FAULKNER – “PARIAHS” – Album Review

Hey guys, It’s Brittney. I’m back with another review. This one is a band I’ve talked about a bit lately. Seeing as I just photographed their concert at The Peppermint Club and reviewed “Hot Streak” already. (I will post the links after this review). It’s Faulkner. The bi-coastal band consisting of Lucas Asher (vocals/guitar/songwriter), Eric Scullin (vocals/multi-instrumentalist/producer), Dimitri Farougias (bass), and Christian Hogan (drums). They released their album ‘PARIAHS’ on February 9th. Led by lead single “Hot Streak”. This is an album of Alternative-Rock for the protest generation. Full of loud forceful numbers, with just enough angst to keep one’s ears attuned while dancing. “PARIAHS” starts off with “Revolutionary” a stomp-rock number with just enough swag to help carry off such heavy lyrics. This leads to “Hot Streak” which is a fizzy Electro-Pop rocker and speaks to feeling invincible. We go into “NY Anthem” which is the track co-written and co-produced by RZA of the Wu-Tang-Clan. It’s as braggadocios as the NY streets themselves. The perfect new day anthem speaking of its highs and lows. RZA brings in a real hip-hop vibe. “Halo Me”, I’m Stoned”, & “Waters Are Rising” offer slightly quieter moments from the 10 track record, but aren’t any less powerful lyrically. “Waters Are Rising” features a great drum intro and “I’m Stoned” has the most acoustic sounds of the entire record. The last two songs “Keep Your Enemies Closer” (with a sweet guest rap from Royce Da 5’9) and “Molly” close out the album, ‘PARIAHS’ the way it started, with heavy electronic synths, a buzzy groove and plenty of guitars to start a riot …. but only on the dance floor.

Check out the “NY Anthem” Video here:

NY ANTHEM (with RZA)

Stream ‘PARIAHS’ on Spotify here:

PARIAHS

Stream ‘PARIAHS’ on Apple Music here:

PARIAHS

FAULKNER SOCIALS:

Faulkner: www.FaulknerOfficial.com

Twitter: @faulknermusic

Instagram: @faulknermusic

Hot Streak – Clip

 

Much love,

Brittney  xx

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HOT STREAK REVIEW

THE PEPPERMINT CLUB PHOTOS

MY 2018 GOALS (SORT OF LIKE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS BUT NOT QUITE) ….

Since New Year’s resolutions are hard to keep let’s set our minds to achieving smaller more bite-size goals year round! These are mine let me know yours ….

1. To be a better person. This goal is pretty obvious and should be a major goal for everyone. But alas it’s not. So the next best thing is to make it a goal for yourself and surround yourself with people who do the same. It doesn’t have to be huge differences, but slowly and surely you’ll see the changes around you.
2. Be a more proactive and productive writer. Which just means to write more and on more varied topics. Being more honest with myself as a person, woman, and POC. Work on the technical side, apply for more freelance opportunities and publish more stuff. Also, continue to progress with writing my book.
3. Be a more proactive and productive Photographer. Yes, I have accomplished quite a bit over the last year but there is always more. I want to actually start to sell a whole lot more of my Fine Art Prints that are available on Artfinder and SAATCHI Art Online. Plus I want to immerse myself in the world of Concert and red carpet Photography. I try every year. I get a few opportunities. I connect with a few of the people. But being able to talk and go out is hard when you can’t drive. Also when you have severe social anxiety. But I want to succeed in life. So I find not being able to succeed and not being able to do what I love is a much more crippling fear.
4. Get my dream job!
My goal is to get a job at a record company. I love music it’s in the heart and soul of my art and basically everything I do. Yes, I am a freelance photographer first and foremost. But it’s not always a stable paycheck. So thinking in terms of that. I need a job to that allows me to incorporate both my skills as a creative and a highly analytical person. So a major dream and goal of mine are to work at a record company (in particular my favorites I won’t name names though). It’s a career in a creative field that would be the icing on the dream job Birthday cake.
5. Take time for me each day.
Whether it’s time to do simple art activities, write, edit photos, listen to music. Just take a little time out of each day for myself to ensure I stay calm, cool and collected. Most importantly healthy.
6. Theme my Instagram.
Pretty self-explanatory but very hard to stick to. Also, I need to post more next year.
7. Cut back on my Social Media.
I’ve already done it and I’m in the process of it. I’ve already said goodbye to Facebook, Tumblr, and few other sites. Yes, I need social media to promote myself and my art. But the fewer sites I have to run by myself is a good thing me and for anyone.
8. Enrich my IRL with friends.
I always had trouble making (I’m not the only one out there trust me) but for me, it goes back to childhood. When I was horribly bullied and could barely keep the few I had. So I started to micro-manage my friendships. I didn’t know that’s what I doing then. But it only made it harder for me. That and the fact I was constantly sick in and out of school. Next thing I know I look up and I’ve graduated high school with no real close friendships. Still many years later it’s still hard to overcome that. My anxieties surrounding it are massive. I also hear the statistics on how it be too late for me because most friendships and bonds are formed very early on. I want to prove that wrong.
9. Make more music!
In 2017 despite being verified on Spotify and releasing a small amount of music. I didn’t release much. So for next year, I’m pushing myself to release more music, write more, push myself creatively, possibly work with artists I find inspiring artistically and learn to play the guitar.
10. Love more
More easily said than done right? What I mean by this is to just put more positive vibes and love into the world rather than negativity. Then surround yourself with similar types not only in real life but online as well. Be kinder and gentler to people. Tell your friends, family and loved ones and S/O that you’re thankful for them being in your lives and that you love them. I even like simple and random acts kindness in the form of a simple or sweet note because you never know what a person is going through or how much they might need that. Any way to expound upon this idea I highly recommend. 🙂

