Song of the Week#6-The Way We Touch by We Are Twin (Get up and Dance Edition)

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This is a weekly meme that’s for the most part, the same as Song Of The Day except each week there will be a different ‘edition’ and it’s going to be updated once a week. This week’s edition is: Get Up and Dance! Who doesn’t love dancing? Even if it’s bad dancing, sometimes you just feel under a spell when a  certain song comes on and it takes hold of you. Well, this song will do just that! With such an upbeat sound and fun guitar riffs and blues-like vocals that will at least have you bobbing your head.

LA based Indie-pop duo WE ARE TWIN is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and producer Nicolas Balachandran and singer/songwriter Gabi Christine. As the story goes, the two met at a songwriting session in 2009 and instantly clicked – songwriting synergy at first sight, you might say.

First time I listened to this song, I was dancing. I couldn’t help myself! I just love the poppy beat and the smooth lyrics that seep into my body everytime I listen to this!

My favourite part is:

You got me on a hook, from the moment you said baby
If I faint from overheating, call the Marshall Mr. Davy
I’m running out of breath, I feel it in my head
I can’t go without you boy
Let’s hit the road to live!
If you would be my hero, then I would be your girl
You could have me anytime you want, even in the morning sun

To listen to The Way We Touch click here.

Lyrics are here.

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Album Review: Youth by Citizen

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Youth by Citizen

Record Label: Run For Cover Records

Genre: Pop/Punk

Release Date: June 11, 2013

Songs: 10
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Citizen are a pop/punk band from Michigan that formed a few years ago. Since then, the band has released at least three EPs-Split, Young States, and Vanity as well as one album: Youth.  Band members are: Mat Kerekes (Vocals), Nick Hamm (Guitar), Ryland Oehlers (Guitar), Eric Hamm (Bass), and Cray Wilson (Drums).

What can I say about Citizen that hasn’t already been said? Nothing. So I’m just going to say all the things that have already been said about these band. They’re great and have a lot of potential. In fact, I’m shocked this is their debut album. A band with this much experience and talent usually have about two or three albums already out. Although the band has been coming out with a ton of EPs Youth is a bit different in the aspect of a more summer-like sound.

Citizen has created an amazing album, they really have. And like I said before, it’s a little different but not enough to allow me to love it as much as I want to. There’s growth for sure but there isn’t enough growth from a band that has been releasing as many EPs as they have.

Many of the songs have great guitar riffs especially in How Does It Feel? Where there’s the constant clashing of symbols and the guitar build up that brings back the vocals. Another thing I love about this album is the overlapping vocals. I’m very picky about this, most songs don’t pull it off well and I tend to get confused and uncertain of which vocals I should listen to but in The Summer, Sick and Impatient, and The Night I Drove Alone Mat Kerekes proves his strengths by weaving his voice together and in such a way that if the overlapping vocals weren’t part of the song it would insult it. Cray Wilson does an impressive job on drums by adding such intensity that helps ad build up to every song and brings out a softer sound when it’s necessary. Okay, now for bass and the noticeable parts it has throughout every song. I love duets especially between guitars and basses and Youth doesn’t fail to provide that for me.

Overall, Youth is just that. It’s a youthful album that has great pacing and special, meaningful lyrics behind every song that is a great beginning and ending for summer. My favourite songs off of Youth are: Roam the Room, The Summer, Sleep, Sick and Impatient and Your Head Got Misplaced.  I recommend anyone who is a fan of Bran New and/or looking for something new to listen to before the summer comes to a sad end.

4 awesome Treble Clefs
4 awesome Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Roam the Room-3:00

2. Figure You Out-2:37

3. The Summer-3:02

4. Sleep-3:11

5. How Does It Feel? 3:54

6. The Night I Drover Alone-2:15

7. Speaking With a Ghost-3:25

8. Your Head Got Misplaced-2:13

9. Sick and Impatient-3:43

10. Drawn Out-3:36

Book Review: Ostrich by Matt Greene

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Ostrich by Matt Greene

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: August 27, 2013

Pages: 336 (Paperback)

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This is Alex’s story. But he doesn’t know exactly what it’s about yet, so you probably shouldn’t either.

Instead, here are some things that it’s sort of about (but not really):

It’s sort of (but not really) about brain surgery.

It’s sort of (but not really) about a hamster named Jaws 2 (after the original Jaws (who died), not the movie Jaws 2).

It’s sort of (but actually quite a lot) about Alex’s parents.

It’s sort of (but not really) about feeling ostrichized (which is a better word for excluded (because ostriches can’t fly so they often feel left out)).

It’s sort of (but not really (but actually, the more you think about it, kind of a lot)) about empathy (which is like sympathy only better), and also love and trust and fate and time and quantum mechanics and friendship and exams and growing up.

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Ballantine Books/Random House Publishing for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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This book doesn’t make any sense, it doesn’t really go in one direction, just kind of in a criss-crossing place that left me with a confused, ‘huh?’ look on my face by the end. To be honest, I’m still not even sure what the hell I just read is about days later. However,(thanks for the tips, Alex) I don’t mind the confusing storyline and the fact that it doesn’t really have a point. I’m okay with this because like Alex, I get carried away too easily. I think about useless things that shouldn’t matter too much and over-analyze them which is what made me love Alex and the way he thinks things over.

