Adele says ‘Hello’ Again After 4 Years Off

Thursday, it was announced that Adele would be releasing soon a new single for her upcoming album ’25’. As her last album ’21’ had acclaimed success back in 2011, it is to be expected that her latest project receives a lot of love as well. Adele still has a solid fan base notably on social media. Her return certainly does not come unnoticed. Her new tune brings growth and consistency in her vocal talents and image. Her new song ‘Hello’ is a gut-wrenching power ballad about trying to reconnect and possibly making amends with lost love. These are themes that will be central and thoroughly explored on her upcoming album. As the songstress teased on Twitter in an open-letter addressed to her 23.5 million followers, the idea of making up will be important on ’25’.

As for the music video for ‘Hello’, it plays on a very neutral palette, as the entire video is in a sepia color calling to the past. It was directed by acclaimed Canadian director Xavier Dolan. It is simple, minimalist but not to be underestimated. Starting out with Adele talking briefly on the phone,  with sunglasses and her back to the camera; there are many cinematic elements. The atmosphere established is lightly reminiscent of those of film noir . There is confusion as to the state of the relationship she is singing about. For instance, there are hints indicating that the lover has passed to the other side. The styling also evokes another period. ‘Hello’ has an aerie vibe bringing as well melancholy, as Adele mulls over and tries to reconcile with a lost love.

’25’ can now be pre-ordered and will be available on November 20th.

Featured image: @adele

Jess Glynne releases a heartfeld and danceworthy single ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’

U. K born songstress Jess Glynne released a new single today. ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ is the latest song of a string of recently posted through social media to promote her upcoming debut album. It’s an uplifting soul-infused dance track about letting go and following your own path and instincts. Having had great success with her collaborations with Clean Bandit on the songs ‘Real Love’ and ‘Rather Be’, I expect that she will continue to garner international attention. She also shares a Grammy (her first one!) with the group, which they were awarded earlier this year. I believe she will conquer the American music scene and market in the same way Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Ella Henderson have.

The lyrics of  ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ are relatable and positive; Glynne has a distinctive rasp in her vocals and has a hefty dose of soul and hints of Rn’B that shine through on this new track. It’s a feel good song, sure to be a great pick me up when we feel down on our luck (it happens to everyone). It’s sure to chase away your blues, inspired by the great Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston among others; Glynne’s voice is definitely uplifting.

Glynne’s debut album ‘I Cry When I Laugh’ is ready for preorder on iTunes and will be available in early fall in North America.

Have a listen below:

Aly & AJ ; back with a new sound

After five years of absence from the music scene, Aly and AJ Michalka now known as 78Violet are back, after having parted with Hollywood Records. July 8th, they released the music video for their single ‘Hothouse’ which will be on their new record set to be released in the following months. It is a great departure from their previous albums and sound which was more pop oriented even though the chorus  of this new piece is catchy. The music video itself shows a very different vibe that strays from their Disney Channel days , having started out as teens. It has a cinematic aesthetic as it starts off with a voice-over at the beginning and features breathtaking scenery and landscapes. Also, you immediately understand that Aly and AJ have grown up while watching the video. 78Violet has a more mature sound now that the duo is in their early twenties. They have had more life experience and have different artistic tastes and artistic visions. This has a direct impact on their writing and their musical influences. Having filmed their music video on their own, the sister-act has definitely worked on creating a distinct creative vision in which they actively took part in it. This new song has a whimsical and indie feel to it as well as somewhat of a slight 70s undertone with the instrumentals. After a long wait,their new sound is a pleasing surprise.They managed to come up with material that is fresh and innovative sure to satisfy their longtime fans who had been patiently waiting to hear more from them.

78Violet’s ‘Hothouse’ can now be purchased on iTunes and you can check out the music video down below!

A new album for Sara Bareilles

Songstress Sara Bareilles’ new album The Blessed Unrest to be released July 16th was made available for free streaming on iTunes at the beginning of this week. After two listens, it is clear that it shows diverse melodies and doesn’t stick to only one type of song.

It starts out with the up beat song ‘Brave‘(released last may) an anthem encouraging to not be afraid of being yourself then follows ‘Chasing the Sun’ which, for me, really sets the tone of most of the album. With simple yet emotional lyrics and a softer sound albeit the casual back up vocals, and drums during the chorus. It also features powerful ballads notably ‘Manhattan’ which shows off perfectly her ‘signature voice’ with a smooth piano melody. The album sometimes  slightly feels like the sequel to Kaleidoscope Heart for the relationship-related lyrics (see King of Anything and Little Black Dress) although it’s absolutely an artwork of its own for the content alone. There is an ‘anthemic’ side to many songs making them very danceable and happy with some studio made effects influenced by the pop genre which is a fun surprise. The latter is used in very original ways especially on the tenth song ‘Eden’ which has a very distinct background music almost  electronic. But the true substance if you will of this album are definitely the songs that are more ‘raw’ featuring mainly Bareilles’ voice accompanied by minimal instruments, which is when her material is  even easier to relate to and most importantly sounds down to earth. Since she is one of the rare people who can actually  sing acapella and has a very unique voice; those songs really make her voice shine.

The singer-songwriter keeps true to her style creating an overall CD with an uplifting rhythm and inspirational vocals. This new album blends seamlessly both soothing and heartfelt ballads with really electric upbeat tracks which is an accomplishment all on it’s own.

You can now pre-order The Blessed Unrest on iTunes.

My rating: 4 stars out of 5!

Karmin doing it Acapella

The new found famed duo Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan whom first had great success performing covers of popular songs as well as some of their own songs on Youtube are set to release a new album in the near future. Their new single ‘Acapella’, which is now available for purchase on iTunes, features mainly vocals from the duo as well as the track’s producer Martin Johnson, the lead singer of Boys Like Girls. All sounds heard come from their mouths and was recorded mostly on iPhones. It’s a very original song with cheeky lyrics.It features equally Nick and Amy which wasn’t necessarily the case on  songs from their previous album ‘Hello’,where Amy’s rapping was predominant. The singers have stated that they were inspired by the comedy  ‘Pitch Perfect’ starring Anna Kendrick, notably  by the song ‘Cups (When I’m Gone’), which was released in October 2012 . Karmin will be performing tonight on the show ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ and you can watch out for their music video for ‘Acapella’ which will be posted soon.

(photo from www.billboard.com)