Into Into You – Geoff Ong

Pop, pop rock

Self proclaimed “pop star for dorks” Geoff Ong has released another single, and it’s insanely catchy. I first heard the track on release day, and the optimistic hook line has been rattling around in my brain ever since. The icing on the Into Into You cake is the fun and professional music video choreographed by Anton Pulefale and Victoria Villapol, and directed by Geoff Ong himself.

The music video starts with Pulefale and Villapol standing back to back in a studio with a light directed at the camera. Ong asks the question “is it weird to think we could have been just strangers passing by in the street?” before wondering about the universe and its plans. It’s a feel good song, all about revelling in the magic of new love.

The dancers capture the mesmerising nature of a new relationship by moving in slow motion together. They snap into an energetic chorus while the movement of the editing aligns with the rhythm section. It’s a carefully considered video, but it still feels charming and genuine; the dancers look like they had a lot of fun filming it.

Tastefully filmed and edited by an artist with countless strings to his bow, Into Into You is infectiously groovy. The next time you need a slice of optimism load up the video and get smiling. Don’t miss Geoff Ong when he next plays live – his shows are outrageously dynamic, and so much fun.

Stay – Max Earnshaw

INDIE, pop rock

Max Earnshaw’s latest single Stay has an infectious feel good groove that has you bopping and toe tapping right in your seat.
The track is chocka with tight grooves from reknown Adam Tobeck, juicy guitar tones from Christo Karadjov, James, Fistonich and Max Earnshaw himself, all wrapped masterfully together by a Luan Meaker Mix.
Max brings the same fun and positivity to his tracks that you’d expect from Jet or Franz Ferdinand. We can’t wait to hear this track live when Aunty Cindy lets us play again!

Stay is a Bandcamp exclusive! So find it here.

Make sure to follow Max for future bops. Facebook, Instagram, Spotify.

Down Down – Screams From The Sun

Electro Rock, INDIE, Indie Rock, pop rock

Down Down from Screams From the Sun is one of the most fresh tracks we’ve reviewed at Kiwi’s Listen. Unable to be held back by the pandemic, they recorded this pop-rock banger in isolation. The duo blends “emo feels” and “80s Hollywood Blockbuster” into what we hear as a darker Twenty One Pilots. The soundscape is quite electronic and alt-pop reminiscent of groups such as Everything Everything and Linkin Park’s ‘A Thousand Suns’. However this group undeniably has the energy of 2000s emo rock groups driving it. A heavy distorted sliding synth unapologetically supports the chorus line “Down Down”, but really helps provide the key hook to the track making use of the empty space around it.

The Duo Mimi and Francis originally met in 2017 when busking, they paired their skills and spent a year writing and busking around London, getting established with venues and unsigned festivals. Screams From the Sun has successfully got themselves on Rolling Stone France and even played with Jared Leto during a performance outside the BBC Radio1 in 2018.

We’re excited to hear what new music comes from the dynamic duo! Make sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Spotify.

Higher than the Sky- Jarni Blair

pop rock

Self proclaimed “geek pop” artist Jarni Blair has captured the sound of the sun with Higher than the Sky. A skilled instrumentalist and songwriter, Blair’s music is consistently well crafted, and his latest single is no exception to this rule. As a performer he exudes a sense of peace, and genuine excitement for sharing his work with the world.

Higher than the Sky is the summer jam we were all waiting for. Blair’s sound is reminiscent of John Mayer, featuring maestro guitar lines and feel good lyrics. Having said this, he continues to impress with his ability to get creative with his words, dodging overt cliches. One line that I found particularly charming was “she’s got no trouble tying a guide rope around the sunshine for me”. This sentiment captures the promise of a happy relationship.

The production on Higher than the Sky is tasteful, resulting in a full sound with momentum. The addition of half a line through a vocal filter gives the tune personality. From the studio to the retro themed music video, it’s clear to see that Blair had a lot of fun recording this song. 

Higher than the Sky does remarkably well at holding its audience for four and a half minutes in a world with a two minute attention span. It’s a classic summer bop. One listen had me pining after a beer on K Road— and I don’t even drink beer. Keep up with Jarni on Facebook and instagram.