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Thursday 06 August 2020

Junodream Issue A Timely Tale Of Contemporary Neuroses Swathed In A Soundscape Of Ever Expanding Musical Genres

Quintet Junodream are drawing on a wider palette of sounds for new single Easy Life, with post-rock and modern prog blending into their expansive mix of shoegaze and psychedelia. 

The result is intricately detailed and dynamically tense, offering a precarious balance between escalating menace and dreamy atmospherics.
The song's concept is based around contemporary neuroses: people becoming overwhelmed by the demands of daily life and then slowly becoming enamoured and isolated by their online activity. 

It was written before lockdown, but its meaning has grown in stature since. 

With so many people now working from home and even the most social butterflies forced to connect with others remotely, how will things change as society reintegrates?
Junodream commented: 

"'Easy Life' is fundamentally about laziness and insecurity. Actively alienating yourself from the real world. 

"Social exhaustion and anxiety can drive people online and there's a safety in doing that, although you can inadvertently alienate yourself from the real world.  

"You put on a different skin online and easy validation will follow if you're willing to betray reality.

"But the music has a darker undertone to it. How easy do you want it to be, before it consumes you completely?"

Junodream were formed at school by five friends who shared a mutual admiration for the likes of Radiohead, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Pavement and Slowdive. 

After leaving university they reunited, they moved to a small village in Hampshire to fully focus on their music. 

With little in the way of local distractions and almost no respite from each other, their collective claustrophobia paid off as Junodream emerged as a band with something unique to say..
The band's recent Pink Floyd cover, Gorillaz cover and Isolation Mixtape gives a further flavour of their influences. 

The Isolation Mixtape ranges from modern favourites such as Alvvays and Weyes Blood, before charting back through King Krule, LCD Soundsystem, Joy Division and Pink Floyd. 

The band also recently released their new Podcast series, dream_cast talking about various topics including the charts, Glastonbury and more.
For more info on Junodream CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley


Environmental activists placed more than two-hundred pairs of shoes outside Hove Town Hall to symbolise the numbers killed or seriously injured every year in Brighton by air pollution and road traffic accidents.

Green councillors joined Brighton residents in Hanover and Elm Grove to create a 'pop-up parklet', a temporary mini-outdoor space with chairs, cushions, a rug, plants and decorations. 

Towner International - Eastbourne's Towner's inaugural contemporary art biennial - hopes to address how artistic communities are recording and responding to the economic, political, cultural, and environmental changes that are unfolding across the world today. 

Two Brighton-born digital companies are celebrating a joint nomination for a national award in recognition of their pioneering support for local loneliness charity, TogetherCo during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A community charity campaign, launched last month to support Sussex charities, not-for-profit groups and services that have felt the devastating financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, received an incredible response from the public who nominated local charities and then voted for the winner.

Paloma Faith wrote most of the songs for her forthcoming fifth album, Infinite Things, before the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world. Then the world went into lockdown, and she ripped them all up and started afresh. 

Death was a subject that had long fascinated Tunng's Sam Genders; a preoccupation not born out of the macabre so much as a curiosity about the fundamental purpose of existence — but also a hesitancy he had noticed around others' grief; a wish to be supportive in the right way, to say the right thing in the face of loss. 

Around one hundred mums, dads, kids and grandparents took part in the colourful family-friendly “bike swarm”, which began at The Level before progressing down the Old Steine, along Madeira Drive, then west to the West Pier.
Credit Magnus Andersen

Rising Icelandic singer-songwriter and one-time Brighton resident, Axel Flóvent, calls Reykjavík home, but also the inspiration behind his upcoming full-length debut, You Stay By The Sea
Credit Pooneh Ghana

Having used the internet as their playground in pioneering ways for the last six months, Glass Animals have decided to reimagine their live show to create a one-time-only virtual gig/experience. 

A cutting-edge series of video masterclasses aimed at demystifying the process of writing music for young people has launched. 
Credit Olivia Rose

Mercury Prize 2020 shortlisted Kiwanuka looks inward and out, across widescreen sonic landscapes constructed in recording studios in London, Los Angeles and New York, and provides a showcase for the honey-poured mahogany of Michael Kiwanuka's voice.

Entrepreneurial theatre performers from Sussex could be among those to benefit from a much needed lifeline to artists whose careers have been left devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Credit Jodie Canwell

"I love where I live," says Teesside-born singer-songwriter Tom Joshua. "It's a rousing group of towns to be from – these songs just wouldn't exist away from home."

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