Posts Tagged ‘Beautiful’

CHER LLOYD RELEASES THE BEST POP TRACK OF HER CAREER #HUMAN

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

It’s been almost three years since Cher Lloyd released her rambunctious debut album and regardless of sales or chart positions, her brand new sophomore release, Sorry I’m Late, is no fall from grace. In fact, this is a more polished, mature Lloyd, and the album is a solid piece of popography from an artist whose talent is apparent and evolving.

This is an album you want to buy. The track Human alone is worth the money. It sits on top of the heap as one of the best pop tracks released in 2014 and certainly the best in Lloyd’s career. Yes, I said it.

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ON HEAVY ROTATION: PLUMB – ‘DON’T DESERVE YOU’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

You’re the first face that I see
And the last thing I think about
You’re the reason that I’m alive
You’re what I can’t live without
You’re what I can’t live without

You never give up
When I’m falling apart
Your arms are always open wide
And you’re quick to forgive
When I make a mistake
You love me in the blink of an eye

I don’t deserve your love
But you give it to me anyway
Can’t get enough
You’re everything I need
And when I walk away
You take off running and come right after me
It’s what you do
And I don’t deserve you

You’re the light inside my eyes
You give me a reason to keep trying
You give me more than I could dream
And you bring me to my knees
You bring me to my knees

Your heart is gold and how am I the one
That you’ve chosen to love
I still can’t believe that you’re right next to me
After all that I’ve done

I don’t deserve your love
But you give it to me anyway
Can’t get enough
You’re everything I need
And when I walk away
You take off running and come right after me
It’s what you do
And I don’t deserve you

I don’t deserve a chance like this
I don’t deserve a love that gives me everything
You’re everything I want

I don’t deserve your love
But you give it to me anyway
Can’t get enough
You’re everything I need
And when I walk away
You take off running and come right after me
It’s what you do
And I don’t deserve you
And I don’t deserve you

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THE AMAZING – ‘THE STRANGEST THING’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

You know a band doesn’t give a shit about hype when their name is pretty effin’ hard to Google. Enter The Amazing, a Swedish music-making machine that proudly lets the music speak for itself. How refreshing.

They’re an act of mystery and allure, crafting songs that sting and rip heartstrings, especially the one below – the hauntingly bittersweet The Strangest Thing — which recently gained exposure from appearing in an episode of Bates Motel.

Listen to the stunning track below.

MOXI PREMIERES ‘IN MY DREAMS’ VIDEO

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Nearly a year ago, we placed an #ArtistToWatch spotlight on LA based creation Moxi and the wondrously hypnotic Terrible Disguise. Now, Moxi has released a new music video for track In My Dreams which is just an endearing and genuine.

Comprised of singer-songwriter Anna Nelson, multi-instrumentalist Andy Toy, Bobby Hartry and Blaine Stark on guitars, and Paul Doyle on drums, Moxi’s bare approach to capturing a sound is delicate and ethereal.

Moxi’s EP In My Dreams was released February 12th, 2013 via CatBeach Music and is available now.

Watch the video for In My Dreams below.

LAKEFIELD IS ONE GORGEOUS VIBRATION

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

The best beauty is wrenching. It falls so far beneath the skin, into the crevasses and gaping scars of the soul.

Lakefield is one big gorgeous vibration. It was conceived by five friends from Vancouver: Kate on keys and belting the stunning songs, Steven on guitar while backing up Kate’s vocals, Kyle holding steady on bass, Bryan adding another rich layer of guitar, and Paul beating the heart of the drums.

The result? Sonic poetry.

They sound like Death Cab For Cutie, but deeper, and far more eloquent. Whether they drag you through a psychological storm or allow you to splash in puddles the following morn, you’re going to leave with wet eyes.

They ached and bled against their instruments for five years and one full-length album before impaling themselves on six final sonnets.

I’m sad the title of their 2014 EP, Swan Songs, is literal (for the band’s lifeline). I’m sad true talent fails to promise a paycheque, and creative industries choose Chart-Busters over real art. Even if your act whispers of commercial appeal, there’s no guarantee you’ll find yourself on top. It’s a gamble, and as a result, too many amazing bands leave the casino with empty pockets.

I hope they know people appreciate all that they’re leaving behind.

It’s sad, but beautiful.

ARTIST TO WATCH: BRANDYN BURNETTE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Originally signed to Warner Brothers Records by songwriter/former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, comes Brandyn Burnette, a soulful pop talent whose potential is blatant.

Burnette recently shared an acoustic version of Beautiful Beginning to stir some buzz before releasing what is rumored to be an upcoming EP, according to Arjan Writes.

This kid definitely has the formula for next level success. We’ll see what happens once more music is unveiled.

