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SOPHIE – Is It Cold In the Water?

OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES

This is the title of SOPHIE’s new album. As some of you have already guessed from the title alone, this album is weird. Very weird. Or should I rather say… interesting.

I love the experience you have when you listen to this album from beginning to end. The whole emotional spectrum is active during the listen, and it’s actually difficult to listen to some of the songs. The beats are so unusual that it’s  impossible to react properly to it – I’m in awe as well as disgusted by some of the songs. This is what SOPHIE does best. The album challenges the way you think about music, and that is a big reason why this album does something for me. It challenges the way I think about music – WOW!

I realize that the above passage was about the album rather than the song. I don’t care anymore. SOPHIE doesn’t seem to care about tradtional music structure, so why should I care?

There is some order to all the chaos, and the reason I chose Is It Cold In the Water as the song I wanted to put forward, is because it perfectly captures some of this order during chaos. In the end, it all comes down to the build up. The build up in this song is flat out amazing. I felt blueballed throughout the whole song – I just wanted the beat to drop so hard in the end that it would put every EDM song to shame. But it didn’t happen.

It didn’t give me the satisfaction of ecstacy – and I respect the song a hell of a lot more for that. If you want to experience this right, you should listen to the album from start to end.

The answer to the song title is a perfect answer to your listening experience of this album – it’s chilling!

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Mura Masa – Blu (feat. Damon Albarn)

Hello everyone! I’m finally back after taking a break from the blog due to various reasons.

So much music have been released since my last post almost a month ago, and I’m gonna start off with one of my favorite releases during this time – a Mura Masa song from his new self-titled album.

This song features the one and only Damon Albarn (Gorillaz) and I just instantly fell in love with the song. The whole song is beautifully constructed and it reminded me of the vibe I got from Gorillaz’ Plastic Beach album.

I feel like that the two complement each other’s sound very well, and I hope that there will more collaborations in the future. Until then, check out the song below!

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Son Lux – Dangerous

I’m back with a new song post after a quite busy weekend. This time it’s featuring a band, I just discovered today that released an EP called Remedy last week.

It’s quite an interesting sound they have – it’s kinda messy and isn’t always sonically pleasing, but it makes for some interesting music and that’s what I love about this project and especially this song. The mixture of genres is great and I love how they utilize the vocals throughout the song!

Check out the whole EP – it’s only four song, but you definitely have to be open-minded going in.

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Sufjan Stevens – Vesuvius

Today, I listened to Sufjan Stevens’ album The Age of Adz for the first time in my life. I know the album is from 2010 and that means that I’m 7 years too late to the party.

But you know what? I don’t even care because this album just became one of my favorites (I do have many favorite albums though) in only a couple of hours. I always saw his name pop up in music discussions and I honestly didn’t pay attention to it. I saw people praise him to the skies and I still didn’t care – BUT today I finally thought that I should give him a chance after I read someone saying that him and Kendrick Lamar are the voices of our generation. That intrigued me right away and I put on the album – and thank God I did!

Ever since DAMN released, I haven’t been listening to anything else. Yesterday, I saw Isaiah Rashad live and it was awesome – that has litterally been my only break from DAMN until now. The whole album is really impressive and I love the experimental parts. I honestly don’t know what I expected but the non-existant expectations I did have, have by far been exceeded.

The song that I chose was instantly added to my playlist – it’s such a beautiful song. His voice and sounds go together so well and the girl’s background singing just completes it all – what a song!

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Kendrick Lamar – DAMN (Album Review)

I hope everyone have had a great Easter! I’m back after a small break and I’ve decided to dedicate this Monday to special post. I usually do Nostalgic Mondays, but I will past the nostalgia today to focus on the brand-new album released by my favorite rapper Kendrick Lamar!

First off all, I want to say that this album is the only music I have listened to ever since it was released Friday. I have probably already listened to it 10 times – while also listening to some of the songs individually.

I will leave a small review of every song with a score from 1 – 5 with 5 being the best score. I won’t go into details with every part of the song, but I will focus on what caught my attention the most.

Let’s get this started!

1. BLOOD: This is a short intro to the album and it starts with Kendrick trying to help a blind lady, but ends up being shot! WHAT IS EVEN GOING ON?

SCORE: 5 out of 5!

