5 Seconds Of Summer’s “CALM” album review

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5 Seconds Of Summer are a band that I’ve been an avid fan of for several years. I’ve been listening to them for a large majority of their career as a band, and since I first got into their music way back in 2013, I’ve seen the evolution of their sound, from their more pop punk-tinged self-titled debut LP (as well as its follow up “Sounds Good Feels Good), to the much more pop leaning and chart-topping third album “Youngblood.” The band have experimented with new influences and started to refine their sound even more with each release, and “CALM” sees them continuing to do so.

“CALM” seems to draw a bit of influence from those poppier elements on “Youngblood,” especially with its more upbeat tracks. A lot of the singles, as well as another track towards the end of the album, expanded upon those influences and combined them with the newer influences and overall sound on “CALM.” Lead single “No Shame” brings intriguing melodies that are as catchy as the riffs that lead the intro and verses, before a bigger chorus where Calum and Ashton’s instrumental performances really shine, as well as Luke’s impressive vocal range. “Old Me” is very memorable musically, and lyrically, it’s a more reflective track that discusses growing up and the lessons you learn along the way as you get older and move forward in life. The irresistible choruses of “Easier” and “Wildflower” really embrace the poppier influences in the band’s sound, and the well-written “Not In The Same Way” instantly became a fan favorite with its extremely catchy composition from start to finish.

The band showed early on that they were experimenting with some darker composition through the captivating single “Teeth” that dropped last year, which really allows Calum to show off his talent as a bassist and is easily the most rock influenced song found on the record overall. The experimentation continues in a couple of other songs on the record, such as the opener “Red Desert,” which begins with a chorus of beautiful vocal harmonies from everyone in the band (and those harmonies return in the chorus), and “Thin White Lies,” with some softer percussion and really catchy riffs and melodies throughout.

The band also incorporated a lot of softer moments on this record, including the acoustically driven closer “High,” with some additional vocal harmonies that help emphasize the vocal performances even more, “Lover Of Mine,” which adds some piano in addition to the acoustic guitar, and “Best Years” and “Lonely Heart,” both of which are on the softer side for the most part before leading up to huge, explosive and anthemic choruses that make the songs even more memorable than they already are.  

5 Seconds Of Summer have created another fantastic record that not only shows further experimentation within their sound and more of what the band is capable of musically, but also shows them refining and honing in on their signature sound even more throughout twelve really solid tracks.

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Juwan Rohan’s “How The Day Ends” Review

 

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Juwan Rohan is a recording artist from Berkley California, who’s goal is to influence, encourage, and reach out to lost souls through his music. He strives to use music as a platform to inspire, motivate, and influence youth and unite the community together.

The track “How The Day Ends“ starts off with Juwan speaking over a beat, to which his flow mixes with smoothly.  It’s soulful, you just may start moving your head, and swaying your body to the beat. After listening to this song, you’ll feel a bit more connected to his struggles.  A listener can relate to how his tough times stress him out, and even with support you will still have off days. The message I receive from this song is, no matter what, focus on your long-term goals and future successes. It is healthy for everyone to have a creative outlet to pour sadness, stress and happiness into. For me, it’s writing photography, and sometimes painting. For Juwan it’s clear that his creative outlet is writing and music.

You can listen to his music on SpotifyItunes, and Soundcloud ; as well as follow him on Twitter, and Instagram.

Review by Cristine Trimarco |  Instagram |Facebook 

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Morgan Keller’s “Still Talk To You” OUT NOW! | Review

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Morgan Keller is a singer songwriter from New York City, gifting us with pop-sensible tunes alongside gritty and raw vocals. Which, in my opinion work well for Morgan, after my first listen the beat and a few lines were already stuck in my head. After a few more listens I caught myself already singing along. In “Still Talk to You” OUT NOW on all streaming platforms, she teaches us that although it is hard to get out of a toxic relationship. it IS possible. A lyric that stands out would be, “ I know I deserve better than you, I should have known better, trust someone, trust issues”, which tells us at first you may be blinded other things in a relationship, and most times it takes time to realize what’s best for you. A clever choice to release this today, on Valentine’s Day. A new self-love anthem, after all Valentine’s Day is about ALL kinds of love, not just couples.

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Jame Doe’s ” Garden w/ no Water” | Review

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Portland OR artist Jame Doe recently released his song “ Garden w/ no water”. You can listen on spotify. This song starts with a catchy tune mixed with the sound of dripping water. Which is a great example of the genres definitions. Electro- pop is defined as a pop music with electronically produce sounds. It isn’t something I hear every day, but it’s good change. I’m new to the electro-pop genre, but happy to have been introduced to it. With a memorable chorus, you’ll catch yourself humming along towards the end of the song. Everything about this song flows so clearly, you can tell it was professionally produced. The vocals are calm but make you want to dance. The high notes are just wonderful. Jame is passionate, and it shows through his art. I am a fan of his unique style choices, dressing in outfits I don’t often see on stage. A stage is for a show, with his music and wardrobe it is just that, so keep at it Jame. Be YOU.

Review by Cristine Trimarco

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