Hey Billie Eilish … Calm Down Please x

Hey Billie Eilish … Calm Down Please x

So we’ve had some time to marinate in the absolute sauce that is WHEN WE ALL FOR ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? and I feel like I can confidently say we’re all just basking in how amazing it is?

Like Billie said she’d deliver, and she came through. Sorry, Billie and Finneas came through and delivered one of the most streamed albums of the year so far. Literally, nearly every single song on that album was charting the week it was released.

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The fact that !!!!!!! (boy you do not know how hard it was counting those exclamation points) is only 13 seconds long? Love that. Love it. It confused me at first, but now I can basically quote the 13 second Invisalign monologue by heart. And I love how it just jumps straight into bad guy, which is one of my favourite songs off the entire album.

This song had me hooked from the second it started. It had my jaw on the floor and my head bopping up and down the entire time. It’s such a bop but it’s an intricate bop. There’s so many layers to this song, especially vocally, and all of it combines to create this really unique sound that I haven’t really heard before, which is what I think contributes to how much this album exploded.

xanny is another one of my favourites. I kinda overlooked it at first, but one of my friends mentioned that it was her favourite of the album, so I returned to it and now I’m loving it so much. Every time I listen to it I pick up on something new in the lyrics to be amazed at. I can imagine this absolutely blowing the lid of a stadium when she takes this on tour. She better.

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you should see me in a crown doesn’t even need a bit. A banger. A bop. A hard, hitting, slap.

all the good girls go to hell is another song I kinda shamefully overlooked, cos I felt like I’d heard it before. The piano really threw me off for some stupid reason, but it literally only took one more listen for me to restore my senses. Her vocals in this song are so clean and crisp.

wish you were gay is a great song. Not my favourite, but it’s definitely not a bad song by any means. I love the backing vocals in this song and the nursery rhyme kinda of vibe they have, especially during the verses. The chorus is also one I can imagine going off during an arena tour.

when the party’s over makes me emo. I don’t know what it is about this album, but again, I didn’t really grasp the emotion or the intent behind the song until a second listen. I think it was because I was so caught up in listening to her vocal performance and the production when I first listened to it, that I never really took in the lyrics, which for me are the best part of the entire song. They’re so beautiful and vulnerable and I love how open it is.

 

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I really like 8. It’s so simple and sweet but it’s such a sad song. The vocal mixing and the production is so perfect and it works really well with the lyrics.

my strange addiction made me scream, purely hearing The Office being sampled throughout it. It’s got a really groovy synth bass line that’s super bouncy and I can definitely get around it. The melody in the chorus is also insanely catchy, and this song was stuck in my head hours after listening to the album.

Obviously you then have bury friend which kinda kicked the whole aesthetic of the album into second gear. I think the more and more I listen to the album, the more I’ll be able to bring some of the other songs up to this level. At the moment this song and bad guy are so far up on my favourites list, it’s not even funny, it’s kinda disrespectful.

ilomilo is an interesting one. Probably my least favourite song out of the album. Again, not a bad song at all, it just doesn’t stick in my mind as distinctly as the other songs do.

listen before i go nearly made me cry when I first heard it. The first line is so ridiculously sad, and it’s hard to fathom that someone so young could pen these type of lyrics. I desperately want to do a cover of this song.

 

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Another tear-jerker. i love you is another beautiful song, but one of my favourite parts is undeniably how distinct Finneas’ voice is in it. Their voices gel and blend so well together and this song is a great example of it.

goodbye gave me shivers the first time I heard the vocal harmonies. Such a fitting song for the last track of the album. I love how she managed to weave the rest of the songs from the album into the final song, I got major Jon Bellion, Hand Of God – Outro vibes from it because he does it in that song as well. It’s something I’ve always admired and I love when artists mesh their songs into one another. She’s done it before when she references Ocean Eyes, one of her first songs, in you should see me in a crown so goodbye just seems like the perfect way to wrap up the album.


 

So that’s WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO.

But I’m not done. I think one of the most crucial parts, one of the biggest assets to the entire album, one of the reasons the album is as good as it is, is Finneas. If you aren’t aware of Finneas, Billie’s older brother, he’s the other half of the team that’s really built this artist and all these songs from the ground up. I probably can’t really do Finneas justice or explain his process or his thoughts, so I highly recommend watching the video below. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the album. Let me know in the comments below!

x

Priya

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Ariana’s Gift To Us All

Ariana’s Gift To Us All

Hello, hello.

