The Irish indie band shares their first new music since 2018's Tales from the Backseat.
The Academic's latest track, "Aftertaste," sounds oddly familiar.
There's an easy, soaring quality to "Aftertaste." The song echoes early indie-pop, reminiscent of when Two Door Cinema Club and Fitz and the Tantrums were still consistently cranking out their infectious rock.
The Academic, a four-piece indie quartet out of Ireland, scored a smash hit with their debut album, Tales from the Backseat, released last year. With "Aftertaste," produced by Dublin mainstay Cormac Butler, the band feels a little more centered, maybe a bit more mature this time around. "Turns out I really need you," frontman Craig Fitzgerald sings on the pre-chorus. As a whole, the lyrics feel like some small revelation, a willingness to start over after hardship.
"Aftertaste" is nostalgic in its style, with echoing vocals, thrumming-bass verses, and an explosive refrain that sounds like it's lovingly pulled from 80s New Wave. It's an exciting peek at what's to come for the young band, and as a single, it's a lovely moment of nostalgia.
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The classic He-Man meme video stands the test of time as an iconic example of queer-coded art.
In December of 2005, Brokeback Mountain shifted queer-coded cinema into the mainstream.
Prior to 2005, "New Queer Cinema"––a term coined by film scholar B. Ruby Rich in Sight & Sound to define the queer-themed independent film movement, which focused on rejecting heteronormativity and concentrated on LGBTQ protagonists––existed on the fringe of the film world. It's worth noting that while the movement primarily refers to the boom in independent LGBTQ films from 1992 onwards, queer cinema existed for many years prior, albeit without a proper name. But regardless of nomenclature, New Queer Cinema was typically designated for niche audiences, relegated to arthouse showings at best.
There's a big problem with the trailer for Morbius, Sony's upcoming Marvel outing that is definitely not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe even though it has Michael Keaton reprising his role as Vulture (please let us keep our license, Disney!).
See if you can spot it.
MORBIUS - Teaser Trailer www.youtube.com
If you answered, "Sampling Beethoven's 'Für Elise' to line up with blue-tinted action shots is the absolute lowest effort, brain-dead attempt to signify 'gothic vampire movie' in the entire history of movie trailers," you're correct, but that's still not the biggest problem with Morbius. No, the biggest problem is that Morbius is played by Jared Leto.