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Artist on the Rise: CHVRCHES with Lead Singer Lauren Mayberry

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When I first heard CHVRCHES, I believe it was on the alternative radio. The first song I heard by them was called, “Recover.” I found it to be a really enjoyable, pleasant sound with an immeasurable amount of energy.

With her passionate, clear voice, lead singer of the indie-electronic trio, Lauren Mayberry, really hits resounding notes. The Scottish indie group of three, more specifically from Glasgow, began around 2011 and had successful songs in the indie and alternative scene.

The album, “The Bones of What You Believe” was successful, with its released singles, “The Mother We Share”, “Lies”, and “Gun”, and “Recover.” The dynamic energy brought forth is one that resounds and resonates.

In this album, which is characteristic of an indie song with, of course, the synths involved, the songs all have a well-developed, lucid sound that is accompanied and accented by the clear interaction it has with Mayberry’s simplistically infectious voice. To me, “Recover” had a more characteristically electropop feel to it, and other songs, like “The Mother We Share”, which is about sibling rivalry, had a more alternative or rock sound. Sometimes described as synthrock and more times as synthpop, the sound is definitely an obscuring between the two.

The latest album, which occurred around the end of 2015, “Every Open Eye”, had songs that I really loved hearing. Some of the songs in it were less dynamic and I really liked the vivacious, upbeat sound of three songs from this album: “Leave a Trace”, “Empty Threat”, and “Never Ending Circles.” All of these are songs I heard perpetually on alternative radio and indie platforms.

CHVRCHES, as I have noticed, perform at many of the popular music festivals, like Coachella and Bonnaroo, which this year is available in Tennessee. Anyway, the way people talk about their experience with this band is positive. They feel it as infectious, honestly quite like I do. I recommend this band to anyone, because it has such a lively and active sound that is quite experimental, at least to me. A distinctive sound like this that is obtrusive in ways and influential on other artists, is one that will surely be a venerated and iconic sound, at least as it seems.

I would not share what I would rate CHVRCHES on any scale, quite simply because if that is decided, then I feel like I am limiting myself from interacting and immersing myself in this band all the more, but I definitely have many songs by them on my playlist! It is not easily or readily able to be categorized, but CHVRCHES sends all kinds of messages through music, and these range from new approaches to creating a song about a break-up, to songs about social or family relations, such as “The Mother We Share.”

 

Lauren Mayberry is the music video, “Leave a Trace.”

“The Bones of What You Believe” album cover.

“Every Open Eye” album cover.

Hi, I am Umar Siddiqui. I am currently a student at the University of California, Riverside majoring in Media and Cultural Studies. My areas of interest in studies are mainly communications, journalism, media, and cultural/ social issues. My hobbies are anything Disney, music, creative writing, fashion, friends, social activism, etc. I am a very sociable person who is outgoing and opinionated; making my opinions known is important to me. I recently completed a fashion journalism short course online at the University of the Arts London's London College of Fashion. I am anticipating to graduate with my Bachelor's of Arts degree spring of 2017.

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Chanel Parks Never Expected to Fit into the Fashion World

Fashion features ample things and ideals. It challenges and incites ontological and philosophical questions. It encourages insightful thinking and inquisitive pondering…

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Fashion features ample things and ideals. It challenges and incites ontological and philosophical questions. It encourages insightful thinking and inquisitive pondering. It is easily a very cyclical phenomenon and so enigmatic, as it is composed of binary elements, such as inclusive versus exclusive, skinny or slender versus plus-sized, subtle or simple versus extravagant and showy, minimal versus baroque, and mainstreams versus hipster.

Fashion is not only an expansive, multidimensional field of aesthetics and artistic beauty blended with social and cultural and philosophical elements, but it serves social, psychological, and cultural functions, like iconisation through models, photography, and themes and consumerism through branding and commodification. It establishes and reinforces codes and stylistic conventions.

According to Mauss and Bordieu, “how we clothe the body” is an active process or a technical means to create or represent a bodily self. The body is naturally trained to inhibit and internalize postures, movement, and gestures. Bodies are worn through technologies of movement, gesture, projection, and restraint.

You can have personified fashion. You can find yourself through it, no matter what you image is. Chanel Park, who never expected to fit into her fashion world’s realms, reflects she did not fit the image. She, however, is in the fashion world and she finds depth and diversity in it.

