George Reece - All Of The Lights | EP Review

You may remember at Christmas, we made our Christmas Hit George Reece's Every Little Thing. Now, the singer, songwriter, producer (frankly the list goes on) has released a new five-track EP, All Of The Lights.

It's hard to pinpoint what genre George's music falls into as he clearly draws on a lot of influences and is no stranger to producing a wide range of music. He even once created a track using the sounds made by his baby nephew. Whilst that track hasn't quite made the cut of this record, the five that did are really quite stunning!
The EP opens with Lights, carrying an electronic futuristic vibe, complete with sonic beats and synths. Paired with George's falsetto, the track is wonderfully entrancing and dreamlike, hooking you in on the first listen.
Next up is Park Poem, which begins with a very long instrumental of almost two minutes and features a fairly long interlude, giving the track an overall time of seven and a half minutes. Think such a long time makes a…

2016: My Year In Review

My first blog post of 2017! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and that you're now enjoying a good start to the new year. As I said in my post about my 2016 blog achievements, last year was a 'wonky' year. There was Brexit, Trump, and we lost a disastrous number of famous greats as well as innocents facing war and strife in their home nations. 

However, rather than reviewing the whole world's 2016, I thought I'd just review my own. There's been a lot of reflective posts surfacing recently, but that's no bad thing. I've kept mine mainly positive, as I want this to set the tone for my 2017. Things definitely went wrong too but it's important to count your blessings and let the sun shine through the clouds, right?

One of the highlights of my year by far is not so much an event but these three people. The last six months of our uni course were testing to say the least but we supported each other, laughed til we cried, danced, and celebrated in style, w…

My 2016 Blog Achievements

2016 is finally drawing to a close and this will actually be my last post until 2017, as I think it's important to take some time off to relax at Christmas/New Year. In a year where everything went a bit, erm, wonky, all over the world, it's important to reflect on the good moments too. As far as blogging is concerned, 2016 was my best year ever for various reasons. Adamant that 2016 won't go down as 'the year we should delete from history', I'm keeping it positive with my top five achievements over the past 12 months!

1. Without a doubt, my personal highlight in terms of blogging was being awarded Highly Commended at the UK Blog Awards 2016 in the PR, Media, Marketing and Communications category. To be voted for by the public (thanks everyone!) into the top 10 and then be given a runner-up prize by industry experts, was a huge personal and professional achievement.

2. I never feel like it's necessary to reveal my blog's statistics publicly but what I wil…

Christmas Hit: George Reece - Every Little Thing

In the true spirit of Christmas, this week, our Fresh Hit is a Christmas Hit - how original is that, eh? 

Our good friend George Reece has written, recorded and produced this original Christmas Hit titled Every Little Thing, and we think it's pretty special. 

Listen to the music and it seems like a pretty typical upbeat festive track, but delve a little deeper, and the song carries a much greater bittersweet meaning. The lyrics are all about being far from a loved one at Christmas time, and wishing that you could bring them closer, something which a lot of people who are in long-distance relationships can associate with. 

George's isolation in the video is rather touching, as we see him decorate a forest (why not?) with lights and baubles, as well as the tree in his living room, entirely on his own. We think this Youtuber, producer, writer, film-maker and all-round nice guy has done a superb job of reminding everyone to appreciate everyone they love - near or far - this holiday!


Video of the Week: Love Ghost - Forgive Me

Our Video of the Week goes to Love Ghost for Forgive Me!

Love Ghost are a four-piece hailing from Los Angeles. Inspired by the 90’s grunge subculture, the band pays tribute to the alternative rock genre, while creating a unique and modern sound. Having grown up together, the four-piece are able to poignantly express both the hardships and joys of suburban teenage culture within their music. 

The band was formed by frontman Finn Bell, who at just 15-year-old brings a maturity beyond his years to the table, with his soulful lyrics and arrangements. Despite the band all being teenagers, their raw musical skill creates a nostalgic triumph of distorted guitar melodies, heavy drums and emotionally stimulated lyrics. Love Ghost’s musical composition is inspired by a mix of old universal horror films meshed with iconic grunge artists such as Nirvana and Alice in Chains.  

Check out the video for Forgive Me below!

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A Fresh Start

After recently writing that post-graduation life is frustrating in my last personal post, Juggling Commitments, I'm pleased to say I've secured a full-time grad job and start in January!

I do really love blogging, it's been a passion of mine for a long time, and it's equipped me with pretty good time management skills. However, the endless struggle to do everything for the blog - much more than meets the eye - as well as completing assignments at uni until earlier on this year, and more recently, working part time, was beginning to grate on me. I've had to resort to mainly writing music posts because the inspiration for those drops into my inbox daily, and my main aim with this blog continues to be to support unsigned artists.

Regardless, from the new year, HD Online will be taking a back seat. If I'm entirely honest, I'm not reluctant to do that, purely because I'm excited to start a career, meet new people and be earning a proper salary. Of course, I…

Video of the of the Week: Diana Gordon - Woman

This week, our Video of the Week goes to Diana Gordon for Woman!

Directed by Cameron McCool, Woman marks Diana's debut video with her given name, and is the follow-up to her first single The Legend of, back in Summer. She has previously released under her stage name, Wynter Gordon, and is even credited with writing and producing for Beyoncé's latest album, Lemonade.

Talking about the video for Woman, Diana says: "We shot this video on a cold day in November. 5 pregnant women on the cusp of giving birth and hungry, everyone having to pee at the same time. It was also one of the calmest days I’ve ever experienced. We all wanted to capture the incredible beauty of this ancient magic called 'creation of life.' I also wanted to give them classic beautiful images to show their children when they were older. 

This song, that is rock & roll reincarnated, that celebrates your mother, my mother, your sister, and my sister is just my way to stand up for the woman next to me…