Yep, 5 Seconds of Summer is moving along

On their new album, the Australian band makes impressive songwriting strides with sonic storytelling and drum fills

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With their crunchy guitars, gang vocals, skinny jeans, and just-naughty-enough lyrics, 5 Seconds of Summer (or 5SOS for short) peaked at #24 on the Hot 100 charts back in 2014 with their breakout single, “She Looks So Perfect.” The four Australian teens had gained mainstream attention after establishing an internet presence with YouTube covers and then being invited to open for One Direction on their international Take Me Home tour in 2013. However, while amassing an army of teen pop fans, the band also garnered attention within the alternative scene.  Continue reading “Yep, 5 Seconds of Summer is moving along”

“I was busy thinking ’bout boys…”

Charli XCX asserts power and turns pop stereotypes on their head through the video for her new single, “Boys”

“I was busy thinking ’bout boys,” is the very first line of Charli XCX’s new single, “Boys,” but do not be misled — this song and its accompanying video are much more than a simple melodic musing on dashing young gentlemen. Released on July 26th, the new single from the British singer and songwriter mocks gender stereotypes common in pop music while demonstrating how in-control Charli is of her own artistry and success. Continue reading ““I was busy thinking ’bout boys…””

Begging for “Attention”

Charlie Puth’s addictive new single is made up of a divine bass line and a multi-layered tale of longing

Charlie Puth has been turning out pop hits like “See You Again,” “One Call Away,” and “We Don’t Talk Anymore” since he broke into the Top 40 world two years ago. His latest single, “Attention,” has been a slow-burner (being released on April 21st and only now peaking on the Billboard Hot 100 at the 45 position), but it DEFINITELY has the potential to rise to the top of the charts and — dare I say it — be a “Song of the Summer” contender, as much as this narrative now annoys me (more on that later). The isolation of various instruments help shape the story Puth is trying to tell, and it becomes clear upon multiple close listens that there are fascinating intricacies contributing to the complex emotions behind this song. Continue reading “Begging for “Attention””

Miike Snow’s “Genghis Khan”

Taking a look back at the irresistible alt-pop tune and the implications of its historical references

Jackalope Recordings Limited, (c) 2016

Last summer, this song seemed to be everywhere. It was constantly played on my local mainstream alternative radio station, Live 105, and I swear I heard it in commercials and in the supermarket. It may have not been THE song of the summer, but it was definitely a contender in the alt-rock world, and it was definitely always stuck in my head. The question is: what makes it so good? Let’s dive in. Continue reading “Miike Snow’s “Genghis Khan””

CallMeKarizma’s “Emo”

“I talked to God to see if I’m the only one like this and/He said, ‘Oh kid, I got some bigger problems to fix'”

CallMeKarizma LLC, (c) 2017

Minnesotan rapper and singer Morgan Francis Parriott, more widely known by his stage name CallMeKarizma (or Riz for short), dropped his latest self-released EP Emo on February 24th, and it is a beautiful but heartbreaking piece of art with influences from indie, alternative, and hip-hop music. The songs are catchy, and the lyrics are painstakingly relatable, acting as a sort of catharsis that allows the listener to lament his or her imperfections and alienation, which ultimately leads us to realize that we are in fact far from being alone in the misery of our mistakes. Continue reading “CallMeKarizma’s “Emo””

Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you so so much to Shani’s Ideas for nominating me — it means so much to me to know that people are reading this blog and liking what they see. Check out her awesome blog, it’s clean, creative, and full of amazing music recommendations! Continue reading “Blogger Recognition Award”

Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu

Through their new single, The Maine succeed in describing the indescribable

Lovely, Little, Lonely; 8123 (c) 2017

The Maine hail from Tempe, Arizona, and their emotional new single “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu” is pure bliss. Released on March 3, this is the second single from the band’s upcoming record Lovely, Little, Lonely, which is due out April 7. In this song, lead singer John O’Callaghan lets out how he can never find the words to describe his feelings for someone he loves, and the result is three minutes and twenty-three seconds of utter euphoria. This song is supposed to represent an instant of revelation, and it does exactly that in a way that makes you want to relive the magic of this wondrous moment over and over and over again. Continue reading “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu”