Broods Release “Don’t Feed The Pop Monster”

Broods Release “Don’t Feed The Pop Monster”

The brother-sister duo Broods have been on my radar for years… They had me hooked with 2014’s “Bridges” and then again on 2016’s “We Had Everything”. But once “Peach” was released in 2018, I knew this era of Broods would be different from what I’ve heard in the past. After being dropped by Capitol Records, the release of Don’t Feed The Pop Monster feels a bit like an FU to anyone who tore Broods down over the past couple of years.

Lead singer, Georgia Nott shed some light on this new chapter, “Our goal was to make songs that are true to us, without hiding behind any kind of façade…we worked really hard and went through a thousand different emotions in the process. The fact that we can feel so many different emotions and still make something that’s so true to us—to me that’s the most important part of this whole experience and we’re so excited to finally share this album with the world.”

Monster kicks off with the electric “Sucker”. Georgia’s wispy voice lulls you into a gorgeous alt-pop dream. Similar to an anthem we’d hear from singer Robyn , the lyrics repeat, “I’m such a sucker for everything.” Georgia references not being able to keep up with trends and what’s cool, singing, “I’ll always go back to the same old things, my Stevie and Sting.” “Sucker” is the perfect introduction to the changes about to come on the rest of this album.

“Falling Apart” sticks out with a captivating electronic sound paired with muffled vocals in all the right places. A slower back beat carries “Apart” as one of the slowest on the album while still able to keep you hooked into Broods’ ultimate musical trance. “Dust” feels like it could’ve been a Fleetwood Mac B-Side in 2019 with subtle repetitive guitars, a steady drum beat, and floating vocals (a la Stevie Nicks).

One of the most powerful tracks on the album is “Too Proud”. Caleb takes his spot as lead on this one, proving his singing ability is just as impressive as sister Georgia. “Proud” discusses depression and being too proud to express your true emotions. He sings with a punch, “Too many times that I’ve been too proud to let it out, when I feel it’s too much to handle.” Caleb said he wrote the song while experiencing depression between albums; “Last year, there was a period of time where there wasn’t anything going on, and I was just like, ‘F**k – what am I doing, why am I here? I just got really deep in my own hole. I didn’t even notice until I came out of it. That’s when I wrote it, when I was actually happier. Once you sit back and go, ‘oh, shit’, that was when I was able to reflect on how I was feeling.” Broods released the music video for “Too Proud” featuring a harrowing look into life with depression; “‘Too Proud’ is for everyone who has ever felt that stigma that mental health struggles are shameful. It’s NOT shameful… If you can relate to the feelings conveyed in this video & song please take care of yourself and don’t hesitate to reach out to someone who can help.”

This review is already way longer than I wanted it to be but I can’t help it…there are so many beautiful things to say about this album. Don’t Feed The Pop Monster ends on a euphoric note with the lullaby-esque “Life After”.

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Music Video Roundup!

1.) “Heartlines” – Broods

A beautiful song that the band describes as when “the person you’re into lives on the other side of the world.” Co-written by their friend and fellow alt-star Lorde, “Heartlines” has an attractive beat making you feel the magic behind every lyric. The golden desert hues highlight the euphoric beam in lead singer Georgia’s eyes.


 

2.) “No Shopping” – French Montana feat. Drake

These two are the older brothers you wish you had. A quick comedy sketch kicks off the video as the two converse in accents on a golf course. Don’t worry though, the booty shaking women and booze come soon after…


 

3.) “Dang!” – Mac Miller feat. Anderson .Paak

This hyped up hand-clapper takes on a “Thrift Shop” vibe as Miller is seen prancing through the streets smirking and dancing around women. There’s no doubt this song is a summer jam waiting to happen. The colorful video pays homage to old school music; the kind we should be listening to.


 

4.) “Make Me” – Britney Spears feat. G-Eazy

Ms. Spears takes on her inner girly girl and giggles with friends as they hit on a hot dude and invite him to a casting call for her video. While hot men serenade a microphone, Britney prances and whips her hair in scantily clad clothes, because she’s Britney Spears so who cares, right?


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Summer vibes

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Boat rides, backyard BBQ’s, late nights with friends, long car rides. Welcome to summer! Let these artists help you enjoy the sunshine and good times.