Even though I liked the main character, I can’t say I liked all of the info-dumping on things I didn’t care about at all or even remotely made sense to me. There is such an abundance of information that at the end of a chapter, I felt utterly confused and couldn’t remember what was happening in the story before I got all the information on this or on that. With that being said, it’s obvious that some parts of Ostrich are disorganized and confusing with the story being mostly about himself and his relationship between Chloe and his parents.

Some of the things that I liked about the novel are that Alex is not your typical pre-teen trying to fit in. He’s just himself with his obsession over languages, pets, and words just to name a few. It’s nice seeing a character that like to question everything around him and find out the answer for everything. Another thing I liked is the writing and how straightforward it is. Reading about Alex and all the things he’s learned and is still learning made it easier to accept the writing style being of a pre-teen. The relationship between Alex and Chloe is just so cute. They’re confused and young and weird which makes the relationship that more real. When I was thirteen everything was weird, especially boys even though I spent most of my time with them. I understood Chloe and her tactics to spend more time with Alex by doing the dumbest things to become friends with him.

Matt Greene does a nice job of creating a story about nothing and trying to make it into something more. Recommended for anyone looking for a light novel before it’s time to crack open the textbooks *shudders* and start school. This is not a bad novel, just don’t think too much about what’s going on and focus on Alex’s weirdness.

3 Clouds
3 Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

Album Review:Say Hello by Alexander

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Say Hello by Alexander

Record Label: I Am Mighty Records

Genre: pop/rock

Release Date: April 26, 2013

Songs: 8

Say Hello - Alexander

Hailing from Newcastle, Indie Rock 4 piece ‘Alexander’ are releasing their debut album ‘Say Hello’ in early 2013 on I Am Mighty Records. The band have been creating a buzz across the UK already. The first single ‘You Lost Youself’ taken from the record is out now, with a beautiful acoustic version of the song as a B-side. Taking influence from the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Futures and Two Door Cinema Club, ‘Alexander’ are bringing a punchy and appealing sound to the indie UK music scene.

First of all, I would like to thank the record label, I Am Mighty Records (More importantly, Dave) for giving me this album to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

(My Opinion)

There isn’t one word that can sum up a band like Alexander. For the past few hours, I’ve been thinking of a way to rate their album, Say Hello and decide what kind of audience this will appeal to. When I listened to this album for the first time, I was skeptical. I was expecting a band that didn’t exactly know what they wanted or where they were heading. But Alexander didn’t give me that, instead, they gave me the exact opposite. The album starts off with upbeat, catchy songs with, Say Hello and Maybe I Was Wrong then ends on a much softer note with, Old Fashioned Romance, leaving listeners in a daze of things that could have happened but didn’t. This is definitely an album to go buy!

One of my pet peeves for music is repetition. Of course, songs are supposed to repeat certain lines (the chorus of course). But I can’t stand it when songs are mostly just the same phrase repeated over and over again without a verse or something to break it up. Sadly, this is the case with, Find My Way Out, and Without A Parachute. For both songs, the title is just repeated over and over again. Also, the bass in most of the songs gets lost and is quite easy to forget about. I wish the band brought out the bass a little more to remind listeners that it is still there.

For as far as the good things about this album go, there’s a lot of personality in this. I can’t express just how much I love the guitar pieces in every one of these songs especially in, Find My Way Out. There is such a cool solo part in this one! Another thing I like about this album is how sweet it is. A Sweet Song has to be one of the sweetest songs I’ve ever heard. It has to be illegal not to fall in love with its lyrics about young love and life. The drummer knows his stuff! It’s interesting and different, drawing attention yet not overpowering the songs as a whole. I feel this way about all of the drumming parts especially in, Find My Way Out and You Lost Yourself. 

Say Hello by Alexander is not what I was expecting. But I’m glad that they surprised me with their sound. Their music doesn’t appeal to one set of listeners and not even one genre of music. I recommend this album to everyone who likes alternative rock and acoustic stuff mostly because these music lovers will enjoy it the most.   My favourite songs on Say Hello by Alexander are, A Sweet Song, Maybe I Was Wrong, Say Hello, and You Lost Yourself. Alexander has definitely showed the world what they’re about and only a sliver of what they’re capable of. Whatever they release next will hopefully be nothing less than amazing.

4 awesome Treble Clefs
4 awesome Treble Clefs

Sorry there isn’t links to all sings but there is an album teaser! Click Here.

Songs Of The Album

1. Say Hello

2. Maybe I Was Wong

3. You Lost Yourself

4. Find My Way Out

5. A Sweet Song

6. Vapour Trails

7. Without A Parachute

8. Old Fashioned Romance

Book Review: Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

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Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen

Genre: Adventure, Contemporary and young adult

Release Date: March 1, 2013

Pages: 270 (Ebook)

Being Henry David

 

Seventeen-year-old “Hank” has found himself at Penn Station in New York City with no memory of anything –who he is, where he came from, why he’s running away. His only possession is a worn copy of Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. And so he becomes Henry David-or “Hank” and takes first to the streets, and then to the only destination he can think of–Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Cal Armistead’s remarkable debut novel is about a teen in search of himself. Hank begins to piece together recollections from his past. The only way Hank can discover his present is to face up to the realities of his grievous memories. He must come to terms with the tragedy of his past, to stop running, and to find his way home.

