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