After my first job MTV working as a music programmer, I am unable to cease attempting to matchmake individuals with music they could like. So, I wrote a e book referred to asRecord Collecting for Girls and began interviewing musicians. The Music Concierge is a column the place I share music I am listening to that you simply would possibly take pleasure in, with somewhat context. Follow me on Twitter or Facebook, or depart me a remark beneath and inform me what you are listening to this week.
BØRNS feat. Lana Del Rey “God Save Our Young Blood”
If you ask me what’s good this week, the very first thing I am gonna say is that this BØRNS observe with Lana Del Rey, which is 99.9% up my alley. It was inevitable that these two would staff up, they’re like two sides of the identical West Coast-obsessed coin. Though she’s solely a function on the observe, this appears to be written for Lana. Lyrically, it invokes youth, faith, and places darkish visions of blood into your thoughts suddenly — virtually a trifecta of her sizzling subjects. But since it is a BØRNS observe the express sexuality is lacking, in favor of illusions to wild nights and spinning moderately than overtly (and even metaphorically) speaking about drug use. Where Lana likes a Lolita-esque tackle harmless sexuality in her songs, BØRNS prefers romanticism. More attention-grabbing than the lyrical interaction telling the story of a pair on an journey is what Del Rey does for BØRNS’ voice; her monotone, decrease register appears to present him permission to not solely hit the excessive notes he is identified for however to let his voice dance within the melody in a extra animated method than ordinary (notice it within the second verse, in addition to the ultimate bridge). BØRNS has, from the beginning of his profession, eschewed gender-norms about what music by a person ought to sound like or concern itself with, however on this observe with Del Rey as his foil, he additionally manages to play with gender roles utilizing their voices. It’s a stunning twist on California dreaming.
Lolawolf “Baby I’m Dyin”
The mushy and gradual facet of journey hop will reside on if Zoë Kravitz has something to say about it. Her new observe with Jimmy Giannopoulos, who produced it with an help from Bekon (Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre), goes as far as to include some baritone sax ( a la Morphine if that helps you place why it feels acquainted) with Kravitz’s droning chant of “home, home” lulling us into a way of calm willpower. There are hints of Portishead and Morcheeba right here too, all combining to create a lush, dreamy tune that feels just like the glow you get in a drunken haze on the finish of the evening. The band is teasing a brand new album in 2018, it will likely be attention-grabbing to see what else is up their sleeves.
Camp Cope “The Opener”
And now for one thing fully completely different: Australian band Camp Cope has grow to be my obsession with their brutally trustworthy and actual as fuck tackle being girls in a band/girls in music. When singer Maq snarls the strains, “It’s another straight cis man who knows more about this than me…It’s another man telling us to book a smaller venue,” what you, the listener, need to know is that this occurs to girls musicians continuously. Rock continues to be thought-about a male area. Breaking into it for bands like Camp Cope is a political act — so lend them your help.
Kendrick Lamar feat. SZA “All the Stars”
Lamar and SZA teaming up is a dream come true, however having it occur for the Black Panther soundtrack is about as poetic because it will get. In a phrase, this tune is defiant. The beat is the sound of a ticking clock, counting down the moments till change comes. Lamar delivers a fuck you to privilege and conversations that exclude POC, whereas SZA croons a refrain of eager for one thing higher that tells us that there’s nonetheless hope. Lamar makes use of phrases that invoke the sensation of the tune (“haunt you,” “running out of time,” “hoped for ya”) that cleverly mirror the music, reinforcing what it needs to make us really feel and taking the sting off a few of his tougher moments. This one’s bought layers.
Olden Yolk “Takes One to Know One”
There is one thing creepy about this observe. Maybe it is the dueling vocal chanting, perhaps it is the sitar, perhaps it is the staccato percussion, perhaps it is the way in which they recast issues with a identified which means to have a unique which means (together with the phrase that’s used for the tune’s title). It’s charming however unsettling. It’s a tune that the band describes as being about discovering magnificence and solace in on a regular basis life throughout extremely disturbing occasions — and the backdrop is what makes it so unsettling? I really cannot put my finger on it, however I can also’t cease listening to it.
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