REVIEW: MIDNIGHT BEACH – ‘MIDNIGHT BEACH’ 132

After winning over fans with their summer-vibe track “No” earlier this year, Midnight Beach have now released their debut, self-titled LP¬†which is likely to divide listeners everywhere as to what they think.

Opening the album with a minute and a half long intro doesn’t get things off to the best of starts and the piece could have quite easily (and for the better) been left off the album, but it does lead into “Try”, a little uptempo electro-pop number that serves as a good though admittedly far from great proper introduction to the band and their sound.

Next track “Drums and Dominoes” maintains the electro feel of things started by its predecessor although it might come across as being little too psychedelic for some. “Fantasy” doesn’t fare much better but it does offer up the best vocal performance so far, so it’s a little disappointing to see said vocals then overshadowed by the instrumentals on “No.”, though the song still remains a highlight of the album.

The slow rhythm of “Cocoon” makes the song suitable for those wanting to unwind after a stressful day, but might not be a good idea to play on repeat if the listener is driving a long distance. It’s not like the song is boring per se, it’s just that, particularly given a lot of other tracks in the charts at the moment, there’s nothing about it that allows it to stand out and it’s subdued tempo might cause some people to drift off into a daydream.

Thankfully, things pick up somewhat with the arrival of “Dare U”; the musicianship and vocals finally managing to work in harmony with one another for – realistically – the first time on the album. “Reset” meanwhile is lyrically simple but with a thumping beat, it’s sure to have people smiling and perhaps even blaring as they get ready for a night out.

“Days Go By” – not a cover of the Keith Urban track just FYI – lowers the standard once again (they’d have honestly been better throwing in a KA cover), and it’s a shame that the band close out the collection with a mix of “Fantasy” – it would’ve been nice to see them truly push themselves to their musical limits and create something much better.

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REVIEW: EMILY FAYE – ‘HERE I AM’ EP 37

Championed by Rolling Stone last year and named one of their ‘Ten New Country Artists You Need To Know’, Emily Faye’s passion for music stretches far beyond the short time she’s been in the spotlight as a star in her own right. Having gone from writing songs in her bedroom and studying at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute, she’s now released her debut EP called Here I Am.

Opening with “Open Road”, the collection gets off to a great and upbeat start, thanks to Faye’s soft, almost innocent vocal perfectly being perfectly paired with a toe-tapping country rhythm. “Giving In” is much slower, but maintains the EP’s focus on Faye’s vocal talents as she delivers the tracks’ strong, emotive lyrics that hold a a hint of defiance and rebellion in them.

“Game Over” is the kind of track that deserves to be played when listeners are taking a summer’s day drive with their friends. There’s an unmistakable ‘freedom and exploration’ vibe to the song – a perfect accompaniment to the upcoming summer break – that is sure to have the piece put on repeat.

Written about being comfortable with someone; a boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, or friend, who loves you for you, no matter what, there’s a reflective, deeply emotive and connective feel to closing number “Me For Me”, and as someone who has always struggled with self-confidence, the song reminded me that I have people in my life who wouldn’t and don’t want me to change who or how I am.

The EP as a whole has a very almost old-school, traditional feel to it, making it stand out from the many other releases of recent weeks and months that have focused more on the modern music styles which dominate the charts and the industry in general. The collection is a fantastic introduction to one of the hottest names in country music right now and will certainly have fans eager to see where Emily Faye goes and what she creates with her talent next.

THE SUMMER SEASON KICKS INTO GEAR WITH THE IBIZA BURLESQUE FESTIVAL 60

As summer approaches and the festival season slowly gets into full-swing, one of the hottest upcoming events is the second annual Ibiza Burlesque festival, which takes place Friday 25th – Sunday 27th May.

Founded by singer-songwriter Sapphira, who has found the music of the white isle a lifeline during her struggles with bipolar, this years’ event, organised by the globally established company Sapphira’s Showgirls which champions self-expression and fundraises in support of mental health, includes a tribute of her debut single Money$hot as well as a special guest appearance by Billboard Top 20 and Grammy Award winning artist, Kim Cameron with DJ Halo.

Other highlights of the festival include performances from several world class artists, hailing from seven different countries, with Innocence Bliss and Jamilia Wardknott, both from the UK, and Italy’s Scarlet Lovelace among those confirmed to entertain those in attendance. There’s also a swimwear parade, a couple of pool parties and, if you fancy learning a little bit of burlesque yourself, you can take a beginner class in Sex A Peel with Sheila Starr Siani or Fantastic Fans with Sapphira.

The festival works in partnership with premium venues on the island, with the premier event – the Bass & Tease gala – taking place at the distinguished Heart Ibiza, a state-of-the-art restaurant come nightclub. From the first day to the last, the festival is set to delight and excite all those who attend.

For a full programme of events and to purchase tickets, visit the festival website.