The Bones of What You Believe
It is no secret that electronic synthpop has been on the rise in recent years. M83, Grimes, MGMT, etc. are all recent acts that have pushed the limits and driven the genre to more modern heights. Now add to that list CHVRCHES. These Scottish synthpoppers have been garnering quite a buzz since their two EP releases in 2013, as well as their highly praised performance at this year’s SXSW festival. Now with the release of their first full length album, the world can welcome yet another bouncy, electronic whirlwind of a record full of bright noise and fun beats.
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Kill for Love
Opening with a cover of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey My My (Into the Black)”, or any Neil Young song for that matter, is a move that most bands would not even attempt. Even if a band did decide to cover the Neil track, they most likely would bury at the end of an album, just in case it went over poorly. Chromatics, on the other hand, decided to take a path that was most bold, and proudly display their toned-down, ethereal version of the Crazy Horse-aided classic at the forefront of their new double LP, Kill for Love. Chromatics version, “Into the Black”, does what any good cover does, and adds a nice change of the pace to the original without completely deconstructing everything that makes the original so amazing. Gone are the electric guitar chords dropping like a hammer, and in is some well-placed sparse piano and a little synthesizer. Also, a good contrast to the original are the pretty vocals of Ruth Radelet, who trades off vocal duties with bandleader Johnny Jewel throughout the album.
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This year’s Academy Awards was all about the magic of the movies. Perhaps inspired by the likes of The Artist, Midnight in Paris, and Hugo, The Oscars wanted to cash in on some sort of nostalgic virus that seems to be going around Tinseltown these days. Hey, let’s get Adam Sandler to talk about his inspiration for getting into the movies, and making timeless classics like Jack and Jill and Grownups. There was just a lot of sappy reminiscing to go along with all the circle sessions that have become a Hollywood standard.
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Sure we are a music blog, but we figured one more day deviating from the formula wouldn’t be so bad, so here are our favorite movies of 2011, since we like those too. Movies are a little harder to decide on since we are unable to see many of the best movies since most of the best movies come out during the holiday season to limited audiences. There was also movies each of us enjoyed but the rest of us didn’t get a chance to see like Hanna, Warrior, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Moneyball, so these movies either missed everything all together or landed on our just missed lists.
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