Music

Review: Lovely Little Lonely – The Maine

The Maine just recently released their new studio album Lovely Little Lonely, its their 6th Studio album after American Candy. I started listening to this band during the Forever Halloween era (yeah, better late than never), I started listening to their albums and fell in love with their music. I love how deep and honest their music is and the connection between me and their music is there and that’s why I love them.

American Candy was a great album, I love every song in that album and its one of my all time favorite albums ever released, So I have hopes with this new album but we all know that The Maine never disappoints. This band is so consistent when creating their music, they never created a bad one or changes their music to fit in on the mainstream music. One thing I also love about them is they make sure they give what their fans deserve which is great music.

Lovely Little Lonely expresses subtle differences from American Candy, the album outlines the highs and lows of youth and the transition into adulthood. The album makes sure to represent the feelings that we are unsure of many things in life. This album highlights both the uncertainties and the things we are sure of as we progress in life. Its Nostalgic, Sad and happy all the same time.

I love all the songs but my favorite songs so far are:

Lovely + Black Butterflies and Deja Vu
The transition from Lovely to Black Butterflies and Deja Vu was pure eargasm, I freaking love it! It’s the first song that immediately got my attention.

Taxi
This song gives me the vibe of 24 Floors from American Candy, it has a nostalgic feeling that you will relate to. The song tells the story of two people contemplating life and the hardships comes with it. They find comfort in each other to keep going through the toughest of times.

The Sound of Reverie

“Don’t blink because you will
And when you open up your eyes again
You may not recognize a friend”

This line got stuck in my head after listening to it. Also this line of the song reminds us that things change in an instant, in just a blink of an eye and nothing can be taken for granted.

Lost in Nostalgia
This song is a short but sweet track featuring soft vocals of John and calming instruments. ” Don’t you get lost in nostalgia, no” Yes, Dont get lost in nostalgia while listening to the album.

There are more great songs in the album but these are my personal favorites. The album is very solid and worth listening. Once you listen to it you’ll crave more and you’ll wish they added more tracks to it, that’s how good the album is. I also love that it is still has the vibe that is easily recognizable as The Maine, Definitely going to be one of my favorite albums this year.

If you havent listen to it, you better check it now. You wont regret it I swear.

My Favorite Movie Soundtracks

  1.  The Fault in our Stars

My all time favorite! So far this soundtrack is still on my top spot. Songs from Birdy, Jake Bugg, Charlie XCX, M83, Kodaline, Indians and a special song written by Ed Sheeran. Yes! This soundtrack couldn’t be more perfect. I love every single song on this album which also reminds me the story of Gus and Hazel.

Favorite Tracks: Everything on this soundtrack except Bomfalleralla. 

RATE: 10/10

2. If I Stay

I wasn’t expecting the soundtrack to be a good one but after I seen the movie, I immediately searched for the soundtrack and listened to it. Been listening to the songs for more than a week and I fell in love with a fictional band called “Willamette Stones” *sigh*. The moment I want them to be a real band because I love the songs they made for the movie and you want them to see play these songs live. Also I love the sound of the cello especially on the song Today, I love the cello, the guitar everything and it still gives me the If I Stay feels.

Favorite Tracks: Heart Like Yours, Today, Heal,  Promise, I Never Wanted To Go

RATE: 9.5/10

3. Me Before You

The ‘Me Before You’ soundtrack includes songs by  Max Jury, HOLYCHILD, Jesse Ware, Jack Garrat, Cloves, X Ambassadors, The 1975, Ed Sheeran, and  Imagine Dragons. The music chosen was absolutely perfect and really helped to bring out the emotions and heartbreak of the story. Listening to the soundtrack will still give you the roller coaster feeling of the story.

Favorite Tracks: Not Today, Photograph, Unsteady and Don’t Forget About Me

RATE: 9/10

4. Paper Towns

This soundtrack was good but not as good as the first two on my list. I was expecting more maybe because TFIOS was so perfect, its like a star-studded soundtrack. I still love the soundtrack though because songs from HAIM, Vampire Weekend, Vance Joy ( they didn’t include Smile on the list though) and my first time to hear a song from Nat and Alex Wolff.

Favorite Tracks: To The Top, Falling, Runaway, Great Summer and Look Outside.

RATE: 8/10

 

Calum Scott Shining!

I was bored and surfing the net, just watching random videos and I stumbled to a video of a guy named Calum Scott auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent. So I watched it and immediately caught my attention. He did his own rendition of “Dancing on my own” and I was stunned how good his voice. He sounds like a multi selling artist, Not surprised why Simon pushed the Golden Buzzer.

Watched all his videos on Britains Got Talent. For the Semi Finals, he did his own rendition of “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” which he slayed! Its like the song was made for him to sing! He got through the Finals and got the highest votes that night! Again, Im not surprised!

For the Finals, He did “Diamonds” by Rihanna. He started the song a bit off and forgot a line of the song. I guess its just the nerves kicking in and making him so nervous. But upon the second half of the song he belted out his high pitch voice and killed it! I’m surprised that he just ended in 6th Place, I was expecting him to be part of Top 3!

Since I watched all his videos and I cant stop listening to his songs, I think I’m starting to be a fan of him. Haha So I searched him on Google and found out that no one signed him yet! Wow, I’m surprised that Simon haven’t signed him yet. I hope he`ll get signed soon because his talent is gold! I also found out that he released his first single, a studio version of “Dancing on my own” last January. His single charted on UK TOP HITS, iTunes and Billboard. He said hes now working and planning to release an EP with his original songs! Cant wait to see him get big and slay the music industry

You can stream his single on Spotify or buy it on iTunes.

