Backstreet Boys’ new single got me out of my ‘blog-oblivion’

Freelancing probably means you don’t actually have that much free time to pursue other activities like blogging or going to the gym (ok, maybe the latter has more to do with my laziness and less with free time). I sure miss commenting on the highs and lows of the music industry, though, so here I go again!

I never pass on a chance to write about the Backstreet Boys, since – as you might remember – I love my ‘90s as much as a ‘00s kid loves Bieber. And speaking of Justin, it seems like the BSB have got a case of the Biebs! The boyband have now released their first single in five years and, well, it kind of has this Bieber-esque feel to it.

First of all, I know what you’re thinking and, believe me, I am, too. Who in their right minds would make a comeback with such a familiar song title like Don’t Go Breaking My Heart? Apparently, nobody but the Backstreet Boys. Elton John and Kiki Dee aside, it feels like the group is now trying to fit in an RnB mould, an attempt that is sadly nowhere near the Zayn Malik or Justin Bieber effect (and I don’t even like these people).

Pop has always been at the core of every Backstreet Boys song – old or new – and that’s what makes them special. So I’d rather it stayed that way. It’s nice experimenting and all, but I’m not sure what this is. But, hey, it got me blogging again, so there’s that.

Also, do these moves seem to match these five men? Something to think about while taking in the brilliance of the song…

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Muse release new song and accompanying ‘post-apocalyptic’ clip

What happens when punk subculture meets Black Mirror meets Wolverine meets MJ’s Thriller meets The Vampire Diaries? Muse’s music video for Thought Contagion, I guess. It’s been awhile since I last wrote a post, but, I figured, this is too ‘good’ to ignore.

The band’s new track comes several months after last spring’s one-off single, Dig Down, but it’s a clear departure from their previous work. Sure, Muse’s favourite doomsday, mind-control and machine-domination themes are still a thing, only now they’ve taken a different turn, a more zombie-like one, if you will.

Aside from the obviously weird stuff that’s going on in this clip (did we really need a modern take on the Thriller routine?), there’s that whole ‘80s vibe that doesn’t sound like Muse; and yet, at times, it does. I don’t see why the band had to go down that road, though, following the likes of many others – including Paramore with their latest After Laughter album.

Well, if this is the direction Muse are taking for their upcoming record, it should be an interesting one, if nothing else. Plus, werewolf Matt is a true sensation, don’t you think? No? Ahh… Sometimes I can’t help but miss those simpler, bliss-ful days.

Looking back on 2017… in music clips!

It’s that time of year again, when we’re supposed to say goodbye to old habits and welcome the new and exciting things that lie ahead. 2017 was not bad at all, which secretly makes me even more hopeful for the year to come. And I say ‘secretly’ because who really dares to dream in times like these?

Still, 2017 was interesting and busy, with some equally amusing accompanying tunes. As always, here’s a (very subjective) list of my favourite songs of the year, the ones that kept me company throughout the highs and the lows. Continue reading “Looking back on 2017… in music clips!”

London Grammar unveil new cinematic video for ‘Non-Believer’

It’s not like I expected anything less from London Grammar, but the band’s latest clip is one true spectacle.

Non-Believer is the fourth single to be released off London Grammar’s Truth Is a Beautiful Thing album, preceded by the equally impressive Rooting for You, Big Picture and Oh Woman Oh Man. None of those came with such an amazing music video, though, and it probably comes down to its director, the inventive Jodeb.

Explaining the cinematic feel of the clip and its ambiguous character, Jodeb said, “We wanted to create a character that you would never really know if she is a good or ill-intentioned person… I was looking to create a subtle sense of paranoia all throughout the film”.

And he managed to do just that, through a series of stunning visuals and actress Karelle Tremblay’s compelling presence. Non-Believer will likely have you floating into the abyss, as you get carried away by frontwoman Hannah Reid’s soothing vocals…

Taylor Swift ‘kills off’ her reputation in new music video

Taylor Swift unveiled the clip for her latest single, Look What You Made Me Do (released on Friday) at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, and it looks like she found the perfect way to silence her haters. With the song itself being surprisingly dark for Swift, the vengeful and mostly ironic vibe of the video was, of course, to be expected.

From the get-go, we see a zombie Taylor crawling out from her reputation’s grave and what follows is even greater. Bird cages, snakes, diamonds and Swift’s personal lifeless ‘army’ (possibly a reference to her IRL squad?) are all part of Swift’s persona as perceived by the media; and what better way to fight back than by simply owning it?

The real highlight of the clip, though, is the part where she literally steps on past versions of herself (you’ll find all kinds of old Taylors in that ‘pile’ – from her You Belong With Me character to her on-stage self dressed in her Red Tour costume), with the ‘self-mockery’ reaching its peak at the very end.

I couldn’t think of a more to-the-point way to end the clip than with everyone’s favourite passive-aggressive Taylor line. You know, the one she used to respond to that Kim Snapchat post with. “I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative,” Swift’s 2009-MTV-VMAs self dares to say before all the others shout “SHUT UP!”

* Taylor Swift’s upcoming album, Reputation, is due for release on November 10.

Chester, a series of music comebacks and everything in between

This has been one busy summer! Apparently not only for me but for the music industry as well. My last post in June seems like ages ago and that’s partly because July and especially August were literally packed with new releases and music videos – also partly because a lot can obviously happen music-wise over the course of two months. So before yet another summer season officially ends, I feel like I need to revisit the highlights of these last couple of months. Bear with me and I’m sure you’ll find you, too, missed a clip or two! Continue reading “Chester, a series of music comebacks and everything in between”

Throwback Thursday!

Tomorrow marks 20 years since the release of The Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony, but the song feels just as relevant today.

Included in the band’s Urban Hymns album, the track samples the main theme of The Rolling Stones’ The Last Time. Following a legal controversy between the two bands upon its release, Verve eventually lost all composing credits to the song. Ironically, it is their biggest hit to date.

Bitter Sweet Symphony is also included in the soundtrack of one of my favourite ‘90s films, Cruel Intentions, adding an extra dose of drama and relief in that last defining scene.

“No change, I can’t change, I can’t change, I can’t change
But I’m here in my mold, I am here in my mold”