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Music Video Monday–“Without You” by Oh Wonder

My view of Oh Wonder at the show I went to!

My view of Oh Wonder at the show I went to!

I’ve already written about Oh Wonder on this music blog several times, but since they continue to be so impressive, it seems I will not be able to stop writing about them! From their mysterious identity at their start, to their consistently amazing monthly songs, to their first sold out shows, they have been delivering quality musical experiences.

Me and my friend with Oh Wonder! (my friend is on the left and I'm third)

Me and my friend with Oh Wonder! (my friend is on the left and I’m third)

I actually traveled from Boston to Brooklyn, New York to see Oh Wonder perform two weeks ago and even got to meet them! Their show was upbeat, and as professional as any large show I’ve been to even though it was only their seventh. They even revealed the matching “Heart Hope” tattoos they had gotten the day before in Los Angeles.

Their third music video was just released today and it is one of the most aesthetically pleasing videos I have yet to see! The most fun part is that they filmed it in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, the neighborhood where they had their show. They even included some footage of them walking into the very venue I saw them perform in.

“Without You” is probably Oh Wonder’s most cheery, pop-like songs, with a cheery video to go with it. Like the members of Oh Wonder, Josephine and Anthony, did in their music video for their song, “Drive,” they are the actors in the video, playing two characters lost in New York City. My favorite parts of the video are the scenes where they’re in rooms where their shirts match the colors of the wall.

 

 

Leave a comment and tell me what you think of the song and video!

Music Video Monday–“Younger” by Seinabo Sey

I have not posted in months, so here is a quick recap!
-I went to Portland, Seattle, and Chicago all for the first time
-I saw Future Islands
-I slept on a floor in NYC in order to see my friend, the WIG, DJ at the Black Flamingo club
-I hiked a mountain
-I got Lyme disease
-I watched five seasons of NCIS while recovering from Lyme disease
-I saw Gramatik
-I got well from Lyme disease!
-I took my first trip to Philadelphia to celebrate being better
-I went to Brooklyn to see Oh Wonder and ended up sleeping on an airport floor due to a last minute flight booking to see the band

Here I am now, and I’ve been playing this song by Seinabo Sey on repeat. This 25-year old Swedish musical wonder has been on the scene for several years and I am embarrassed to say I only found out about her a few weeks ago. Her fame seems to have me most relegated to Sweden so far, but she is picking up more attention in the states these days (partially due to a recent Taylor Swift shout-out).

It is hard to begin to explain what is awesome about this song and this music video. Her deep gospel-like vocals, paired with the unusual alteration of the word, “younger,” in the chorus mix vintage with modern in a credible way. The video touches on the nostalgia and hopefulness that is mingled in the lyrics. The family and relationships portrayed in the video show the significance of prioritizing those things in life while we’re not “getting any younger, younger younger.”

Good music. Good video. Good message.
Check, check, and check.

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Thursday Tracks–NoMBe, Flight Facilities, Owl Eyes, Kiiara, Made in Heights, Jamie XX, Young Thug, and Popcaan

Most of the songs this week are pretty relaxed, either down-tempo, stripped down, or in minor keys. Made in Heights and Jamie XX deliver more upbeat, up-tempo productions. Maybe it’s just the relaxation I was able to have during my two week trip that’s drawing my attention to these songs, or maybe the producers and distributors just know that relaxing music is perfect for the end of lazy July.

NoMBe–Miss Mirage

This song begins innocuously enough, seeming just like a very mellow electronica and R&B mashup. As the song progresses though, Noah McBeth (whose name is transformed into NoMBe) shows off his powerful falsetto, the tempo changes several times, and the track amps up into a section of trap music towards the end, giving this song everything you could want.

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Flight Facilities–Heart Attack (feat. Owl Eyes)

The DJ duo, Flight Facilities, comprised of Australians Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell, has been around for a few years, and their tried and true indie electronic style remains constant on their new album. Owl Eyes, Australian Brooke Addamo, appears on this track, with her smooth, emotional voice, singing about the confusing heart break from the back and forth of relationships. In this remix, Snakehips, the under-the-radar DJ duo, give this track a new life, taking it away from its original deep house feel, transitioning it into more easy listening electropop.

