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    Keeping them keen

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 02/06/2019

    » In many ways, the enduring success of UK four-piece Keane is a curious phenomenon. Formed in 1995, the quartet of four rather ordinary-looking white lads from East Sussex rose to rock prominence with their debut album, 2004's Hopes And Fears. Thanks to the strength of radio-friendly singles like Somewhere Only We Know and Everybody's Changing, they were able to contend with a lot of their rock/indie contemporaries who were also just starting out then -- The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, The Futureheads, Razorlight and The Libertines. While some of those bands have lost their steam or even vanished in the aftermath of the indie-rock heyday, it seems that Keane are still alive and well despite the six-year hiatus following 2013's hits compilation, The Best Of Keane.

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    When good intentions backfire

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 06/01/2019

    » "Sometimes/ It falls upon a generation/ To be great/ I ask all humanity now/ To rise up/ Then we can all stand/ With our heads/ Held high," begins the Chris Martin-curated Global Citizen EP 1 with opener Rise Up featuring an excerpt from Nelson Mandela's now-iconic "Make Poverty History" speech. It's an apt start given the wholesome intentions of this EP, although it feels slightly jarring to hear one of the world's greatest speeches getting paired with the euphoric synths supplied here by the Norwegian production behemoth Stargate. The song is clearly engineered for a stadium/festival setting, so casual listening might not be the best way to approach what would otherwise be a stirring anthem.

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    Returning to form

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 31/03/2019

    » It's hard to believe it's been nearly two decades since Ladytron unleashed its own version of electropop to the world. Hailing from Liverpool, the quartet of Helen Marnie, Mira Aroyo, Daniel Hunt and Reuben Wu first introduced themselves with their 2001 debut 604, a solid 16-track collection heavily influenced by the likes of Kraftwerk, New Order and Depeche Mode. In a period when the UK charts sounded a little uninspired (the No.1 singles ranged from JLo's Love Don't Cost A Thing to Limp Bizkit's Rollin' to Afroman's Because I Got High -- you get the idea), Ladytron's simmering cauldron of synth-pop and electro-industrial almost felt like an act of rebellion.

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    TPO presents 'Tale From Afar'

    Life, Published on 11/12/2018

    » Icelandic clarinet virtuoso Dimitri Ashkenazy will be performing with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra during the "Tale From Afar" concert at Mahidol University's Prince Mahidol Hall, Salaya campus, on Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 4pm.

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    The art of being

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 14/10/2018

    » Having ditched her successful career as a young start-up CEO to pursue music independently, Peeralada Sukawat, mononymously known as Pyra, has a lot to prove both to herself and to her family, who'd rather she took up a 9-to-5 job. "It's more about self-actualisation. I want to see something I expect of myself happen. The more people tell me I can't, the more I want to do it," she asserted in her 2016 interview with the Bangkok Post's now-defunct Saturday supplement Muse, wherein she talked candidly about depression and her frayed relationship with her mother. The piece further illuminates her self-produced debut EP Stray, a stunning release that, while deservedly vouched for by Apple Music Thailand, somehow failed to woo a local radio station because "they couldn't figure out what category I fell into".

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    Tremendous trombone

    Life, Harry Rolnick, Published on 30/01/2018

    » 'Never look directly at a trombone player," said the great composer Richard Strauss. "It only encourages them." Then again, the German composer was hardly being honest about an instrument which Felix Mendelssohn called "the most sacred and noble instrument in the orchestra".

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    Paradise Regained

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 03/12/2017

    » On new record 'Utopia', the Icelandic songstress moves on from the hurt of her 2015 break-up album and rediscovers the sublime bliss of intimacy felt in the bucolic natural world.

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    A colourless Kaleidoscope

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 23/07/2017

    » Despite big-name collaborators, the latest EP by the UK stadium-rock quartet suffers from overly cloying production and anodyne songwriting.

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    From Punk to Bard of the Bizarre and Back Again

    Brunch, Published on 28/05/2017

    » 'Write what you know" is an axiom familiar to all who have learned the craft through correspondence courses on the subject. And it's generally good advice, if not missing a qualifier: If what you know is irredeemably dull, please keep it to yourself and don't inflict it on an unsuspecting reading public.

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    The Power of Here And Now

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 27/11/2016

    » Alicia Keys returns with her first album in four years, sounding refreshed, empowered and more politically aware than ever.

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