Thursday, November 30, 2017

Figures In Motion - Confusion Will Pass

Figures In Motion - Confusion Will Pass
Searching for a new album to write about, I tuned into Jamendo's Indie radio station.  I'm not sure how exactly they put this thing together - from what I can tell, it plays songs tagged as "indie" back-to-back like a radio station; you can't skip ahead or go back to hear previous songs.  So if you hear something you like, you'd better click on it.

One of the songs that came up was Curled Up by French indie band Figures In Motion.  It's off of their debut album Confusion Will Pass, which was released in 2014.

Confusion Will Pass is the first full-length album of Figures in Motion. It was entirely written, recorded and produced at home. Mastered by Jeff Ferrand (WooDBox Studio).
 This album was a treat to listen to.  It truly lives up to the "indie" tag, though touches down into pop and alternative on a few tracks.  Overall, I heard some heavy Coldplay influences - the lead vocalist Mickaël Menu sounds a lot like Chris Martin - mixed with Radiohead.  Not surprisingly, Radiohead is listed first among their main influences (others include Sigur Rós and Aphex Twin).  The sound of the band is predominantly electronic, but there are some acoustic touches as well, with a lot of piano.

I couldn't really key in on the lyrics - it was hard for me to figure out what they were singing about.  Granted, I was working while listening, but Menu's singing style made it hard to pick out distinct words and I found it hard to decipher any meaning behind the music.  That said, the instrumentation is fantastic and was what drew me to the album in the first place.  I just wish I could have picked out more of the words.

Figures In Motion - Cycle EP
From what I can see, there aren't any new albums from Figures In Motion available on Jamendo.  I checked out their website and was disappointed to find that they have a "farewell" message posted; I'm not sure when they disbanded, but it looks like it might have been a while now, and "Confusion Will Pass" is their only full-length album.  If you want to check out some of their other work, you'll have to make do with their 2011 EP, Cycle.  That one opens with a track that just screams "Radiohead".

Friday, November 24, 2017

Friday Roundup

Hope Americans are having a great Thanksgiving week, and everyone else is having an all-around great Friday.  Keeping things simple this week; I've got a list of tracks for you to check out.  In no particular order, here they are!

  • Serena Foster - "Show Me The Way" - This was another submission by email; Serena Foster apparently had a bit of a re-invention in 2016, leading her to this EDM-influenced pop sound.  She's had music featured in American Horror Story, Ink Master, and The Flash.  This track has a nice catchy beat - this was released as a new single this past Tuesday.  Have a look at her other stuff at http://www.serenafoster.com!
  • Ralph Castelli - "Good Morning" - If you're playing "One of these things is not like the other", you're a winner if you picked "Good Morning".  Very light indie track - the title matches the feel of the song quite well.
  • Wordsmith - "The Statement" - Wordsmith is right.  Great hip hop track with mind-bendingly fast lyrics.  I still haven't caught everything in the song after several listens.  Very talented artist.
  • The Madpix Project - "Moments" - Title track of one of their recent releases, this one is more good pop.  It's actually somewhat similar to Serena Foster's track, just slightly more beat-oriented.  They have many more albums on Jamendo if you're interested.
  • Duo Teslar - "Universal Funk" - Pretty much as advertised.  This is some solid funk music and is fun to listen to. 
  • We Were Cheerleaders - "Alchemy" - I find it hard to go wrong with a little bit of hard rock.  This is heavily blues-influenced, mixed with a little bit of metal.  Mostly blues.  I love that these guys are from France but sound so rooted in the southern rock scene.
  • Scream Inc - "Higher And Higher" and "I'll Be The One" - No - that second track is NOT a Backstreet Boys cover.  From the name I would have expected a "Scream-o" band but that's not quite what they are.  About as hard rock as We Were Cheerleaders, but they have some sort of weird sound combination of Rush and Avenged Sevenfold.  I probably wouldn't listen to these guys a lot but interesting enough for the weekend.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

SIDDHI KID - Savage

My taste in music must be in a state of flux; lately I've been really tuned into electronic / dance songs with a good beat.  Enter SIDDHI KID (http://www.siddhikid.com), an electronic group fronted by Brayden Pierce.

From the press kit:
Unleashing a wild blend of electronica/dance and ghost-pop, SIDDHI KID peers into the duality between man’s emotions and primal urges that define our very nature. Perceivably human, but not so far from animalistic. Conjuring a wild and free infectious dance groove, Siddhi Kid delves into the deepest recesses of our mind with “Savage” where we have the urge to go wild and savage, but forced to remain within the constraints of society.

SIDDHI KID, fronted by Brayden Pierce, derives from the ancient Sanskrit word “siddhi,” meaning “supernatural powers attained from spiritual enlightenment through meditation” and “Kid,” a Felini-inspired reminder to “never lose your childish enthusiasm.” His upcoming album, Animalism, is a visual and aural journey playing on the question of what defines us as humans? With influences and blends from artists such as Daft Punk, Chromeo and Prince, SIDDHI KID delivers an infectious production that pulls from Dance/Electronic and Future Rn’B, peppered with house influences throughout.

So I thought this track was really good.  The beat is catchy and the accompanying video (which you can see on Youtube) is pretty fun to watch.  It features what looks like archival footage of monkeys playing various music instruments with some trippy transitions.  I particularly like the monkey wearing the sombrero and glasses, by the way.

I consider "Savage" to be a fairly short track, compared to similar songs in the genre.  I appreciate that, because if there's one thing that I generally don't like, it's a 10 minute track.  That's not to say that ALL 10+ minute songs are bad, but there's only so much repetition I can handle.  There's not much repetition going on in this song; that is, it feels fairly fresh for the entire 4 minutes.  I didn't feel tired listening to it - in fact, the opposite.

I wouldn't say that the song is "energetic", exactly, but I really love the driving beats behind it.  I feel like it would fit very well on a playlist to help me make a night time drive and keep me alert and motivated.  That's where I see this song playing for me - in the car, at night, driving a long-ish distance.

A quick note about the accompanying artwork (at the top of the blog post) - it completely matches the sound of the song.  You can see the "savage" animals in the picture, at the same time it's kind of trippy and funky looking.  That's the best way I can describe it.  Either way, it's a piece of artwork that would entice me to have a listen!

Definitely recommend it, and you can check it out in a few places:


There are no affiliate links in this post.  The track & video came from a submission to altairwaves@gmail.com.  Thanks for reading!