Listen to the stripped down number below. #ArtistToWatch

TAMELA MANN WILL TAKE YOU TO CHURCH

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I recently discovered gospel singer Tamela Mann. In a search for that life-changing song, her single Take Me To The King somehow found its way through my headphones; Mann’s rich pipes touching heart, soul and bone in this raw, heavy-hitting release.

(That’s the beauty of music, isn’t it? How it seems to find us when we need it the most.)

This woman is fabulous and her talent is undeniable.

Watch a live performance of the track below.

Hello, goosebumps!

BEYONCE UNDERSTANDS THAT MUSIC IS ABOUT REACHING PEOPLE #PRETTYHURTS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Without warning, Beyonce shocked us all and crashed the internet when she surprise-dropped her 5th studio album on Friday the 13th.

The reaction thus far has been immensely positive, with many calling the completely-out-of-nowhere move game-changing, and others referring to the self-titled release as her best, most mature body of work. While I agree that visually and artistically, this is her best album to date, I have hesitations considering this game-changing simply because most artists do not have the massive fanbase, marketing budget or resources to pull off this feat. I applaud her courage and innovation in taking a risk to release music in a way that is unheard of, yet I recognize this monumental undertaking will be nearly impossible for a majority of artists who stand on the lower prongs of the music industry ladder.

With that aside, I specifically wanted to address the track Pretty Hurts. In a sea of shallow bullsh*t, Beyonce has once again dived into the deep end – this time covering the topic of mainstream beauty and the pressure for girls to be beautiful physically above all else. The video depicts Beyonce playing a beauty pageant queen who is criticized harshly for her outer shell, stumbling through tiaras on a journey to discover that harsh universal truth: That happiness can’t be found in bodily perfection.

Mama said, you’re a pretty girl / What’s in your head it doesn’t matter / Brush your hair, fix your teeth / What you wear is all that matters … Pretty hurts / Shine the light on whatever’s worse / Perfection is the disease of a nation / Pretty hurts / Shine the light on whatever’s worse / Try’na fix something / But you can’t fix what you can’t see / It’s the soul that needs the surgery.

The video treatment is imperfectly flawless.

In a time in pop culture when twerking is on everyone’s lips, this track and the substance behind it are completely and utterly refreshing. And dare I say, game-changing? Music is more than sales and remaining ahead of the game — it’s about reaching people — and Beyonce has always understood that, connecting with fans and critics alike in a way that’s authentic and heartfelt.

Watch Pretty Hurts (directed by Melina Matsoukas) below.

YUNA

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

If you’re looking for a jubilant jolt of girl power spirit, a double dosage of Yuna will do the trick. The Malaysian singer/songwriter recently premiered the music video for Rescue, and it’s nothing short of enchanting. The empowering track is taken from Nocturnal, her newly released Verve Records debut.

The Elliott Sellers-directed video was shot primarily at Big Sur, with select shots in downtown Los Angeles.

Official video + live performance of the track (via Conan) below.

Loving her authenticness!

BEYONCE – ‘GOD MADE YOU BEAUTIFUL’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Beyonce shows her halo on new track God Made You Beautiful, an ode to her little one, Blue Ivy Carter. A sneak peek of the inspirational song first appeared in the trailer for her HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream, but the full-length version has now emerged with the release of the film’s DVD, which dropped over Thanksgiving.

Listen to the understated gem below.

#BEYourself #GodMadeYouBeautiful

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ARIANA AND THE ROSE

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

MARIA CIEZAK: For those unfamiliar, can you give us a brief background? How did you meet the band?

ARIANA AND THE ROSE: Sure. I actually started as an actress, doing musical theater, commercials and film from the time I was a kid all the way through college. I wrote and played music on the side as a release. Throughout high school and the beginning of college, I wrote with people in New York, LA and Nashville, but it wasn’t until a year before I graduated from NYU that I decided I wanted to pursue music full-time. I put a band together as soon as I graduated, meeting guys through my managers and friends’ suggestions. I decided to call the band Ariana & the Rose since we perform all the music with live instruments and we’ve been together ever since.

MC: I love the new acoustic video for Heartbeat — the song is beautiful. The video is very raw and personal. What made you choose the dark color theme?

A: Thank you! Well, the song has this theme of a beautiful thing falling apart. I created that video with my friend and fashion designer, Daniel Silverstein. We wanted to make something that spoke to both of our styles. (I’m wearing a dress from his Fall 2013 collection in the video.) There’s something so classic about black and white and we felt that having the color of the video to be completely de-saturated would be a modern way of capturing that classic feel.

MC: What would you say you enjoy more: Recording? Writing? Or performing?

A: I really go back and forth with this. I always say that I enjoy whatever I happen to be doing at the moment the most. I’m currently in the studio writing, so right now I enjoy that more. But I’ll be on tour in a couple weeks and that will be my favorite part. I look at it as a good thing to be indecisive about.

MC: Do you write all of your own material?

