The muses of La Musa: Ama Lou

The things you don’t see and the ones you don’t talk about. What we hide. All those personal and social taboos. The dark side of the moon is where The things you don’t see and the ones you don’t talk about. What we hide. All those personal and social taboos. The dark side of the moon is where Ama Lou’s lyrics orbit, but only in order to make it visible: police brutality, Black Lives Matter, gender issues and socially admitted aesthetic rules are unfold and denounced in a songbook which may still be thin, but full of promises. Because the allies of the London singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer are not exactly feeble: she has toured with her friend Jorja Smith (to whom she has been compared for her R&B which is as powerful as it is subtle), and Drake himself released an Instagram story quoting a line from one of her songs. “Pretty girls seem to get their way / Even if they don’t have much to say”.  Maybe pretty girls get their own way sometimes, but Ama Lou is here to prove that the ones who end up ruling are girls like her. Who runs the world?s lyrics orbit, but only in order to make it visible: police brutality, Black Lives Matter, gender issues and socially admitted aesthetic rules are unfold and denounced in a songbook which may still be thin, but full of promises. Because the allies of the London singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer are not exactly feeble: she has toured with her friend Jorja Smith (to whom she has been compared for her R&B which is as powerful as it is subtle), and Drake himself released an Instagram story quoting a line from one of her songs. “Pretty girls seem to get their way / Even if they don’t have much to say”.  Maybe pretty girls get their own way sometimes, but Ama Lou is here to prove that the ones who end up ruling are girls like her.

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Divus Julius presents…Pizzagirl

Pizzagirl is the solo project of Liverpool based musician Liam Brown. Not a girl, nor having any affiliations with Pizza, Pizzagirl’s music ranges from quirky, ironic, etc. Making music on revered Manchester label Heist Or Hit (Her’s), the Liverpool-based singer-songwriter makes songs in the vein of Ariel Pink and Unknown Mortal Orchestra – woozy numbers that sit perfectly on extended summer evenings and cast aside consequences in favour of wonderfully breezy escapism.

 

 

Hit of the week: Parcels ‘Lightenup’

Berlin-based Parcels today announce their self-titled debut album will be released on October 12th via Kitsuné/Because Music. The quintet have also shared their new single and video for Lightenup. Like their previous releases, Lightenup lives and breathes the funky sound of disco music.

Parcels was written in Berlin, the band’s home of choice. Originally from Australia, Louie Swain (synths), Patrick Hetherington (synths), Noah Hill (bass), Anataole Serret (percussion) and Jules Crommelin (guitar) moved to the German capital 3 years ago and have since gained an international fan base. After Daft Punk discovered them in 2016, they took the boys to the studio to collaborate on their single Overnight.

Music by Bergman: Sons of Kemet

In recent years, the most vital, inclusive, and innovative jazz scene on earth has shifted east across the Atlantic to London, and the figure that stands atop this revolution is saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and his band Sons of Kemet. The Birmingham-raised Hutchings spent the formative years of his youth in Barbados, an island rife with reminders of Britain’s colonial history, where the budding artist first picked up the saxophone and where the seeds of his creative aesthetic in the roots of the African diaspora were planted.

Now British scene superstar Hutchings brings his saxophone, tuba, and double drums quartet, performing music from their Impulse! Records debut, Your Queen is a Reptile.

Best Covers: Soccer Mommy “I’m On Fire”

At just 20 years old, Nashville native Sophie Allison is already well-known for the raw emotion she demonstrates as Soccer Mommy. Not only did she put together a poignant collection of songs for her Clean debut, but she consistently delivers a stirring live show. That’s especially true when she performs her cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire”, a frequent concert staple. Now, she’s transferred that heart-rending power to a studio version of the track.

Introducing…Turnstile


Formed in 2010, Turnstile quickly became the most visible band in hardcore, seemingly without trying to be. The group’s groove-heavy take on New York hardcore saw the band routinely compared to 311, the kind of backhanded endorsement that could have derailed them but, instead, vocalist Brendan Yates kind of leaned into it,

Since the release of Turnstile’s debut, Nonstop Feeling, the Baltimore group toured for months on end both in the hardcore scene. Their latest musical statement, Time & Space, speaks to their expanding audience in ways that are primarily infectious.

Favourite Gig: HMLTD

HMLTD són una banda de grans ambicions. Fins a la data, han causat enrenou tant a la seva ciutat natal de Londres com a ciutats de tot el Regne Unit i més enllà, atraient a un públic tan nou com fanàtic, seduïts pels seus pocs singles i els seus vídeos, poderosament cridaners. Han omplert lScala, l’Electric Ballroom i altres sales similars, i són, en l’actualitat, el que es podria descriure com una banda de culte amb éxit. Quan van rebre una proposta del productor de Los Angeles Justin Tranter (Selena Gomez, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, … Justin Bieber) per produir la seva música, no s’ho van pensar. Moltes bandes independents s’haurien negat a la idea de treballar amb un productor així, però per HMLTD tenia sentit. Ja a L.A, la combinació entre HMLTD i Tranter va funcionar ràpidament. Els seus primers quatre dies, van tenir quatre cançons. Els primers fruits del treball d’estudi seria Pictures Of You, una cançó pop gegant i titànica amb ganxos innegables i addictius que, en lloc de sonar com el treball de Justin Tranter, encara té totes les característiques d’una creació HMLTD. Així com el seu següent single, Proxy Love, amb un cor pop perfecte. Aquesta nit a la sala Razzmatazz.

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