2. DNA: The seamless transition from the intro to DNA is crazy! The beat goes hard from the beginning and made me think of his song m.A.A.d. City right away – later in the song there is beat switch and Kendrick just switches to beast mode. I honestly felt like destroying stuff when I heard this the first time and that’s unusual for me. What a way to start of the album

SCORE: 5 out of 5!

3. YAH: After the crazy beat on DNA, Kendrick switches it up and take you for a walk on a much slower, calmer beat and the whole song feels like taking a walk on a cloud. I like the vibe of the song and it never gets boring even though the chorus is a bit repetitive. He makes up for this in the verses, where he talks about his struggles with being known for his socially conscious rap, but at the same being limited by only being an artist. Overall a pretty chill song.

SCORE: 4 out of 5!

4. ELEMENT: “New Kung Fu Kenny!” is the perfect introduction to this song. Kung Fu Kenny is indeed back with a great flow and hard hitting bars! This song is one of the harder songs without having the same “in-your-face”-production such as DNA. The verses are crazy and the chorus is so catchy even though it did take some time for me to appreciate it.

SCORE: 4.5 out of 5!

5. FEEL: This song is one of the reasons why I feel like Kendrick is one of the best rappers (if not the best) right now. You can honestly feel his feelings through the song – the whole vibe of the song makes you feel for him. And his flow on this song is beyond crazy! I honestly don’t have any words for it – it just captivates you and makes you want to listen.

SCORE: 5 out of 5!

6. ROYALTY (feat. Rihanna): When I saw the feature with Rihanna, I kind of feared the worst. I don’t know why, but I just couldn’t see the two of them make anything other than a generic pop song. Luckily, my fear was put to shame when I heard it. The two of them complement each other really well and Rihanna has a pretty great verse in this – something I didn’t expect at all. The song is radio-friendly, but it doesn’t feel like a typical radio song and the message of the song is really strong – they talk about loyalty in different ways and it’s pretty interesting overall.

SCORE: 4 out of 5!

7. PRIDE: When I first heard this song, I didn’t know what to make of it. It just sounds so different – I would never have guessed Kendrick to make a song like this. To be honest, this may be my favorite track on the album right now. Everything about it is just soothing to the ears. The beat is simple, but abstract – if the beat of YAH was like taking out a walk on a cloud, this is like floating just above the world and being able to make out what every action of every single person. The whole song is one of the most beautiful songs Kendrick has ever made and my ears just love it!

SCORE: 5 out of 5!

8. HUMBLE: The first single of the album – and what a single to have! It didn’t give any idea of what to expect from the album, but it fits the album perfectly. This is another banger on the album and it’s impossible to sit still to this song – even my mom and grandma starts moving (true story) when they hear the beat. The chorus is perfect, simple and effective – everything about the song goes hard!

SCORE: 4.5 out of 5!

9. LUST: This song make me feel kind of eerie. I don’t know what it is, I guess it’s a combination of the beat and the different voices Kendrick uses throughout the song, but it doesn’t make me feel comfortable… AND I love it! I think it’s intentionally made this way. If you listen to the lyrics, he touches upon how every person lust for something whether it be materialistic things or feelings and how it can feel monotonous chasing this. It’s one of the songs that directly makes me reflect on my vices and my actions in life – good job Kendrick!

SCORE: 4.5 out of 5!

10. LOVE (feat. Zacari): The instant I heard this song, I was hoping it would be the next big radio hit. It’s just such a good song – a bit more popish compared to other Kendrick songs (reminding me a bit of Poetic Justice), but this song is a perfect song for the radio. This is mostly Kendrick talking about his love for his fiancé and how he loves her. But I think the big surprise on this song is Zacari. He is perfect on the chorus and the seamless transitions between these two voices is what makes the song one of the best on the album.

SCORE: 5 out of 5!

11. XXX (feat. U2): This song just comes at you with brute force and doesn’t care that you were day dreaming about the love of your life in the previous song. Especially when the beat switches and the siren starts – I feel like doing a drive-by or something like that! It’s so aggressive and abrasive that you don’t know what to do with your body. And then the beat switches again, slows down and Bono does his thing on the chorus. In the first half Kendrick sounds a bit like Vince Staples and the style suits him – this song feel like three songs in one, but there’s good cohesion between the three parts and it makes this one of the most interesting songs on the album.

SCORE: 5 out of 5!