Unless you’ve been living under the world’s largest rock recently, you’d be aware that Ariana Grande currently has the world in the palm of her hand, and is killing the game. I thought 2018 was her year, but 2019 has barely started and she’s already claimed this year as her own.

She recently released her album, titled after the first single she dropped, ‘thank you, next‘ and my god, this album is everything she’s been promising and more.

I’ve never considered myself a ‘fan’ of Ariana Grande if we’re being honest. Up until last year I only ever really listened to her when she popped up on the radio, but I rarely went on to Spotify with the intent to literally binge her entire album, which up until today, I could never say I had done. That’s over.

That said, let’s get into this play-by-play rundown. Sadly this isn’t a reaction post, because I was too busy hyping every second of it to think about typing down my thoughts. But it’s close enough.

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imagine
Ok. I know this song is cute. I know it’s a sweet lil tune, and heaps of people are around it. But it’s taken me way too long to get into it and now I’m only just jumping on the bandwagon. It took me a little while to even bother listening to it, even though it was released as a single. I don’t know. I just wasn’t hooked straight away.

needy
Did someone say me? No, they just said ‘needy’, but that’s practically the same thing. This song gets me. The simple piano is something that makes it such a catchy song, and the record just sounds like a dream, really kick-starting the entire ethereal aesthetic of the overall album. I kinda want to do a cover of this song, plainly for how simple it is, but how great it is to listen to.

NASA
How genius. This is a great tune. Such a great song. The play on words and the open-ness about just needing, space? I love the content of this album, Ariana’s so honest and raw in it, and it’s an honesty that I think her audience have come to expect from her. I think with everything she’s been through, in such a short time span, she can’t afford to be anything other than honest and true. However she still manages to do so in a way that gets you off your feet and bopping.

 

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bloodline
This is undoubtedly, in my top three songs on this album. The trumpets, how simple and catchy the chorus is, the story-line, everything. This song to me, in a nutshell, throws all the necessary shade at Pete Davidson, in one, pent up go. Considering how many times Pete decided to use their ended engagement as the butt of a joke, compared to how silent she kinda was, the whole ‘letting go’ part of the song kinda points fingers at a comparison between the two and how they handled the ended relationship so differently. Regardless, the song is a really fun anthem, and I find myself searching for it while I’m getting ready to jump in the car, purely so I can sing along.

fake smile
I love the intro to this song. So much. I mean sampling Wendy Rene?? Yes please. This song is probably one of the most honest songs on the album. She’s so candid about that fact that she’s been through hell. So much, and for someone so young who’s constantly on show, being scrutinised every second, it’s gonna be hard regardless. The song remains cute and playful, but provides a really vulnerable insight into Ariana’s mind.

bad idea
This song’s just really strong and energetic, but in a ridiculously cool way. She doesn’t sound like she cares at all and funnily enough it’s what I love the most about it. I don’t know if this song reaches as high as some of the others on the album for me personally, but it’s a good song to fit into the middle of the record. It genuinely fits the aesthetic of the record and I think a lot of time has gone into crafting the perfect selection of songs that contrast yet still manage to compliment each other.

make up
We love a cheeky play on words.

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ghostin
Possibly the saddest song on the album. It’s all about giving someone so much and getting little in return, and I think it’s possibly one of the strongest yet vulnerable songs on the album for how much it says. I think the song could possibly be about how much she had to go through, especially considering she was in a relationship while at the same time dealing with fall outs and issues from other relationships. The song is so clearly about that balance between Pete Davidson and Mac Miller, and the repercussions of his death not only on her personally, but also possibly on her relationship, and the fact that’s she’s so open and honest about it is a bold move considering how much flack and hatred she received when Mac passed away.

in my head
I think Ariana’s killing it with the introductions on all her songs, as well as the sampling. It’s all done tastefully, there aren’t any voice memos included simply because it might sound good, and samples are being used in a fresh way for her music. The fact that the voice memo is of her close friend Doug who ‘was a major help’ to her through some of her hardest moments speaks volumes. I think the song could be speaking about the way she sees someone, compared to way the rest of the world sees them, and the reality in between all of that, and I love it.

