Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Capture the rainbow with Ilja Alexander and his latest music video

So it’s obvious that we love the colour yellow here at Dave Rave. So much so that we sometimes miss the beauty in other colours. Ilja Alexander brought us back to our senses with his bright pink music video for ‘Someday’. The single was released on 17 January via Green Monk Records with CLASH Magazine and Earmilk already featuring this vivid music video.

We’ve stepped away from our usual style in more ways than one with this particular feature. While we traditionally focus on the more upbeat side of pop, ‘Someday’ slows it down for us, providing the perfect wistful tune to elegantly break up our playlist.

Ilja Alexander shares how he also learnt to step away from his usual style:

“Two years ago, I realized I had always been greatly disconnected from my emotions and emotional concepts in general. Since then I have pushed myself to better connect to my emotions and as a result, my interests began to change, one by one, among them my newly acquired interests in jazz dance and musical theatre. I instructed the director of the music video to take me out my comfort zone in front of the camera, presenting the viewer with powerful emotions and movement, taking the viewer in my mind to dreams of time spent with a girl, interchanging with scenes of the real world where I'm alone at the streets, dreaming to meet my dream girl someday.”

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Monday, 27 January 2020

Sunset City releases new pop song ‘Feels So Right’

Gold Coast favourites, Sunset City, enter 2020 with a new soulful pop release ‘Feels So Right’, out now on Central Station Records. Gaining attention around the country for their compelling lyrics and contemporary upbeat stylings, the new single bolsters the band as connoisseurs of edgy pop. The release explores diverse pop sounds by blending Parker’s infectious vocals with nuanced funk riffs, amplified by a darker production quality compared to previous releases. For their fourth single, the band draws inspiration from the insecurities that can arise when delving into a new relationship.

Sunset City frontman Parker explains how the track came together; “‘Feels So Right’ is about someone that you’re into that makes you a little bit clumsy when you’re around them. We were working on a track in Melbourne with MSquared that was a bit darker than we intended, I wanted to brighten the whole vibe of the song up with a vocal that contrasted the production so I came up with the hook to the music that night after the session. Everyone liked the weird bendy ‘feels so right’ part, so we sat down and finished the song from there.”

Aligning with the release, is a self-directed/self-produced music video which features a number of impressive visual effects, including frontman Parker seamlessly floating in space. Parker expands on the ideation and creation for the clip, “we came up with the idea of doing it in space together, but Robbie and Matt really deserve the credit here. Matt is amazing at drawing, he fleshed out an epic solid story board and Robbie did all the tedious editing and insane visual FX.”

Breaking out with the release of their 2018 single ‘Pockets’, the band have since teamed up with fellow Gold Coast duo Bombs Away for the release of ‘Let You Down’ from the 2018 album ‘Fragments’. Further cementing the band in the pop world is their single ‘Papercuts’, a collaboration with Ryan Riback who best known as the producer behind Starley’s 4 x platinum hit ‘Call On Me’. More recently, the band worked with ARIA award winner, Samantha Jade for their release of ‘Forget It All’, which earned them praise from a number of commercial radio stations around the globe. The band continues to bring their energetic live show to events and venues around the country, including Suncorp Stadium, the Commonwealth Games and Surfers Paradise Live.

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Indie-pop band Joywave shares a new music video for their song 'Half Your Age'

US visionaries Joywave have shared the video for their new single ‘Half Your Age’ following the announcement of their upcoming third album, “Possession”, which will be released on March 13th and their confirmed return to the UK as support to PVRIS on their tour next month.

Directed by Isaac Rentz, Joywave have created a pitch-perfect parody of a big-pharma commercial, while sublimely addressing the theme of misplaced resilience at work within the track. The clip follows the story of a despondent character who is subjected to some of life’s difficulties and is convinced to take the so-called miracle solution ‘Brushitall’, a tongue-in-cheek product invented by the group, derived from the chorus’ lyrics.