12. FEAR: The longest track on the album and the most intriguing by far. The beat samples the part that was used in The Heart Part 4 and Kendrick goes through 3 verses with 3 different types of fear. The first verse being about when he was 7 years old, the second verse when he was 17 years old and lastly when he was 27 years old (present time). I love the concept of how your fears evolve throughout time and Kendrick ask how much fear controls his life. This is just straight out storytelling rap and Kendrick shows how good he is at that as well as exploring complex emotions.

SCORE: 5 out of 5!

13. GOD: So, at this point, I honestly don’t know what to say about this song. I love it! I don’t know what it is – it’s hard for me to point to what makes me enjoy this song so much. I know the chorus is one of the things that does it – but I can’t pinpoint exactly what about the chorus is good. Maybe it’s because I find the song so unique and different from what Kendrick normally does, but at this point in the album it’s hard to be surprised.

SCORE: 5 out of 5!

14. DUCKWORTH: This song is the perfect ending song as it wraps up the whole thing and brings it back to the beginning. The beat on the song is great and it becomes even better when the beat switches around later in the song. Kendrick spits his heart out telling an interesting story of how he became who he is today – I won’t go into detail about what the song is about as it will spoil the story, but this song is the perfect ending to a great album.

SCORE: 4.5 out of 5!

Final Verdict: This concludes the individual song reviews – as you can see it is quite highly rated and I honestly feel this album is just as good as both Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City and To Pimp A Butterfly. I didn’t feel this in my initial listening and it took about 3-4 listening sessions before I came this conclusion. There is not a bad song on the album -there are no fillers which I also find important and together with the diverse songs, this make it one of the least boring albums that I have ever heard…

AND then there is the best thing:

There is still much more to be explored with the album – and it will be in my music rotation for a very long time!

SCORE: 5 out of 5!

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Fishmans – LONG SEASON

Today, I have been listening to a band from Japan Called Fismans. They made an album called Long Season back in 1996. The best way I can describe the music is dreamy alternative with a lot of different elements from different genres.

The songs are mostly instrumental with some Japanese singing – but it all adds to the feeling of being in a dream especially when I don’t understand what is being said. The production on this is out of this world – the whole album is like one long song split up into different parts and the cohesiveness is just a joy to listen to.

I wasn’t able to find the album on any streaming services other than Youtube, but you have to give it a listen anyway – You really won’t be sorry. The only thing I am sorry about is that I haven’t heard about the band before. Unfortunately, the lead singer died back in 1999, so any new music won’t be likely.

 

Lil Uzi Vert – XO Tour Llif3

This is hands down my favorite song right now! I have been listening to it for quite a while, but because I was  busy with getting this site up and running, it’s one of the great songs I didn’t make a post about – well, until now!

This is the song that made me realize that Lil Uzi Vert actually make dope music. I liked some of his earlier work, but nothing ever comes close to this song. It’s crazy how your opinion on an artist can change based on one song!

Even though the beat bangs and the song in itself is pretty catchy and upbeat, the lyrics is quite the opposite – you can perhaps even stretch it and say the song is an oxymoron which I guess is why I find it so intriguing.

Luv Is Rage 2.0 is supposed to drop later this year and I’m excited to see where he will take his sound after this song.

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Gorillaz – Saturnz Barz (Feat. Popcaan)

Gorillaz released four new songs today from their upcoming album Humanz that will come out April 28th – one of my most anticipated projects this year!

All the four songs are great and as it is with Gorillaz, all the features are on point. My favorite so far has got to be the song with Popcaan, but that could definitely change after listening to the songs a couple of times.

All the songs can be found on your favorite streaming service, so go ahead and listen to the other three songs as well – maybe your favorite is a different one!

CHINAH – Young

I have can’t get enough of the this song. I listened to CHINAH’s newly released album and this song in particular stood out to me.

I love the guitar that gets added later in the song – it just sounds really good. The whole album is pretty solid and if you are in the mood for some chill vibes then this is definitely for you.

Give the song and album a listen!

JMSN – Drinkin’

Time is such a strange concept – especially in exam periods. I completely forgot to make a post yesterday, damn… But this doesn’t mean that I won’t make one today – and what a song it is!

JMSN has been one of my favorite artists ever since I heard his first album Priscilla back in 2012. I went to his concert in oktober and his live voice was amazing – one of the best artists I have ever heard live!

Today, he blesses us with a new song called Drinkin’ – and it captures everything about what makes him great! And it’s like he’s describing my every weekend pretty good.

Just give it a listen, I’ll bet you will like it.

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