Jul
7
FILED UNDER: Love, Photography, Tunes

Sky Ferreira – One

Something’s wrong between the two of us. I’m not a robot but I feel like one one one one one one one one one one one one one one one one one one.

I don’t post videos on here often, because I hate youtube’s interface, and they’re often laggy, but this one is necessary. (Look at me saying this, RIGHT after I posted the gerbils video. That was vimeo though, so I’ll let it slide.)

Anywho, please let me introduce you to Sky Ferreira, my current obsession. She is seventeen, an apprentice to Bloodshy & Avant (the producers behind some of Britney, Kylie, and Madonna’s biggest hits), and possibly the next biggest thing in the world of synthpop.

I’ll be honest, at first listen, I didn’t get the song. It sounded like way too much repetition and  no real meat to the production. After a few more goes, I realized it’s actually the understated synths and repetition of “one” that made it so good. I simply can’t stop it from playing on repeat now.

Same goes for the video. There’s something very “Vogue” fashion-shoot-ish about it.

Jun
19
FILED UNDER: Love, Tunes

If you haven’t been annoyed by my crazed posts on facebook and tumblr, well then, you’re lucky you’ve avoided the fire [so far]. I’m afraid that peace is over and you are now in the middle of a heated rave about ‘All The Lovers’, Kylie Minogue’s newest single.

First of all, let me introduce you to the beautifully fabricated synthpop track:

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Most people generally experience the following side-effects when listening: [multiple] aural orgasms, urges to dance, pop-music revelations, the inability to stop resulting in hours of repeat-one-ness, etc.

Sure, Kylie’s whispy vocals make the song what it is, but I personally feel major credit is due to the epic production by Stuart Price. You can decide for yourself who you think’s truly responsible, but I’m sure there there is one thing we can all agree on: this is the Kylie comback song we’ve been waiting ages for.

PS: sorry for the mis-matching photo. I realize this is from her last album and not the current. I just like the style and design of this and felt it fit with the personality of the blog.

Jun
16
FILED UNDER: Love, Tunes

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Apr
22
FILED UNDER: Love, Tunes

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Apr
19
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Apr
7
FILED UNDER: Love, Tunes

Daydreaming (feat. Cee-Lo)

I’ve had the entire Kid Sis album in my iTunes library since this past fall, but never really gave any other track a full listen (other than Right Hand Hi). It’d be an understatement to say that I’m disappointed in myself for skimming past the rest.

Daydreaming is hands-down my favorite track so far and at the moment. It’s a nice of summertime pop jam with some of Kid Sister’s bittersweet rapping.

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Right Hand Hi

I love this track and have some good memories tacked to it. It (along with a bunch of other good tracks) got me to and from Philly by myself a few times in one week. There’s something really nice about the rapping in this—I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s just fun and a great party jam. My mouth is watering for some alcohol just listening to it now.

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Feb
11
FILED UNDER: Love, Tunes

I am in love. Her name is Marina Diamandis, or rather Marina and the Diamonds, and she’s all I think about anymore. I mentioned her back in July, and my crush has increased tenfold in the time past.

Since discovering this gem (har har, see what I did there?), she’s released two EPs, three singles (two officially for her debut album, I believe) and three music videos to accompany those tracks. In order newest to oldest: Hollywood, Mowgli’s Road, and I Am Not A Robot. On February 22, her debut album, The Family Jewels will drop. Mark it on your calendars.

For those of you who know nothing of Marina, it’s hard for me to explain what she sounds like. Wikipedia lists her as “alternative, indie, new wave, pop”. A very understated description, I must say. There’s really just no one like her. And by the way, it’s just her—Marina & the Diamonds is not a band. She is Marina, and we [ her fans] are The Diamonds.

As usual, here are a few favorite tracks accompanied by poorly-written comments and scattered thoughts of a crazed fanboy.

Shampain — Drinking champagne, a bottle to myself, savor the taste of fabricated wealth — Easily one of my favorite tracks [ if not my absolutely favorite ]. I’ve been in love with the demo version for about a year now and it’s lovely to hear the final studio version. It’s so much louder with pulsing synths and beats. It’s one of those songs that instantly send me into a state of euphoria. Shampain definitely lands on the far electronic / synth end of Marina‘s spectrum. I’d say it’s about as loud and synthetic as the album gets.

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Hollywood — I’ve been living in a movie scene, puking American dreams — I had never heard this until the music video dropped for it in late November. It was love at first listen, really. Hollywood‘s music and structure seemed mild and less bizarre than all the other songs I had known by Marina. Didn’t mean a thing though. Hollywood talks of Marina‘s ongoing obsession with American culture. In several blog posts, she mentions her favorite American toys, candies, cartoons, etc. from her childhood.

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The Outsider — Is there more to lose than gain, If I go on my own again? — For months I had been listening to a low-quality webrip of the final version—I was that desperate. The intro and bridge of this song really make it. It starts with vocals and piano and at the fourteen-second mark, in jumps a pulsing synth bass line. Three-quarters way through the bridge introduces a dreamy clap / tambourine pattern right before busting into a loud final chorus.

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Numb — I feel numb most of the time, lower I get the higher I’ll climb — Numb really proves how diverse this album is. While a good deal of these have a synthetic new-wave sound, this track couldn’t be any further away. The layers of vocals create these beautiful church-choir-like harmonies that send chills. Simply stated, this along with Shampain and Oh No! top my list.

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Mowgli’s Road — There’s a fork in the road, I do as I’m told, and I don’t know who I want to be — I could watch this music video over and over for the rest of my life. It’s so simple and bizarre I just can’t take my eyes off of it. [ Pssst: I posted the link up a little bit. ] The song itself is equally as strange and beautiful with it’s catchy “cuckoo!” and whistling hooks.

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Oh No! — TV taught me how to feel, now real life has no appeal … I know exactly why I walk and talk like a machine — Probably my second favorite track. The first time I listened to the thirty-second previews on UK iTunes, Oh No! stuck out and struck me instantly. Maybe because it was my first time hearing the song, while most of the others I had either heard leaks or demos of. Along with Shampain and Hollywood, I imagine Oh No! having some mainstream attention [ hopefully ]. Unfortunately I don’t foresee anything by Marina popping up on American top-forty radio, seeing as how no one really does unless they are Taylor Swift or Lil Wayne. Luckily, shows like Gossip Girl have given emerging indie-pop artists a bit of spotlight, which could be a nice way for Marina to add a few more Diamonds to her collection.

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By the way, all of these amazing live photos are by Holly Erskine and Camille Promérat. Check out their flickrs for more Marina shots and lovely photos of other artists!