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.
Fifth Harmony is one of the most popular pop music groups currently ruling the charts. Recently, one of the members of this band released her first solo song. When Ally Brooke released this song, she became the latest Fifth Harmony member to attempt to build a solo career. Entitled “Look At Us Now,” this song features the vocal contributions of the Lost Kings and rapper A$AP Ferg. A fairly uptempo dance tune in the contemporary mold, this song features some very detailed production work. This could be the beginning of a major solo career for this young starlet. Only time will tell if Brooke will prove able to make a lasting mark on modern musical culture.
As part of the YouTube generation of performers, Fifth Harmony has charted a path that is both charmingly naive and marketing-oriented. Brooke certainly walks a fine line between spontaneity and carefully coiffed and planned behavior. If this artist is able to maintain this high quality of artistry, it is possible that she could lead a musical movement of sorts. I think this is a singer who deserves serious attention from the public. So far, big music sites have covered Brooke’s solo career to an extent. If she hopes to push her brand forward, Brooke will have to find a way to stand out in the crowded modern pop field.
Fortunately for Brooke, charisma and stage presence can prove decisively helpful for people trying to break into modern music. Though her new song is hardly musically brilliant, it has enough hooks to appeal to a very broad array of people. If Ally Brooke makes plenty of live appearances, it is possible she will be able to make an appreciable impression on popular music culture. After all, quite a few female artists have overcome modest expectations to achieve massive commercial success. If Brooke can achieve a more individualized sound, she may even receive critical acclaim.