7 rings
A bop. An anthem. I sing this song all the time, nearly once a day, and it’s constantly being rewound and played back again. At first I was kinda confused, but then the confusion passed, the clouds moved away and I saw the light, and now I can’t get enough.

thank u, next
The song that shook us all. The song that announced her rebirth, her resurrection, her re-brand. A lot of love for this song, man.

break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored
Ah yes, we’ve arrived. My favourite song on the entire bloody album. I feel like this song is the bad-ass sister song to thank u, next, which is quite subtle about it, but this song is so in your face, I love it. I haven’t listened to it as much as 7 rings, but boy am I getting there.  Wait for this song on my February Tunes, cos it’ll be there, I promise.

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So yeah! That’s my song-by-song wrap up of Ariana’s album, thank u, next. I’ve been loving Ariana and her music since she released God Is A Woman and I’m sure she’s gonna give us a lot more in 2019. Let me know what you think, in the comments below.

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Priya

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Billie Eilish, What The Heck?

Billie Eilish, What The Heck?

Hello, hello!

As we’ve come to expect from the wise-beyond-her-years 17 year old, Billie Eilish has dropped another song on us, and this time even I’m simultaneously mildly creeped out and hella inspired by what she manages to come up with. Fans of horror pop, Billie says ‘you’re welcome’.

I mean the song’s called bury a friend for a start.

I think it’s easier to let you have a look at the video to begin with, *if you can’t do needles, I’d be wary*.

 

 

She’s tastefully released the track after announcing her debut album, (finally), WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, as well as teeing these up with the announcement of the Groovin In The Moo music festival here in Australia, which she’s playing in 2019.

bury a friend, according to Billie is from the perspective of the monster under your bed, and I think the visuals pretty much sum that up perfectly. I could not take my eyes off the video, regardless of how freaked out it made me, and I think a lot of it comes down to how young Billie is, yet how 100% committed she is to every idea she puts out and how perfectly she executes what she says she’s going to do, this music video being no different.

The entire concept is as everyone’s talking about, incredibly dark, but the song itself, is a bop. I mean, are we surprised at this point?

Regardless of the fact that she talks about stapling your tongue, burying a friend, cannibalism, drowning and stepping on glass, the song is so bloody good. The bass is so percussive that it adds to the drums and there’s plenty of little elements here and there like the addition of a second voice behind the chorus vocals, screeches, the squeaks of a door opening, drill noises, literally everything you would associate with some sort of horror movie, and it all works so well.

Of course, by now we know that Billie’s older brother Finneas has a level of credit that’s straight away given to him because of how much creative direction he gives all the music. As the producer and co-writer, I’ve really enjoyed seeing how two people who’ve contributed to the creation of such a broad and varied catalogue of songs have grown together and I think Finneas’ production and writing style on compliments the ideas that Billie brings forward. Their working relationship in comparison to their sibling relationship is super interesting to me and I’d love to see more of it this year.

Lyrically, you want to sing along, so bad, and then when you finally hear the song enough, (only about 15 times the day it’s released in my case), and can confidently sing along with it, you realise the words are so morbid and dark, but the beat makes it so irrelevant. I feel like if my parents were to hear me singing along to this song at home or something they’d be wildly concerned.

 

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It’s peak horror pop and I for one, love it.

I’m super excited for this album. Time and time again, Billie proves that she’s capable of coming up with things we’ve never seen before and from such a young girl, it’s remarkable. Heck, she was one of the first people I ever wrote about, she’s credit to one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to, and she’s finally getting the recognition she so deserves.

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Priya

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For The Love Of Mac Ayres

For The Love Of Mac Ayres

I was introduced to Mac Ayres by a close friend of mine who I work and play music with. My quality of life has vastly improved since.

It was a general Wednesday shift and I was coming in with my lunch for my break, and it was like my ears physically widened and I had to pause. Mac Ayres, is not a sound you can readily or voluntarily ignore, and if you find that you can, I’m questioning everything about you.

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I can’t remember which song it was that I heard first, all I know, was that it was smooth, and for the rest of the day while it was playing through the speakers at work, the world was at peace. At least within the store walls. It’s hell out there.

Mac’s voice, is on that same kind of Daniel Caesar wave, which by now you know I appreciate. I at least hope you know by now. It’s so indescribably rich, and it’s the audible sound of butter and honey. Smooth.

