We live in a world where society expects so much from creatives. Artists now possess contractual, social and cultural responsibilities that extend beyond an LP or tour. Whilst Kendrick and Bey are fronting the #blacklivesmatter movement, Frank Ocean has been insular, providing limited comment as an artist of colour. Four years after the release of his magnum opus Channel Orange, the rightfully busy, Frank Ocean has released a string of introspective tracks.
Ocean's prolonged marketing campaign commenced with #trendy visual album Endless. Rumour has it, the album was released only to fulfill his contractual obligations with his major, giving him the opportunity to release Blonde "independently". Exclusively released by Apple Music, the album offers a surprisingly limited insight into his creative process.
While Ocean's contemporaries (see Bryson Tiller, Miguel & Jeremih) have released instrumentally and conceptually elaborate LPs, Blonde finds power in it's simplicity and raw emotion. It is an album that comes across as subtle and subdued, but reveals its charms after repeated listens. Gradually, it's genius unfolded. "Nights" merges acoustic guitar with a strong urban styled base, fading into heavy synths demonstrating a diverse and ambitious aesthetic. "Self Control" and "White Ferrari" might just be the most quietly devastating tracks of 2016. "Pink + White" and "Ivy" are repeat offenders in the Isolated Nation office playlist. Team consensus on the remainder is whilst honest, intimate and soulful they are not 100% fulfilling.
With a rather strange list of featured credits including Brian Eno (minimal KING), Elliott Smith (the original sad boy), David Bowie (God himself RIP) and the Beatles (duh), Ocean has us questioning in what capacity did these artists contribute to the production of the album? Especially one that was on the ultimate DL? After a failed attempt at identifying relevant samples, sneaky Frank must be paying a lil bit of homage to the greats.
Franky~ Bueno follow up & looking forward to 2020.
Words: Sarah Marshman, Daniel Morey, Matt Spence & Megan Neale.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi picks up immediately from where its predecessor The Force Awakens left off, but its attitude and intent could hardly be more different.
Despite what was a grandiose send-off in the years prior, LCD Soundsystem are back - and set to hit western shores in Perth in February next year. Receiving sundry reactions from listeners both new and old, the record continues to puzzle critics in its embryonic stage of existence.
The earnestness of Paddington 2 matches its inventiveness too: there's never, ever the cynical, lazy vibe of “Whatever, this is good enough for kids”. If you picture a Wes Anderson film with the deliberate, hilarious cruelty scrubbed away until it's a wholesome sheen, you're nearly there.
Fidelity Festival, newcomer to Perth’s live music festival scene, sure faced their fair share of said growing pains in the lead-up to their maiden voyage at the Red Hill Auditorium on December 2nd, 2017.
With a spectacular line-up, ideal weather and an amazing outdoor venue with ample space to spectate and boogie, the festival proved to be arguably the best night out of the year, with A$AP Ferg and Lunice the stand-out performers.
Really, this is what shoegaze is all about. It’s beautiful, cinematic music for describing the indescribable.
Exceedingly, the two have perfected the binary of poignancy and rhythm. Although a longing, wistful tone doesn't typically suit those seeking to dance, the pair's music is so thoughtfully produced that it had them executing their set without fail.
Having landing third in last year’s triple j ‘Hottest 100’ and secured a place in the Top 10 of the ARIA chart, the young star’s sold-out Thursday show drew in more than 3,000 people of all ages to the charming courtyard of Fremantle Arts Centre.
THE PALACE SOCIETY will deliver a summer of laughter, tears, awe and more laughter with the announcement of their FRINGE WORLD line-up.
Great vibes, sensible drink prices, public transport options galore, loads of street parking, food trucks and still more bands to be added – City Limits Festival is for music lovers who want to cut out the hassle! First release tickets are on sale now!