Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 4

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 4

By all means friends, please, do not hesitate to tell me if you’re getting sick of these posts. I know I’m passionate about sharing my music discoveries, but I can definitely tone it down for the masses if it’s what the people want.

That said, I can’t deny that while I love these posts with all my heart, I definitely turn to them because they are one of the quickest and easiest posts to write. Simply press shuffle on my songs you should probably hear and Bob’s your uncle, playlist made.

Example number 4, as shown below.

I’m Good – Jessica Jade
Human – Svedaliza
U-RITE – THEY
Power – RAT!hammock
Runnin’ – The Pharcyde
Shangri-La – Caitlyn Scarlett
Most Beautiful Ride – Kyo-Ken
I Remember – Ady Suleiman
Ohio – John Batiste
Obsession (25/7) – Vice, Kyle, Jon Bellion
The Last Ones Standing – Tep No
Off My Feet – Pia Mia
Damselfly – Loyle Carner
Shift – Sam Bluer
Do It – Tuxedo
NXT2U – Sammy Johnson
I’m A Fantastic Wreck – Montaigne
Tadow – Masego
Marryuna – Baker Boy
White Iverson – Jackson Breit
501’s – Fortunes

Hopefully you enjoyed some of these songs! This was an especially fun post to write because of how varied the genres were, and how left of centre some of the songs are, which makes them all the better and even greater discoveries.

x

Priya

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An Album Review!

An Album Review!

Hello my beautiful best friends, and welcome to yet another poorly procrastinated, long overdue blog post. I’ll try to make this one a good one to make up for my crap effort as a blogger.

 

A couple of days ago I was scrolling through WordPress, and came across a post about 13 Reasons Why, which I am still yet to watch, and probably won’t ever end up watching. But the post was all about some of the music in the new season. We all know how much I love lovely by Billie Eilish and Khalid, but a new song I discovered that I instantly fell in love with, was The Night We Met, by Lord Huron.

I swear, I instantly got chills, and somehow I immediately pictured myself in the middle of Zion National Park where I was around this time last year when my family were in the USA. If you remember ages ago I wrote a post about the colour of a song, then this song was instantly a ‘green’ song for me, some of my favourite types of songs. Something about the guitar and the beautiful harmonies sound so natural and ethereal, and I was transported to a completely different place when I was listening. So, I decided to check out Lord Huron, or at least Strange Trails, the album the song features on, and boy, I was not disappointed.

So I thought I’d do a short album review for you all. I’ve saved quite a few of the songs onto playlists as well as the entire album, which I’ve also downloaded so I can listen to the beautiful stuff whenever I want. Perfect driving music, my friends.

 

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The first song is Love Like Ghosts. I have to say it’s one of my favourites. It’s so rhythmic, and the multi-layered vocals just do it for me. Like I mentioned before, there’s something so atmospheric about Lord Huron’s music, I just love it.

Until The Night Turns is the second song on the album and I’m in love with it. It’s a stark difference to The Night We Met, considering how up beat and bouncy it is. It’s got a steady beat, and the drums drive this song a lot, compared to some of the others that are very vocal or guitar driven.

Another song I really like is La Belle Fleur Sauvage. It’s a beautiful folk song, and the title roughly translates to ‘beautiful wildflower’ which I guess is the perfect metaphor for the girl the song is written about. It seems so fitting for a mid-western travelling song, through mountains and fields and nature in general.

The World Ender begins with this gorgeous guitar intro, and builds into this heavy, intense beat that sounds like it belongs in a Mexican stand-off scene from an old Western movie and I love it. Another song that’s driven by the drums, but I love the vocals in this song as well.

The Yawning Grave is one of the most beautiful-est (??) songs on the entire album in my opinion. The entire album is so cinematic and this song feels like a real character arc soundtrack. Could be up there with one of my favourite songs on the album.

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The entire album seems like one long, intricately woven story, and you really need several listens to fully digest the lyrical content, the details in all the instrumentation and arrangements and to fully immerse yourself in the mix of sereneness and ambience that the band creates.

I would highly recommend listening to Lord Huron, especially if you’re a fan of indie, indie rock or folk music. It was a great listen, and I’ve found myself listening to the entire album over and over again, especially on long commutes into the city, on my way into the studio, while I’m doing any work I have to do, or simply just laying in bed relaxing. It’s an amazing album, let me know if you give it a listen!

x

Priya

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Woah . . . A Rant

Okey dokey. Grab a drink. I have some things to say.

As a music fan, a music student and a musician, I’m constantly surrounded my music. If I’m awake, I’m 80% sure to be listening to music. That given, I have a varied and broad taste that I enjoy, which generally allows me to talk to a whole range of people about their own tastes and interests.

That said, people can be rude as heck.

In general, yes. We definitely know this. But musicians and music fans can be some of the most obnoxious people I know, and that’s knowing I run the risk of coming off that way at times as well myself. I’m fine with people being very passionate and strong willed about their certain areas of interest or their favourite music genres. If you’re really aggressive about the music you love and just want to share it with other people, I’m all for that because that kinda embodies who I am as a person. But there are some things that drive me up the bloody wall.

