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In Review: Jules Verne Theory – ‘Black Swan Events’ Debut Album

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Jules Verne Theory
 (aka Richard Slee and Arron Clague) are about to release their debut album ‘Black Swan Events’ later on this month (29th July) on US Synthpop Label Ninthwave Records. I had the chance to review their private playlist within SoundCloud and I must sincerely admit that I’m addicted to all the songs and can’t even stop singing!  In this album, the duo has created some of the most original Electro Pop songs the music industry has ever seen. Probably, you may know them for the outstanding remixes they’ve arranged in the past for H17 and Erasure, but today they are capable to take a step forward on their own creativity. Jules Verne Theory’s debut album is brilliant and very unique, that’s why it deserves a proper track-by-track review:

  1 – Time Traveller This is the album opener for ‘Black Swan Event’. A lovely sci-fi themed song that will leave you breathless! When I listen to Richard singing, I feel exactly what the words are trying to convey. I love this one, it is a strong tune that could serve as their next single!

2 – No Ghosts Here we have a more upbeat track with distorted vocals that are coming from a radio, which seems to be a tribute to several important figures in the world of music, such as John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, Frank Sinatra, and among others who are mentioned in the lyrics. Last year we blogged the track’s music video, click here to watch it.

3 – Vienna Calling The song starts with an arsenal of synth bleeps and electronic touches produced by Arron. A beautiful emotive song that is easy to sing along.

4 – Neurotic The rhythm on this is simply jamin! It has a notable four-on-the-floor beat pattern that will make you dance.

5 – Blue Book Richard’s vocoded voice parts are pretty interesting and somehow very futuristic. The synthesizers here create a dark atmosphere with the drum and percussion sounds.

6 – Coordinate It’s Jules Verne Theory’s try on ambient/electronica music. A serene melody accompanied by pretty short lyrics. This one is more focused on sound!

7 –  Tomorrowland This tune has nothing to do with the biggest electronic music festival on Earth. It is a song that makes a call on reflection about the future. Nice lyrics filled with hooks and a memorable melody. Richard’s vocal range is fantastic as well.

8 – Super Moon Alligator I had fun listening to the rap verse of this song. A track that sounds totally different than the rest.  Believe me! you won’t get this tune out of your head, as it is extremely catchy.

9 – Dick Whittington II This Synthpop song seems to tell a fairy tale that starts with “If you go to London town…” All seemed to make sense with its unconventional song title!

10 – Annonymous Here these guys play a mysterious, dark and melancholic tune. It’s infectiously catchy from start to finish, leaving you wanting more. It has a nice chorus, and Arron shines on synthesizers once again!

11 – Requiem For A Dying Star I could say this is my favorite Synthpop ballad of 2016! A song that creates a beautiful atmosphere, it’s about to the death of a real music star, David Bowie! Watch the lyrics video below.

In conclusion, somehow Jules Verne Theory reminded me of musical acts such as Depeche Mode, and Erasure, and if you’re a fan of electronic music and synthesizers then this album is perfect for you! The music genre still exists today and thanks to modern technology, artists have more advantages than in the past. In this case, the duo know how to use it pretty well. Not only their production skills will impress, but also the album’s songs that share interesting stories.

The album is coming out on Friday, July 29th, 2016 check out their website for more information:

www.julesvernetheory.com 

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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Gated Reverb Made An 80s Remix Of “Around The World” By Eivind Husebø

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‘s “Around The World” gets a striking 80s remix. Norwegian Producer Plextro aka Gated Reverb offers a unique spin to the original rockish song that is for sure a crowd-pleaser. One way or another, this new version is taking you on a trip to a retrofuturistic atmosphere. Undoubtedly, it’s 100% fun, infectious, and different.

I think the outcome turned out splendidly due to its Synthwave/Electro-Pop elements. The driving synths are an explosion of ecstasy and pleasure to the ears. Here, Eivind is demonstrating how versatile can sound his tracks with such a high-profile collaboration. What’s more, vocals remain untouched as they flow over booming drums daring you to dance. Besides that, its positive message that awakens in you the desire to win the world also prevails. Taking everything into account, it will be only a matter of time until you see him at the top of the game.

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A Must-Watch Funny Music Video, “Feels Right” By Roosevelt

‘POLYDANS’ is Roosevelt’s new album that will be released in 2021 and “Feels Right” his fresh single. There are tons of funny music videos out there, but this one plays with your imagination.

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‘POLYDANS’ is Roosevelt‘s new album that will be released on February 26th, 2021, and “Feels Right” his fresh single. To tell the truth, there are tons of funny music videos out there, but this one plays with your imagination. A must-watch clip with a hilarious story that revolves around complications with the creative direction in a shooting set.

