After a few years out of the spotlight, the eclectic music group Gorillaz is back. Led by lead singer and mastermind Damon Albarn, Gorillaz proved its excellence when it released a surprise new video for a song called “Sleeping Powder.” Billed as a solo outing from virtual Gorillaz member 2-D, this song features a fairly Beatles-like intro. After this classic-rock intro, the song evolves into unique exercise in electro, funk and psychedelic pop-rock. Gorillaz started their recent musical resurgence back in April when they released their “Humanz” album. According to Albarn, there are several dozen finished songs left over from their last round of sessions`. Only time will tell how many surprise releases Albarn has in store. It is remarkable and gratifying that this band has become so prolific as of late.
“Sleeping Powder” has already made a mark on the world of music journalism. Over time, this band’s commercial accomplishments may reach remarkable new heights. Without doubt, this band is one of the most advanced multimedia groups in modern music history. Albarn and his collaborators are doing all they can to expand the limits of modern music and popular culture. Instead of making do by aping the successes of the past, Gorillaz have clearly decided to adopt a bold new methodology for making music
In some ways, the new Gorillaz sound reminds me of the New Zealand artist who goes by Ladyhawke. Just like Ladyhawke, Gorillaz seems capable of adapting to the times without seeming inauthentic. It wouldn’t suprise to learn that Albarn has heard Ladyhawke’s “Anxiety” album. Gorillaz is trying very hard to maintain a contemporary sound. It remains to be seen if this aim will prove truly feasible. Although this album is primarily a vehicle for the talents of Damon Albarn, one could argue that Albarn’s collaborators always manage to make themselves heard. In the past, Albarn has collaborated with talents as diverse as Miko Hatori, De La Soul and Del The Funky Homosapien.
Recently, Dan Auerbach released his second solo album, entitled “Waiting On A Song.” For the making of this album, Auerbach recruited an assortment of Nashville music legends. This ensemble included big players like guitarist Duane Eddy, keyboardist Robert Wood and drummer G. Christman. Having already become a hugely successful member of the Black Keys, Auerbach appears determined to achieve success on his own. These people played on well-known hits by people like Elvis Presley and Dusty Springfield. Interestingly, Auerbach wrote this album’s title song with John Prine. Auerbach revealed that during the year that it took to write this album, he avoided the Internet whenever possible. This tactic allows people to have the peace and quiet they need to really focus on their art.
Auerbach recently discussed his new album with a journalist from a major music site. Reading this interview, it quickly becomes clear that Auerbach is deeply knowledgeable about music. Indeed, Auerbach deserves widespread recognition for his willingness to broaden his musical horizons.
I certainly hope that Auerbach’s newest album becomes commercially successful. Without doubt, this individual has proven himself highly capable as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. When people are able to demonstrate fluency in so many different roles, these musicians truly deserve to have successful careers. People are mistaken when they argue that rock music does not serve a useful, functional purpose. However, one could argue that as people go through their stressful lives, excellent rock music helps people get through life with more contentment and less frustration. Only time will tell how the public will respond to Auerbach’s latest album. However, this musician has built a vast audience through his work with the Black Keys and a variety of other groups. Along with his high-profile collaborator, Dan Burton, Auerbach has revitalized rock music for a new generation. In interviews, I feel that this musician demonstrates an outstanding ability to explain his brilliant musical ideas.
When Lorde recently released a new song entitled “Sober,” this certainly caused a lot of excitement in the music community. This was the second song released from the Australian singer’s upcoming second album. Lorde’s exciting new album is called “Melodrama.” Throughout the world, people are waiting for this new album with baited breath. If the latest journalistic coverage is any guide, “Melodrama” will release to a built-in, receptive audience.
Lorde has certainly come a long way since the start of her career. I feel this is one artist who can adequately represent Australian music culture throughout the world. Wherever she travels in her touring endeavors, Lorde is sure to spread the knowledge that Australia has a first-class indie music scene. Although perhaps it is not fair to saddle Lorde with too many expectations, it is clear that this artist has what it takes to last for the long-term. Lorde may well achieve incredible things in the realm of synth-based pop music. I feel that simplicity and austere beauty have proven central in Lorde’s mass appeal. It is clear that this artist is now able to express herself without resorting to cheap cliches. Hopefully, Lorde’s talents will continue to grow for many years to come. To ensure her place in history, Lorde should develop her voice and focus her artistic vision.
If Lorde truly wants to prove that she is a top-tier artist, I think she’ll have to regularly change her style. At the very least, she will need to continue to improve her sales by at least 10 percent per year. If she doesn’t achieve this goal, she may find herself consigned to the dustbin of music history. Although Lorde doesn’t receive nearly as much news coverage as she once did, there’s no denying that she is still a major player in the music world. However, this situation might not last forever. I feel it is very important for young artists to reassess their strategies from time to time to avoid becoming sterile or lifeless.