Vocalist Daniel Armbruster spoke to The Fader about the concept, explaining, “We were obsessed with the idea of creating the worst, most literal, tasteless commercial sync for the song possible. We bounced back and forth between a prescription medication ad and a toothpaste spot. Big pharma won out”.

As the video progresses, obsession takes over signalling his loss of control. This idea highlights the overall connotation of “Possession”, linking together it’s 12 tracks to reveal the album’s core messages.

Each track speaks to the noise surrounding us. “Our heads are spinning. Every day is crazier than the last. Every screen we walk by is shouting at us, demanding our undivided attention. Control over our own lives is constantly under siege”, notes Armbruster.

Possession explores these themes at both a societal and personal level, ultimately encouraging listeners to zoom out and see the big picture. It was recorded and produced at the band’s studio in Rochester, NY, by Armbruster and mixed by Dan Grech-Marguerat (The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Lana Del Rey).

Continuing with the band’s creative use of noteworthy samples and field recordings, “Possession” is woven together with audio from Voyager’s Golden Record (launched by NASA in 1977). Curated by Dr Carl Sagan and affixed to the front of Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, the disc was designed to convey a basic understanding of humanity to intelligent lifeforms in far corners of the universe and was also the inspiration for the album artwork.

‘Half Your Age’ is the latest in a series of new music released by the band over the past 6 months. All tracks were accompanied by equally imaginative videos, ranging from the emotionally charged ‘Like A Kennedy’ to the wildly creative montage of fictitious movie title cards for ‘Obsession’ and the visually playful Claymation video for ‘Blank Slate’, all streaming now via the band’s official YouTube channel.

At the end of 2019 Joywave returned to the UK for their first headline show in several years, playing to a sold-out crowd at London’s The Lexington as part of their series of intimate live performances aptly titled “The Possession Sessions”. They also joined Bastille on a major North American run, adding to their already impressive live resumé, which includes the likes of The Killers, Young the Giant, Cold War Kids, Walk the Moon, Bleachers, Metric, Sir Sly, Bishop Briggs, Thirty Seconds To Mars, and next month PVRIS.

The UK dates include Glasgow, Manchester and a show at London’s Brixton Electric on February 20th before heading out to Europe. The band will then embark on two US headline tours in support of the album throughout March, April and May.

Joywave’s unique outlook and inventive interpretation of pop demonstrate a band that is at the top of their game. Their intelligent artistry and undeniably addictive music draw them out from the crowds with the upcoming album “Possession” set to take them to new heights in 2020.

Joywave appeared in a feature on Indie Music

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Have a blast with the satirical side of music with Jamila & The Other Heroes new song

Jamila & The Other Heroes are treating their fans with a new release, in the form of ‘Khalas! The Umbilical Chord’. The track, shared on 17 January, is lifted off of their upcoming album Sit El Kon (The Grandmother of the Universe) which will be available at the end of this week.

Also appearing on the album is the previously released ‘Aliens In My Bed’. The humorous track title caught the attention of Indie Music, who grabbed the international band for their own private interview. Revealing a little more as to why the band carry such a satirical approach to their music, they said:

“Humour to us is a way to digest heavy emotions that lay under the surface, like sadness, desperation and anger. People in our generation are struggling hard to feel accepted and find their place in this world, to have a purpose and build new forms of connection.”

The two tracks have caught our attention enough to say that we’re going to be eagerly awaiting the album release on Friday.

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Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Singer/songwriter Gabrielle Aplin and Nina Nesbitt release a new song ‘Miss You 2’

Gabrielle Aplin and Nina Nesbitt have collaborated to release a brand new version of Gabrielle’s 2016 hit single ‘Miss You’. The new song ‘Miss You 2’ is the coming together of two of the UK’s most distinguished women in music, showcasing their beautiful voices among the lush hypnotic electronics of the reworked song.

The pair are long-term friends and collaboration is something that both fans and the artists have wanted for years.

