|Bishop Briggs||Church of Scars|
Bishop Briggs — Church of Scars (Apr 20, 2018)
•★• Vydala 8 písní a už vyprodala taková místa, jako třeba Bluebird Theatre v Denveru s kapacitou 550. Souful singer and songwriter of dark electro~pop, with a stage name borrowed from her family’s hometown of Bishopbriggs, Scotland. After amassing over 400 million global streams, the rising indie pop artist unveils her first full~length
Born: July 18, 1992 in London, UK
Location: London, England ~ Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Alternative, Singer~songwriter
Album release: Apr 20, 2018
Record Label: Teleport Records, under exclusive lic. to Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
01 Tempt My Trouble 3:13
02 River 3:36
03 Lyin’ 3:06
04 White Flag 3:50
05 Dream 3:14
06 Wild Horses 3:09
07 Hallowed Ground 2:54
08 Water 3:21
09 The Fire 3:03
10 Hi~Lo (Hollow) 4:11
℗ 2018 Teleport Records, under exclusive license to Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Similar: Banks, Rihanna, Elliphant, London Grammar, Marian Hill, Astrid S, Kiiara, Skylar Grey, Alessia Cara, Rafaella, Sia
•★• With an extraordinary voice and gale~force choruses the former Sarah Grace McLaughlin casts a dazzling spell for her Pandora’s box of a debut album. Named after the Scottish town from which her parents hail (and helping avoid name confusion with a certain US folk legend), the singer~songwriter earned her spurs on a musical journey that moved from London to L.A. via Tokyo. The result is sophisticated pop that calls forth bombastic gothic romance (“River,” “White Flag”) and bassy, hip~hop grooves (“Hallowed Ground”).
•★• Bishop Briggs is a Los Angeles~based singer and songwriter of dark pop. Born Sarah Grace McLaughlin, she was briefly known as BISHOP before reverting to the full form of her branding inspiration, her family’s hometown of Bishopbriggs, Scotland, in order to avoid confusion with a heavy metal band of the same name. Briggs was born in London, England to Scottish parents but attended school in Tokyo and Hong Kong before settling in Los Angeles after secondary school. There, she was heard performing in a local bar, which led to the recording of her first single, “Wild Horses,” with the producing team of Mark Jackson and Ian Scott, who also helped launch the indie rock band DOROTHY. The song was licensed for an Acura TV commercial and became an Internet hit. Exhibiting shades of trip~hop with acoustic guitar, electronic beats, and a strong dose of soul, “River” followed in early 2016 and hit multiple streaming and social networking charts. The success of her early singles brought widespread exposure for Briggs, and by the fall of that year she was opening shows for Coldplay and Kaleo and had made her television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The re~release of her “Wild Horses” single fared well on U.S. charts and was later included on her self~titled debut EP in early 2017. March 2018 saw the release of the single “White Flag.” ~ Marcy Donelson
BY SAL CINQUEMANI, APRIL 12, 2018; Score: ***
•★• There were reasons to be optimistic about the 1990s revival. The decade saw, for the first and perhaps last time, the blurring of the line between the underground and the mainstream in pop music; introspective singer~songwriters, indie bands, socially conscious rappers, even brooding trip~hop artists from across the pond comingled amicably on the charts. But ‘90s nostalgia has, to this point, mostly consisted of the resurrection of questionable fashion (scrunchies, mom jeans) and TV (Will and Grace, Roseanne).
•★• British singer~songwriter Bishop Briggs’s “River,” however, is the kind of song you might have heard sandwiched between Paula Cole’s “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and the Spice Girls’s “Wannabe” on the radio in the late ‘90s. The track’s mix of blues~rock and more contemporary elements — like handclaps that morph into trap snares — feels like a throwback to the alternative~pop bands that infiltrated Top 40 stations just before the turn of the century. And Briggs’s debut, Church of Scars, delivers in kind, with a series of gothic~soul dirges and blues~inflected pop.
•★• The looped refrain on “River” sounds like it was lifted from Adele’s 25, an album that could have, in turn, used some of Briggs’s trip~hop edge. Church of Scars harnesses the soulful blues~pop that Adele has so deftly deployed on hits like “Rolling in the Deep.” Standouts “Wild Horses” and “Hallowed Ground” are defined by canned horns and reverb~drenched vocals, while the classic R&B tropes of “Lyin’” and “Hi~Lo (Hollow)” are juxtaposed by pitched~down and diced~up vocals, respectively.
•★• Spread across 10 tracks, though, Briggs’s formula ultimately reveals itself to be one~note. The incessant box~stomping and earnest belting on “Dream” obliterates the subtlety of the song’s pensive acoustic guitar strains and gospel humming. For all its sermonizing and church~y fundamentals, the album is largely joyless. “Why can’t I let my demons lie?/Keep screaming into the pillow,” Briggs laments on “Wild Horses.” When, two~thirds of the way through Church of Scars, the singer cynically bemoans that “there’s more pain in love than we can find in hate,” her dour disposition has grown exhausting.
Tyler Harvey, April 26, 2017
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|Bishop Briggs||Church of Scars|
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