REVIEW: MASASOLO – ‘AT SIXES AND SEVENS’ 68

Relative unknowns to many until late last year, Masasolo have slowly earned themselves a steady following of fans after breaking out of Copenhagen and unleashing their own brand of psychedelic disco pop on the rest of the world. Now, the band are ready to take their sound and style to the masses once again, this time via their debut album At Sixes and Sevens.

“Ordinary Day” is the kind of track you’d play if you wanted to have one of those slightly-out-of-body experiences or to just escape out of your own thoughts for a few minutes. The instrumentation perfectly compliments the lyrics which draw attention to the struggles faced by front-man, vocalist and guitarist Morten Søgaard as he battles to overcome his depression and anxiety every day; something I for one am intensely familiar with.

Driven by a groovy disco rhythm, “Idaho” isn’t quite the type of song you can dance to, but that’s no bad thing. Instead, with a gorgeous vocal and a story about falling in love and the nerves that can and do come with such an experience, it will likely have listeners reminiscing about ‘the one that got away’ or even give them the courage to tell that special someone in their life how they feel.

Follow-up track “The Descender” has an air of romanticism about it, deeply underscored by a painful memory on and about which the song is focussed. The beautiful melody and instrumentation of “Then Comes The Rain” then sets the stage for Søgaard to bear his soul once more with one lyric in particular sure to hold significance for many: “Yeah, I’m getting better now, I can finally see the sky, but then comes the rain.”

Closing number “Maybe It’s Gonna Be Fine” is the most upbeat track on the collection, with the beats and the rhythms played with a sense of urgency. As a result, the album ends with far more optimism than it started with and the three minute instrumental, although perhaps longer than necessary, gives all those who hear it something to unwind and relax to.

A deeply personal but captivating album, At Sixes and Sevens plays a like a diary of Søgaard’s innermost thoughts and feelings, and while many bands and artists tend to shy away from such almost awe-inspiring honesty, he and the rest of Masasolo should be proud of themselves for creating a reflective album that scores of people around the world may feel was written specifically for them.

At Sixes and Sevens is available now.

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RAG N BONE MAN CONFIRMED FOR 2018 BRIT AWARDS 13

We are so pleased to announce the 2017 winner of the BRITs Critics’ Choice and British Breakthrough awards Rag’n’Bone Man will be performing live at this year’s award ceremony on 21 February. He will join an already exceptional line-up which so far includes Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith and Stormzy.

In the last year, Rag’n’Bone Man has broken the record for fastest-selling UK male debut of the decade with his 3x Platinum No. 1 album  ‘Human’ which has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Rag’n’Bone Man said: “Jheez! 2017 has flown by super quick. Its pretty mental to think that I bagged two awards at The BRITs last year and now I’m heading back to perform. I’m looking forward to being a part of the celebration with everyone. It’s going to be a good one for sure!”

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Rory epitomises how dreams can come true. He has had the most amazing 12 months and I’m so delighted to see him back where it all started.”

The 38th BRIT Awards will be hosted by Jack Whitehall at The O2, London and broadcast live on ITV. We can’t wait for Rag’n’Bone Man to bring his talent to the stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and includes live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.

FOO FIGHTERS CONFIRMED FOR BRIT AWARDS 2018 25

We are so delighted to announce that four-time BRIT winners and one of the world’s most successful bands Foo Fighters will perform on The BRITs stage for the first time on 21 February.

The international superstars will deliver one of their legendary live performances alongside performances from Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Stormzy and Dua Lipa.

Foo Fighters have sold more than 25 million records and sold out countless world tours. The band’s acclaimed ninth studio album ‘Concrete and Gold’ was their fourth to hit No.1 in the UK charts on release in September, topping the charts in more than a dozen countries.

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Anyone who was lucky enough to witness one of their shows on the recent sold out UK tour, or their set at Glastonbury – which was undoubtedly one of the best performances the festival has ever seen and a night that will be talked about forever – will know why Foo Fighters are the biggest and most exciting rock band in the world. Quite remarkably they have never performed at The BRITs, so I am over the moon to confirm a massive BRITs exclusive to have them grace our stage.”

With four BRIT Awards under their belt winning International Album in 2008 and International Group in 2008, 2012 and 2015 we can’t wait for Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee to bring the incredible Foo Fighters energy to The BRITs stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and include live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.