Post-Punk Series- Bloc Party: This Modern Love

With the changing of the season and drop in temperature, I return to my favorite genre of music: Post-punk. I am going to start the series off right with a post-punk revival song from one of the best band’s to do it: Bloc Party. “This Modern Love” is the best track from their debut album “Silent Alarm” with its intricate guitar riffs. Check it out above.

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The Weeknd: Starboy feat. Daft Punk

The Weeknd is back with another dark video for a standout song. “Starboy” which is also the name of his forthcoming record features the masked duo Daft Punk. The song hits hard and The Weeknd’s vocals keep it moving. Check out the music video above.

Barney Wilen & Mal Waldron: Quiet Temple

There are so many jazz tunes that hits you in the soul as soon as you listen to it; Barney Wilen and Mal Waldron’s “Quiet Temple” does just that. The song is a somber tune that invokes a feeling of being in a noir film with its melancholy saxophone.

Before listening to this track I never heard of either musician but have now been checking out all the wonderful music they have made. Check it out above.

The Twilight Sad: Not Sleeping (acoustic)

I have been listening to The Twilight Sad’s “No One Can Ever Know” album constantly over the past month. The album is arguably one of their best with its darkwave and industrial influences.

“Not Sleeping” is one of the best tracks of the album. The live acoustic performance is quite remarkable with its stripped down sound. Check it out above.

M.I.A. : Freedun ft. Zayn Malik

M.I.A. has always been an interesting artist to me. Her music is broad as well as her style. I remember when she first came to my attention many years ago and how she has continued to evolve with each album release. On her new single “Freedun”, she teams up with Zayn Malik on one of her most catchiest songs yet. Check it out above.

Sampha: Blood On Me

British singer/musician Sampha’s music output is quite sporadic but whenever he releases a single it is worth the wait. His second new single from his forthcoming album “Process” is the uptempo “Blood on Me”. Check it out above.

Cleo from 5 to 7 review

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“Cleo from 5 to 7” is the first film that I have watched by director Agnes Varda after seeing her name grouped into the French New Wave genre. I read countless times that she was one of the best to come out of that group and after watching this film I am eager to see her other films.

“Cleo from 5 to 7” is about Cleo Victoire (Corrine Marchand) a singer who is afraid of hearing her medical test results from her doctor. She believes that she may have Cancer and in the beginning of the film she goes to a fortune-teller to see if she is doomed. Her close friend and maid Angele tries to console her but Cleo cannot shake the distressing feeling that she is going to die. She spends the next few hours walking around Paris and running into friends.¬†As the time nears for Cleo to speak to her doctor she meets a soldier at a park whose optimism distracts her from her sadden state.

This film does an amazing job of showing the passage of time as Cleo tries to avoid the inevitable by surrounding herself with people who are upbeat and full of life. It also does a great job of  capturing the dread that Cleo inhabits as she throws herself into various emotional fits.

The location shooting of Paris is spot on as the viewer feels as if they are right along for the ride with Cleo as she travels all over the city. There are memorable scenes especially on the bus when Cleo and the soldier talk while bus moves along its route.

Overall this film really holds your attention from beginning to end as you wonder if Cleo will receive good news from her test results and presents a wonderful slice of life in Paris.

Isaiah Rashad: 4r Da Squaw

Isaiah Rashad dropped his debut album “The Sun’s Tirade” on friday and it is shaping up to be one of the best albums of the year. One of the best tracks is “4r Da Squaw” which features a laidback and smooth beat. The music video has Isaiah walking the Santa Monica boardwalk with a little boy. Check it out above.

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