I have three days left at my current job as a waiter, and knowing that this chapter of my life is fading out to make way for the next, is going to be the one of the most exciting yet heartbreaking moments of my life. I’ve formed some incredibly strong bonds and friendships with the people I work with, the people I work for, and the customers I’ve waited on.
My coworkers know where to find me and how to keep in touch, so I have no worries about maintaining relationships with them. The customers, however, are a different story. I’ve gotten to truly know a few of them (as they have gotten to know me, also) and so I’ve left them with little ‘keep in touch’ cards.
(The front side of the flat card)
(The back side, not scaled proportionally to the image above)
(One of many color variations for the front side of folded cards I’ve been using lately)
Next on our tour of fantastic new music, we have singer/songwriter Louisa Rose Allen, or better known as ‘Foxes’. She’s just starting to get her feet off the ground, but there’s a good chance you may have already heard from her. Foxes provides vocals in Clarity by electro-dance producer Zedd, which has reached the Billboard Hot 100 (and received moderate airplay) and peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.
She has yet to release a full-length album but still manages to deliver a few gems online which are gaining much attention. A few of her songs are on iTunes, so grab those if you like what you hear. I believe iTunes even named her one of 2013′s artists to watch for? Or maybe I made that up?
Here’s her latest track which has gotten a sort of informal release via a youtube video her friend created for the track. Pop music blogs are praising the song, noting that it is reminiscent of Marina & The Diamonds (I definitely hear it in the ‘oh-oh’ background vocals), Florence Welch, and Kate Bush.
I had first heard Youth in early 2012, saving much of its playtime for summer nights while driving with the moonroof open and windows down. The song skips any sort of intro and jumps right into the first verse, which happens to be my absolute favorite part. At first I regretted not choosing that bit for the snippet, however the second verse features a nice beat which you’ll surely enjoy and so I’m leaving it as is.
As in most cases where artists are featured on songs by other people, Clarity is quite different from Foxes’ usual sound. Zedd (who is set to produce a nice chunk of Lady Gaga’s upcoming album) has crafted a radio-friendly club song with verses tailored to fit Foxes’ voice perfectly and a sing-a-long chorus.
NB: I choose to [mostly] draw myself so that if it comes out ugly, the only person I’m offending is myself. Not because I’m some narcissistic jerk.
Let me just take a moment to state this fact: as of right now, Saturday, March 23, 2013, Heartthrob is the best album of the year. It’s 80s, it’s rock, it’s electronic, it’s indie, it’s pop. It’s (mostly) produced by Greg Kurstin and it’s perfect.
I know we’ve got plenty of time for other musical geniuses to pump records out but Tegan and Sara have set such an incredibly high benchmark that it’s unlikely anything will compare. (Or imagine this: perhaps everyone realizes what’s expected and we are blessed with a dozen amazingly perfect albums. I doubt it.)
Please note: I am not some crazed veteran Tegan and Sara fan. In fact, I practically despised the duo until this moment.
Now, onto the songs. I love just about this entire dang album, with the exception of maybe one song. I won’t tell you what that song is, but I will tell you that these are my four favorites. I’ve also provided you with 30-second snippets of my favorite bits for your listening pleasure.
I’m Not Your Hero
Why it’s perfect: The production is by far the most solid. There’s a really great mixture of bass, synth, haunting 80s howling guitars, background vocals, and drums. Also, a few spots have this little “game boy”-ish beeping sound. Those moments are gold. In the snippet you get the very end of the middle-eight, said “game boy” beep, and the beginning of the final chorus (which features the chilling guitar howls).
Favorite lyric: “Sometimes it feels like I’m all that they’ve got, it’s so hard to know I’m not what they want”. Ain’t that the truth.
I Couldn’t Be Your Friend
Why it’s perfect: It sounds like a Dragonette song. It’s hard to get that from the snippet I’ve posted, but if you listen to the entire song (mainly the intro and first verse) you will get it. It’s a little unbelievable how much they sound like Martina in this song, also. Damn Canadians. The snippet features the end of the final chorus followed by the flawless outro. Close your eyes and enjoy the pitched “oh-oh-oh-oh” and guitar finale. Amazing.
Favorite lyric: “Now you wanna say I was a criminal, stole you away, that sounds so fictional.”
I Was A Fool
Why it’s perfect: Because. Because there’s nothing not perfect about it. There’s an perfect piano hook, a perfect beat, a perfect chorus. Need I go on? While the entire album has a very 80s sound to it, I think it’s most obvious (and well showcased) here. What’s in the snippet: An amazing echoed bridge followed by a bit of the final chorus. You can hear that famous Greg Kurstin howling guitar in here song also.
Favorite lyric: “But stand still is all we did, love like ours is never fixed.”
Why it’s perfect: It’s the most radio-friendly song Tegan andSara song to date. It’s also the best song to catch the attention of anyone who wasn’t previously a T&S fan (myself). Probably the reason it was the lead single for Heartthrob. Also, there is a fantastic level of synths. Beep boop. Once again in the snippet, we’ve got some of the final chorus and subsequent outro.
Favorite lyric: “Here comes the rush before we touch … Here comes the spark before the dark.”