Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent is the highly anticipated debut album from Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi. The album dropped today. It features the viral sensation “Bruises” and the mega hit “Someone You Love”.

The album opens with full force on “Grace“. This track is the perfect opener and introduction for the record. The mid-tempo pop-rock track shows off Lewis’ vocals with just a bit of rasp and lets the listener know that this album is one of heartbreak, love, loss, anxiety … All of the feelings that are tough to sit in. “Bruises” is a melodic piano driven ballad. That allows for Lewis’ vocals to be front and center. The ticking clocks usher in “Hold Me While You Wait” which is his current single and focuses on the anxieties of being in limbo in a relationship. The softness and beauty highlighted in the piano and melody on “Someone You Loved” set against the fraught vocal achieves it desired effect. The album picks up the pace again on “Maybe” and “Lost On You” with Lewis changing up his vocal delivery somewhat and electric guitar being the focus on these songs. “Forever” takes inspiration from Doo-Wop elements and is one of the highlights from the record for me. “One” and “Hollywood” falter a bit, being sleepy amongst the other gems on this record. Although Lewis gets back on track with “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and “Fade“, the two most soulful and R&B inspired tracks on the album. The vocals on both matching that style as well. “Headspace” is the perfect close out song encapsulating the sound, feel, and vibe of what is “Devinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent.

Stream/BuyDivinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent” – https://lewiscapaldi.lnk.to/DivinelyUninspiredToAHellishExtent

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Rival Sons took to the stage Thursday night on the heels of their ‘Late Late Show with James Corden’ appearance

Rival Sons, the blues rock band had the audience grooving and shaking at The Fonda in Los Angeles this past Thursday night closing out their successful North American tour.

The show was a rowdy, fun and loud one from the get go. The opener The Sheepdogs (a Canadian rock band formed in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) whose set was a lively and jovial one even featured trombone on one of the songs. By the time Rival Sons took to the stage The Fonda was packed (it was a sold out show) and the audience was ready for them to come out. The band hit the stage tearing into the set with such electricity you could tell the crowd was loving it. Rival Sons is a band that is very reminiscent of old school rock and roll. Their show at The Fonda proved that with fans feeding off the high energy of the band. Rival Sons had the entire venue rocking. You can view my photo gallery from the show below and thanks for the invite out Elektra Music Group!

  • Taken by Brittney R. Williams

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Lewis Capaldi delivers a heart-rendering new single, “Hold Me While You Wait”

Singer-Songwriter Lewis Capaldi is back with another beautifully delivered heartbreak ballad. “Hold Me While You Wait” which is off his upcoming debut album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent” uniquely captures the aching realization that the one you love is still waiting for someone else to appear. Lewis’ vocals are strong and haunting on the track fully tearing into the emotion that is this song.

“‘Hold Me While You Wait’ is a song I wrote about the uncertainty of being in a relationship when your partner isn’t sure what they want. There’s an impending hopelessness to the whole thing, on both sides, when they’re not sure whether they want to be in that relationship or not, for me it’s one of the most desperate places you can find yourself in.” Lewis says of the track.

Following the major success of his current single Someone You Loved which has amassed over 300 million plays and topped the charts in both Ireland and Scotland. Lewis is headed out on a U.S. tour in June. His debut album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent” which recorded in London, NYC and Los Angeles will be released on May 17th. To learn more on Lewis Capaldi, stream “Hold Me While You Wait”, and to pre-order his debut. Look no further than below.

Photo credit: Alexandra Gavillet
Photo credit: Alexandra Gavillet

Stream “Hold Me While You Wait”: https://lewiscapaldi.lnk.to/HoldMeWhileYouWait

Pre-Order “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent”: https://lewiscapaldi.lnk.to/lcdutahe

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Meet newcomer singer-songwriter and artist Yoshi Flower. He is currently opening up for K-Pop Hip-Hop band Epik High on their U.S. tour. I got to chat with him immediately after he took to the stage at The Wiltern. We talked about his creative process, music, books, including The Catcher in Rye. Yoshi Flower has a unique style and artistry of blending multiple genres such as Rock, Trap, R&B, the heavy synths of Electronic music against a backdrop of pop melodies and hard edge guitar. His Friday night opener slot at The Wiltern showcased such, the inner workings of an artist looking to make an impact as well as one with major promise. It was just him and a guitar as he played through a fast paced set of songs, just enough crowd interaction and tons of energy. He ended his set surprising the crowd whom he had clearly won over by throwing his guitar into the air in total rock star fashion. Below you can read my full interview with Yoshi Flower

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: I always start off with an ice breaker question so are you a Morning Bird or Night Owl?