 Thanks for reading and much love always!

  • Brittney 🙂 xx

My Ten Loftiest Goals … Currently …


1. Become a Getty Images Entertainment Staff Photographer

2. Hold my first super awesomesauce art gallery show

3. Get at least one or two of photographs and artwork hung in a MAJOR art museum/gallery

4. Collaborate and work with the photographers, artists,musicians and songwriters that I find I most inspiring to me as artist holistically.

5. Put myself out there more and open up as a person and a better artist. I need to gain more real experiences in life to grow as a person and continually become a better me.

6. Photograph an entire awards season including the major parties, just all of it!

7. Become Verified on Twitter & Facebook.

8. Land a major photo assignment and campaign with a well-know brand,celebrity,company or magazine,etc and thus have it subsequently published.

9. Get one of my songs played on the radio and licensed for major campaign.

10. Set even loftier goals and repeat! 

Signed, Brittney Williams aka The Reclusive Blogger 🙂 x

Thoughts on Bastille’s “Glory” Video …

So now that the “Glory” video has been out for a bit and I’ve had a chance to digest it all including reading everyone’s theory’s and so on and so forth. I had gone back and forth deciding on whether or not I should put forth my thoughts or not. But I decided to give it a go …

So first off to me what I define as “Art”. Is something that can evoke or elicit an emotion from within you. Whether it’s good or bad. That’s something this video definitely did. It was shot beautiful and has a wonderful cinematic quality to it. With the storyline carefully played out so the viewer could make it’s own mind up on certain things. All of this done within a five minute mark. Now to my opinion on the storyline itself. Well I don’t think either characters are dead. In fact it wasn’t something I consider until I started reading other people thoughts, theory’s and summations online. I never once considered that. But once again that goes back to the how great the storyline was written where it left much of it up for your interpretation. As for the relationship of the couple. I tended to lean towards a friendship that could be more or turn into something more. But from within the scope of the video did it truly matter? They obviously cared deeply for each other. So that’s what really mattered. I also loved the hints and nods to the Bastille videos of the past like Bad Blood. To me the video overall expressed the viewpoint of enjoying your friendships and relationships,etc that you have now because time flies and they could be gone forever. It was told in a beautifully cinematic way of a summer road trip between two friends whilst interpolating those great Bastille quirks we have come to know and love. I say bravo to another great Bastille video. And maybe just maybe, one filled with hope and yes of course Glory so much Glory. 

Much love always! 🙂 xx

– Brittney W. aka The Reclusive Blogger 

P.S. Here’s the video below …

BASTILLE // GLORY