A: Yep. I play piano and usually start most of my songs on an acoustic instrument. I do a lot of co-writing, typically me and another writer/producer. I find that writing alone can get a bit lonely sometimes. I’m a really social person and I like having another person to bounce ideas off of.

MC: If you had to place your music into a certain style or genre, could you?

A: I would choose synth pop, as a broad genre. More specifically: singer-songwriter with heavy electro and synth influences.

MC: I see you have been compared to many artists but I think your sound is very original. Do you find it flattering when placed with artists?

A: Thank you. I really try to create music I feel sounds just like me. Of course, it’s always flattering to be compared to other artists, especially ones that have been so successful. I’d like to think that when people compare you to other artists they love it’s because they love you too.

MC: What’s next for Ariana & The Rose?

A: My single Heartbeat came out on Nov 19th and my EP Head vs Heart will be released in early 2014. I’m also headed on a US tour with Heffron Drove (Nov 23-Dec 22). So lots of new material and live shows. It’s the perfect way to end the year.

ON HEAVY ROTATION: EMINEM FEAT. SIA – ‘BEAUTIFUL PAIN’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

This song is f**king perfect! And before anyone asks why I support Eminem when he uses anti-gay slurs, please read THE FAGGOTRY OF HIP HOP piece I wrote HERE.

FYI: Sia (who is gay) has decided to donate all sales from this track to LGBT homeless youth in Los Angeles. Yay!

Also, I’m not sure why this is a bonus track and not a proper single since it’s the best song on the album. We’ll see if the record label realizes this in the future.

Listen to the incredible Beautiful Pain (featuring Sia) below.

#FINDTHELIGHT

BEN HOWARD – ‘OATS IN THE WATER’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Major props to The Walking Dead for playing this killer track (#YayPuns) from Ben Howard — a UK-based artist that we promoted earlier this year. (See related link below.)

This song is flawless + Ben’s melancholy delivery certainly brings the post-apocalyptic chills.

Listen to the haunting Oats In The Water below.

Gorgeous!


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STONEY

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Hypnosis is a sign of good music. When a musician echoes so loud and long in your skull they become one with your brain, you know they’ve got good stuff going. After all, isn’t music one of the purest forms of connection, liberation, meditation? Some of the best songs only wake you up after they’ve put you to sleep.

Stoney is the UK’s latest snake charmer. He made some bloody fine burrows in Sheffield’s underground before crawling his way up to the surface.

Musically speaking, Stoney’s a connoisseur. His obviously keen ear allows for dabbles in pop, rock, indie and trance, lashing out with tiger’s claws only to slip into a kitten’s coat. His haunting, porcelain voice reminds me of Rob Smith (that accent always helps…), the sweet slush backing it a milkshake of Pulp and The Kinks.

I’ll often argue that an artist is better off releasing an EP, so as to ensure that all songs reap serious quality and leave out the fucking filler. However, Stoney has given us an entire album worthy of replay. More Than Animals is a mountain landscape, rolling from crushing peaks to gentle valleys. More valleys than I’d prefer, but I know most people need kisses between their punches. I like it best when he lets the reigns snap and shows some alternative attitude, like in Devil On My Back or The Score. You know me: I need music sharper than my boyfriend’s shaving kit. If such slicing, sweaty tunes can make me dance, even better.

Despite making ripples in the scene, Stoney’s striking far away from conformity. He’s settled down in Texas, to work on more music while basking in sunshine. This has lead to him picking up other projects (including Bobby Jealousy, a dirty pop-punk band that sounds ready for its own review), keeping a balanced focus between his solo and group works. I guess the best artists need more than one outlet!

The only song from More Than Animals with a vid so far is We Belonged, one of the gentler tracks that I feel falls beneath his full potential. Regardless, the visuals are beautiful, and the emotions real.

A GREAT BIG WORLD BREAKS THROUGH W/ THE HELP OF CHRISTINA AGUILERA

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I’m speechless. When I first started BiggerThanBeyonce in 2009, my personal life was sh*t. (Pardon my French.) The plus side was that I had just moved to New York and had the chance to see and meet amazing underground artists.

Ian Axel was the first artist I ever interviewed for this little independent blog. At the time, no one knew who he was, but his music changed my life and I just knew he would go on to become a star.

That’s him on stage last week Christina Aguilera, performing a song that I’ve been listening to since I first discovered him five years ago.

It’s now in the Top 5 on Billboard.

To say that I’m blown away would be an understatement.

Axel recently spoke to Billboard on the collaboration: “‘Say Something’ was danced to on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ almost two months ago, and so many people responded to it. In that whole process, someone on our team played it for someone on Christina’s team, and we got a call that Christina wanted to record it, and then, literally a week later, we were in L.A. recording it with her.”

So happy to see powerful, genuine music getting the attention it deserves!

A Great Big World’s debut album, Is There Anybody Out There?, is set to drop on January 14th, 2014.

Watch the incredible live performance of Say Something below.