YOSHI FLOWER: I say I’m a night owl. I’m a Night Owl.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Me too.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: It was mentioned that you have a new song “Empty” coming out can you tell us a bit more about it?

YOSHI FLOWER: It’s about no matter how hard you try to fix internal problems with outside things it’s never gonna work. The harder you try to fix the inside with things that you see on the outside is the worst thing you feel inside. I’m just done with that. I don’t give a fuck about anything other than just like passion, inspiration, family, helping other people. And it’s been working for me as far as my happiness. So that’s what it’s about.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: As far as the sound, does it kind of sound more like your current single dirty water? Or is it kind of sound different?

YOSHI FLOWER: It sounds like Dirty Water.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: That one sounds cool btw.

YOSHI FLOWER: Thank you.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: How did you come up with the name YOSHI FLOWER and why that name?

YOSHI FLOWER: Because my name is Joshua Flower, my legal name. And Yoshi is a nickname for Joshua.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Did it have anything to do with the video game character?

YOSHI FLOWER: No. But it was a pleasant coincidence.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Is there a lyric that you’ve written that has the most meaning to you or is your favorite?

YOSHI FLOWER: No. Extremely hard to pick from.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What was your favorite children’s book as a kid?

YOSHI FLOWER: My favorite book as a child was “Where the Wild Things Are“.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Oh, that’s a good one. That one has a lot of symbolism in it too.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: If you could turn any book into a song what book would you pick and why?

YOSHI FLOWER: I feel like I would pick like The Catcher in the Rye just because I feel like Holden Caulfield was the original ‘Sad Boy’. It might just be the bubble that I live in. But people are very extroverted with their sadness right now. It’s almost like a form of flexing. And it’s great that people can get their feelings out and validated in that way. But I feel like he was like the OG ‘Sad Boys’.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: To be honest, that’s my favorite book ever written. Yeah, I love JD Salinger and everything he’s ever written.

YOSHI FLOWER: He’s just a rock star.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What’s a typical creative and writing process like for you? 

YOSHI FLOWER: I try and write as much as I can. I really respect the craft of songwriting. But typically the stuff that ends of coming out is just like word vomit. It’s rare that I write a melody first, I’m trying to more. I’m trying to write a melody and fill in the words, like a lot of my idols. A lot of people that have made great compelling art, as far as songwriting media have been really focused melodically and then they’ve gone back and filled it in. And, and I haven’t. I’ve only realized that people like my music, like, pretty recently, so I haven’t, like, approached it as any sort of an exercise ever. But now that I have the space, to just be creative, to start stretching myself in those ways. And also, sometimes it’ll just be, I’m driving, someone’s driving me and I’m in the seat. Someone said something and I write it down. And then I’m like, I gotta get home and write about it. So I come from the words world.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What’s your favorite 90s jam? 

YOSHI FLOWER: Nevermind by Nirvana. The entire album.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Are there any current artists that have been “On Repeat” for you lately? What music have you been digging?

YOSHI FLOWER: Bakar and YEEK

And that’s that. I’d like to thank Yoshi Flower for the lovely chat and to Interscope for the invite! You can stream Yoshi Flower latest song “Dirty Water” below and learn more about him.