*First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Albert Whitman Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciated! All right, now for my review.

(My Opinion)

I don’t understand how anyone could not love this book. The romance doesn’t overpower the message the book is trying to get across nor does it stray. I could also relate to Hank as if he were an actual person, not just a character in a fictional story. Being Henry David touched my heart in a way that not very many have. I will forever cherish this book.

Of course the beginning is odd, it takes a few chapters for the story to really get its footing with an awkward writing style (at first) and a boring, too simplistic setting. But all of this changes near the middle. I thought Being Henry David was going to be like other books where the main protagonist meets this person who is crazy and wild and follows them around like a lost puppy like in 34 Pieces of You or Then You Were Gone. But it’s not like that. Not at all. Not really.

There is just so much to love about this book. For one thing, I love the message it gives off because it really did make me tear up and feel a bunch of emotions. And it’s true, the ones who care about you will always care, no matter what. Most of the characters are very easy to relate to and easy to love because as the story progresses, so do the characters and they become stronger and better people. I even loved to hate Magpie with his creepy eyes and accent. The relationship between Hank, Jack, and Nessa seems very realistic to me, another thing that really pulled at my heart. As a teen I know how it feels to be in a hopeless state and being forced to trust the ones you are uncertain of.

As the story progresses, Hank’s memories start to come back to him. I like this part a lot because the memories are pretty stretched out which helps the book stay less predictable and is a lot more enjoyable this way. The love interest doesn’t go from ‘I think she’s cute’ on one page to, ‘oh man, I’m in love’ the next which saved me from wanting to throw the book out the window (yay!).

What an astonishing book this is! I would recommend this book to everyone. Because everyone has, during some time in their lifetime, wish they could live a different life, even just for a day. Being Henry David is just that, a teen wanting to start over only to realize that his life just might not suck.

4. 5 Dreamy Clouds
4. 5 Dreamy Clouds

Album Review: Carousel By Her And Gold

a0b4cce9ecf9c7019ba1386fca4b605e49dc98dcCarousel By Her And Gold

Record Label: independent

Release Date: December 4, 2012

Genre: Indie and Pop

Songs: 11

Carousel - Her & Gold

Maria Sais de Sicilia was previously in Lydia and currently in Bears of Manitou. Her And Gold is her solo project getting help from Blake Kimball(Lead guitar)Tony Robles(Drums). Carousel is her debut album.

(My Opinion)

To be honest, I haven’t heard much about Maria Sais de Sicilia or of Bears of Manitou and I want to say that I’m a fan of her but I’m not sure if I am. Carousel isn’t a bad start for a solo career but is a bit odd. Every so often while listening to one of the songs on this album, something changes that also bothers me and I switch  songs.

For songs like St. Teresa and wildfire, there is a lot of repetition and gets annoying very easily. I find that for all of the songs, the instruments drown out her voice and makes it hard to understand the lyrics she’s singing without feeling the need to look them up. I will admit that Maria has a very beautiful voice and she uses it to her advantage, but for songs like, Magnolia, Someday, and St. Teresa I feel like they are a bit too slow for her voice. If the tempo was a bit quicker I think that it would have made these songs much better. Another thing that makes it very difficult for me to understand the words or even enjoy the songs is that there is an echo of sorts of her voice on every song. Even though I do like songs that have this awesome effect because sometimes it does make the song better but in this case, it just takes away from it. A few songs sound good with the echo like, Happy, while others sounds odd and hard to pay attention to.

Like I said before, Maria has a beautiful voice, I love the different notes and pitches used to show how soft and delicate her voice is, yet how sure and strong it can be too. Take The Lead has a very smooth transitioning between the verses and the chorus which I really enjoy. There’s a really good use of techno displayed throughout the album and in most of the songs. I like that different types of techno is used to help make all of the songs sound different. What I really like about this album are the songs, Start Again, Take The Lead, Carousel, and Happy because of their lyrics. The Lyrics are vague enough to be able to relate to the listeners yet still have meaning for the band.

Overall, I will listen to Her And Golds next album since this one didn’t disappoint but showed that there is a bit more to be learned. From this album my favourite songs are, Start Again, Take The Lead, Happy, and Carousel. I would recommend this album to anyone who is a fan of States, Lydia, and BOY. If you enjoy Her And Gold then you should certainly check out Bears Of Manitou.

Three Sexy Treble Clefs
Three Sexy Treble Clefs

 

Songs On The Album

  1. Happy -3:41
  2. Magnolia-3:52
  3. St. Teresa-3:12
  4. Someday-3:08
  5. Start Again-3:48
  6. Wildfire-3:48
  7. Take The Lead-3:40
  8. Carousel-5:01