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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)