 

BROODS

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The coolest brother-sister duo out there. These two are taking the electro-pop scene by storm. Their new album, Conscious made waves on iTunes the day it came out, and for good reason. Heavy synths and addicting drum beats line every song as Georgia’s vocals remain as heavenly as ever. They can make you dance on a boat or make out under the stars.

 


 

USHER

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That’s right. The man is back at it again with some HOT jamz for those summer days. The R&B/hip-hop King released the Diplo-produced melancholy “Crash” and the straight up saucy, “No Limit” featuring newcomer Young Thug. Both show Usher’s range of musical talent that we’ve been missing for what feels like forever.

 

 


 

Tegan & Sara

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Their new album, Love You To Death will put you back into a pop trance you haven’t been in for quite some time. 80’s synths and catchy lyrics are scattered through every track. The opening song, “That Girl” gives us a glimpse into what the rest of the album will be; a pretty/emotional/fun look at love. These two are far from the train track thud of 2007’s “Back In Your Head.”

 


 

Nick Jonas

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There’s no doubt that NJ is at the top of his game in 2016. He’s currently on a mega-tour with pop sensation and BFF, Demi Lovato, and just released one of his most honest and experimental albums to date, Last Year Was Complicated. This album has it all, the sappy songs (listen to the emotionally charged “Chainsaw”), some pop/dance anthems (the sizzling “Bacon” feat. Ty Dolla $ign and the sultry “Under You”),  and some R&B feelers (check out the beautifully layered “Comfortable”) His falsetto is better than ever, and so is his musicality. Jonas is everything pop music needs at the moment.

 


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Music Mondays: “We Had Everything”

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Key Item: Gathered black tank

Color Concepts: All black everything with a pop or neutral

Shoe Situation: Raf Simons adidas collab.

 

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Image: toomanyblogs.co.uk

Electro pop is what comes to mind when you hear Broods’ new song, “We Had Everything.” A thudding skip-beat follows lead singer Georgia Nott’s gentle pipes as she sings, “We were young, we were proud, we were promising.” You can almost see the indie film playing in the background; two young kids, crazy in love, running down moonlit streets, kissing in diner windows. It’s no doubt this brother-sister duo have made a name for themselves in the alternative genre. Their new album Conscious proves their powerful lyrical content is here to stay. “Everything” focuses on a naïve young relationship and all the good that comes with it, knowing that mistakes are inevitable. As usual, synths lead this song into a solid head-bopper you can’t resist but blast in your car.


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The February Blues

You know when mid February comes around, the snow is muddy and it’s those uncomfortable temperatures? You sit in your room and wish spring was here so you could frolic in your floral print blouse to a Florence & the Machine song in your backyard? Here are some musical ways to cure the February Blues.

1.) Listen to Childish Gambino’s Kauai while cleaning your bedroom.

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The mellow beach tones will relax and remind you of what it’s like to not have so much stress in your life. Dust that bookshelf, pick up those dirty clothes and try not to sway your hips to “Sober”.

2.) Channel your inner Florence & the Machine and do some serious clothes shopping.

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Go through your closet, get rid of those old sweaters that make you look lumpy and buy some cheap kimono’s and tank tops at your nearby TJ Maxx. Play “What the Water Gave Me” on your way to the mall with your hair flowing free out the window.

 

3.) Put Banks’ Goddess on shuffle and make some DIY projects.

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Make your girls some cute chokers (shout out to those Michael’s coupons), preppy hats, or even some graphic Tees. Play “F*** Em Only We Know” and be thankful you have the coolest friends in the world.

 

4.) Go through your music and make the best party playlist.

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There’s no better feeling than playing that Destiny’s Child song all your girls know as you’re pre-gaming for a fun night out. Take some time to add all the good ones and the new ones. Don’t forget, “This Is How We Do It” – Montell Jordan, “Cha Cha” – DRAM, and “Rock Your Body” – Justin Timberlake.

 

5.) Listen to Broods and start that paper you’ve been putting off.

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The chill vibes of “Bridges” and “Pretty Thing” will put you into a productive trance. Before you know it, you’ll be trudging onto page ten. The lyrics are hymn-like and just enough to keep you from getting super distracted.


