Category Archives: Pop Music

Laura Comfort – Little Wing – Single Review

 

Laura Comfort - Little Wing

Laura Comfort’s latest release is the single – Little Wing.

When you cover songs especially one by iconic musician Jimi Hendrix you have to either get it spot on or make it your own.

This version Laura Comfort has recorded with the talented international rock guitarist Matt Backer has achieved both in their quest of perfection of Hendrix’s song Little Wing, containing references of American Indian spiritual themes.

Little Wing is available at iTunes.

Sir. O -Forever + a Day – Album Review

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Sir. O has released his debut album Forever + a Day, which has an overall grown-up sound since he released the single Please Stop Talking that features on the album.

The type of music Sir. O is making falls into two categories which are either expansive and loud – some examples are the single Please Stop Talking, Lost – while on the flipside he can produce mellower and quieter tracks like Stay, Comeback and Fighting.

The songs are sketches of how someone observes people around themselves, while other songs are more introverted and seems more personal especially in friendships and in relationships like in the cruel let-down song Three Words, You’re Out Of Tune, Someone Your Thinking Of, and the killer song that is so true to a lot of people in I Can Let Go Of Everything (But You), and Something Is Missing.

Forever Plus A Day has its own space as it’s a classically waving your hands-up in the air and flowing to the orchestral chorus moments in this feel-good song.

Sir. O has a nice way of writing his songs and saying it more poetically whether the lyrics is dealing with happiness, sadness or even being pretty hurtful or cruel, though you have to think slightly more than in straight-talk, which once understood a smile will break-out on your face.

The last track is Glimmer Of Hope which says Sir. O has gone through the turmoil of life’s experiences whether the observer or in the midsts of it, this song is more happier and positive.

Forever + a Day is available through iTunes

 

Fred Colombo – The Road EP – Review

Fred Colombo - The Road EPFred Colombo latest release is his The Road EP.

Looking over the notes to Fred Colombo you think you’re going to listen to some heavy metal music due to his previous work, but he has chose to do something completely different.

Far from being music you step-down into the mosh pit you step into a room full of disco light balls and laser lights with smoke breaking-up the different colours and making them soft to suit the electronic pop with ever so slight raw elements that come through.

The track listings:

1.] The Gate Forever

2.] Kill Me

3.] Within

4.] Out There

5.] The Road

6.] Nightfalls on the Kingdom of You and Me

The Road EP is a twister because it takes you on a journey with some pretty dark lyrics and themes of trying to make sense of hopeless situations and trying, or rather hoping to survive and live somewhat a better existence. The notion of not being able to kill yourself but is more comfortable in allowing someone else to do the dirty deeds is pretty heavy going. But on the flip-side the music is colourful, bright and easily consumable, which twists your mind into enjoying these songs.

The Road EP is available @ Deezer

 

Laura Comfort – Don’t Ignore Me – Album Release

Laura Comfort - Don't Ignore MeLaura Comfort has released Don’t Ignore Me which in her own words is very personal resulting from a long relationship breaking-up. Bearing this in mind throughout the album Laura Comfort wants to experience her new found freedom and this is evident in the  pop songs, Come Take A Ride, Cherry Lips and Take A Chance.

Majority of the tracks on Don’t Ignore Me are pop rock numbers, and they quickly get you jivin’ and leaving you in a good mood for the rest of the day.

Songs that reflect her new found liberty, but tells the story of things that have left an imprint on her is the ballad, It Hurts.

Quite clearly Before It’s Too Late is a subject all of us will get to in our life, questioning ourselves and Laura’s further reflective moments consumes the words in this track.

Addicted and I’m Going Crazy are electronic delights, the latter perfect for the hot summer days and disco floors.

Though Angelina Jolie wasn’t written by Laura Comfort, the music kicks you into a bounce and the song deals with the fantasy of wanting to be someone else and to think Dame Angelina Jolie (high to five to Great Britain) as she is now-known, that her lifestyle is full of glitz and glamour. But just to mention Dame Angelina Jolie has not only succeeded in her acting profession but the relentless campaigning on issues far removed from the comfort zone of America.

