Author: kuriouskatrina

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!

Here’s a picture:

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.

Thursday Tracks–Oh Wonder, Purity Ring, FRANKIE, Blu J, HONNE, The Knocks, Alex Newell

There are so many good excuses and so many bad excuses for why why I haven’t posted in almost a month. Good reasons is that I’ve been traversing the South for the past nine days. I drove down from Boston with two good friends (20 hours in the car does test friendships) while listening to mostly country and the Talking Heads (Pyscho Killer–“Fa fa fa fa far fa fa fa fa far”) and hit Memphis for Beale St Music Festival where I saw the Spin Doctors, the Pixies, Lindsey Stirling, AWOLNATION, and the Flaming Lips. The Flaming Lips BLEW MY MIND with their show! Here are a few pictures to make you jealous.
Flaming Lips Beale St Music Festival

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And here are the new awesome tracks I’ve discovered recently.

Oh Wonder–Midnight Moon

Oh Wonder never ceases to amaze. The once mysterious group is continuing to uphold their promise to release a new song every month. Midnight Moon is their April release (yes, I haven’t posted much in a month), which deviates a little bit from the style of their other songs. It starts out as a slower ballad and launches into a relaxed, yet memorable chorus. Their male-female vocal combination is heavenly…like chocolate and caramel.

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Purity Ring–Begin Again

Purity Ring, the Canadian Megan James and Corin Roddick duo, took the music world by storm five years ago, pushing the genre boundaries of electronic music. They are still going strong today with their Another Eternity album, a monumental work of music art. Begin Again features James’ processed candy-sounding vocals, riding on top of a darker feeling track, blending together into the expectant feel that the title suggests.

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FRANKIE–Problems Problems (Blu J Remix)


FRANKIE is a new young California-bred talent in the music world, with strong catchy vocals, bringing together inspiration from many pop music divas, giving her a vintage feel. It’s very hard for me to decide if I like the original or DJ duo Blu J’s remix better. The original is a strong song on its own, but Blu J adds a lot more dynamic to the song, making the calm verses build into a very big chorus. Listen to them both for yourself and tell me which you like better!

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HONNE–Top to Toe

This song has a laid-back groove, with vocals that layer more and more throughout the song, building it into a full-sounding love song. The top to toe metaphor is cute and original, giving the romantic lyrics a unique maturity. HONNE is another duo from the UK, solid yet unique in the way they blend soul with electronic sounds. They explain their band name to Clash Magazine in an interview, saying “It’s an expression that’s unique to Japan and it means ‘the true feelings that you would only show to your closest companions.'”

HONNE from clashmusic.com

HONNE from clashmusic.com

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The Knocks–Collect My Love (feat. Alex Newell)

This is the second single the NYC duo, the Knocks, have released from their new EP, all of which are strong, unique tracks. Their 80s vintage feel oozes through the speakers with grainy authenticity. The track features the big and bold vocals of Alex Newell, made famous from acting on glee. The hooks are catchy, and underneath the pop beat, this song’s base is very soulful.
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“Maybe (Empia Remix)” by Carmada

I stumbled upon this song today and it is too good to not hype about RIGHT NOW. I cannot remember the last time I immediately became obsessed with a song like this. Empia, aka Carl Elliott of Sydney, remixed this already incredible Carmada track. The original, which is at the end of this post, was mostly dub step, good yet hard to listen to. Empia took it down a notch into the growing trap music style, making it much more palatable for easy listening. It’s still a song that will amp you up, with big builds and hooks.

Carmada is also a Sydney group, comprised of two DJs, Yahtzel and L D R U who made names for themselves individually, but as a duo are even more powerful. Also, their fashion.

Carmada from acclaimmag.com

The word, “maybe,” appears in the song only three times, but its placement is very poignant, launching the song into a reflective dimension. You cannot help wondering, “maybe…what?” She seems to be responding to the man singing about finding someone he loves. Roll down your windows, drive along the coast, and play this song. Play it loud.

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Music Video Monday–Nothing But A Heartbeat by Say Lou Lou

Just when you think that this Monday could only get worse, an awesome music video like this drops and it makes the day just a little bit more livable. I’ve written before about Say Lou Lou, Swedish-Australian identical twins, Miranda and Elektra Kilbey. They just released their new LP, Lucid Dreaming today, along with this gorgeous music video for the single, “Nothing But a Heartbeat.”

Say Lou Lou from blip.tv

Say Lou Lou from blip.tv

Sibling duos are always a musical hit, because their voices and auras blend so well together. Add the fact that these girls share identical DNA, and the resulting music and visuals in this video are ultra-euphoric. The hook to this song is bubbly and catchy, exemplifying their dreampop style. The video contains amazing special effects, full of interdimensional leaps and magic jewelry. Even the dark-light hair and clothing contrasts suggest the concept of negative and positive space balancing each other in a mystical way. The video is very long, over 8 minutes, almost a short film in and of itself. The track for just the song is underneath the video for you to listen to uninterrupted.

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