By Pamela Granda
Sheppard is a new up and coming band from Brisbane, Australia that has taken over music charts all over the world. Their newest single, Geronimo, is an upbeat song that talks of taking a leap to find new experiences. the single has reached #1 on Australia’s Aria Charts and the band has had continued success with their other single, Let Me Down Easy. Sheppard is an indie pop group whose vibrant yet acoustic sound highlights lyrics consisting of making the best out of the worst situations and enjoying new, blossoming relationships. In Australia, their album Bombs Away came out on July 11th, 2014. In the United States, their album was exposed in early 2015. Their stand out songs are The Best is Yet to Come and Smile. Overall, Shepard made a mark with this album and I expect several songs to become instant hits. If you’re looking for some new music to enjoy this summer, check out Sheppard and see if you, too, enjoy what they have to offer.
By Joe Barnas
EDM producer that has created quite a name and portfolio for himself in the past few years, working with numerous chart topping artists. The rising EDM superpower has played huge festivals around the world, but is expected to drop his debut full length album, FOREVER, later this month.
We were given an opportunity to listen to “Cool” by Alesso, ahead of the album release. The song premiered #2 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart and was a successful appetizer to his debut album. “Cool” features the vocals of Roy English of the American rock band Eye Alaska. Alesso samples “Get Outta My Way” by Kylie Minogue in this new single, with permission of course, which adds a very danceable, ambient opening to the song.
Prior to the release of the album, Alesso talked to Billboard and emphasized how his album, FOREVER, is deeply personal, and an attempt to tell his life story in musical form. “Cool” is definitely a catchy song, with it’s high notes and great rhythm, it engulfs the listener in happiness. The lyrics tell of a deep love, an unbreakable bond, one that the singer simply can’t control and “can’t keep cool.” The synths correspond beautifully with Alesso’s sampling of “Get Outta My Way” and the pitchy and perfect vocals of Roy English, creating a positive and festival friendly track that will no doubt be a stand out on Alesso’s debut album.
Gwen Stefani’s new single “Baby Don’t Lie” was inspired by a reggae kind of sound that we have all grown to love. Gwen Stefani has not released a solo album since 2006. The song, ” Baby Don’t Lie” premiered October 19, 2014. After a long time of substituting music for starring on “The Voice” she has come out of her shell and is now expressing her love for music. Stefani’s single is upbeat and unexpected. Stefani is always one step ahead of the crowd. If it wasn’t for Stefani’s miraculous voice the song wouldn’t be much. Gwen Stefani has a beautiful voice. Stefani can hit high cords and her vocals are always on key. Gwen Stefani has written many of songs about falling in love with someone who has skeletons in his closet but this one is my favorite. Stefani took a risk by creating a song that sounds different from her usual sound, but it worked out well. Gwen Stefani’s song was inspired by the 2012 hit Diamond by Rihanna.