Music Is My Drug Of Choice’s 7 to Beat for #NewMusicFriday, 3/27/15
Artist Highlights | Modest Mouse, Mat Kearney, Purity Ring
Featured tracks by rock legends, Modest Mouse, who have made an impressive comeback with their new album, Strangers to Ourselves, folk-hip hop extraordinaire, Mat Kearny, ethereal vocalist, Purity Ring, and many more for this week’s #NewMusicFriday.
After taking an 8-year hiatus from the recording studio, Modest Mouse came out on March 17, 2015 with their full-length, alternative rock album, Strangers to Ourselves. It plays like a manic riot filled with bursts of choppy chants. However, singer-songwriter Isaac Brock and drummer Jeremiah Green, as well as the string of cameos, work “together” in a way that engages the listener with an appreciation for its far-from-cohesive sound, striving for some meaning and ease from a world of social chaos.
A fortuitous trip took Mat Kearney to Nashville the summer after college. Intending to only record a few tracks, the music industry quickly took notice, and he gathered notoriety for his unique folk-indie originated sound. His very realness that sings the lyrics in “Just Kids,” reminds me of my fascination for beautiful, spoken-word poetry, my favorite being Sarah Kay’s from a TED Talk. The two forms find ways that inspire, ache, or soothe my soul and sometimes, all at the same time.
The album art depicts it all. Purity Ring’s another eternity delves into a very levitating, cosmic sound, with repetitive phrasing in “bodyache” and a magical overlay of sounds.
Not until I jumped into the shower to test out this playlist (still unfamiliar with all the artists or track arrangements and multiple edits since) did I know instantly that this track was here to stay. MNEK (or Uzo Emenike) is a multi-faceted Grammy-nominated British singer, songwriter, record producer and remixer of Nigerian descent and holds promise for rising success as many of these other artists from the UK have in recent years, such as Disclosure, AlunaGeorge, Sam Smith, CHVRCHES, to name a few. This electo-disco-pop song is the necessary inclusion as the bright, jammin’ tune that gets you up and dancing to “The Rhythm” in this week’s 7/11 to Beat.
The Killers at Outside Lands 2014 truly killed the set as one of many headliners on Day 3. Now, lead-singer and influencer of the band is riding solo with his debut of “Can’t Deny My Love.” Its anthemic, 80s sound feels reminiscent of the INXS or Duran Duran but most importantly, gets you clenching your fist and enveloped in the passion of expression.
This NYC male-female musical duo, is making a name for themselves- fast. After their EP debut in late 2014, their blend of RnB and pop influences bring wide appeal and have already amassed 6,000 and 19,000+ followers on Spotify and SoundCloud, respectively.
I know what you’re going to say, “seriously, the Furious 7 soundtrack?” But, to me, its stylistically no different than “I’m Not the Only One” by Sam Smith feat. A$AP Rocky. The chorus performed by Charlie Puth mirrors the Sam Smith’s heart and soul and Wiz tells a touching, poetic story in a beautiful tribute to Paul Walker, whose life ended in an ironically tragic car crash during the filming of Furious 7. Do you agree with the parallels between “I’m Not the Only One” and “See You Again”?
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