BBC introducing liked. i did gigs, played at Glastonbury, got a publishing deal and in the process found out what I did want. that kind of stuff takes time. now I know.

***CUT TO NOW***

i met tom sarig and signed to antifragile. i like him. and i like them.

at the risk of sounding like i reside up my own anus, i have an unwavering belief that music should be a PASSION. i love pop but i’m not interested in making cookie cutter music. whether i’m writing about sex, love, loneliness or revolution i want the songs to carry big emotions.

i write big, i sing big, i perform big. spirit is important…. and i always put my spirit into it – 100%.

so that’s where i’m at. if you want to know anything else about me, give me a call:

07802 414613

here’s my latest song “bad for you”. when asked for a quote, i said this about it:

“Bad for you is about being in a toxic relationship… but being unable to resist it. I was craving it like a drug. I knew it was bad for me but i was never going to stop. I’m one of those people who goes all in. I don’t like half measures, if I’m doing something I’m doing it 100%. That can cause problems sometimes – you can get in too deep and things become messy, especially in a relationship – but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

it’s a pretty good song. and even if you don’t like it it’s still only 1 minute 54 seconds.

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New EP on Anti Fragile Music coming in April 2020.

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Better Days

It has been said, Thomas Wolfe is credited with the original quote, that “You Can’t Go Home Again.” I have tried to go home again and failed miserably. I have driven the streets that I used to wander in my childhood with friends whose names are forever lost. I have driven by buildings that I used to call home and found dilapidated old structures or new buildings where my home used to be, and I have even found empty lots that were supposed to be full of happy memories.

I went to a school reunion a few years back and it was really awkward trying to converse with these people who I spent five days a week with on school buses and in our classrooms. People that I used to hang out with, play the guitar with, go to dances and movies with, there were a few members of the opposite sex that lived within my circle of life. But it wasn’t the same. These people had gotten old, where were my childhood friends? These people had changed, the friend that jammed with me was now an alcoholic who hadn’t played the guitar after our halcyon days of learning to play “Get Back”. The friend that introduced me to marijuana would barely say hello to me. The people that I thought I would meet at the reunion had faded away, they were only memories tied to that time and place. Having once shared a few high school classes is not enough to sustain a lifelong relationship.

There are some good reads that explore this concept of never being able to go home. I just finished re-reading one that evoked good memories from an earlier age, Summer of ’42 by Herman Raucher. I read it the first time when I was a young man coming of age in the small home town that I previously visited, it resonated with me at that time because of the teenage emotions it evoked as I read it back then. This time it provoked the emotions of being an adult who can never go home again.

I couldn’t go back home again because it didn’t exist except in my nostalgic memories. Nostalgic memories are often tied to music, much the same as my memory of playing tunes on my first guitar. In fact, there is a song from that era that captures a lot of the sentiments that I am searching out here, it was by The Moody Blues on their album Every Good Boy Deserves A Favor, the song was titled “You Can Never Go Home” and there is a new song that I have been introduced to that further explores this concept, it is “Better Days” by Chris Collins and produced by Discrete.Better Days
Collins has drawn upon his memories of better days in his life, at only eleven-years-old, he appeared in the finals of Sweden’s televised Talang, as well as landing third place in Eurovision Young Dancers which saw him surpass 60 million viewers worldwide and Discrete who grew up in a creative household and discovered music production at thirteen. Together Collins and Discrete crafted a song that speaks to that longing of wanting to go home again. These two musicians have gifted our ears with “Better Days”, a sentiment that I am sure we all long for in these troubling times.
A sample of the lyrics:

Nothing is like yesterday
Between us two
I wish I could stay away
From you
But I’ll keep dreaming of better days
Better days with you
Discrete’s production supports singer Chris Collins through the longing in “Better Days”. Longing over a relationship that has seen better days. We find Collins yearning over a love lost and Discrete adds synths that match those words to evoke memories of yesteryear. Together they revisit the eighties and lost love through their music. Music that builds visions of disco dance floors with synth effects, analog pads and drums that Collins and Discrete use with a steady hold on today despite the push and pull of nostalgia evoked in both the lyrics and the music that backs it up.
Better Days is a song that required many listens for me to totally grasp the essence of the emotions expressed in it. I would encourage you to do likewise and see what memories it pulls up for you.

