Dopamine stimulating rock and roll
After an 8-year pause, Camu is back and releasing new music, beginning with a trilogy of songs/music videos, the first of which is "Empire State of Sound."
The three songs reveal Camu's musical and personal development during the last eight years.
Renowned as the front man of Naked, which released four albums and six Top 10 singles in Scandinavia, along with two world tours including SRO performances in Russia, Sweden, Japan, and the U.S., in 2011 the band dissolved.
Devastated, Camu decided he was finished. He left, getting as far away as possible, spending most of his time in Hawaii, where, during his self-imposed break, he evolved and matured. Through it all, he was continuously writing and recording music.
Camu says, "I've had so many life-altering and mind-blowing experiences along my journey, so I've got a lot of new song material and the trilogy of songs reflect and tell my story. This new release is all about me coming out and being me, Camu. Life is too short and I want to share my music. Naked is still my band and will be touring as my backing band when we do our summer tour in 2019, but this is pure Camu music the way I have always envisioned it. As the new music being released ventures further from the straight rock music we used to play back in the day, we will be releasing it under a new, better fitting name, CAMU."
"Empire State of Sound" features Camu (vocals, guitar), Zack (guitar), Tikka (drums), and Ilari (bass).
The song opens with growling, muscular guitars flowing into a hard rock tune with curls of pop-rock. A little reminiscent of Jon Bovi, the tune exudes beau coup oomph and brilliant vocal harmonies. The rhythm pulsates with hefty momentum and oodles of infectious textures, as the guitars spray brawny sonic energy in all directions.
Camu's voice is tight, rasping with delicious reediness, imbuing the lyrics with redoubtable flamboyance and enormous vitality. The scope and dimension of tonality infects the music with a sense of immediate pressure and skintight imminence. It's a striking voice, full of wild, reckless intensity.
With "Empire State of Sound," Camu gives notice that he's back, and not only alive and well, but better than ever. This is powerful rock of the best possible type, the kind that stimulates dopamine pathways in your brain.
Animation is lame and live-action is awesome.
Everybody loves Disney live-action remakes.
In a world plagued by racism, disease, and a seemingly endless bounty of spiraling misfortune, at least we can all agree that Disney knocks it out of the park every time they dredge up an old, animated movie for a live-action makeover because cartoons are for babies.
Sure, some of us thought the original Beauty and the Beast was fine, but could lame, 2D Belle ever hold a candle to 3D Emma Watson? And yeah, the original Lion King was okay, I guess, but there's nobody in the world who preferred cartoon Scar's rendition of "Be Prepared" to the incredible feat of getting a real lion to sing it in the live-action remake.
Being a Disney fan can be hard sometimes, as you have fond memories of beloved childhood movies but also don't want people to make fun of you for liking cartoons. That's why, out of all the corporations in the world, Disney is undoubtedly the most selfless, willing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to bring their old, outdated movies into the modern age—all for the fans.
After Halle Berry walked back her consideration of playing a transgender character, we look back at how Hollywood has repeatedly fumbled trans representation.
Halle Berry has made headlines this week after turning down a role in which, had she gone through with production, would have represented a transgender man.
Berry, an Academy Award-winning actress known for roles in films like Monster's Ball, Catwoman, and Gothika, took to Twitter Monday night to apologize for considering the role. "Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I"d like to apologize for those remarks," Berry wrote. "As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories."
The post continued: "I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and I will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake. I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera."