After a mother of a rough patch, the Canadian pop-rocker returns with an album that sounds a lot like growing up gracefully Back in 2013, Avril Lavigne launched her last album with the nostalgic banger ‘Here’s To Never Growing Up’, which suggested she could be getting trapped by her ‘sk8er girl’ persona. When you sell 16m copies of your debut as a teenager, artistic development must be, well, complicated. But since 2013’s...Read more
Early singles such as "He Took Her To a Movie" tapped into the electroclash sound popular at the start of the millennium, but they quickly moved onto melancholic pop with the likes of "Playgirl", while "Blue Jeans" and "Seventeen" were their first tentative steps into adding a grittier element to a sound which up until then was essentially synth-pop. As the band became exposed to a wider audience through support slots with the likes of Depeche Mode...Read more
Flashback to mid-March, 2016. It was early in the afternoon in Austin, TX, which undoubtedly meant that one could only be bothered to care about one thing: SXSW. The festival was well underway, and I'd had my eye on up and coming Aussie trio Methyl Ethel and planned to watch one of their sets at infamous Austin dive Hotel Vegas. Later I would discover the project is solely spearheaded by singer and guitarist Jake Webb. It was the height of the mid-'10s...Read more
It's been three years since bursting onto the scene with Thiago Silva and while AJ's flow hasn't slowed, his ability to deliver it across multiple genres has grown impressively. On his debut 15-track eponymous record he's unstoppable over grime, trap, garage and even country-inspired beats, rapping about girls, footballers (again) and proving people wrong. With the London music scene thriving, the overarching banner of 'rap' continues to break out...Read more
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