Monday, 22 December 2014

Pop Stars Having A Bath

We apologise for somewhat going over old ground here, having written about this growing phenomenon before, but we think it’s worth bringing to your attention again in the light of some recent developments. 

It’s the growing trend for pop stars posing in the bath.

And pop stars being pop stars (and therefore a little bit bonkers) sometimes have a bath with their clothes on. Call us boring, but this seems a little impractical. Maybe they can’t afford washing machines.

Here’s some examples

Charli XCX had a go and tried to make it look edgy:

She had another go here as well. Silly. Fully clothed:

Lady Gaga has made a habit of it. Here:

And here:

At least she took her clothes off here (then bathed in beer):

It’s not just women doing it though – Naked On Drugs have got in on the act as well. Naked and quite possibly on drugs by the look of things:

If there was one artist guaranteed to get naked it would be Prince:

Denny Doherty, former lead singer of popular 60’s musical gang The Mamas & The Papas shows why the drugs in the 60’s really did affect people’s brains and got it totally wrong. More of a pig feed trough than a bath really:

Lily Allen (who is obviously a woman not a man - just to be clear) had a go as well. We’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that there is both water in the bath and that she is indeed naked:

And the last time we mentioned the bath club was when Holland’s Bea jumped in with a body suit on:

Our favourites? Hi Mariah. A two truly wtf pictures:

Yep, she really loves a bath (and so does her dog):

Ok, we get the idea:

Now here’s a new addition. Breaking More Waves regular and favourite Laurel does things properly for her new single Memorials. She is clearly naked, has water in the bath and it seems that she’s put a nice fragrant Lush bath bomb or some other type of bath salts in as well. This has the advantage of colouring the water so that the video remains safe to watch at work and making her smell fragrant afterwards. Well done Laurel. Other potential bath pop star types take note – this is how to do it properly. A decent song too.

You can watch the full video below.

Laurel - Memorials (Video)

Laura Doggett - Old Faces (Video)

Whilst many UK based music bloggers are currently putting on their ‘Out of Office’ emails and heading for destination Christmas oblivion, Breaking More Waves is soldiering on right up until Christmas Eve, where we’ll be introducing a few guest bloggers for the day. 

Next up is the new song from an artist we named one of our Ones to Watch 2015Laura Doggett. However, we suggest you start watching (and listening) now rather than leaving it till next year. In fact you may have already done so, as her new song Old Faces (which you’ll find below) features in the trailer of the new series of Broadchurch on ITV so you may have heard a snippet of it without even realising.

Old Faces is a song about dreams and ambitions and finds Laura tackling the subject of those who ‘laugh at you for trying to change the world’.  Starting with some soft piano Old Faces gradually swells into a magnificent string laden ballad. It’s pretty easy to understand why the producers of Broadchurch would have wanted to use this, Laura’s sultry deep pitch vocal is impeccable and the song is rich in its power.

In the flesh Laura's vocal is as good as it is in recorded form. If you want to experience it for yourself she plays a concert by candlelight at the fantastic Jacobean styled Wanamaker Playhouse in London on January 19th and then follows it up with a small tour of the west country in March. Tickets for London are here, other dates are here.

Laura Doggett - Old Faces (Video)

Albums of the Year 2014 #1 Young Fathers - Dead

“This year’s Mercury Prize list was pretty good all in all wasn’t it?” 

Those were the words that we opened our run down of our favourite / most played albums of 2014 and those are the words that we’ll also finish with, as we name Dead by Scottish group Young Fathers as our most played and favourite album of 2014. It’s the fourth record from the Mercury Prize list in our top 15 records of the year, and if we extended these posts to 20 a fifth would have appeared. 

Of course Dead didn’t just get on the Mercury Prize long list, it won it, bringing the record to a wider public consciousness than the relatively underground following it had before; Dead reportedly had the second lowest sales figures of the nominated records before the Mercury, with just a few thousand copies sold.

Likewise Dead wasn’t a record that was immediately on this music blogger’s radar. In fact the first time we heard of Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and Graham Hastings was in November 2013 when compiling the Blog Sound of 2014 poll votes and another blog Music Like Dirt, put forward their name as one of the blog's votes as a favourite emerging artist. Then come March 2014 we put out a tweet asking our followers what records they’d most enjoyed in the first quarter of the year and a number of people answered back stating Young Fathers. It was time to investigate further. One listen and we were immediately drawn in by the album's raw soulful inventiveness. 

Dead is a record that defies genres. There’s elements of hip-hop, trip-hop, electronica, world music,and soul that clash headlong with weird rhythms, clattering percussion, chanting and disorientating drones. Yet accompanying all of the oddity there’s a surprising number of pop hooks. Get Up even sounds like a party pop hit in the making. If we were going to draw one comparison it would probably be with Massive Attack, but a Massive Attack that weren’t afraid to throw anything and everything into the cooking pot. 

As we said, this year’s Mercury Prize list was pretty good all in all wasn’t it? But the winner was even better. Dead by Young Fathers is our album of the year. It's dead good.

Young Fathers - Get Up (Video)

Young Fathers - War

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Albums of the Year 2014 #2 Broods - Evergreen

Our second most played album per month this year is Evergreen from New Zealand electronic pop duo Broods.

Despite the album achieving number 1 in the charts in their home country and number 5 in Australia, in the UK Broods hardly made any sort of dent in the public consciousness due to a promotional campaign that appeared to focus largely on Australasia and America rather than Europe. This is a shame, because with Evergreen Broods conjured up a record of swelling atmospheric synths, polished production (from Joel Little of Lorde fame) and most importantly some excellent melodic, hooky, memorable pop songwriting that has been the soundtrack to the second half of our year. Given the right exposure in the UK its commercial success elsewhere could have been repeated here.

There are moments of euphoria, melancholy, tenderness and sentimentality on this record that are touchingly brought to life through the simple joys of a pop song. Little’s production works perfectly, in the same way it did with Lorde’s debut;  he keeps things relatively sparse, the electronics sounding crisp and with a feeling of contemplation that suits lead singer Georgia Nott’s icy and subtly sensual tones well.

In 2013 Chvrches’ The Bones Of What You Believe was our album of the year. In 2014 Evergreen was the closest thing to that - a record that whilst being pop was underpinned by a darker more mature sound. It really should have been a worldwide hit, but if (in the UK at least) it’s the one that got away, we’re very glad that we found it.

Broods - Mother & Father