Bridging the gap between pop and innovative dance music results in bangers like ‘GOOD THINGS ARE COMING’ by the duo HOFFEY and music producer Vincent. Vincent & HOFFEY have gifted current and future fans with an official lyric video to sing along to. With lyrics that speak on doubts and the negative ruts that one can find themselves in at any point in their life, the jovial and bursting bass drops make the weight of the lyrics from the beginning melt away from the abyss of negativity.
Speaking about genre classifications and their current sound on ‘GOOD THINGS ARE COMING’ with Phuture Mag (read full interview), HOFFEY mentioned, “‘GOOD THINGS ARE COMING’ would be considered electro-pop! Having Vincent produce this track made it even more so exciting because he loves to think outside the box and push the limits just like us. It’s definitely an anthem of positivity and good vibes!”
Released via renowned record label Physical Presents, this single is a guaranteed hit. HOFFEY’s poised flair paired with Vincent’s daring electronic range sets fireworks alight in one’s mind.
Axel Thesleff’s popularity has been paced up by his 2014 release, Bad Karma. Which has been streamed more than 500 million times on Youtube and tens of millions more on Spotify and Soundcloud. Axel is widely known for his highly enthralling, cinematic music videos – Bad Karma has reached 48 million views and counting – and his latest piece of work is no different. Thesleff’s “2 Down” music video premieres on his YouTube channel December 4, available on all streaming platforms the same day. The video progressively reveals to listeners a path to letting go of depression and welcoming one’s inner light and forgiveness. Ethereal vocals and synths in flux pair with a mother’s journey through meadows and streams of Lapland as she endures flashbacks of painful memories.
Thesleff says of the release:
“2 Down is about letting go of depression and the cycle of negativity. It’s about letting go of the past and embracing the future, whatever it may hold. It’s about finding your inner light that has always been there, whether you knew or not. It’s about being thankful for life. It’s about love and forgiveness. I hope that through this song, I can help people look at their own darkness straight in the eyes and see it vanish, leaving behind an empty space of their own inner light. I hope to create a feeling of breaking free of the chains in one’s mind, cleansing away negative emotions, and ultimately finding resolve and gratitude in the end.The 2 Down music video depicts a journey of a lonely backpacker in a vast, dreamlike landscape of a never-ending mountain range. The traveller seems to be completely lost in thought. Painful memories start to arise from the past and she is forced to dive into them. She must fight the demons of guilt, blame and sorrow within in order to break free from this mental dissonance and find forgiveness, acceptance and gratitude to replace them.The story is about overcoming the worst of sufferings and clearing one’s mind from agony. It’s about facing one’s deepest fears and painful emotions head on, and growing from them as a person. No one is perfect and sometimes one needs to accept what is in order to move forward in life and strive to do one’s best. Life is short, and we should be spending it loving each other instead of fighting. Ultimately, 2 Down is about gratitude towards life.”
“The whole record is very relatable to me, but Bulletproof in particular really captured how lost I was feeling basically throughout the whole year. So many moments were spent wishing I was mentally stronger and wishing someone could just tell me what to do with my time every day.”
Like “Bones“ and “Black Star”, “Bullet Proof … I Wish I Was” also comes with a home-made video, the song and visual Carney claims as perhaps her most challenging on the album. “I’ve spent a good solid chunk of this year being afraid of literally myself” she says as she looks to capture the dynamic of her internal love/hate relationship.
“Nothing screams anxiety like really fast flashing lights, being half naked and staring down a camera lens at yourself for hours on end. I was completely alone (apart from my sisters hands in one of the shots) on my bedroom floor, which in itself comes with a vulnerability I usually wouldn’t share with the world. It was a weirdly safe but uncomfortable experience”
Tackling a ground-breaking stretch of pop history requires tact and dedication to make it your own. Rosie Carney’s personal connection to the music brings to bear her stunning take of The Bends. Read more about the project in her interview with NME.
“She transformed the whole album into ghostly, Carrie & Lowell-esque folk music” proclaims Stereogum. Co-produced by Rosie and JMAC (Luz, Haux), the project is a poetic example of things coming full circle – it’s not the first time Carney’s battles have dovetailed with her love of Radiohead. She recalls going to see them as a teenager and having an anxiety attack in the arena. She blacked out and woke up in the first aid room and covering the band has acted a a form of therapy, as, like so many others this year, her original career plans and mental health were derailed by the pandemic.
Rosie Carney’s version of The Bends is due for release on December 11th via Color Study and “Bullet Proof … I Wish I Was” is out now. You can pre-order the album here.
We’ve all got a little ‘Stargazer’ within us. MaryaStark explores this, along with featured artist ElijahRay on their mesmerising single via Rose Bard Arts. The single is taken from her latest album, Sapphire which was inspired by the folklore of the Chalice Well. The songstress is currently hosting a 7-week songwriting course which is created to “develop your voice and creative self-expression”. Find out more here.
“This song was inspired by the shocking and cathartic beauty of the Northern Lights. I became obsessed with the natural phenomenon and wanted to write a song about what the experience would be like if the northern lights were happening inside of my being.” – MaryaStark tells us about her single, ‘Stargazer ft. Elijah Ray’.