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Spotlight On: Troye Sivan

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image via: http://www.josepvinaixa.com

Recently new to the music scene, but no stranger to stardom, Troye Sivan released his EP titled Wild, this past Friday and fans are LOVING every minute of it. Sivan teased them with aesthetically pleasing teasers leading up to the launch of his EP. One video in particular titled “‘BLUE NEIGHBOURHOOD’ TRILOGY TRAILER, BY TROYE SIVAN” gained the most support from fans; “I just broke the replay button”, “HOW IS THERE SO MUCH EMOTION IN 48 SECONDS”, “i’m just letting you know that this only got 1,050,866 views because they’re all me. I’ve watched this so much, they’re all me i swear”, etc… Talk about RAVE REVIEWS.

Check it out for yourself:

Wild features six heavy tracks dealing with young love, coming out, growing up, and strong feelings. Sivan stands for the young wild youth. Eclectic compositions glitter through this EP from start to finish. It’s beautiful to see electronic music having such a strong influence on the pop scene right now. Producing strong unique material is becoming quite popular and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Sivan’s voice is extremely unique. He keeps the innocence of a youngster while his vocal range and quality go far beyond his 20 years. Title track “Wild”, features child-like back-up vocals while keeping the theme of young love with a hint of rebellion; “Running on the music and night highs, but when the light’s out, It’s me and you now.”

Closing track, “DKLA” takes on a different feel. Slightly darker, more intense, using hip-hop beats and more electronics. Not to mention, a verse from hip-hop artist Tkay Maidza. Sivan’s voice is the perfect contrast to the harsh beats surrounding the sultry verses; “Wrapped my thoughts around your mind, wrapped your body on my mind.” “DKLA” deserves to be on every “chill vibes” playlist known to man.

Although Sivan stands strong on his own, he did have some stellar guests add charm to his already enchanting records. Alt group, Broods guest on the song “EASE”. Front woman Georgia Knott’s breath-y vocals blend effortlessly with Troye’s soft harmonies making this record a serious stand-out among the rest.

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Sivan with Caleb and Georgia of the band Broods. image via: projectu.tv

For a newcomer, Sivan is doing all the right things and surely making a name for himself in an industry that only gets more competitive day after day. Cheers to that!

-Abbey

Evergreen is everlasting

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You may have never heard of the band “Broods” but you are about to. This electro pop infused alternative band are unique in their own way. Made up of brother and sister duo Georgia and Caleb Nott, hailing from New Zealand. Georgia’s voice emulates other fantastic performers like Ellie Goulding and Lorde, while Caleb plays multiple instruments and provides back up vocals.

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image from: bing.com

Their debut album “Evergreen” was recently released and it is fantastic (for lack of a better word.) Broods’ sound is infused with bass, electronic synths, and some piano chords. A darker vibe haunts the album as you hear on the title track “Evergreen”. The song talks about overcoming your fears, feeling infinite, and maybe going steady with someone?

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Their lyrics are so genius that you wish you wrote them yourself:

-“Since we decided to be infinite, there’s no ending and there’s no fear.” (“Evergreen”)

-“It’s where my heart was made, and my feet will always land.” (“Mother & Father”)

-“I wanna make you feel how I feel when I’m listening to love songs, I wanna take you to the peak of everything that you are.” (“Four Walls”)

This album was created in five weeks…FIVE. Are you freaking kidding me? I wish I had that amount of focus and talent. To compile something so raw, powerful, and beautiful in that amount of time is mind blowing. Props to these two for really showing their work ethic.

One of the stand out tracks on the album is “Four Walls”. It’s a gorgeous and incredibly human homage to true love as Georgia’s voice sweetly sings “You’re everything I need tonight.” Piano chords and airy background harmonies tell the story of falling in love in a matter of three and a half minutes.

Maybe there’s something in the water abroad that is not on our American soil. It seems that some of the greatest talent comes from somewhere else. Well, I’m not complaining.

These siblings also have a knack for making the most visually appealing music videos. Combining compelling imagery, hipster vibes, and colorful backdrops in the most artistic way. They also show their simplistic side in the video for “Mother & Father”. The video is shot in black and white as we see Georgia dancing around to the beat wearing a classic black get up complete with bad ass 90’s chokers. The emotional impact this song has is felt through the simple video.

Broods are on a truly magnetic path to success, so go check them out!

-Abbey