Tag Archives: Pop

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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Off to the Races Wins Triple Crown – Jukebox the Ghost

5 Apr

I’ve written about Jukebox the Ghost before back in 2012, and since then the band has matured their unique brand of anthemic pop and have built a sound that can only be called the “Jukebox” sound. The D.C.-spawned trio of Ben Thornewill (vocals & piano), Tommy Siegel (vocals & guitar) and Jesse Kristin (drums) are now on their fifth studio album, and, despite my overplaying of the infectious earworm Everything Under the Sun (2010)Off to the Races, which was just released in late March, may be the band’s best release yet.

The album brings Jukebox back to its creative roots, calling back to the first two releases (my two favorites) and creating more tracks aligned with this theatrical pop/rock sentiment. The band’s last few releases had a few tracks that worked under this lens, but Off to the Races fits it more as a complete piece. The album also features one of the band’s most ambitious pieces, “Jumpstarted,” which introduces the album and certainly sets the tone. The piece begins with a Queen-like layered vocal harmony and rapidly tickled ivories and transforms into a percussion-fueled, toe-tapping carnival of sounds – the song is a cavalcade of music (fit with creative vocals, call-backs, guitar solos, and electronic interludes) that even progresses into some a cappella. It is an immediate party and a bit risky – thankfully, the song delivers and sets the tone for the rest of the album.

“Fred Astaire” is classic Jukebox. It is a drenched guitar riff mixed with a strong vocal and consequent percussion. The song fits together like a Jukebox puzzle – it is catchy pop but done to absolute perfection. It goes down smooth.

“Everybody’s Lonely,” while different in tone, also demonstrates Jukebox’s grasp over pop tunes. The song starts as a call-back to something I can only term 1950’s diner piano and then progresses into a more traditional pop piece with crashing percussion and a swooning vocal. Thornewill’s piano diversifies this pop; he often demonstrates classical chops and this adds to the song’s success.

Another successful release for Jukebox The Ghost – perhaps their best album in years. Maybe this time I will actually see them when they come to NY; I tried several years ago but the concern was snowed out and I could not go to the make-up date. I need to see this band in concert!

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