“Perfect Illusion” – Lady Gaga

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So…. The new Lady GaGa single came out last week and I’ve kind of been avoiding having to talk about it. But then again there’s a lot of music I should be talking about, but I just don’t…

But anyway, am I really gay & a true ~musique blogger~ if I don’t review it?

So here we are a week later and a day later after the music video premiered. Let me just say I actually like the song now. Do I love it? No. Can it hold a candle to really any other released song in her discography? Hell no. But it’s a bop! And honestly I think that if she had worked on it just a bit more, it would have been something truly amazing.

The problem is that it never properly erupts like her songs have in the past. I know, I know… I shouldn’t be questioning her artistique evolution as a musician but I really feel like she could’ve taken this to a whole new level. Remember when you heard “Venus” for the first time and it was a long series of hooks before it finally exploded into the chorus? That’s what I was expecting here and it just did not happen. The hook is catchy & angry AF don’t get me wrong but it sort of feels like a pre-chorus that never directly leads anywhere. In fact the song as a whole never really ~leads~ anywhere at all. I remember being on my toes a week ago in bed listening to this just waiting for that #moment and it just never happened. Sure the key change is good, but the song is short, chaotic, and a bit of a racket.

That being said… I like it now and it kind of makes me want to flip a table and crash my car into my exes house. I’m intrigued that GaGa has remained somewhat mysterious about Joanne but nevertheless I’m excited to see what she’s going to do this time around.

Oh and the video? The less said the better.

Watch below ~

SORRY & LUNA SHADOWS

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Hello everyone.

Forgive me for my long hiatus. I know, I know… the last song I reviewed was “Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE, which was months ago, before it was literally beaten to death by Top 40 radio. But, do not worry, I am back, and I want to make sure I deliver some of the best music news to you.

However, I am going to be completely honest… there is not a lot of music that I completely LOVE right now. Sure, there are some songs that have come out in the last few months that I like, but there’s nothing that has gotten me completely bananas.

Except for one particular artist…

While skimming the Internet bored at work, I came across a new pop girl who goes by the name of Luna Shadows, whose stunning debut EP, Summertime, just dropped.

First of all, I don’t know why no big music bloggers have caught on to the amazingness that is Luna Shadows. Described as, “if Hayley Williams of Paramore was to do Lorde at Karaoke night.” Luna combines swooping melodies, breathy vocals, and gorgeous lyrics over eclectic electro-pop beats.

“Cry Wolf” is the immediate standout and my favorite from the bunch. Resting on top of a twinkling yet stomping beat, the track itself explodes into a masterpiece of a pop chorus that barely surrenders until the final climax. Seriously, I literally feel like I’m running naked in a forest with a flower crown when I listen to this song. IT’S AMAZING!

“Hallelujah California” is another standout, and actually the first song I heard from Miss Shadows. The song itself is a complete 180 from “Cry Wolf,” but I swear it is equally as catchy. Recalling that Lana-esque Born To Die hip-hop haze, Luna’s vocals sound like an LSD daydream as she sings “meet me on the east side we can taste the sweet life ~SiLvEr ScReEnS~” Honestly, I don’t even do drugs but this is making wanna smoke a fatty J and run naked on the beach (see a theme here)?

In all honesty, I literally just do not know how or why the general public is sleeping on Luna. Every song is completely different in tempo and style, but the EP is effortlessly cohesive and amazing, showing the potential and versatility of this artist. I’m only more than excited to see what this girl is going to cook up next.

If you love music, it would be a sin to miss out on this chick. Seriously, she’s amazing.

Listen below ~

“CAKE BY THE OCEAN” – DNCE

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When I first heard that Joe Jonas was going to start a “new band,” I kind of rolled my eyes. Back in the day when he was prepping his first solo album with Hollywood Records, rumors were buzzing around that he was working with Frankmusik on an electropop album that was influenced by Freddie Mercury. I was, like, seriously excited because I really thought he was about to deliver a dance-worthy electro ditty that sounded like the JoBros went to the Copacabana with Erasure. BUT NOPE! After all that hoopla, we got Fastlife, which, let’s be real here, totally sucked. From the awful cover art to the reheated Chris Brown tracks, the whole thing was just sooooo meh and forced. I mean, he was literally at his prime and that’s literally all he could do? #Disappointed.