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Mac released his album, Something To Feel this year, and it’s just one big package of goodness. Like I mentioned at the start of this, this album in particular is played fairly commonly at work, and I’ve fallen in love. So much so that most of my colleagues know that whenever I’m rostered on, that’s all we’re listening to for the day.

My favourite song from the album is Get To You Again, purely because of how unexpectedly hard Mac goes in on it. It seems cruise-y, it’s seems chill. He shows off some of his pipes in the first chorus, you get some tasty runs. But then two and a half minutes in and he starts really singing and you feel this song in the bottom of your feet. I have to watch how much I get into this song in public cos it shows on my face.

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This Bag is another great tune from the album, as is Stay which features Jack Dine and Chris Anderson. Both of them are really chill tunes that manage to showcase his incredible vocal ability at the same time.

If smooth tunes, easy listening yet shiver-inducing vocals are what you’re after – Mac’s the way to go. He features on heaps of my personal playlists on Spotify, which is linked below for you to check out, and his music is so picturesque and perfect to listen to on really relaxing drives, either on your own or by yourself. At the same time, I love turning it up while I’m going about my business at home, just to have as a soundtrack to my day. It’s very often that I just head to his general artist page on Spotify and press play, because there’s nothing on there that doesn’t please me.

I’m currently just patiently waiting for Mac to announce a tour through Australia, because best believe I’m snagging myself some tickets to that concert.

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Herizen // Come Over To My House EP

Herizen // Come Over To My House EP

You’re in for a treat.

We’re fans of the Netflix series, The Get Down around here. If you’re not, you’re about to learn.

I’ve been a huge fan of the series since it’s release, but more so, since the end of the show, I’ve been following the rise of Herizen Guardiola, the Cuban/Jamaican singer/songwriter from Miami who played Mylene Cruz on the Netflix show.

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Not only did her songs and performances on The Get Down have me hooked, as in I have them on majority of my playlists and listen to them weeklybut now so does her EP, Come Over To My House, which was released in October. The EP has plenty of variety, with slower tunes that really get you in your feelings, like Fragile Mind and Do What You Want To and then some harder hitting songs like RugGet High and my personal favourite, the title track, Come Over To My House. 

The EP is the sonic representation of running through the jungle, as Herizen has mentioned in a few interviews. Considering she escaped to Oregon, away from the city and the bustle, to record the EP, it makes heaps of sense. That kinda hits the nail on the head.

I mean, it kinda summarises the music video for the second single.

 

 

Like I mentioned, Come Over To My House is hands-down my favourite track on the EP. It’s so rustic and tribal, in the sense that all the sounds are so raw and unlike anything I’ve heard before. The production on the song is insane, and the tiny nuances and unexpected pockets really bring the entire song together.

And then there’s that drop about a minute into the song, where the chorus just hits you in the gut and you’re grooving without realising it.

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 I physically smiled listening to Paradise, the second song on the EP. Lyrically, it flows like a river so well, it’s almost silly. All the songs on the EP have insane break-downs or bass lines that make the entire record one cohesive piece. The drops in each song are unique enough to differentiate and form specific opinions about, but each individual song sounds like it’s part of a much large sonic story.

Another favourite is the first single from the EP, Social Jungle, which is basically a huge call out to the toxic environment in places like Los Angeles and New York, where young people can be taken advantage of. It doesn’t take a lot, just keeping an ear out for the lyrics, and you really find the core of the song. Herizen captures a picture of the ‘social jungle’ that I’m sure many people are more than very familiar with.

That said, feel free to have a boogie, I know I did.

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Priya

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Joy Crookes

Joy Crookes

Let’s talk about Joy Crookes.

I discovered the South London singer earlier this year on YouTube, while watching videos shared on the popular music channel, COLORS.

Have a watch for yourself.

 

 

 

Surely I don’t need to say this, but any fan of Amy Winehouse will find themselves a fan of Joy Crookes, because I sure as heck did. Not only is she stunning, I mean, how slick can one gal look, but her voice is ridiculous. It’s like the audible sound of honey. And remember that guitar sound I’m ever so fond of? Catch my dude in the back delivering the goods.

As is the ever-obvious next move, I headed over to Joy’s Spotify. Good move. Joy released an EP in July this year, Influence, and it’s another package of tunes. As well as a studio version of the song in the video above, Mother May I Sleep With Danger?, finessed with a really nice jazz kit, the EP has four other songs, all of which are equally as tasty.

