K recommends | Music of 2015

Hello lovelies!

Since this is the last day of the year, I thought I should give you some recommendations of some new music* I discovered during 2015. Its a pretty mixed list of genres so I hope there will be something for everybody.

*Disclaimer: I’m not saying this music is new per say, but I have myself not listened to it until this year. So, new music for me.

 

Ghost

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If you follow me on any social media, this hardly comes as a surprise. I started listening to them this summer and then I was stuck! Luckily for me, they released a new album, Meliora, in August followed by an international tour.

Ghosts music living within the metal genre, border lining on hard rock. To be honest, their image is much harder than their music, but that doesn’t matter since their music is really great! I recommend the songs Monstrous  Clock, Con Clavi Con Dio, Year Zero and Cirice.

 

Red Velvet

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You knew there had to be some kpop in this list. Red Velvet began their activities in 2014, but got their big with Ice Cream Cake this year. They also released their first full-length album, The Red, including the songs Dumb Dumb and Huff n Puff.

Since the music is commercial pop, its hard to find any real depth in it. I do believe RV stands out amongst other groups though, especially when comparing them to other all-female groups within the pop genre. Its fun, fresh and not overly-sexualized. I recommend Ice Cream Cake, Somethin Kinda Crazy and Huff n Puff for starters.

 

Septicflesh

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I regularly go through my recommended playlists on Spotify and sometimes I find bands that stands out to me. Septicflesh is an example. They are a Greek metal band with really interesting lyrics and catchy melodies (as catchy as death metal allows anyway).

For first-time listeners I recommend listening to Anubis and Sunlight / Moonlight, then move on to The Vampire from Nazareth.

 

Steam Powered Giraffe

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This band I only learned about last week (thank you AREKU), so I cannot say too much about them. But I can say that they are a steampunk band with really a style that is just to die for!

The music is really catchy with lots of vocal harmonies. Automatic Electronic Harmonics is a song that showcases this, as well as the ballad Honeybee.

 

Zella Day

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I’m cheating a bit on this one, because I began listening to the song Sweet Ophelia last year. But when Zella Day released her debut album Kicker this year I was really stuck!

Her music is described as a happier sounding Lana del Ray. I partly agree, but I wouldn’t say “happier”, rather more varied and I believe Zella uses her voice to the fullest. She’s an amazing singer and her lyrics are ver poetic.

The songs I recommend are Jerome, Sweet Ophelia and Compass.

 

So, there you have it! Like I wrote earlier, its a mixed list and I don’t know if that is cool or just strange. I hope you will find some new, great music though.

Take care,

~K

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『POWDER』

Hello lovelies,

A few days ago I learned that the band Femme Fatale will disband at the beginning of next year. I believe it came as a surprise for everybody and even for the members themselves. I can’t say I’m not disappointed, but I also support them in their decision.

Its rather peculiar though what happened today. I just got home from a trip in Stockholm and had a package waiting for me and it turned out it was Femme Fatales’ latest single POWDER. It felt rather special receiving it so soon after hearing the sad news. I’m also happy I bought it since it seems to be their last release.

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This release is a concept single so the members look pretty different from usual which is interesting (I barely even recognize TaNa!). It comes with a photo book with two different styles for each of the members, one extravagant and one more casual. Since I ordered it from CD Japan I also got an extra photo set.

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I think this is a great piece in my collection and it feels very special. I’m looking forward to see what projects the members will part-take in the future.

Until next time, take care.

~K

Review: Ghost live at Amager Bio

Hello lovielies!

I promised to make a concert review about the Ghost gig in Copenhagen a few weeks back. So, without further ado; here it comes.

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Photo courtesy of gaffa.se

The venue was Amager Bio, which is a club that houses two bars and a fairly small stage. I arrived to catch a few songs of the opening act called Dead Soul which I thought set the mood pretty nicely.

Before Ghost arrived, they lit upp the backdrop that looked like a stained church glass showing a man with horns. People were chanting, and the Nameless Ghouls finally arrived on stage and began to play Spirit, in my opinion one of the best songs from their new album Meliora. I kind of hope for them to open with that songs since its the opening song on the album as well, and thankfully I was not disappointed.

The whole setlist was great; they played all of the songs I had wished for. The further into the gig, the more people sang along. Of course Year Zero seems to be their biggest hit, which becomes obvious when you hear people screaming “Satanas!” randomly throughout the whole concert.

In the first encore they played an acoustic version of Jiggolo Har Megiddo which was a pleasant surprise, following with Ghuleh /Zombie Queen, my most recent favorite. Sadly these slower songs made some of the drunken people around me a bit bored, and they began shouting which ruined the mood a bit.

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Photo courtesy of @jontebus on YouTube.

 

Since this was my first time seeing Ghost I wasn’t sure of what to expect as far as showmanship and entertainment goes. Afterwards I learned that Papa Emeritus III talks a lot more than the two previous ones, which turned out to be very entertaining. Even though he used a very foul language he managed to keep graceful throughout the whole song. Also; after about one third of the gig he made a costume change into a very stylish suit which was a pleasant surprise. All in all; Papa should have his own variety show some time!