 


 

Where did my frustrations stem from? Last year we had a speaker come into one of our university lectures to talk to us about her career and experience in the music industry. I’ve wanted to write this post since that lecture, but I’ve scrapped at least five different attempts because I am very nervous about what type of reception it will receive. But yeah, we had a guest speaker at university. I won’t her name because though I’ve grown to really dislike her I’m not a total bitch, but she’s a label mate, probably actual mate and fellow musician with one Courtney Barnett. Never got around that musician either but that’s besides the point.

So this speaker has an extensive history in the music industry here in Australia which I can respect. No-one can take that away from her. But her entire talk was incredibly negative and off-putting. She out-rightly said to a room of 60-70 teenagers who were passionate about creating music or working in the music industry, that we were destined to couch-surf, fall into debt and struggle through life miserably. Yeah, sure there are aspects to that, that were probably true in some sense, but it was a jarring thing to hear in my first year, and began the two week lecture experience one a really shitty note. It was also at that point that one of my friends literally just walked out of the lecture.

But it wasn’t until she started diving into her own music and her own beliefs that I started finding myself a little pissed off. It was very central to indie music and independent artists and labels. Fair enough, that’s her background. But she very easily could have made her points without bashing other genres and styles of music, especially pop, RnB and hip hop. One line that stuck with me is, “You have to put your mind towards creating real music, real shit other than the pop crap you hear on the radio.” I remember getting really visibly angry at that, and noticing that a few other people were as well. Because in my head, I couldn’t understand how she was so passionate about music as an art, but could simultaneously put down the art style of another musician, regardless of style or genre or interest. Her whole lecture was filled with this sense of superiority, over pop music especially. All I could think was, ‘Surely this woman understands there would be people in this room, who wouldn’t mind being played on mainstream radio? Who want to be explicitly pop artists?’ It boggled my mind, the brashness and crude nature to her lecture.

 


 

Which leads me the moment that reignited this anger in me and brought up this thought that I’ve had at the back of my head since those two lectures last year.

Yesterday it was announced that Kesha would not be performing at Blues Fest in Byron Bay, which my family are attending in March. Blues Fest made a post on FaceBook, sharing the news that the poor girl had torn her ACL, a major injury, and wouldn’t be able to perform. My sister was keen as a bean to see her, so I knew she would be upset. Clicking on the comments I had a read, and was really, really shocked and angered at the comments I was seeing.

 

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And those were some of the nicer ones.

Like I get it, you’re hard-core music fans, you like your blues and Nirvana and Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl is your inspiration. But there were also people who were so crushed that she wasn’t going to be there, and to see the comments riddled with this stupid superiority complex irked a lot.

But the thing is, it happens so much. Whether it’s coming from hard rock fans, indie artists and listeners, jazz and blues fans or whatever; pop music cops so much unnecessary hate and ridicule. I can’t understand why though. Sure, it’s very saturated and in your face in the general media, especially radio, and there is a basic formula that a lot of pop artists follow, but at the end of the day, it’s still music, and it’s no different from any other genre. Yes, writing camps are a thing, and singers may not generally write all of their songs, but by giving them crap and bashing the song entirely, you’re crushing another person who’s real motivation and work is still behind the music and the song, no matter how mainstream it may be.

When it comes down to it, every single pop song you hear started the same way any other song came about; with an idea or a hook or a group of people who wanted to collaborate or someone spilling their guts, overwhelmed with emotion.

 


 

So I’m about to get a little feminist with you all, and bring up another point. Female fans, female buyers and listeners, fuel pop music. 16-21 is the target age, and it is mostly females, regardless of the artist. Apparently that’s enough to fuel hatred towards a musician. I’m not a fan, but Justin Bieber definitely received a ton of hate, a lot of it directed towards the fact that his main demographic are young pre-teen girls. (Getting a lil personal) but there are people who still believe One Direction’s main audience are 8 year old girls, and while there are 8 year old female fans, majority of that target audience have also grown up as the band has, and their fandom ranges from those young girls who were just old enough to jump on the train, to women literally in their 20’s who have grown up and continually supported One Direction. Taylor Swift is still known as the girl-next-door that writes love songs about her exes. And now Kesha’s music isn’t real enough, and her entire artistry is diminished, regardless of the trials and struggles she’s been through to create the music she has now. If you were to get picky, just for a second, imagine if Shawn Mendes was still on the radio, still walking the red carpet and creating the exact same music that he does, but instead the majority of his sales and fans were middle aged men. His respect level would rise incredibly.

 


 

This all links back to my main point, my main contention, the thing I just tried to get across through that whole essay.

The music industry has a huge superiority complex, especially towards popular music. If you’re played on the radio, you’re immediately lumped into mainstream music. You’re music isn’t real and you don’t share the same struggle or ethic as an indie musician or a rock band. It pisses me off, because there are young kids who literally dream of being played on the radio. Heck, I dream of being played on the radio. Yet there’s this constant bashing of radio music, mainstream artists, pop music, that makes it all seem less worthwhile.