Mother May I Sleep With Danger? is a great song, it’s definitely up there, but we all know I’m partial to a good groove, and that comes in the form of the second track on the record, Bad Feeling. The groove in that song is so deep, and the lyrical flow is so catchy to listen to because she takes it to places you don’t expect straight away.

 

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New Manhattan is a really haunting ballad, major Lana Del Ray vibes, so I know a few of you are Lana fans, meaning you’d definitely enjoy this song. The lyrics are very realistic and critical, but incredibly beautiful. Joy’s able to paint a really poignant picture with New Manhattan, and while it doesn’t have the same type of uplifting, upbeat groove of Bad Feeling, it makes you feeling something else it a different way.

Influence is definitely an EP you need to listen to a couple of times to truly appreciate it. Through the process of writing up this blog post, editing it, proofreading, quickly making that header and taking a break to have lunch in between it all, I listened to the EP completely through, two and a half times. And it was only during the second listening that I started really listening to it, paying attention to the smart lyrics, the groove behind every single line, how good the percussion pockets are and how seamlessly Joy’s combined that old-time classic ballad feel with a very current sound.

 

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Make sure you check out Joy Crookes. Since really have a listen to some of her music, I’ve added most of the songs on the Influence EP to my personal playlists, and shared some of the songs with my friends. Another power woman making big moves. Can’t wait for more from Joy Crookes. Let me know if you listened to any of her songs in the comments below, I’d love to know what you think!!

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Have You Heard Of Clark Beckham??

Have You Heard Of Clark Beckham??

Okay. Clark Beckham. Get around it.

I first heard Clark Beckham sing, through all things good, through Jon Bellion. If you haven’t read my post about Jon and my slight obsession with his music and his style, I suggest you do so.

One of my favourite performances by Jon is his acoustic version of his song, All Time Low. Not only do I just love the song in general, it’s probably one of his most famous songs considering it managed to get onto the radio here in Australia, but when he performs it live, it’s magnetic.

The acoustic version is a lot more stripped back, and it’s here that we see Clark Beckham enter.

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Those of you readers from the USA, might recognise his name. He finishes as the runner up on season fourteen of American Idol, where he smashed it, however after the show he went on to sign to Quincy Jones’ label in 2016, which is kind of huge.

He ended up joining Jon on tour in 2017, and I found him through the All Time Low (Acoustic) video on YouTube.

Bare with me, watch the entire thing, you can thank me when you get to the end. Just keep an eye on lil ol’ Clark in the purple. (If you’re an impatient type of person, skip to 2:33, but know that I’m judging you if you do so).

Yeah. So that run at 3:30 had me shooketh and I had to do some digging in the comments to figure out who he was, and finally finding his name, Google’d the heck out of him, eventually finding his own music on Spotify.

My dudes.

Clark Beckham’s vocals are some of the smoothest vocals I’ve heard in a while, and I have major regrets that I stopped watching American Idol in the late 2000’s and missed this absolute gem.

His song Hocus Pocus from his album Year One hands down gave me shivers when I first heard it. It has such a groovy breakdown halfway through, it’s been a go-to for me since hearing it and I’ve been trying to share it with everyone. He features on quite a few of my Spotify playlists especially  my driving playlist.

I feel like there’s a couple different moods to driving playlists, and Clark Beckham fits perfectly into the ‘by yourself, feeling the tunes’ category.

 

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His first song under the Quincy Jones Management, I Need, is equally as smooth. Like the first line hits you in the gut so intensely, you already know the rest of the song is gonna be just as impressive. Which it is.

Sleep is another favourite from his album. He kinda takes it where you don’t expect it to go. His voice is so gentle, but he comes out every now and then with this huge amount of power that all his songs are incredible dynamic and genuinely interesting to listen to. And then the chorus comes in and it’s the one of the most sweetest melodies I’ve ever heard and he sings it perfectly.

His songs are the perfect balance of groove and funk, but also powerful ballad style vocals and technique. You know that’s the stuff I like.

If I haven’t given you enough reason to go check out Clark Beckham, maybe scroll back up and watch the video again then ask yourself ‘why??’. He’s such an insanely talented singer, I can never get enough of his voice. Let me know if you listen to any of the songs I mentioned, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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