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Tungz

“Can’t We Just Be Friends Again”, no question mark. Can’t we just listen to this catchy track again? Yes, that is a question. What is not in question is the talent of these lads. Nicky Green and Jamie Maier of the band Tungz have crafted a synth, pop, jazzy, fun little single following on the heels of their EP “Okay” from 2019. “Can’t We Just Be Friends Again” opens with a metallic sound that builds tension as instruments and vocal come in until it becomes a great little tune. It is highly probable that their tour dates will be cancelled due to COVID-19 but we can still be friends with Tungz through Soundcloud, https://soundcloud.com/tungzz/cant-we-just-be-friends-again/s-MyfFa, and Apple Music. Check them out, keep listening to good music like this offering from Tungz, and stay healthy everyone.

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The Holy – Mono Freedom

Two percussionists? Bring it on, the more the merrier.

Two offset six-string electric guitars? I love it and I want to hear more.

A keyboard player that doubles down on bass guitar? From the Rural Alberta Advantage to Helsinki’s alternative music scene, I can listen all day and not tire.

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This is The Holy, a tightly knit five-piece band from Finland that has built a reputation for themselves within the European live circuit. Starting in the live clubs in their home base of Helsinki, The Holy have stretched their sound out on the road with appearances at all the major Finnish festivals; Flow Festival, Ruisrock, Provinssirock, Ilosaarirock, as well as touring across Europe in Sweden, Germany, UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Austria. They have also been showcased at Eurosonic 2019, Iceland Airwaves 2019, Reeperbahn Festival, Where Is The Music, JaJaJa London, Berlin & Vienna, as well as Finland’s own Lost In Music.

The German/French TV channel Arte filmed the band’s performance at Flow Festival 2019 in cooperation with Finland’s YLE, and Seattle based KEXP filmed their show at Iceland Airwaves, which on the station’s popular YouTube channel for your viewing and listening pleasure.

Apparently, a lot of people really like this band, The Holy. So what do I think? Do I like their music? Fasten your seatbelt, this is going to be a quick review of their sophomore album, Mono Free.

Yes, I like it. I could end the review right here with that statement but as far as music reviews go that would be pretty lame to I will expand a bit on why I like the music of The Holy.

Expansive. Yeah, their music is expansive. It covers a wide range, the music fills the empty spaces with an expansive sound, unrestrained and free. Their use of two percussionists and two electric guitars add to this feeling of expansiveness, they are able to fill the sound without making it feel crowded. It would be all too easy for the drummers to play over each other, and the guitars as well, but they don’t. The Holy use the extra sound to create an expansive and wide-open sound the moves easily from one space to another, from one song to another. Adding to the fullness of this album are some very talented people that The Holy collaborated with. Eetu Henrik Iivari: “Jarno Takkumäki (Lac Belot) did the mixing and some of the recording and he was also the spiritual guide for the whole band during the process. Our frequent collaborator Elias Riipinen wrote and played amazing string arrangements and Antti Hevosmaa (Virta) pulled off some great trumpets. Jazz pianist Eetu Palomäki contributed to a few songs with some lush tracks and Tero Ahonen brought the big visual side of the record to life.

Expansive and intelligent. The intelligence is not confined to the lyrical content, they are smart at creating intelligent music. The lyrics of this album were inspired by Eetu’s reading of the book The World Without Us by Alan Weisman and while this could have easily created a dark and dystopian album, it didn’t. Eatu again: “But even though the theme is not the lightest in the world, I wanted the album to mirror hope and to be empowering. A friend for people having similar thoughts. The new album Mono Freedom is a utopian theme album. A fictional story about Mother Nature taking over the earth and how the last humans on earth pack their stuff, build a rocket and head over to the nearest black hole. They know that there is probably nothing out there, but it’s one of humanity’s last ideas. All this is seen as a positive, not as a dark dystopian vision, as is usually the case. The record and the lyrical themes are inspired by Alan Weisman’s book The World Without Us, a classic science book that explores a bunch of scenarios of what would happen to Mother Earth if humans were to disappear today. “

Expansive, intelligent, and listenable. I have listened to some music over the years that had intelligent lyrics but didn’t have the music to move it forward. I have also listened to expansive music that didn’t go anywhere because it wasn’t easy to listen to. Mono Freedom is listenable as well as being intelligent and expansive. It hits a lot of the right notes and that is alright in my books and on my listening device. Please excuse me while I go and listen to this album one more time.