In short, cool. You listen to indie artists? You support independent labels and attend intimate gigs with underground musicians and vague bands that no-one’s heard of yet. You only listen to vinyl and have’t listened to the radio in months? Great. You do you.

But you’re not better than anyone because of it.

 

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Priya

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Seeya Chet

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So in September 2016, Chet Faker ended and Nick Murphy stepped up. If you aren’t yet familiar with Chet Faker, you may have heard some of his music without realising, notably one of his hits, Talk Is Cheap, (Spotify linked) or his cover of No Diggity.

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In September he lost the moniker or performance name, Chet Faker, that he began with and instead turned to using his real name, Nick Murphy.

I love Nick Murphy. While Chet Faker released an ARIA Award winning album here in Australia, as well as featured in several Triple J Hottest 100 countdowns, Nick Murphy’s music is incredible. You can definitely tell it’s the same person, but to me, in my head, it’s completely different. Since the use of his real name was put into work, Nick’s released four singles, and an EP. While I had to hand pick songs that I liked from Chet Faker’s catalogue that I enjoyed, I can honestly put his artist profile (linked) on shuffle and be 100% certain that I’ll enjoy whatever comes on from Nick Murphy.

That said, it is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. I’ll say that.

Of all the songs he’s released as Nick Murphy, my favourite is by far, Your Time, which was also produced by Kaytranada, a Canadian producer and DJ who I also happen to be a  huge fan of. The song is soooo moody and ambient, I live for it. I talk a lot about driving songs, if you’ve paid any attention you know what I mean, and this song is definitely another driving song, but a winter driving song. Not meant for summer. I lived for this song all during the winter. Lived for it.

 

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Firstly his voice; it stands out so amazingly in this song. There’s a lot of electric engineering that goes on in his music in terms of effects and synths and other amazing stuff, but his voice is honestly front and centre with this one. And he’s got a killer voice. I don’t know if he’s singing differently or what, but he just sounds better as Nick Murphy than he did as Chet Faker in my opinion.

Can’t say that I’m a huge fan of the EP art for this one, but regardless, you can listen to Your Time below, let me know what you think!

 

 

Honestly, I could listen to this song over and over again. Love it. Big fan. Team Nick. Seeya Chet.

 

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p.f

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All About Billie

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I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned Billie before in a monthly favourites or in another playlists like that, but if you’ve somehow missed it…here’s a whole post dedicated to the girl.

I was initially introduced to her by one of my best friends, who demanded I listen to her song Bellyache. It soon became one of my favourite songs, and still is. Had I joined the masses of people who tuned in to watch 13 Reasons Why, I would have heard her song Bored featured in the TV series as well, shortly after Bellyache was released as a single. You can watch the music video for Bellyache below!

 

I reckon YouTube user ‘jimmybread 2’ sums it up pretty well: the breeziest song about committing several homicides you will ever hear. And he’s not wrong. The song is literally about murder, which you can really easily pick up on if you listen to the lyrics really closely, or even pull them up on the internet. I still stand by it though.

 

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Aside from the production value, the song is amazing. It’s incredibly dynamic from start to finish, and then there’s Billie’s voice. Its phenomenal. She’s got an amazing voice, and it translates over into her live performances as well. She was featured on one of my favourite YouTube channels, COLOURS, performing her song Watch. See for yourself, just how good this girl is, even live.

 

 

While I definitely love Bellyache, I think Watch is quickly becoming my favourite song Billie’s released. Especially after watching this video. I feel like now is a good time to tell you that this girl is 15. She’s fifteen years old. Hopefully that puts into perspective how crazy good her voice and live vocal performance is.

Another fantastic song of hers is Six Feet Under which was released as a single in 2016, and is the first song to appear on her Spotify account. It’s a pretty, haunting song and you know how excited I was to see a video of her performing it live with her brother Finneas O’Connell at Sofar Los Angeles.

 

 

Billie also released an EP this year, titled ‘dont smile at me’, which her brother Finneas co-produced and helped write. The album is killer, and has some amazing tracks on it. It’s a pretty heavy record for someone of her age, but she handles the lyrics with a lot of maturity that seems to be a staple in her songwriting and performance. The opening song, COPYCAT, is intense as heck. Pounding bass lines and a synth that nearly burst my eardrums the first time I heard it. Billie’s voice is light and feathery enough that it somehow compliments these elements, yet competes with them to really come to the front of the whole sound incredibly.  My favourite song is definitely Watch though. The chorus is beautiful, as are the lyrics.

 

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Billie is an incredibly underrated musician, and it may be down to her age, the type of music she’s releasing, or how short her music career has been so far, but I’m looking forward to hearing more from her. Watch and Bellyache are already being played a bit on the radio (nice one Triple J), and she’s doing a tour here that I’m too poor to attend, so she’s definitely taking off. You can bet I’ll be there the next time she’s around.

x

p.f