Furthermore, this Electro-Pop tune radiates with perfect 80s vibes, which is part of his signature funky style. Nobody will make you want to dance like Roosevelt. The German singer has a voice that stands out so much when the background synths come into action. This is absolutely amazing, and all his fans are already eager to hear the next tracks. He is still signed to Greco-Roman, a record label based in Berlin and London. Enjoy.

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Experience Now This Feel-Good Jam Called “Downbeat” By Trynket

Filipino-born singer, songwriter, and filmmaker Trynket is set to make her name in the global Pop scene. What’s particularly jaw-dropping about “Downbeat” is surely its feel-good nature.

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Filipino-born singer, songwriter, and filmmaker Trynket is set to make her name in the global Pop scene. What’s particularly jaw-dropping about “Downbeat” is surely its feel-good nature. This jam sounds way different from her emotive ballad “Picture (In My Brain)”, which became her debut single and reached over 40K streams on Spotify in 2019.

Conversely, with “Downbeat” she invites you to dance without shame and move your hips like nobody’s watching. Inspired by Synthpop hits from the 80s, plus, unforgettable R&B cuts from the 90s, I think she’s artistically in the right direction. As a result, this particular blend of genres represents a breath of fresh air that is much needed in today’s saturated music industry.

Believe it or not, for the past two years Trynket has been recording upbeats tracks in Los Angeles. Since early childhood, she proved to be a natural talent. Not to mention, she composed her own songs at the age of five after starting piano lessons. Nowadays, she is blessed with a beautiful voice that fits well in any style. I can guarantee the music video for “Downbeat” is as good as the track itself. If you would like to transport yourself to a much warmer place, then I recommend you to watch it. There’s also a super fun choreography in this clip that could go viral on TikTok. Don’t miss it.

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XIMXIA Gives You Witchy Electro-Pop Vibes On New EP

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‘Anywhere But Here’
is the recent project from XIMXIA (shem-shee-ya). This EP consists of 4 tracks featuring witchy Electro-Pop vibes that will captivate you the entire time. With a pinch of melodrama that appeals to emotions, these songs talk about significant changes. From breaking out with your partner to moving out of town, every tune tells an engaging story. My favorite one is called “Spaces”, I simply admire the extra energy she puts in while performing this number.

Of course, all these songs include haunting sonic elements, seductive vocals, and an irresistible dark atmosphere. Interestingly enough, classical piano pieces served as the raw material of this EP. Consequently, I bet you’ll be listening to it on repeat. Embodying everything loved about popular artists like Annie Lennox, Sinéad O’Connor, and Robyn; XIMXIA is not far behind in topping the Billboard charts. Please show her some love by streaming her brilliant EP down here. I promise she won’t disappoint you at all.

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NINA Brings Back The Retro Music Era With “The Calm Before The Storm”

Are you feeling nostalgic today? The retro music era comes to life through NINA’s new video for “The Calm Before The Storm”. Watching the clip’s 80s vibes makes me think this is a trend that will stay for a long time.

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Are you feeling nostalgic today? The retro music era comes to life through NINA‘s new video for “The Calm Before The Storm”. Watching the clip’s 80s vibes makes me think this is a trend that will stay for a long time. Artists like The Weeknd, Kylie Minogue, and even Miley Cyrus are taking the same direction.

Actually, NINA is a pioneer of the Synthwave style much before them. This talented lady from Germany sings from the heart and that’s exactly my favorite part. The contagious chorus of this single taken from her last album, ‘Synthian’ does not fail to impress too. A room with coin-operated arcade video games, plus, the retro-styled car could not be absent in the amazing visuals produced by Final Films. Enjoy it.

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Lyrics

You cross the line
In disguise
Now you’re standing all alone

You change your looks
Change your name
You’re still running on your own (You’re still running)

Looking back
It was all too clear like written on the wall

And it’s alright
But you fear the worst is yet to come along
This is…

The calm before the storm
(I surrender)
The calm before the storm
(I surrender)

For every step, every turn,
There are shadows standing tall
Broken promises
Something’s waiting in the sky

Looking back
It was all too clear like written on the wall

And it’s alright
But you fear the worst is yet to come along
This is…

The calm before the storm
(I surrender)
The calm before the storm
(I surrender)

How did it come to this?
 Why am I always on the run from you?
Is this reality?
 We have forever lost the truth of our despair
There is no doubt that we
Should gather strength and be prepared for what’s to come
It seems I’m losing you
And the only place that I can breathe again
Is in in your arms

The calm before the storm
(I surrender)
The calm before the storm
(I surrender)

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