Tag Archives: Pop

“Anything Could Happen” by The Academic

5 May

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We could all use a good pick-me-up right now. Nearly everywhere we turn is a reminder of our seemingly inevitable dystopian destiny – a dismal melancholy that can spiral even the Panglossian acolyte into a great depression. If this sounds familiar, it would behoove you to take a listen to this jaunty tune “Anything Could Happen,” which is a guaranteed head-bopping face-contorter – in no time at all that frown will transform into, dare I say, a smile. In fact, one might even suggest that it would be academic for you to listen!

Cheesy pun aside, “Anything Could Happen” by Irish alt/rock outlet The Academic is a jovial hit – a true ray of sunshine in the darkness. Even the video – a crowd-sourced collection of couples at home during the lockdown – is a testament to love and perseverance. The track has a heavy 80s feel – jumping synth, prominent percussion, and a catchy vocal. In fact, the opening synth mirrors “Cars” by Gary Numan (which, although seemingly an 80s staple, was released in 1979). The song actually takes a bit of a time jump from 80s-style verse to a sing-song, anthemic chorus where the band chants “anything could happen” and pairs this with some well-placed “oo..oos.” It all comes together at the end and, yup, there it is, a smile. See, I told you. This is what we need more of. Hey, The Academic, keep churning these out – you are building your music the right way. I, for one, look forward to seeing you rise up the charts here in the States.

 

Naked By Aaron Beri Gives Listeners A Wave of New Age Mixed With Pop

23 May

Aaron Beri channels all that is sensual in his first single and accompanying music video for the track Naked. Produced by Audius Mtawarwira, Beri’s sound channels all the energy he is trying to convey in his song. The sound is stylistic and refined. This quality is the sign of when a successful collaboration between a producer and talent occurs. With the vocal runs varying in and out of certain areas of the song, its clear that he paints the picture with his voice and metaphors. In the music world, in this day and age in a consumption culture its rare to see musicians in their raw and unfiltered state before sometimes yielding to what popularity defines their musicianship. With lyrics such as “thinking about the way you move”, its clear that Aaron Beri sounds like Prince, Bruno Mars, and Jason Derulo just to name a few. Prior to exploring music, he modeled full time and was once going down on the path of law school. Upon finishing listening to his voice and what energy he’s putting out, Aaron Beri I’m glad those other aspirations did not work out, because the music world is waiting for you to explore to your heart’s content.

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Lillimure Taps Into The Meaning Behind Success In Single Something

15 Apr

Lillimure’s breathtaking voice will captivate listeners in her latest single Something. If you thought what the combination of spoken word, jazz music, and a strong female singer of a band would yield, it’s definitely Lillimure. Following her debut EP Canvas, she continues to impress her audience with depth alongside her signature vocals. With lyrics such as “I try to stay so untouched by this world, but everyday I don’t know”, she taps into a combination of self reflecting and speaking about the world in her music. When thinking about who her voice is similar to, one can source the talents of Norah Jones, Alanis Morrissette, and Vanessa Carlton. At just 19 years old, her singing places her in a category of musicians who have a developed and recognizable voice. When listening to this single, listeners will not only hear confidence, but a wide variety of range that she carries within the runs of Something. Dial up the radar for 2019’s ones to watch with Lillimure on your next playlist.

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Krigarè Spins A-Ha’s Take On Me Into Something All Her Own

11 Apr

Krigarè takes the original acclaimed hit by A-Ha’s Take On Me and makes it her own. While my loyalty lies with the original one, Krigarè makes this song her own with the angsty undertones. Instrumentally, it is not your standard pop song, but rather its slowed down, making it intentionally rock and carrying synthetic vibes with the musical arrangement. In this instance, do not write this off as simply a cover, Krigarè channels so much more within this song. Her name literally translates to the word Warrior and it shows in her music. With the strong and fearless attitude and unique approach to making music, its no surprise she has nothing short of warrior like qualities. Prior to this cover release, she began her journey in the music industry by playing piano for Kelly Clarkson at the Grammy Awards and has composed songs within the cinematic industries as well. Further adding to her warrior ship, she was diagnosed with two different cancers at 16, and has persevered joining worldwide outlets, over 75 radio stations, and some of the most popular streaming services such as Itunes, Spotify, and Pandora. No matter where she is, Krigarè wows with this cover and with her talents, story, and what is to come on her journey as a musician.

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Journey To The Centre of Yourself Showcases A Chronological Story

1 Nov

Most people have online archives documenting their teenage angst and coming of age stories, but H! documents alot of his through Journey To The Centre of Yourself. A song on this album that stands out is Chasing What You Don’t Want and Life’s Too ShortChasing What You Don’t Want goes over heartbreak, but keeps it in a matter of fact way, rather than telling too much of a melancholy tale. Life’s Too Short is not only an emotional track, but one that promotes hope through life’s struggles. The electronic tune in the background of this song adds even more layers to the musical scenery. “These are the words that I’d go back and tell myself don’t let go and savor every breath you take along the way”. This packs an inspirational punch in light of being trapped and struggling through certain periods of your life. Alongside the creative license H! takes in constructing his music, his album cover of storyboard frames he illustrates gives listeners a new level of seeing an artist connect to their work.

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