Tag: Do What You Want

Lyric Video: Jess McAvoy’s Coquettish 50s Rock Inspired Ode to Enjoying the Moment with Others

Jess McAvoy is a Melbourne, Australia-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter and guitarist, who over the course of the past 25 years has written, recorded and self-produced 13 albums within a wide variety of styles and genres, including singer/songwriter folk, pop and rock. But if one thing has been consistent throughout McAvoy’s career is that her work is centered by a disarming honesty, deep self-awareness and openheartedness. Interestingly, McAvoy’s latest single “Do What You Want” finds the Melbourne-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter drawing the blues and classic rock — and while in some way, the song reminds me a bit of Terra Lightfoot, the song is coquettish yet heartfelt. 

Unsurprisingly, the song is influenced by McAvoy’s own personal experience as it was written when she was seeing someone and even though she felt that her heart wasn’t quite open to a romantic commitment, both she and her partner were open to having a good time together. Sometimes, you have to enjoy the love that enters your life for as long as you can hold on it because everything in this world is fleeting.

New Video: The Presets Return with an Anthemic Festival Banger Paired with Wild, Psychedelic Imagery

Comprised of Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes, the Sydney, Australia-based electronic music production and artist duo The Presets can trace their origins to when the duo met while studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Hamilton and Moyes quickly became recognized for crating a sound that electronic dance music with an arena rock energy and vibe — and as a result, the duo signed with renowned Australian dance music label Modular Recordings, who released their first two EPs and their 2005 debut, Beams.

2008 saw the release of the duo’s critically and commercially applauded sophomore effort Apocalypso, an effort that went Triple Platinum in their native Australia and featured four smash hits, including “My People,” one of their biggest songs. And adding to a breakthrough year, Hamilton and Moyes won 5 ARIA Awards — including Album of the Year, 2 ARIA Artisan Awards, the J Award, the FBI SMAC Award for Album of the Year, and they shared the Songwriter of the Year at 2009’s APRA Awards. 

The duo’s third, full-length effort, 2012’s award-nominated Pacifica featured Rolling Stone Australia’s Song of the Year, “Ghosts,” and was nominated for an ARIA Award, shortlisted for the AMP Award, the J Award and was named the Herald Sun’s Album of the Year, the Daily Telegraph’s Album of the Year and the Sydney Morning Herald’s Electronic Album of the Year. And although, it’s been some time since I’ve personally written about the acclaimed, Aussie electro pop duo, the duo have been busy collaborating with a variety of artists —Hamilton cowrote Flume’s “Say It” and contributed tracks to albums by Flight Facilities, Steve Angello and Meek Mill, while Moyes produced the DMA’s latest album, remixed tracks by The Drones and The Jezabels and started an underground techno label Here To Hell.

“Do What You Want” is the first single from the duo in over four years, and it’s also the first single off the duo’s highly-anticipated fourth, full-length album slated for release sometime in 2018  — and unsurprisingly, the new single will further cement the duo’s reputation for crafting festival bangers with enormous, crowd rousing hooks and thumping beats; but interestingly enough, the new single features a looped, glitchy sample reminiscent of Boys Noize’s “ICH R U,” while also nodding at Tweekend-era The Crystal Method and Come With Us-era The Chemical Brothers. 

Directed by Kris Moyes, the recently released video is a wild, psychedelic homage to doing whatever the fuck you want, as long as it floats your boat, doesn’t harm anyone and is relentless and ridiculous fun.