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Kiiara–Gold

It is hard to believe that “Gold” is Kiiara’s first single ever. Her vocals and this track have the maturity of a veteran musical artist, but in actuality she is only 20-years old, a newcomer to the scene. Her day job is working as a sales associate in a hardware store in Illinois. Her track, though, seems like the type of work one would expect to come from a big-city dweller, oozing with R&B and trap music influences, complete with captivating chopped up vocals.

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Made in Heights–Pop It In 2

Not only do good marriages start at weddings, good musical partnerships can start at weddings as well. Kelsey Bulkin and DJ Sabzi, the two musical geniuses that make up Made in Heights first met up at a wedding where Bulkin was the vocalist and Sabzi was the DJ. Their new single, “Pop It In 2,” is upbeat with electronic elements, but also has a stripped down acoustic feel, emphasized by Bulkin’s unique doo-bop freestyling.

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Jamie XX–I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (feat. Young Thug & Popcaan)

Jamie XX may only have one original studio LP to his name, but he has been on the music scene since he was only 20-years old. His debut work was producing for the XX, the London dream pop group. Six years later, he is now producing his own work, and doing some collaboration with other artists, such as Young Thug and Popcaan. I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) features a prominent sample from the Persuasions, a Brooklyn based 70s accapella group. Young Thug and Popcaan add their rapping to the track, making this song an eclectic electronic-meets-hiphop mashup. Be warned–this song will get stuck in your head forever.

(Also, there are some NSFW lyrics, just to warn you)

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Thursday Tracks–Jarryd James, Tove Styrke, MYAMI, Wayfarer, Vanic, K. Flay, Mura Masa, Nao

I finally graduated college, folks! Which means more time to devote to my music blog. I have an interview for a secretarial position at a law firm on Monday (a job I was not seeking out at all), so I will let you know how that goes.

I have been having so many music adventures, which I usually update you all on when I post the Thursday tracks, but I don’t want to distract from the tracks, so I will be starting weekly posts to tell you about my musical adventures, the first of which will be coming out tomorrow!

 

Jarryd James–Give Me Something

 

 

The groove of this song is infectious, paired with some incredible harmonies. Welcome new Australian singer-songwriter Jarrdy James. In addition to being a solid song from the first note, the production was masterfully done by Joel Little, who has also worked producing Lorde and Broods, among others. The floor-stomping beat paired with a surfer organ sound gives it a vintage feel, but is modern at the same time with the catchy vocal riff.

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Tove Styrke–Borderline

 

 

This catchy gem of a song is by Tove Stykre, a Swedish darling whose claim to fame is being a finalist in Swedish Idol (Sweden’s version of American Idol). Her latest LP, Kiddo, just dropped this week which you should definitely spin to hear her playful vocals, metaphorical lyrics, 80s synth-pop, and one-of-a-kind tracks. The grove in this song is vintage, but the attitude is modern and unpretentious, full of European female confidence.

 

Also, I got the privilege of seeing her recently, so here is a picture for you!

Me, Tove Styrke, and my sister @ the Middle East in Cambridge, MA

Me, Tove Styrke, and my sister @ the Middle East in Cambridge, MA

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MYAMI–Soldier (produced by Wayfarer)

 

MYAMI is one of the first Australian ladies to enter the electronic music scence! She joins fellow Melboune native, produce Wayfarer, to make this somber electronic track, a searching song, contrasted with its hopeful melody. Her vocal ooh ays will definitely get stuck in your head.

 

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Vanic x K. Flay–The Cops

 

 

I just can’t stop writing about Vanic and his innovative remixes. He has teamed up with the amazing badass rapper chick, K.Flay, again in this song which captivated me from the first distorted guitar strum-sounding synthensizer hit. It’s a cute love song, with a rebellious twist, which is vaguely dancable and makes me want to speed on a motorcycle.