Cut to five years later, and we now have DNCE and their first single, “Cake by the Ocean,” co-crafted by Justin Tranter and Mattman and Robin. Let me just say, I am more than thrilled with this song. It’s a BOP and everything that I wanted to hear from a band called DNCE. Starting off with some chill guitar licks, the song quickly erupts into a massive chorus that sort of recalls “Here (In Your Arms)” by Hellogoodbye, but with a little more hutzpah. “Walk for me, baby, I’ll be Didd and you’ll be Naomi, whoa-oh, Let’s lose our minds and go fucking crazy, I-I-I-I-I-I keep on hoping we’ll eat cake by the ocean!” Does it make sense? Not really. But, who cares??? It’s catchy AF, and I’m here for it.

Seriously though, I am actually really excited for this album. It sounds like for once; Joe Jo is actually making music he likes that actually has some personality and character. And, if this single is any indication, his brother Nick may have some competition on the charts this fall.

Listen below~

“ON MY MIND” – ELLIE GOULDING

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Listen here, I have loved Miss Ellie Goulding for a long, long time. “Under The Sheets” was a monster pop song that will go down as one of my all time favorites, and Halcyon was an amazing (if not underrated) pop gem.

She’s a phenomenal songwriter and she’s got very distinctive vocal chops that separate her from the other pop bitches on the radio right now. The thing I have always loved about Ellie is that her style was always slightly to the left, which typically landed her in the more ~indie~ pop star realm. So, it only makes sense that after the global success of the Max Martin produced “Love Me Like You Do” she would opt for a more “bigger sound” which could usher her into the upper echelons of the pop goddesses.

Despite the fact that this is her official foray into a more mainstream sound, the single is still distinctively Ellie Goulding. It’s loopy, fun, a little weird, and has an earworm of a hook. Skittering over a Reggae-tinged dubby beat, Ellie’s voice hiccups and glides seamlessly into a monster chorus. “Boy I got you on my mind! But, my heart don’t understand, why I got you on my mind!” Even though her voice is a little chopped up here and there, the bridge drops the electro background into an atmospheric haze that lets her voice shine. A true #pop moment TBQH.

I will be honest, I was really afraid that she was going to let other “hit makers” write her songs for her considering “Love Me Like You Do” was written by Miss Tove Lo (NOT COMPLAINING JUST STATING FACTS). But, I am so relieved by this single! You have no idea. Sure, it will inevitably do amazing on the radio, but it still has her signature bite. After three years, this is a solid comeback single, and I am officially ready for her new album Delirium. BRING IT ELLIE!

~Delirium will be available on November 6th ~

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“COOL FOR THE SUMMER” – DEMI LOVATO

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Hello all.

You must forgive me for my two-month hiatus from Apollo’s Radio. Post-grad life has been hectic as hell, and I haven’t had time to sit down and properly do anything productive for myself since May.

BUT, just as living Goddess on earth Godney Spearsus once said:

It’s been a while

I know I shouldn’t have kept you waiting

but I’m here now ~

And, so, here I am …with review of a properly amazing summer banga!!!

Now, I have always been a fan of Demi. IMHO, I think she is the most talented Disney starlet/singer. She has amazing pipes and can write some good tunes (“Catch Me” anyone??) So, naturally, I am more than excited for her new album.