Regarding the single Gabrielle Aplin says, “I’m so happy to have Nina on ‘Miss You 2’. I’ve known her for a long time, we came through as artists around the same time. We have been on both sides of an ever-changing industry and both decided to independently take control of our careers and success. The initial release of ‘Miss You’ feels like the start of that for me, and I’m thrilled that Nina has added her voice to a new version of one of my favourite songs of mine.”

Nina Nesbitt also says, “I’m so excited to be featuring on Gabrielle’s new version of ‘Miss You 2’. We have known each other for a long time and one of my first ever gigs was supporting her at a show in 2011. I’ve always been a big fan of her work and I’m so happy we’ve finally had the chance to collaborate.”

The original ‘Miss You’ was a viral hit online, attracting over 1 million Instagram edits and Tik Tok videos. Taylor Swift also added the song to her playlist Songs Taylor Loves.

It was the title track of Gabrielle Aplin’s hit EP, which was released to great acclaim and has since gone on to receive over 80 million streams across Spotify and Apple Music.

‘Miss You 2’ is Gabrielle Aplin’s latest collaboration following the hit single ‘Losing Me’ with JP Cooper last year, taken from Gabrielle’s forthcoming third album Dear Happy. Dear Happy is released on January 17th via AWAL and her own label Never Fade Records.

The new album is an uplifting pop record that chronicles Gabrielle’s life, and the experiences and cultures she has been inspired by whilst touring and travelling the world over the past couple of years. The album also features the previously released songs ‘Like You Say You Do’, ‘Kintsugi’, ‘Nothing Really Matters’ and ‘My Mistake’.

4th – Glasgow, Saint Luke’s
5th – Liverpool, O2 Academy 2
6th – Newcastle, Wylam Brewery
7th – Manchester, Manchester Academy 2
9th – Belfast, Limelight
10th – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
12th – Leeds, Stylus
13th – Cardiff, Y Plas
14th – Nottingham, Rock City
16th – Brighton, Concorde 2
17th – London, Shepherds Bush Empire
18th – Bristol, SWX

Gabrielle Aplin appeared in a feature on Muze.FM

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Le Youth teams up with Adam Rom to release new song ‘Obvious’

LA DJ and producer Le Youth has reworked 'Obvious', the modern pop track initially released by Adam Rom, out today via Universal Music.

Harnessing a deeply emotional orchestral vibe, Le Youth adds an added layer of wistfulness, without losing the fresh pop sheen of the original. Le Youth stumbled upon the track online and decided to put his own twist on it, with Adam loving it so much that the pair pushed for an official release.

Citing the likes of Justin Bieber, Flume and Diplo as inspiration, Adam's original came draped in catchy pop sensibilities, with the track generating a buzz after featuring on ITV2 reality TV show Love Island.

First catching the attention of the blogosphere with his 2013 hit 'C O O L', Le Youth has since found success via 'Dance With Me', both of which topped BBC Radio 1's A-List. Furthermore, he has had Spotify chart success with singles 'If You're Leaving', 'Me Without You' and 'I Could Always' featuring MNDR.

More recently he signalled a change in musical direction, collecting lots of analogue music-making equipment and helping rediscover the true essence of dance music. The coming year will be one to watch for Le Youth and his musical output on This Never Happened, Island Records and 3Beat. Catch him on the road supporting Lane 8 on his Brightest Lights Tour 2020, as well as his own headline dates in February, March & April 2020 with new residencies confirmed at Elsewhere in Brooklyn, NY and the iconic Audio in San Francisco.

As a budding artist with a flair for creativity, outside of music Adam engages with his passion for art and fashion design. He employs a combination of his artistic elements as motivation to succeed, and seamlessly traverses between pop and electronic styles, creating a unique signature sound. As a multidisciplinary artist in the true sense of the term, Adam is a young talent in possession of all the attributes necessary to become a star.

A stunning collaboration between two bright and bold musical talents, Le Youth's version of 'Obvious' brings new lease of life to the track.

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