Wednesday, 30 January 2019

[TRACK-BY-TRACK REVIEW] Indie-rockers At Pavillon release debut album, ‘Believe Us’, and you want to, because it’s fire

Austrian indie-rock group, At Pavillon, have been on our radars for a while now. The singles they’ve been releasing so far have been received with critical acclaim from both fans and critics alike, but the day has finally arrived where they’ve released their debut album. Believe Us (released via LasVegas Records) is almost exactly what we expected, with a few (good and bad) surprises.

At Pavillon have played at Austria’s biggest music festival, FM4 Frequency where they shared the stage with Gorillaz, Imagine Dragons, Bastille, Kygo, Macklemore, Die Antwoord and The Kooks and at Reeperbahn Festival with the likes of Muse, Jungle, Parcels and Sigrid. They’ve also been fortunate enough to play support for Bombay Bicycle Club, Kakkmaddafakka and Lany.

We took an in-depth listen to Believe Us and penned down some thoughts on At Pavillon’s debut album:

Listen to At Pavillon’s debut album below:

Getting into At Pavillon’s debut album, I expected it to be fun, indie-rock with a political message. I expected to jump around and have a lot of fun. This was not always the case. Keep in mind, this is not a criticism. ‘Believe Us’ is a fantastic album, consisting of incredible musicianship, powerful vocals and is an all-round stellar production. However, even on my first listen-through, the tracks feel as though they all bleed into each other. It’s hard to distinguish the tracks from each other, as they all follow a similar structure. But as I mentioned earlier, even though they all sound similar, they still sound good. The vocal work is phenomenal, the bass hypnotizing, the guitar melodies are beautiful and the drums are the basis of every track; and it’s a strong foundation. 

See below for our track by track review of ‘Believe Us’:

1. Believers
An explosive fun track that sets the tone for the whole album. It’s clear this song was intended to be a hit single, as it’s one of the best on the album. Fun, jumping, in your face; this is how you kick off an album.

A slower track than the first, ‘OPOV’ exudes a sense of melancholy. One thing that is undeniable about this track, is the absolute stunning ear-worm-inducing bassline that carries the track. 

3. Lions
The first track I ever heard from At Pavillon, and honestly it might still be one of their best. Fun, explosive, bouncy, funky; ‘Lions’ has it all as you’ll find yourself listening to this jam a couple of times. 

4. Face It
The first song I was let down by. This is in no means an intrinsically bad track, I simply felt like it was ‘boring’ for lack of a better word. Not bad, just meh. It feels and sounds like most of the other tracks on the album without actually improving upon anything or adding something new. Everything this song does, the other tracks on ‘Believe Us’ does better. 

5. Disco Demolition Night
The first track on the album that feels like At Pavillon were experimenting with their sound a bit. ‘Disco Demolition Night’ has an undeniably funky badass quality. The fun the vocalist has with his voice, is entrancing and adds a whole new layer to At Pavillon. It features guitar picking which made me long for Foals, as the track sounds like the perfect marriage between indie, funk and disco. 

6. Cindy
A sexy slower track that I felt from the first listen. The understated guitar picking completely steals the spotlight as the intricate chords run amok in the background, providing the track with everything it needs. 

7. Ketamine
A great indie track, with a fantastic bassline (I feel like I say that about each track?). This inspiring track is a definite highlight on ‘Believe Us’. As soon as the electronic synth bass hits in, it left me wanting more. At Pavillon, incorporate more of what you did on this track on your future releases.

8. Mama
This. Probably the only song on the album that sounds audibly different than anything else from At Pavillon. Stunning slower track that features the most beautiful lead guitar you will find on the whole album. My only issue with ‘Mama’, is that the guitar’s melody completely steals the show as the vocal melody is lacking. Nothing wrong with the vocal talent, on the contrary.

9. Stop This War
One of the first singles to be released from this album. It’s easy to see why they would choose to lead the album with this. It’s a fun loving track, although I’m hard-pressed to see if this song will stand the test of time if At Pavillon manages to stick around for the next coupe of years (which I hope they do).

10. All Eyes On You
When At Pavillon sat down to write this track, I feel like someone in the room said “hey, we need a song that everyone can sing along to!”. And it worked. An incredibly fun track, each element of the band shines on ‘All Eyes On You’ as each instrument gets its own little time to shine. The hook is so catchy that it will pop into you brain hours after listening to it. The bass guitar on this track is absolute fire and the bass solo will leave you feeling dirty afterward in all the best of ways. If none of this convinces you on this track’s magic, the guitar riffs towards the very end are some of the sexiest riffs you will hear on this whole album.

11. Vienna
You know the saying ‘saving the best for last’? Well, At Pavillon certainly proved that. By far my favourite track on the album, by far the most complicated track on the album, by far the most intricate track on the album. Haunting in it’s nature, the intro's whistling makes you feel uneasy. At Pavillon took something so pure and innocent, and transformed it into this creep effect. The vocal work is stunning. If you want to show your friends the amazing talents of At Pavillon’s vocal talent, this is the song.

Yet the track feels like it’s yearning for more. You feel it building in the background. Something is coming. An absolutely beautiful track, as the harmonisation of the guitar chords completely mesmerises you. 

