“The Stars, Like Dust” – Curxes’ new music video

Curxes (also known as Roberta Fidora) is an electronic musician from the Isle of Wight, who makes “bleak and oblique choral post-pop songs”. Featured in many publications, such as NME, MOJO and BBC Music, and having toured across the UK, she has gained an appreciable following with her eerie, somewhat sad, yet complacently content music.

As featured on the album Gilded Cage (2017), her latest music video “The Stars, Like Dust” opens with the sombrely sung lines, “Give them the gift, give them the gift, ’cause if they gave it to me I’d only waste it”. Curxes sings in a soft, half-spoken voice, as ethereal synths play over a pulsing, trippy beat, giving the song a weightless outer space feel.

With space disaster films and “unusual suburban hobbies” as its theme, the video was directed by music and portrait photographer Rob Luckins. Interspersed with animation, it follows a moon-landing fanatic and her pet chihuahua. The retro mise-en-scène and garish space paraphernalia sit neatly in its ordinary, documentary-like presentation, hinting at the work of Martin Parr.

Take a look.


Stream and download “The Stars, Like Dust” at Bandcamp.

The album Gilded Cage is also available on Bandcamp (also on limited-edition translucent orange vinyl).

You can find Curxes on:

facebook.com/CURXES
curxes.bandcamp.com
twitter.com/CURXES
soundcloud.com/curxes
curxes.com

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Pariis Opera House release music video for “Your Body, My Tune”

Pariis Opera House is an electronic band hailing from London. Their latest release, “Your Body, My Tune” is taken from the album MIRRORS (2017), which the band have described as “the soundtrack to life and love in our digital age”.

Founded in 2011, the duo have played festivals and shows across the UK, received regular play on BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 6 Music, and had their songs featured on television and in films, such as Hello, My Name is Doris.

“Your Body, My Tune” is a bright and perky pop-punk anthem, with a catchy motif and kicking beat. Perfectly accompanying it, the futuristic video – directed and animated by Thibault Zeller – is reminiscent of old 90s/00s video games. Good memories.

Check it out.

Stream and download “Your Body, My Tune” at Bandcamp.

You can find Pariis Opera House on:

facebook.com/pariisians
pariisoperahouse.bandcamp.com
twitter.com/pariisians
soundcloud.com/pariisians
pariisoperahouse.com

FEATURED SONG: Hidden Gentlemen – “Jericho”

Hidden Gentlemen are an alternative rock band from Glastonbury. I first met them when we shared the bill last year at a gig at The Louisiana in Bristol and they’re really nice guys (which I now realise is a testament to their name). Consisting of Mark Anthony (vocals, guitar), Kyle Cullen (drums, vocals) and Greg Shepheard (bass, vocals), the band have played various festivals in the UK, as well as toured individually in Germany and the U.S.

They have released three EPs to date, including 2017’s Quietly Step Inside, and since February this year have been releasing a new single every month, the first of which is “Jericho”.


The smooth, upbeat song is about the journey of life. It has such an uplifting and infectious energy that it’s one of those feel-good songs you’ll play on repeat.

In addition to their monthly release project, Hidden Gentlemen give their fans the opportunity to watch their writing and recording sessions via livestream on Twitch, every Saturday from 2:30 PM (BST).

Stream and download “Jericho” at Bandcamp.

You can find Hidden Gentlemen on:

facebook.com/HiddenGentlemen
hiddengentlemen.bandcamp.com
twitter.com/HiddenGents

FEATURED SONG: JoJo – “Mad Love.”

All is right in the world. Order has been restored. Finally, thankfully, gladly after 10 long years, it can be said with near absolute certainty that Joanna “JoJo” Levesque is releasing her third studio album.

There’s a lot that’s happened in the gap between The High Road (2006), which was JoJo’s last official LP, and the forthcoming Mad Love (out 14th October). In short, while dealing with legal troubles – without a doubt the main reason for her lengthy mainstream absence – she never let that stop her from creating and releasing music to her fans. She put out the mixtapes Can’t Take That Away from Me (2010) and Agápē (2012), followed by the EPs LoveJo (2014), III (2015) and LoveJo2 (2015).

Then in the late summer of 2016, (having signed to and settled in at new label Atlantic), JoJo dropped “F*** Apologies” featuring Wiz Khalifa, which was announced as the lead single from the long-awaited new album. The cavalier and unrelenting pop/R&B track garnered a positive response and an official video was uploaded to the singer’s YouTube account. Since then she released another three songs as promotional singles; “FAB” featuring Remy Ma, piano ballad “Music”, and one I thought I’d give some special attention to: the bold and impressive title track.

Have a listen…

First off, it’s nice to hear popular music written in a time signature other than 4/4; the song swings and bops along to the picking of the electric guitar, stomping kick drum and wailing backing vocals. There’s this old school love-song vibe going on, but it’s not tired or dated. Resounding horns, thudding bass notes, sprinkled with keys and ringing bells send you right back to the 60s and early 70s, before you return to the hook of churchy backing vocals enchantingly chanting “mad love.”

The song was co-written by Levesque along with Nikki Flores, and Josh Monroy who produced it. After the first two records of tracks mostly written for the singer, it’s great to hear JoJo’s literary voice again. The lyrics are filled with graphic images like, “you took a knife to my heart / cut out the rational parts” and, “twisting like wire in your arms / a dangerous place for my heart.” The statements are significant, metaphors sharp and honest as she fully and perfectly describes a love that is grand, insane, and at times a little torturous.

JoJo’s head voice is light and capable, breathing the notes in the first chorus with sweet ease. Then out of nowhere this big, powerful voice climbs, belting out declarations with no reservations, and then skids down the jazz-blues runs that she’s been performing in that very same vintage-soul manner since she was about five – and I do mean literally. You can hear her experience; the 25-year-old’s vocal expression seems that it should belong to someone of at least twice her age – and it has seemed that way since she first came on the scene when she was half her age…

“Mad Love” is already a signature song in her return to the mainstream. With a deep and magical sound, and a manner and presence all her own, you can see why she chose it for or wrote it to be the title track. It makes a bold statement, that JoJo – the artist who, for her knowledgeable and loyal fans, never actually went away – is indeed back. And here to slay.

The album Mad Love. comes out Friday 14th October.