 

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Mura Masa–Firefly (feat. Nao)

 

 

A lot of amazing music is coming out of the UK these days and Mura Masa might be the most mind-blowing one. His EP is full of stunning, unique tracks, mixing hip/hop, electronica, RnB, rap, and a singer/songwriter feel. This song is my favorite track off of his Someday Somewhere EP, featuring the strong, candy vocals of Nao, who I wrote about in my last post. This song fits every mood I am in, which makes it a total win.

 

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Thursday Tracks–Eryn Allen Kane, Alessia, Nao, Katelyn Tarver, Young Bombs, Grimes, and Bleachers

Life in New England is beautiful now with sunnier, warmer days, trips to the beach, shoulders and legs bared, and later sunsets. Tourist season is lovely because there are so many outdoor festivals and such. Unfortunately some of the worst kinds of people make their appearance at my favorite night life places thinking that it is acceptable to holler, take flash photos, jump up and down loudly for no apparent reason, and take up half of the dance floor with their grinding. In case you happen to be thinking about doing any of those things next time you go out, DON’T.

This past week I went to two electronic shows for a DJ I recently met who treated me to drinks and a late night snack. I also checked out Porchfest in Somerville, an event where anyone in town can sign up to perform music on their porches. I saw an “ElectroFunktronica” group, an indie rock band, an Americana group, and a brass band that did covers of Pharrell’s “Happy,” Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean,” and Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love.” Oh, and the weekend before I got to meet LANY, who I’ve posted about before!

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LANY & me! (I'm on the right)

LANY & me! (I’m on the right)

 

Eryn Allen Kane–Have Mercy

 

 

Eryn Allen Kane, currently residing in Chicago, grew up in Detroit where she was involved in a gospel choir. The soulful gospel music influence shines through in her songs, making them hopeful and reflective at the same time. “Have Mercy” highlights her dynamic vocals, which carry the entire song with finger snaps being the only instrumental sounds, something you might miss listening the first time since her harmonies layer so completely.
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Alessia–Here

 

 

Alessia Cara, Toronto suburbs native, is on her way to becoming the new Lorde. At the age of only 18, she has already dropped a song that is rapidly gaining global notoriety, as outsiders everywhere can relate to her aversion to crazy partying as narrated in this song. In addition to sharing emotions that are very easy to relate to, the repeating sample, Alessia’s moody vocals, and the laid back lounge-worthy R & B feel make this a catchy unique anthem.
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Nao–Inhale Exhale

 

 

Nao’s big soul-stirring vocals have appeared in other collaborations before, and she has even been a beat boxer in the British female acapella group, the Boxettes. “Inhale Exhale” is the shining star of her first EP. The bassline to the song only needs to play once to real you into it’s life. Arguably, nothing else ever produced is this catchy. This song has everything, the perfect groove, punchy bass, catchy synth, female power vocals, and appropriate climbing and falling dynamics.
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Katelyn Tarver–Weekend Millionaires (Young Bombs Remix)

 


 

This remix is captivating from the first few seconds when Tarver’s melodic voice drops in. Young Bombs, the DJ duo who is remixing seemingly everything, have created another stellar dance track. Katelyn Tarver’s original song is another gem, making it impossible to pick which version is better! The original is light and bubbly, containing comical yet accurate lyrics about the struggles on keeping up with what’s cool in the bit city. This is Tarver’s first single, leaving listeners expectant for more danceable tracks from her in the future!

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Grimes & Bleacers–Entropy

 

 

“Entrophy” is a departure from Grimes’ usual darker, brooding disco sound, inspired by periods of time when she will lock herself away with no food or company for days at a time in order to receive musical inspiration. Instead, in this song, Bleachers (aka Jack Antonoff, co-leader of the group Fun.) adds a light cheerful mood to this Grimes song with his simple guitar playing. “Entropy” is a fun, peppy spring-time afternoon sort of song with a catchy chorus, full harmonies, and synth sounds.

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P.S. I did not intend for all the tracks to have female vocalists this week. It just happened that way.