Models like Marquita Ping, Sabina Karlsson, and Georgia Pratt, walked on the runway that featured a notable amount of plus-size models, according to Parks. She reflected that gender identity has been played with but that racial and cultural identity and diversity was more prominent and dealt with this year at New York Fashion Week.

Seeing fashion is everywhere; it is unavoidable. Relating to it is made easier by diversity, depth, and breadth and meaning becomes more evident.

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Tributes Paid to Late Bill Cunningham at New York Fashion Week

Bill Cunningham, the fashion photographer who died earlier this year, was paid tribute to at New York Fashion Week (NYFW.) Photographers dressed reminiscent to Cunningham, donning a blue overshirt that he was known for wearing, according to Erica Schewigerhausen at NYMag.com…

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Bill Cunningham, the fashion photographer who died earlier this year, was paid tribute to at New York Fashion Week (NYFW.) Photographers dressed reminiscent to Cunningham, donning a blue overshirt that he was known for wearing, according to Erica Schewigerhausen at NYMag.com.

His absence was prominently felt at NYFW this time, since he was not there to do his job. The touching tribute to the late and legendary photographer was enacted by 75 photographers. On the morning of Friday, Sept 9, 2016, the blue smocks were distributed and the tribute took place.

According to Rosemary Fietelberg at WWD, a memorial for the photographer has also been set up at Bryant Park. Upon the late shutterbug’s death, he can also be recognized for his use of the bicycle and for his incredible and profuse contribution to New York’s fashion scene and documentation.

The visionary lensman’s work will also be on display, running from Sept 21 to Sept 25, according to Feitelberg’s article at WWD. It will take place at the fifth yearly Photoville event, at the Brooklyn Bridge Plaza.

It is important to appreciate Cunningham’s work, especially in the fashion world and how he conducted his photography. His strive to highlight the main issues in fashion in commendable. He illuminated that individuality and self-expression are both immensely important in fashion.

Of course, being a journalist in ways as a photographer, Cunningham proved that photography is indeed vital to the documentation of fashion—the field it thrives in and its life-cycle. Timeless fashion, past and present was a theme evident is his work, creating a timeline in his 40 years in the field!

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Halloween Horror Night 2016 May Seem Far, but Rest Assured, It is Lurking!

Halloween is exactly two month from today, and that means it is lurking. It is not something some people look forward to, but it is for me. I am easily frightened and I have been to Halloween Horror Nights back in 2011—it was not a pleasant experience…

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Halloween is exactly two month from today, and that means it is lurking. It is not something some people look forward to, but it is for me. I am easily frightened and I have been to Halloween Horror Nights back in 2011—it was not a pleasant experience.

I like Halloween, but no, I do not like scary movies, zombies, vampire, what have you! Why, then, am I drawn to Halloween? It is a mystery to me too, but one thing is for sure, it evokes a fun spirit, and I do like that. Halloween Horror Nights takes place, other than at Universal Studios Orlando, at Universal Studios, Hollywood.

The notorious Terror Tram will feature the filmmaker Eli Roth’s deranged mind and characters—like Hollywood Harry- a demented, murderous killer clown. Park patrons will be introduced and informed of his history and background; it will entail how the clown turned into a killer from a jolly, celebrated clown. It also features another clown and his transformation into a vicious killer. That would be “Koodles” the clown, who turned into uncovered his killer instincts, literally, after catering to children jovially, and after being a circus performer.

Like all years, this year will still feature the Jurassic Park ride in “Jurassic Park in the Dark” and other rides like “Transformers 3D” and “Revenge of the Mummy.” The scare zone featured this year will be based on The Purge trilogy. Each of the three will be incorporated from the trilogy, undoubtedly spreading mayhem and frightfulness among park-goers.

Mazes this year include: “American Horror Story”, which excites me (since I love the show), but I would expect will be brought up in a fearsome manner. All seasons will be dealt with, like “Murder House” and “Asylum” and others. Other mazes include “Freddy versus Jason”, “Halloween”, “Krampus” a newer and horrific twist on Christmas, “The Exorcist”, and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Other attractions include a “The Walking Dead” attraction, where an ominous world is brought to life from the popular television series. You will witness commotion as you navigate through the bloodthirsty undead.

Lastly, having replaced the “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures” show, which was ultimately ruled as homophobic, (I do remember the “I’m Ryan Reynolds, not Ryan Seacrest.” joke),  the Jabbawockeez will perform.

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