The Wiltern // Setlist:

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE

OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

AND TO THE MACHINE

INVISIBLE

Movies

Woke

Dirty Water

Brown Paper Bag

Official Website – http://yoshiflower.me

Stream Yoshi Flower // “Dirty Water” – https://open.spotify.com/track/5jQLThKnh8dbFaHnF5qgRJ?si=Lw0G1tO6QWKUWQmIpX35ZA

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Scottish Singer-Songwriter Nina Nesbitt played to a packed house at The Roxy on Sunset last night (March 19th, 2019). Hitting Southern California on her “The Sun Will Come Up” tour with openers Sophie Rose and Plested, the love was loud and clear for her in West Hollywood …

Sophie Rose started the night out leaning towards a more Pop Rock style of songs that were carried by her heartfelt songwriting and airy vocals. She is definitely one to watch, she mentioned that Taylor Swift has playlisted one of her songs. Plested was next and it was him and a guitar, his unique voice brought a soulful quality to his indie guitar music.

Nina came onstage to loud cheers and many in the crowd wearing the merch that they had just bought. From the start of the first note and line her fans were singing along, and dancing, many with their camera phones up not wanting to miss anything for prosperity. Running through such songs as
“Sacred”, “These Are The Moments I’m Missing”, “Colder”, “Psychopath”, (where she brought out Charlotte Lawrence and Sophie Rose), “Empire”, and “Somebody Special”. Nina then came back on for an encore of “The Sun Will Come Up” and “Loyal” (which was an absolute crowd sing-along favorite). The biggest surprise though was Nina (excuse me Nina Nesbitch) covering Britney Spears “Toxic”, while she and her Keyboardist repped two fan-made “Nina Nesbitch” hats from fans in the audience. The entire show was fresh, fun and all about the music and vocals from start to finish. If you haven’t seen Nina live or heard her current album “The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change” please do so, you’ll thank me. Check out my photos from the concert below and to learn more about each artist …

Nina Nesbitt Official – http://www.ninanesbittmusic.com/
Stream “The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change” – https://nn.lnk.to/TSWCUTw
Plested Offficial – http://www.plestedmusic.com/
Sophie Rose Official – http://sophierose.com/
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Brittney x

Hopeless Records Emarosa’ just released their highly anticipated album ‘Peach Club’ and to celebrate they held a record release show at The Hi Hat LA in Los Angeles on February 9th, 2019. For the originally post-hardcore band, ‘Peach Club’ is a huge leap into a new sound but a welcomed departure. For fans it is a way to hear their favorite band spread their wings, and Emarosa’ fans were very present at The Hi Hat LA this past Saturday showing their support for them at this sold out gig.

The three openers Alke, Modern Maps, and UFO UFO all brought something exciting to the table of varying degrees. Alke is a female singer-songwriter whose heartfelt lyrics and melodic vocals filled the venue, Modern Maps brought the party and had lots of fun energetic electro tracks that the crowd loved. UFO UFO kept up that same vibe with their stylistic indie rock leanings. All in all the openers brought a bit of everything for everyone.

The fans were there early for Emarosa (and in the cold or at the very least what is considered cold for California), many of them in Emarosa merch particularly ‘Peach Club‘ merch as Emarosa also held a ‘Peach ClubPop Up to celebrate the official release. I could tell from the atmosphere in the line already that these fans were devoted. In speaking with a fan who was wearing a jacket similar to lead singer Bradley Walden, she told me I was going to love the show as it was very high energy. She was right. The band tore through a relatively fast paced and fierce set that had the crowd going from start to finish. There wasn’t a member of the band that was low on energy. The entire audience was singing along word for word with front man Bradley Walden. This was a crowd despite how late it was that came here to party and to rock out. So for someone who was not familiar with Emarosa walking in, the energetic show they put on complete with band member acrobatics, lots of crowd interaction, and the fans being so happy to see their favorite band was so contagious. I not only left the show with a smile on my face, but I also left with total appreciation for a band and it’s fan base who are first and foremost all about the music.

Check out my photo gallery of all of the artists from the show below!

Emarosa Socials:

Twitter: @emarosa

Instagram: @emarosa

Stream ‘Peach Club‘: https://songwhip.com/album/emarosa/peach-club

Official Website: http://www.emarosa.us

Modern Maps Socials:

Twitter: @ModernMaps

Instagram: @modernmaps

Alke Socials:

Twitter: @alkemusic

Instagram: @alkemusic

UFO UFO Band Socials:

Twitter: @ufoufoband

Instagram: @ufoufoband

Until then

Brittney x