Once Twice Melody – Beach House EP - What A Tune

Baltimore duo Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have returned with the first of four EP releases ahead of their eighthstudio album, and upcoming tour. Once Twice Melody is being released in 4 chapters, each accompanied with a lyric music video. According to Beach House, the project will culminate as: “an 18-song double album…4 Chapters over the next 4 months”. Why are the songs being released in this format?

Glass Animals – I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance) - What A Tune

Riding high on the huge success of their third album, Dreamland, released last year during deep, dark lockdown, Glass Animals have released their latest single, I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance). Talking is great, don’t get me wrong. But this pandemic has made so many of us look inwards in a way we maybe haven’t before.

Jungle – Keep Moving - What A Tune

“The track is characteristically well-produced with its smooth mixing of various sounds and groovy instrumentation.” Three years after the success of their 2018 album For Ever, production duo Jungle, provide a taster of their much-anticipated forthcoming album…and it’s funky. Keep Moving is the latest release from Tom “T” McFarland and Josh “J” Lloyd-Watson, filled with disco soul and brimming with the prospect of summer.

A Brief History of the Pearl

“The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens” Today is the first of June – the start of summer. Weddings and Wimbledon come out in full force; everyone rushes outside, eager to chase the unusually warm sun before the weather recedes back to grey again. Those who are born this month are lucky for many reasons, not least because June’s birthstone happens to be the pearl. The coveted “accidental” gemstone gently gleams throughout history, donning the ears, necks and torsos of ancient leaders, warriors, royalty, movie stars etc.

Noel Gallagher – We’re On Our Way Now - What A Tune

Coming up to the ten-year anniversary of their eponymous debut album, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have released a new single ahead of their forthcoming Best Of collection, Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021). Evoking the punch of heartache and regret in a four-minute song is difficult, but Noel Gallagher is the don of emotional musicality. We’re On Our Way Now is a mellow, despondent track featuring familiarly painful emotions.

Elder Island – Purely Educational - What A Tune

‘Purely Educational’ is the latest track from the genre-defying trio, Elder Island. It joins previous songs, ‘Feral’ and ‘Small Plastic Heart’, as precursors to their hotly anticipated ten-track album: ‘Swimming Static’, due this month on 28th May 2021. Offering a sense of introspection peppered with feel-good pop samples, the song broaches the feeling of limbo many might currently be experiencing. Beginning with the words: ‘Having a party now, Having no place to go…’

The Rise of TikTok

TikTok, the short-form video platform whose confident tagline is ‘Make Your Day’, has recently become a crucial source of internet culture and social interaction – and not just for Gen Z. A brief history: TikTok initially started as three separate apps. There was Musical.ly (launched in Shanghai, 2014) where creators could lip-sync and dance to various sounds up to fifteen seconds long. In 2016, Chinese tech giant ByteDance started Douyin, which gained 100 million users across China

Talia Goddess – Never Wanna Fall - What A Tune

Born and raised in NYC, Talia Goddess (Tayahna Walcott) is a creative powerhouse. Self-taught, singer-songwriter, rapper, music producer, model, DJ, and multi-intrumentalist – at just 18 years old, she is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Her multi-hyphenate accomplishments signify she is cultivating her own identity through relentless talent and grit. Her new rap release “Never Wanna Fall” is the debut single off of her forthcoming EP Poster Girl.

The Trouble with Translation…

I studied Italian at university and very much enjoyed it considering I chose the subject without any prior lessons or experience. Going in, I was armed with only a phrasebook containing basic phonetics revealing how to pronounce numbers (1-20, the following 10s and 100) and each letter of the alphabet. Admittedly, I was heavily relying on my tutors to dutifully guide me through the labyrinth of language learning to finally emerge fluent, adorned with the best attributes of Italian flare.
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