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My outfit for the night was of course based on my Ghost of Harlem dress!

 

All in all I am very happy with the concert and I will definitely see them again if I get the chance!

Best: Monsterance Clock. My favorite song and perfect for an encore (specially since I learned that its apparently about a mass orgasm).

Worst: Idiots that can’t even keep their mouth shut during a Silent Minute!

Full setlist (courtesy of setlist.fm):

Spirit
From the Pinnacle to the Pit
Ritual
Con Clavi Con Dio
Per Aspera ad Inferi
Majesty
Body and Blood
Devil Church
Cirice
Year Zero
Spöksonat
He Is
Absolution
Mummy Dust

Encore:
Jigolo Har Megiddo (Acoustic Version)
Ghuleh/Zombie Queen
If You Have Ghosts (Roky Erickson cover)

Encore 2:
Monstrance Clock

Tokyo part III – Tokyo haul

So I finally got around to make a post about the things I bought in Tokyo. Please enjoy!

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This is difficult to see, but here’s a transparent cardigan with fringes (which you can see on my Instagram) from SPINS, a tote bag from h.NAOTO and a pair of leg warmers from the same brand. The cardigan is really gonna be a favorite of mine and a great treasure from my Tokyo trip!

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Here’s the print of an oversize t-shirt from Listen Flavor. Its not my usual style, but LF has really cute stuff and the material is so comfy! Kind of an over-prized nightgown you might say.

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These both items are from my new favorite brand Ghost of Harlem. The white dress will probably be used in a photoshoot soon. The top is a new favorite, its stylish and comfortable at the same time. And I love the back, its a really nice touch.

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Of course I couldn’t go to Tokyo without buying CD’s! I bought most of them at Book off, which is a brand of second hand store. They sell books of course, but also CD’s, movies and video games. I bought the following:

MOTHER – LUNA SEA
LUNA SEA – LUNA SEA
SHINE – LUNA SEA
Kiss – L’Arc~en~Ciel
Art of Life – X JAPAN (with a small photo book)
Voyage – Femme Fatale
Voyage ~Sans Retour~ – MALICE MIZER (sort of amused I bought two “Voyage”)
La Collection des Singles – L’edition Limitee – – MALICE MIZER

I bought the Femme Fatale single at Tower Records, which is of course on of the best places in Tokyo. Part from all the music you can buy, they also have a café with Rilakkuma theme. It was cute, even the burgers were shaped as him. So, Tower Records is a must when visiting Tokyo.

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When I lived in Hong Kong I fell in love with Etude House which is a store selling skin products and cosmetics. The stores look like small pink houses and their packaging is so cute. I bought the facial mask Wonder Pore which I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I don’t know how well it works yet, but its fun to use since the foam feels like shaving cream (I sometimes get myself a beard when using it, haha!). I also bought a perfume which I love.

The nail polishes are from the 100 yen store, and then work surprisingly well for being so cheap! Lastly, the facial sheet masks are from Korea town.

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Lastly I got some decoration for the house. The pink box is a cookie box from Disneyland and now I’m using it to store my sewing supplies. The mug I found at a store at Odaiba island and do I really need to comment on it? Its like it was made for me! The Halloween painting is from a KERA shop. Sadly, I don’t remember the artist. The second painting is from a museum and its a poem. I wanted something that represented both new, modern Tokyo and something more traditional but still something that matched. I really think I succeeded!

So there you have it! I’m happy with my finds and I’m also surprised I didn’t buy more, haha! Hopefully it can inspire some of you on where to shop if you go to Tokyo.

See you soon lovelies,

~K

「WEEK END」

Yes, I know its spelled “weekend”, but I was paying an homage to the X JAPAN song “WEEK END”. Anyhow, I spent the weekend together with AREKU and my friend Maco who I haven’t seen in almost two years. It was nice catching up.

Me sightseeing in my own city.

Me sightseeing in my own city.

We began the Saturday by going to a flea market selling only alternative clothing. I managed to get my hands on some pretty jewelry and petite shoes.

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Also; me and AREKU ran in to some tortoises! Tortoises are my favourite animal, they are so cute!

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AREKU posted a video about our weekend and you get get a better view of the animals. You also get a closer look of my fabulous outfit for the day.

Speaking of fashions; I tried doing some nail art today. Its not the best picture, but I’m pretty happy with the results.

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That¨s it for today. Will make a third update about the Tokyo trip during the week. Until then, take care.

~K

At the church gates

Me and my friend AKA band member AREKU did an improvised photo shoot at the Lund dome a few weeks ago. I edited a couple of photos (like my header) and I quite like them.

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Of course I had to copy the pose I did at our first photo shoot with the band. Some things never change.

Also, some behind the scenes photos when AREKU told me to swirl. It didn’t turn out quite like we planned, so much confusion on my part, haha!

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Hope you all enjoy the photos!

~K