Originally posted April 29 2016 via Tumblr (X)

In The Mix Music Festival!

tumblr_o6jiui2jqa1r3463ko1_400After their successful shows here in Manila and as they promised, The 1975 is coming back to Manila this coming August 18 2016! The 1975 is coming to Manila headlining the InTheMix music festival at Mall of Asia Arena. They are going to play new songs from their second album “ I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It” , the album was a big success to the band and charted number 1 in the Billboard 200. I first met and saw them play live on their mall show in Trinoma. I hugged and had a small conversation with them, they are so nice and great live. I also watched their first arena show here in Manila where they promised to come back as soon as they drop the second album. I cant wait to see them again and hear the new tracks live! And hopefully a chance to meet them again.

Including in the lineup is the Grammy nominee for Best New Artist and Brits Best Male Solo Artist, James Bay. He’s now one of the best male artist in the industry with his nice and soulful music. His  album “Chaos and the calm” is one of my favorite albums of all time, my favorite tracks are Let it go, Scars, Best Fake Smile, If You Ever Want to Be in Love and  When We Were on Fire. Its going to be his first show here in Manila and cant miss it!

Another band coming back to Manila is Panic! At the Disco, they had their first show here in Manila way back in 2002! The fans requested this and waited for so long, finally they’re coming back! They recently released their new album “ Death of Bachelor” and now having a tour. Yes we cant wait to sing our lungs out with their hit songs, and also see Brendon Urie again!

Also joining the lineup Third Eye Blind, an american rock band. Elle King who is popularly known with her hit song “Ex’s and Oh’s” and also an Indie Band Twin Pines.

What a huge lineup for an indoor music festival. The 1975, Panic! At the Disco and James Bay plus more artists. Cant miss these fantastic artists and an awesome jam packed show. Definitely a show I cant miss!

Tickets are already available on SM Tickets booths nationwide. You can also buy tickets online via SM Tickets Website (X)

 

Concerts

People say “ What you can get on attending concerts? You’re wasting money!” , “Why not watch it on YouTube, you’ll not pay for it”, “Why go to a concert if your ticket is not VIP or if you’re not close enough to see them or not even a chance to meet them”, “You can buy a lot of stuff on those money you spent on concerts”

Honestly Yes, those stuff makes sense. I think about them all the time but I still attend concerts. But concerts are different! Concerts will make you forget about everything, for hours it will make you forget whatever life you have, the shitty life and world we live in. It will make you feel that its good to be alive for a moment, everything is different. It will transport you to place where you can just enjoy your surrounding, the live music, the lights and everything. Even after the concert, it will give a certain happiness that no one can steal from you. A memory that will make you smile everytime you remember or hear their music. Maybe for you its like wasting money but for us its not.

I might be spending so much money for these concerts but atleast it makes me happy, I enjoy every cents I spent on their music. If you enjoy listening to music, concerts are way more better! Once you attend a good concert, you wont stop attending one, I’m telling you!

Originally posted October 30 2015 via Tumblr (X)

The Maine – American Candy

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American Candy is much brighter and poppier than its predecessor in Forever Halloween. In fact, this album is so sweet it’ll rot your teeth! Sorry, bad pun there, but it really is quite sweet.

Not only is the album catchier and more fun, but feels like a return to the indie pop they have done on albums like Pioneer. However, this direction does not make American Candy any less. The lyrics are just as good, but the color and excitement have been turned up. This is the kind of album that needs to be blasted on 10 because it’s just that good.

The album opener, “Miles Away”, not only sets the beat and pace for most of the album. It’s about being out in the sun and being caught up on the “summer high.” Which, being from such a sunny place as Phoenix, this band is very familiar with. It’s also subtly hints at the wanderlust that most of this generation seems to have, with lines like “will never quench your thirst for today / so what do you say we take a trip miles away?” This whole album is about summer fun, but also holds a lot of serious thoughts about our generation.

“My Hair” is another fun track that describes “driving through town without a care.” This song is for exactly what it says, driving with windows open and letting loose. The track ends with “nobody’s going to tell me how to wear my hair”, which is an interesting comment because it has sparks of lead singers arguing about how they can do whatever they want with their hair. Every piece of this song is about maintaining the youth that they all have before they lose that hair. We’re only young for so long.

The opening lines immediately get stuck in your head and as lead single “English Girls” has the hooks to make you want to scream out every word at the top of your lungs. This track, along with many others, will transition very nicely live. O’Callaghan does what he does best: tells a story that you can picture. The audience is listening and painting a picture in their heads as he describes sitting on a bar stool in London and watching a girl get picked up by a guy. It’s one of the very quotable songs on this album.

Despite all of the happy, poppy songs, “24 floors” goes back to the darker topics from The Maine. This slow, acoustic song talks about someone on the edge of a 24 floor building, looking down, ready to jump (“24 floors, up in some hotel room feeling so low”). Despite the dark topic, there is optimism towards the end as John O’Callaghan sings about “taking one more breath to clear your mind” and looking forward to the positives of tomorrow. It sounds like John and the rest of the band are truly telling you a story. This song is slightly self-deprecating, but has a touch of optimism for fans looking for help.

“Another Night On Mars” is a perfect way to end the album. It is about good times and memories you may or may not remember.  The chorus is catchy, with the beat and the relatable lyrics about finding a niche group of friends and feeling comfortable with them and “slightly less alien.” This is one of my personal favorites, because college kids really have those kind of experiences. This song is a strong expression of weird adventures, and could transition very nicely live in theaters or even clubs due to its repetition.

American Candy is a must listen, and comes out before the American Candy Tour with Real Friends, Knuckle Puck and The Technicolors. The album is now available on iTunes. Do you fancy American Candy?

Rating: 9/10

By: Meaghan D’Amico