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The singles No Trial In The Dark and Twilight Of The Idiots are available for streaming on your favourite platform, including iTunes, the album Mono Freedom will be released on April 17th.

The Holy are:

Eetu Henrik Iivari – Vocals, Guitar 

Pyry Peltonen – Guitar

Laura Kangasniemi – Bass

Mikko Maijala – Drums

Eero Jääskeläinen – Drums

Social links:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theholyband/?hl=fi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theholyhki/

Music video links:

The Holy – Land Before Time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy8Xk-q9rcQ

The Holy – Ramses The Evil Brother https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et7ds0srgpA

Live video links:

KEXP Live @ Iceland Airwaves https://youtu.be/BZRgLhcargQ

ARTE Concert, Live @ Flow Festival https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3futr2QC1E

Contacts:

Management:

Trinifold UK

Lydia Kirschstein lydia@trinifold.co.uk

Label/PR:

Playground Music Scandinavia

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HARDLY A DAY, HARDLY A NIGHT

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Cubicolor happened when Peter Kriek and Ariaan Ollieroock teamed up with UK vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Tim Digby-Bell in 2017. Their debut album ‘Brainsugar’ received international acclaim with bragging rights to over 40 million streams. As a three-piece live band, Cubicolor is able to showcase their wizardry at manipulating and texturing sound. Cubicolor continues their climb up the charts with the bands sophomore album, Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night and the new single Rituals.

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Amsterdam-based producers Ariaan Olieroock and Peter Kriek, and British singer-songwriter Tim Digby-Bell, Cubicolor are a band that smartly delivers conventional instruments alongside synth-driven melodies and thought-provoking songwriting. As I listened to them for about the dozenth time I struggled to compare them to any other band, they have a Cubicolor sound, but I eventually heard a bit of Low Roar in the mix, and that’s a good thing.

Their newest LP Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night comes four years after Brainsugar, their powerful debut that solidified Cubicolor as a formative force in underground electronica, accruing over 40 million streams, press from Mixmag, RA, and DJ Mag, and overwhelming support from the likes of Dixon, Ame, Tale Of Us, Joris Voorn, and Kölsch.

Thematically and visually inspired by impermanence and the cyclical nature of time, Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night can be seen as a culmination of seminal moments in the bands’ past few years. One significant moment being the completion and subsequent scrapping of their proposed second album in early 2018, as Digby-Bell recalls: 

“We got home and listened to it, then got on the phone with each other and decided to drop the whole thing. The next week we went back into the studio and started again. We didn’t keep anything, we shut ourselves on the boat in Amsterdam where we work and didn’t stop until we made the record we wanted to make.”

This unwavering dedication to sincerity is reflected in the emotions and sound of Cubicolor’s final record. Poignant lead single ‘Points Beyond’ reflects on the loss of Digby-Bell’s close friend, whilst second single ‘Wake Me Up’ explores our transient sense of identity. Instrumentals such as ‘Prelude’ and ‘Pale Blue Dot’ are imbued with these powerful themes in their arrangements, particularly evoking the sense of uncertainty that the band felt during the album writing process:

“There were a lot of moments when we weren’t sure we’d ever find what it was we were looking for. On the way, we lost friends, lost loves, battled health issues, lost an album, lost each other and came back together again. Looking back now it was pretty crazy but the world keeps spinning and I guess we just didn’t want to put out anything that wasn’t true to ourselves as a band, and the very best we can do as musicians, no matter how long it took.”

Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night tells the story of Cubicolor, painting a provocative but relatable picture of their evolution as a band.

The band will celebrate the album release by taking their live show to festivals around the world in the summer of 2020, I do hope they appear in my home town, as well as your’s because I think hearing them live would cement my attachment to their music.

The album is available to pre-order now, digitally, on CD and on limited edition 2×12” mirror board gatefold vinyl: anjunadeep.lnk.to/CHADHANpr

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Review by Norman @ WeatheredMusic.ca