‘How To Make Paperboats’ : a creative interpretation I

It’s children with messy hair and crooked smiles who find happiness in the little things. Jumping into puddles with your friends, making little boats and setting them afloat, laughing for no reason at all, it’s about joy in it’s most unadulterated form. It’s innocence, carefree grins, crinkled eyes and open minds. It’s making a paperboat and setting it to sea, certain that it would reach the farthest corners of the earth without a tear. It’s loud laughs that surprise you as they escape, it’s skinned knees and cartoon bandaids. It’s happiness simply for the sake of it, bereft of worries and anxieties and inhibitions. It’s living in a whirlwind world, slowing down, taking a breath, savoring the moment. It’s about making a little boat and letting it go, the feeling of being part of something unfathomably bigger than yourself, the idea that maybe, just maybe, that boat could float forever.

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Music Review: Joji

In 2017, fans of the YouTube channel TVFilthyFrank were gutted to hear that the creator of this content, George Miller would be hanging up his YouTube boots and taking on a new project under a new persona, and thus began the career of Joji. Joji’s genre can only be described as music for rainy days, some of it elating, others deflating, but all carrying the unique vocals of Joji. The production of all his tracks are superb and remind us of the likes of Supertramp and Pink Floyd. His work is also very experimental, constantly looking for new sounds to incorporate in his ‘lo-fi’ vibe, this has resulted in some very different sounds, like the use of bottles in the song Demons. Having released one EP (In tongues), one album (Ballads 1) and several singles (most recently sanctuary) Joji continues to impress with the pushing of new vocal and sonic limits. Some of his best songs include Slow Dancing in the Dark, Sanctuary, Demons and Pills.

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Music Review: The Hidden Gem’s ‘Hawaii : Part 2’

For most people, December 12th,2012 was a normal day, however, in a small corner of the internet an album was released under the pseudonym of ミラクルミュージカル (English: Miracle Musical) called Hawaii: part 2. This once in a lifetime operatic album carries a wide range of symphonic, melodic and lyrical styles and does so unapologetically. Two stand out songs in this album for me would be “White Ball” and “The Mind Electric”. White Ball, inspired by Western classical styles, features a beautiful string section and features amazing vocals courtesy Joe Hawley (the man behind Miracle Musical). The lyrics themselves speak of a graceful love between two individuals and convey that feeling beautiful using very powerful imagery. “The Mind Electric” combines classical and electronic in a way that is fresh, powerful and enrapturing from the first beat. The lyrics convey the story of the capture, trial and sentencing of an individual for a crime he didn’t commit and it could not be more impactful. With amazing piano and guitar sections, this song is truly unique. Hawaii:Part 2 is a fresh new take on what constitutes and album and how to be inspired by various styles. It is this fresh new take that hooks one on to the album and keeps one listening right till the last note.

Rating-9.5/10

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Music Review: Vincent by Don McLean

The third song in his 1971 album “American Pie” Vincent tells us the story of the pained artist Vincent Van Gogh. In what amounts to an unbelievably beautiful performance, McLean uses his two best instruments: his voice and his guitar to take us through the life of the troubled artist. The tone of the song is reminiscent of one of his winding, calming yet emotional brush strokes. This bare bones song has the power to move one to tears using only an emotion filled voice and a simple acoustic guitar. All of this is enhanced by the brilliant lyricism that contains vivid imagery, so much so that it can almost be classed as poetry. An all time great song, “Vincent” truly sets the benchmark for ballads today.

Rating- 9\10

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Music Review: The Logical Song by Supertramp

The second song in their hit album “Breakfast in America”, The Logical Song is a sharp and effective criticism of the way we perceive education and knowledge. Specifically, its legitimacy in a “PC” culture. Just as Pink Floyd did in “Another Brick in the Wall Pt.2”, Supertramp urges us to shun societal standards and value our thoughts and intelligence based on our own system of morals. The theme of being eccentric and unique is conveyed through the effective use of a Staccato saxophone solo which ends the song. An extremely powerful song, its lyrics hold true even today, 40 years after its 1979 release.

Rating- 9/10

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Music Review: Thus Always to Tyrants by The Oh Hellos

A single from their 2015 album “Dear Wormwood”: this song bookends the adventure driven album by providing us with a sense of freedom and discovery, both sonically and lyrically. The stand out feature of this song has to be the amazing arrangement of the instrument section, giving a fantastic open feeling to the whole song. The stand out instrument would have to be the guitar, which conveys the whole theme of adventure beautifully. The singing is also spot on in this single, with strong and powerful performances from both members of the band.

Rating– 8.5/10

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