Many people can relate to the disco fusion song Was It Me. The questioning of why the other person didn’t call-back, or want a relationship with you? The correct term would-be more commonly known as unrequited love.

If a woman gets confused with relationships then no wonder men get it wrong when it comes to the opposite sex, and Don’t Ignore Me has good rhyming words that can make you smile if the lyrics hit home to you.

The finishing track Goodbye leaves you thinking whether Laura Comfort will return with another album, or this is it? Hope not. But that wouldn’t be describing this haunting and delicate song about love lost and thinking about the past. The song can relate to broken friendships just as well as lovers falling out of love.

IIZ – IIZ – Album Review

IIIZ back cover FINAL IIZ [pronounced ‘eyes’] self-titled debut album is rather experimental electronic dance music and punk-rock but is accessible to the masses.

The band members are young and what an album to debut their talent. Ison Van Winkle main vocalist has a distinctive vocals that seems and sounds very much from the punk scene of the ’70’s and through the early to mid-80’s. Mari is the second vocalist and her voice adds the mid to high notes that has some good attitude in her delivery. Jacob  plays the grooves on Bass and Ross adds the drums, which both of them change and sound different when the music changes from EDM to more punky and choppy vibes.

The songs are alternative and being that the band members are young they are touching on issues and themes beyond their youth, but this will be refreshing to the older listener.

Breaking the album up as the EDM songs are quite anthem let’s-cement-ourselves-to-music-history-now-sounds in the hip-hop beat of the first track Get Away ft. Sen Dog [Cypress Hill], next up is the 4 to the floor beat with head-nodding squeaks in Manic Pixie maybe some crazy thoughts, person or substance? The Light is the best EDM track that’ll goosebump you’all for sure unless you’re a cold-stone, the song is nicely sung by Mari which describes either a romantic meeting or a spiritual vision. If this what the song title says then going to sleep is probably hard-work as the sound of Epic Dreams MIX1 has a real punch!

There are songs that fuse the EDM and punk-alternative-indie-rock which is the let’s raise our hands up in Sugar, and this theme is twinned well in Cure.  

The more punky groovy songs are the congo and big beat getting back to a vintage theme sounding Retrospective. In the ranting of Color On The Run makes digs at parents or mothers in particular that are not happy with the choices of their offspring, or acceptance of them as people.  A more stronger rock sound occupies Want and all of the give me everything now culture that is captured in this song. Analyst a psychological ride probably too many psychologists at school?  Though in Man In The Background refers to blending in, or if in a strange place wanting to fit in. Probably the best punk-rock track is Strawdogs on the album. Finishing with I Never Knew MIX1 Voxup has all of the ingredients to end the party with a mixture of keyboards and alternative indie scores to leave you feeling buzz-up’ed!

IIZ is available @ Soundcloud [free for now]

Nenad Bach Band – All I Want Is Freedom – Album Review

Nenad Bach Band - All I Want Is FreedomNenad Bach Band is a veteran seasoned artist that uses his art to promote peace worldwide.

His album All I Want Is Freedom is a reflection of his work in helping to achieve peace where it is lacking.

The style of music on All I Want Is Freedom has an array of different styles ranging from dreamy soft rock to 60’s influenced pop music.

All I Want Is Freedom is a powerful song of wanting the freedom to experience the good things in life unhindered, like enjoying our time with family and friends.

The next song is a nice soft ballad I Will Follow You, that builds-up into a solid rhythm while the song’s core message is too much money is influencing modern life in an unhealthy way.

The title Love Is The Sound is another influence in the ’60’s when love and peace were very much intertwined in popular and alternative culture back then, and this song captures these basic good human feelings into the modern world, not to be forgotten otherwise we’re all doomed!

Thinking about all the different topics of life we all often ponder on is what Yes I Do is mainly focussing on.

Golden Slumbers is a total reworking of The Beatles song, which shows the high calibre that Nenad Bach has as an artist, with his band who are just as talented.

All I Want Is Freedom is available @ CD Baby