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Lonesome Animals: A Band Review

 

If you’ve ever listened and enjoyed the musical works of William Fitzsimmons, then boy, do I ever have a band for you! Meet Lonesome Animals, Fitzsimmons first, proudly produced band. So, with that being said, here’s a band that has been produced by one of my favourite singers/songwriters…kind of leaves you expecting the best, right? Right. Well, don’t worry, cus this band has far exceeded my expectations.

 

I’m sure you’re wondering, well, “how much William Fitzsimmons influence is there?” My thoughts on it from just the first listen? There’s a lot, without it being completely identical  – and that’s definitely a good thing. One of my favourite songs, “Burn” immediately drew my attention to the musical similarities Fitzsimmons produces. Maybe it’s the way the guitar is picked and strummed, how she sings softly, the sad melody or the lyrics “I need you/does it burn you, too”. Either way, it’s perfect. Beautifully written, somberly sung, and a very pleasant, easy listen.

 

“We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome.” John Steinbeck. Lonesome Animals provides a musical home for this quote, certainly creating appeal for the broken-hearted and the romantics (hellooooo, me!), while still keeping a balanced tone of optimism and hope.

 

I recommend everyone and anyone, regardless of your musical taste, gives Lonesome Animals a listen. Share them with your friends and family, play them one night while you curl up and read a book, or maybe just take a long drive somewhere, but purposefully get lost (I love doing that..) so you can just cruise around with the beautiful melodies of Lonesome Animals. ;)

 

Don’t forget to follow them on Myspace, and like their Facebook Page!

 

Have a great Wednesday!
Xx

Overgrown

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So, I was brainstorming which album I should review first on my blog. I then realized it was a no-brainer. James! I mean, c’mon, have you even heard his music? I don’t think I know one person who doesn’t enjoy him. It’s hard not to enjoy this 22-year old’s brilliantly produced syncopated electronic music.

 

His new album, Overgrown literally left me speechless and wanting more the first time I sat down to listen to it. When I say wanting more, I literally mean it was being played all day, all night, and when it wasn’t, a song was being hummed or my brain was repeating songs from the album over and over. (I told you my life is literally music, ha.)

 

Overgrown does not miss a beat. It is straight up inspiration, abundant with raw, genuine emotion. Mesmerizing melodies and harmonies, along with James’ hauntingly deep, and moody vocals. Cannot. Get. Enough. The whole album maintains a warm atmosphere, a steady pulse. Never too much, and never too little. It was tough picking one track I favoured most, and that really stood out to me – they are all brilliant! However, I did realize there was one that stuck with me,  “I Am Sold“. This piano-based track starts simple, and then proceeds to sprawl into a soft, sexy bass-filled drum loop. The lyrics though, are what continuously resonated through my brain, one of James’ fortes; to engage the audience with beautiful, relatable lyrics: “and we lay nocturnal, speculating what we feel.” Well done, James, you have done it once again! You are the master of emotional speculation, and I will speculate what I feel about this album for many more days to come. I am – in every sense of this tracks title – sold.

 

So, there it is. I hiiiiiighly recommend everyone to take an in depth listen to this album. Shut your lights off, close your eyes, lay on your bed and get sucked into the cosmic atmosphere that is Overgrown. Ahhhh, James Blake! What are you doing to us?! Your capabilities to continuously melt your every listener into a big puddle of emotions is relentless. Thank you for existing.

xo

 

The hauntingly gorgeous music video for James Blake, “Overgrown”.

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