Halfway into the track, it all changes. At first I thought it was a secret track on the album, but no, it’s still ‘Vienna’. The track turns positive. It explodes with big vocals, massive guitars, epic solos, banging drums; ‘Vienna’ is the standout on ‘Believe Us'. A true ‘lighters in the air’ track, ‘Vienna’ is a perfect closing track for what was all in all a great experience from At Pavillon.

At Pavillon’s debut album is a great introduction to the worldwide community.At certain points I was left wanting more, but when it delivered it brought the house down. 

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Monday, 28 January 2019

Balthazar never lets us down

Sailing into 2019 Balthazar releases ‘I’m Never Gonna Let You Down Again’ with the announcement of their new album titled ‘Fever’ to be released on the 25th of January 2019. With this news they share music and a massive European tour for 2019! 

‘I’m Never Gonna Let You Down Again’ features Jinte Deprez on lead vocals with the addition of distinct vocal accompaniment by Maarten Devoldere. Balthazar infuses a style of R’n’B and pop altogether that encapsulates their warm sound. The track is honest, playful and creates the energy of two writers working as one, at ease with themselves and the collective they have built. 

Jinte Deprez mentions: "I’m never gonna let you down again is a breakup song with a twist, a groovy soul ode with a synthesizer, a chorus with a Bee Gee touch. It’s shaking it off, wherever it stuck."

The song flows in with a ambient synthesizer that follows a warm guitar tone and smooth drum grooves, keeping the body solid as the vocals sears over the melodies bringing it all together with a very memorable guitar solo midway through really sliding into the category of tracks to keep on your playlist. 

Both songwriters agreed on a less serious vision leaning towards a more looser yet refreshed sound. As Devoldere explains; “Some songs felt like classic Balthazar pop songs, others a little chipper, but it wasn’t until we had Fever that we had the foundation for the rest of the album.” Belthazar are the humble souls their music reflects in stating that they have no plans, just the simple desire to better their previous works and work on their journey. 

The band will embark on an extensive tour of Europe! Dates and Music below:

2/6 – The Fleece, BRISTOL UK
2/7 – Green Door Store, BRIGHTON UK
2/8 – The Deaf Institute, MANCHESTER UK
2/9 – Whelans, DUBLIN IE
2/10– Oran Mor, GLASGOW UK
2/12– Scala, LONDON UK
2/13 – Live Music Hall, KÖLN DE
2/14 – Grunspan, HAMBURG DE
2/15 – Huxleys, BERLIN DE
2/16 – Technikum, MUNICH DE
2/17 – Batschkapp, FRANKFURT DE
2/19 – Flex, VIENNA AT
2/20 – Santeria Social Club, MILAN IT
2/22 -Les Docks, LAUSANNE CH
2/23 – Plaza, ZURICH CH
2/25 – Majestic Music Club, BRATISLAVA SK
2/26– Control Club, BUCHAREST RO
2/28– Lucerna Music Bar, PRAGUE CZ

3/1 – Klub Proxima, WARSAW PL
3/8 – Lotto Arena, ANTWERP BE
3/24 – Aeronef Club, PARIS FR
3/25 – Casino de Paris, PARIS FR
3/28 – Épicerie Moderne, FEYZIN FR
3/29 – Rockstore, MONTPELIER FR
3/30 – Sala Apolo, BARCELONA ESP
3/31 – Cool Stage, MADRID ES

4/2 – Krakatoa, BORDEAUX FR
4/3 – Stereolux, NANTES FR

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Thursday, 10 January 2019

Indoor Pets show you how weird you can get with ‘Being Strange’ video + Tour announcement

Indoor Pets blasts into the new year with an album on the horizon, a tour and one beyond out-there music video. The track ‘Being Strange’ solidifies itself as a combination of sounds and ideas, hence Indoor Pets classify themselves as dirty-pop. Soothingly slicing crunchy guitar tones, thick bass, and a solid drum groove topped with melodic vocals creates a atmosphere you can easily get addicted to.

Now let’s get to this extremely crazy music video.

Throughout the video you see a collection of animated clips, like something out of the deepest depths of the internet, following the music by rhythm and merged with ‘real world’ footage. These animated versions of people and freaky looking bodies all dance and the video calls all freaks and strange individuals to unite and show up for a live show in the end.

The video ends with the band being photographed with all these animated strange individuals found throughout the music video dancing to the tune, ‘Being Strange’, signaling that we all are a bit strange in our own way no matter what shape, size or colour.

The video can be summed up in the chorus line: ‘’I love being strange, it’s an easy fit for me. Where are all the other freaks? ‘’

Their album ‘Be Content’ releases on the 8th of March 2019 supported by a great UK tour! Check it out!

09/04 - Bath // Moles
10/04 - Liverpool // Arts Club
11/04 - Glasgow // King Tuts
12/04 - Manchester // Deaf Institute
14/04 - Newcastle // Think Tank
15/04 - Birmingham // The Flapper
16/04 - Cardiff // Clwb Ifor Bach
17/04 - London // Scala
18/04 - Brighton // Green Door Store

Watch ‘Being Strange’ below:

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