“Cool for the Summer” is the first taste, and it is all sorts of amazing. Picture Demi and the Chemical Brothers on a tequila-fueled bender in Palm Springs for Memorial Day weekend, and you basically get the gist of it. Demi opts to ditch her powerhouse vocals for a more hushed and #sensual delivery over a chilly piano led instrumental. But, it’s not until the chorus where the song gets all sorts of bonkers and bananas. The whole affair goes from zero to one hundred in a matter of seconds as Demi begs, “TAKE ME DOWN INTO YOUR PARADISE DON’T BE SCARED CAUSE I’M YOUR BODY TyyyYYYpppEEE,” over a jagged electric guitar breakdown that recalls “Galvanize.” Like seriously… it’s a bonafide jam.

Also, can we talk about the bi-curiousness hinted in the song?? Totally here for it.

This, THISSSS is the summer song I can get down to. I knew Miss Demi wouldn’t let me down, and it is honestly such a relief and surprise to hear something so different from her. If this is any indication for her next album – we are in for such a treat.

“GHOST TOWN” – ADAM LAMBERT

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GLAMBERTS, REJOICE.

It’s been a long ass time since we’ve heard from the best pop-star American Idol created other than Kelly Clarkson (SORRY, JENN). That’s right the one and only Adam Lambert is making a proper comeback following his massively underrated sophomore record, Trespassing. Adam has since left RCA and refocused his energy on his third studio album, The Original High, with Warner Bros. following his tour with Queen. Teaming up with pop juggernauts Max Martin and Shellback, who also executively produced the record, Adam has described the project as “moody,” “esoteric,” and “not-campy.” So in other words we are ready for something #ALittleMorePersonal.

“Ghost Town” is the first taste from the record, and if it is any indication we are in for something much different than anything we’ve heard from the Idol alum. Starting off with some simple guitar chords, Adam solemnly confesses, “ I tried to believe to believe in God and James Dean, but Hollywood sold out.” Then everything makes a one hell of a U-turn once he declares that his, “heart is a ghost town!” The track doesn’t really have a chorus per-se as it follows the whole #Breakdown trend that has dominated top-40 radio in the recent years. Yet this one is not as obnoxious as say… “Black Widow” or “Dark Horse” considering it swaps the trap stylings of those records for a deeper and darker 90s house throb complete with Bob Sinclair-esque whistles.

While we know Adam has one of the best voices in pop (SORRY, ARI) his delivery is much more hushed and 😦 in comparison to his past songs. The only moment we get a glimpse of his $48 mill insured voice is when he lets it soar high during the middle eight. In all though I really like the song, I just wish it had a little more of a chorus as the song itself is short of hooks from the singer who can actually sing. That being said, the song is undoubtedly exciting… let’s just hope this is far from the best song on the record.

DÉJÀ VU – GIORGIO MORODER feat. SIA

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Disco god Giorgio Moroder (you know the guy that basically invented synth disco) has just unleashed the second single off of his new album, and let me just say I am in literal tears. “Déjà vu” features the vocal and writing stylings of a little known artist known as Sia (or that singer that performs with her back to the audience). So obviously the holy union between these two powerhouses was bound to produce something special.

To be completely honest this is one of those songs I had to listen to three times before I fell in love. At first I was like okay, then I was like okaayyyyy, then on the third listen I was like OKAYYYYYYY YAS. Starting off with a whimsical violin intro, the track delves into pure disco euphoria that sounds all too familiar and new at the same time… just like déjà vu (I’M SO FUNNY). There is just something absolutely heavenly when she declares, “Oh my heart ached, but I knew fate would send you my way, and when you came my heart was saved, I’ve known you for lifetimes baby!” Honestly what a chorus. Oh and can we talk about those dreamy “dejjaaaa vuuuuuzz” over the post-chorus? AMAZING.

While “Right Here, Right Now” was a little more electropop and Kylie-esque, this one is undeniably golden era Moroder disco and a perfect single to precede his album. “Déjà Vu” is one of those rare songs that is so perfect that you don’t want to listen to it too much. So just pray to God that this song isn’t as overexposed as “Chandelier” because I’m literally sick of seeing Maddie Ziegler dancing around in a leotard.

Listen below~