Still not a music blog


A sort of follow up to that other blog post I did a while back regarding the music that has shaped the person I am today, but focusing on what music I’ve been listening to of late.  Garbage continue to be at the forefront of my thoughts of course, they’re my favourite band and continue to announce new things, touring and most recently an autobiography.  However Tuesday marked the release of their latest music video, namely for the song ‘Magnetized’ … not my favourite from their recent album ‘Strange Little Birds’ but has grown on me over the last couple of months with this perfectly freaky and bizarre video only adding to it’s growing appeal.  It’s certainly I’d say the best video the band have released in a along time, and it seems with this album Shirley Manson and the guys are really pushing the boat out.  See for yourself below.

Outside of Garbage I also recently went for the 3 month free trial of Apple Music and am finding it a great way to discover new music and listen to albums I’d previously been hesitating over, finding some real gems along the way.  The one album that has particularly impressed is ‘Every Open Eye’ from Scottish threesome Chvrches.  Electro-pop feel good anthems backed up by Lauren Mayberry’s amazing vocals and some technical wizardly with the music.

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Also I am really enjoying the similarly synth/electro vibes of Kristin Kontrol’s ‘X-Communicate’ (for those unfamiliar, Kristin was formerly Dee Dee of the Dum Dum Girls and also supported the aforementioned Garbage during some dates of that band’s current tour).  As if going for a hat-trick too, another electro-pop album I’ve been enjoying is Ladyhawke’s ‘Wild Things’.

The above has been a good, if slightly similar start to trying to explore music more, have a little more variety and well, just have a good time with what is feeling like a bit of a new world for me … so, you may start seeing more music themed posts in the future.

This is still not a music blog though.

Garbage new music video!


Today following the previous single release of their track ‘Empty’ my favourite band finally released the music video to it, and I’m so happy to say it’s a belter!  A departure from the arty approach of some of their most recent music videos, this back to basics performance-based promo echoes the band’s video for their 1995 song ‘Vow’ which is not surprising as it’s by the same director, Samuel Bayer.  Check it out below…

The song itself is both classic Garbage and something very contemporary sounding in my opinion, with heavy drums and stunning guitar riffs, backed up by Shirley’s seductive, emotional lyrics – I was sold from my very first listen … and I can’t say that has been the case for other recent tracks like The Chemicals and On Fire.  Yet Empty is a very catchy, anthemic track that although I’m not totally in love with the chorus ‘I am soooo empty’ the sheer inventiveness to the track showcases some of the band’s strongest skills.  Super-producer Butch Vig is on hand after all; the man behind Nirvana’s Nevermind and Foo Fighter’s Wasting Light (he’s also the drummer for the band) so solid production is a given … and sporting awesome pink hair Shirley Manson looks and sounds every bit the rock icon that she is.  Also, that bit after the second chorus where it switches to ‘every day every hour of the night, you’re all i think about’ just floored me by the way – classic Garbage.

Roll on June 10 when their sixth studio album ‘Strange Little Birds’ is released and expect my impressions shortly afterwards.