Hailey Livingston – Clap Black – LP Review

Hailey Livingston is an RnB creator from Los Angeles (USA) who released the LP Clap Back on the 11th.

Hailey Livingston
Hailey Livingston

An eleven track album which contemplates the complexities of interpersonal relationships with friends, lovers and family.

This is an atypical recommendation to the music typically featured and although instinctively not something I would typically recommend, particularly with numerous tracks adding vocoder effects, which, as longer stay readers always finds me antagonistic, I do strongly suggest adding to the playlist of ‘essential bookmarks of life in the ’10s’.

The sheer depth of emotional connectivity makes Clap Back an album of its time with a narrative of contemporary confusions of life in a world contrasted by pixelated and physical relationships.

The three, to me, stand out tracks of the eleven on the album are the opener Meet Cute, which sets the tone for the release as a whole with its heady fires of early day relationship expectation and latter day confusion.

The sixth song – I don’t Hate Men?, a piano led composition, is a more melancholic and jaded perspective of disappointment and abusive power imbalance.

My pick of the release being the penultimate song, Elegy, which though of sad countenance recalls fondest memories of strong familial ties.

Clap Back – Hailey Livingston is available on iTunes.*

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We Three Kings – Give It To Me, GO! – Single Review

The Manchester (England) rock trio of Rich (Guitars / Vocals), Pete (Drums / Vocals) and Paul (Bass) who form the band We Three Kings revealed the track Give it to me, GO! a couple of hours ago.

We Three Kings
We Three Kings

An uncluttered two and two thirds minutes of brit-blues rock’n’roll that fires out of the speakers like a ball of fuzzy energy which infects all those it touches and has the listener jamming their head between blasting speakers lost in the wave of warming nostalgia.

Give It To Me, GO! is a welcome follow up to the EP Fire, which came out eleven months ago.

Give It to Me, Go! – We Three Kings is available on iTunes.*

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King Catcher – Fear And Loathing – Single Review

King Catcher from England who have frequently featured since their introduction in 2016 released their latest single today – the downtempo – Fear And Loathing.

King Catcher - Fear And Loathing - artwork
King Catcher – Fear And Loathing – artwork

As has previously been noted, on opening the wrapping it always comes as something of a dip in to a box of Bassetts Liquorice allsorts as to what will emerge and their latest track takes the duo on to yet another different trajectory to material previously featured.

Iin keeping with what, as I type, is an overcast, gloomy day, Fear And Loathing compliments the brooding half-light outside.

There is a drifting cloud of electronica which slowly fills the room with a portent of claps of thunder and sparks of lightning to follow, accompanying the contrasting expanding and contracting synthesised vocal which measures, one moment up beat melodic flows the next ominous monotone menace.

Fear and Loathing – Single – King Catcher is available on iTunes.*

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Almost Autumn – 6AM – Single Review

Joelle Edwards, from Liverpool (England), is an acoustic-sadcore creator who performs as Almost Autumn.

Almost Autumn
Almost Autumn

Occasional releases surface, having had the opportunity to listen to the back catalogue, I would recommend digging in to the archives as the music is best tasted in large measure to fully immerse in to the fragile, tear streaked compositions.

The songs take a look at various aspects of life’s insecurities and uncertainties – the most recent of which 6AM (available on bandcamp – as are all the singles) touches on the emotional, heartaching nature, of the intensity of transient relationships.

The track combines electronica and natural instrumentation which serves as a mood shifting backdrop to the breaking, expressive and completely captivating vocal.

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Late TV – Great Gulfs – Single Review

It was back in October 2017 that the jazz-funk sextet of Luke Novak, Matthew Halsall, Richard Bowman, Evesham Nicholas, Martin and Ryan SzanyiLate TV – based in London (England) – last featured. In February they will be releasing the single Great Gulfs.

Late TV - Great Gulfs
Late TV

Great Gulfs finds the band in mellowed mood in a track that winds gently though the room as though borne on fluffy pillows and initially invites the listener to step shoulder to shoulder with a partner, though as the song develops so the embrace becomes ever more tenderly close.

The retrospective melody of the track, which glides elegantly through the room, wraps the audience in a sense of warm, cushioned serenity towards the world around.

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