David Rosen is a prolific composer and producer based out of Las Vegas. Although his show reel is filled with ads and film work I am more interested in his personal compositions which have started to make their way to us at Cougar HQ more and more frequently.
“If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” is the first track I ever heard from him and without knowing anything about his background I was instantly drawn to it. With hindsight the the cinematic qualities present in the song are quite evident and the accompanying video works a treat drawiing accompanying the viewer- and the protagonist- on an enticing journey.
Lara Snow introduces herself to the world with “We Are Animals“, her collaboration EP with producer $aFrA. The leadoff track “I Like Snow” is a raw blast of energy coming across like a collision between Grimes and Die Antwoord with a breakdown that would make Refused proud.
The singer has been honing her skills for the past few years working on her songwriting and production skills, collaborating with other people in her scene and setting up an electric live performance with drummer and regular collaborator Jonatan Harpak.
Now that everything is in place “I Like Snow” represents just the first step in a busy few months ahead for the white haired songstress.
For her 6th studio album, Sia had no problem writing lyrics that address the sweet sadness of reality, masking it with rock music, catchy hooks, and her notable soaring vocals. ‘1000 Forms of Fear‘ doesn’t just ask us to swing drunkenly from the chandelier, it addresses all of our fears head on: going insane from loving someone too much, getting knocked down by love, crying our eyes out, and getting back on our feet ready to do it all again. All in all, this was the pop album of the year.
The fact that ‘The Next Day‘ was released with no warning at all was remarkable enough in it’s own right but even the biggest David Bowie fan could not have expected such a consistently brilliant album.
“David Bowie returned unexpectedly after nearly 10 years of silence upon which much speculation was had (depression, lack of inspiration, fear of the illness had in ‘last tour?). The lineup is the same as on his last releases ‘Hours‘, ‘Heathen and ‘Reality‘, and the trusty Tony Visconti is confirmed again on production duties. ‘The Next Day’ turns out to be a gem of absolute value, with a handful of superb songs, like the nostalgic and hopeful “Where Are We Now” or the already classic “The Stars Are Out Tonight” – Mario
“I loved this album after probably the third listen, but as a Bowie devotee for years, there was never really any chance that I wouldn’t. I have tried and failed to put my finger on where ‘The Next Day‘ fits in amongst his past albums and various reincarnations, but the closest I can come is that it reminds me of everything I love about weird but amazing songs like “Life on Mars,” but with a steady, rocking groove that extends through each track. It is deliciously melodramatic and yet feels subdued and mature, like Ziggy Stardust growing older and wiser.
2013 was a great year for music marked by phenomenal comebacks from some of the biggest bona fide superstars as well as remarkable debuts and sophomore albums from a hungry crop of up and coming artists. It was also a year where we had to bid farewell to Lou Reed, Ray Manzarek and Benjamin Curtis to name a few who will be sorely missed.
With so much good music coming out in 2013 choosing which records stood out amongst the rest was a fairly easy task, the hardest part was keeping this year’s list to a respectable number (and all the while one of the debuts we were most excited over was bumped to 2014).
For those of you that remain nostalgic of the sounds of the 80s I highly recommend ‘Erosion‘, by my favourite London synthpop fourpiece CYMBALS.
Think The Cure meets New Order and you get this, the first track from their upcoming album ‘The Age Of Fracture‘ which is schedule for release on the 27th of January .
I’ve been following these Dalstonites for a while now as they caught my ear back in 2012 with their hit song “Like An Animal“. Seeing them live this summer definitely strengthened my opinion of them as one of the most promising london based bands around right now.
A striking bass, a funky guitar and frontman Jack Cleverly‘s strong, raspy voice are all that is needed for CYMBALS to make a great and naturally catchy synthpop tune with deliberate new wave echoes.
Last week we featured the video “Open Road” by the poetic dreamer Roo Panes, this week we will be going to see his EP launch in Bush Hall, London. Cougar Microbes have been eagerly awaiting more of the guitar work tightly bound around much-thought-over lyrics and we got a glimpse of his new work when he release the video for “Home From Home” which is included in the new ‘Land of the Living’ EP.