Grand Canyon – The Wind + The Wave

Following an amazing Covers EP, The Wind + The Wave has released the single off their upcoming album Happiness is Not a Place. The sophomore album is highly anticipated to fans of the band, including myself and the duo is definitely feeling the pressure.

Happiness Is Not A Place has the distinction of containing the first positive songs Lynn has ever written, including the title track and the rollicking first single “Grand Canyon.” “’Grand Canyon’ is about my brother,” she says. “I almost lost him to a major car accident a few years ago. To me the song is about the ability to appreciate what’s in front of you and not take the things that matter most for granted. Yes, life has a lot of shit, but can you try to find a way to be happy before it’s all over, seemingly in the blink of an eye.” The album’s title encompasses how Lynn felt over the two years of writing the album. “It’s the idea that you never arrive at happiness, put your feet up, relax, and just bask in your destination,” she says. “That doesn’t happen. In my brain, happiness is a journey, not a destination. You’re constantly making an effort to be a better person and that’s what makes you happy or content with your life.” She adds: “I have a tendency to write sad things, so writing these songs that felt hopeful is a really big thing for me.” source

In March, The Wind + The Wave made the switch from RCA to Island Records, where Patty  and Dwight have been working with Butch Walker on the album, giving a “rawer and rougher” vibe to the album. Walker stated “[I] wanted the performances to have a ‘just learned the song’ vibe to them. I hate the way a lot of records these days, especially on the radio, sound so overthought.’ My favorite records growing up were all made in a week and had fire because the artists had a lot to prove. I wanted this record to sound like The Wind and The Wave had something to prove as well. I also knew that with Patty’s lyrics, we would be able to make something special. She writes incredible words and you can’t fuck that up if you keep it out front of the music.”

The album does not have an official release date yet. But you can catch them on tour with either Butch Walker OR Bishop Briggs and Kaleo, dates here!

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Good Grief – Bastille

The first single from their sophomore album, “Good Grief” snagged my attention from the very beginning, mainly because I’m a sucker for a good bass line.

Good Grief debuted on June 16th on BBC Radio 1, where the band was interviewed after the premiere.

Dan Smith and Kyle Simmons revealed that their sophomore album  [Wild World] will be released in “late summer.” The album will “go through a variety of sounds, but it is very much us [Bastille].” via BBC Radio 1.

Who else is ready for more Bastille tunes?!

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Talk Too Much – COIN

With a free trial of Sirius Radio, I was fortunate to find this song on Alt-Radio. I am excited to share this song with you before it becomes the summer anthem. The first time I heard the song, I was dancing in my car, learning the words and wanting more. Thankfully, COIN has another album, so hello more music!

I know I have heard of the band before this single but I’m 100% sure I didn’t hear any music because I would have been hooked on the spot.

This song has been added to my spotify playlist of songs I jam to at work, listen here!

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Celebrate – Lost In The Wild

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Josh Mellman and his music. Now I want to share what I’ve found with the world.

Lost In The Wild is a one man production and is sprouting his roots from the Midwest. With a lot of soul, some poppy vibes, and a dash of rap, his music is a genre of it’s own.

Give it a listen and tell me what you think!

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Victorious – Panic! At The Disco

I’ve really been loving songs that I can crank the knob to the right it my car and scream the lyrics; this is one of those songs! But this song has so much more to it. The overall message, celebrate the little victories.

As seen in the music video, these little victories include but are not limited to: not calling your ex, beating the crosswalk countdown, and losing the game but getting the girl. While I wouldn’t recommend popping bottles for every victory, you do you Brendon.

Here’s to a more upbeat start to 2016, we will be victorious!

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Out Of Mind – Magic Man

After I saw Magic Man live for the first time, I could not stop replaying their EP, You Are Here. With their synth-pop dance vibes, incredible lyrics, and catchy songs, I was hooked. In fact, it was very difficult to choose just one song for this post. So, if you have a chance, I recommend the whole album!

Out Of Mind is a song that I think anyone can relate to, at least the lyrics “It’s been a week since I fell apart. They say it’s getting better but if this is the end, then when was the start?

The Magic Man post tour hiatus seems to be coming to a close, they hints at a tour and album coming soon.

 


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TBT: About A Girl – The Academy Is…

In honor of the upcoming reunion tour of The Academy Is… About A Girl is my Throwback Thursday tune. Although there is no chance of me going, I am excited to watch the videos, as I loved them all those years back and continued to follow William Beckett as he launched his solo career.

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