The last two months have felt like one continuous thunderstorm. I have seriously seen enough rain and lightening to last a lifetime. It’s actually raining as I speak. By the time you read this, it will probably still be raining. Eh. I guess it’s not all bad though. All of this rain is great for making things beautiful and green. It keeps the air clean and can be quite relaxing if it’s not too disruptive. But do you know what is the best thing to do during a storm? Listen to great music. Music is perfect anytime, but I tend to really enjoy it on stormy nights. I just grab a cup of coffee, sit back and let each song take me to a new (and hopefully drier) destination.
May and June were awesome months for me—musically speaking, that is. I’ve listened to so many different songs that it was honestly hard for me to pick which ones were my top favorites. As fate would have it, I randomly came across a lot of new artists and songs that have quickly become instant favorites. I dipped and dabbled in a lot of different genres (as usual), so May and June’s playlist is a blissful mix of songs that is sure to appeal to anyone who believes that variety is the spice of life. This selection of songs is like Chex Mix for your ears. Mmm…Chex Mix.
The Japanese House – Saw You In A Dream
I listened to so much Dream Pop this month.This particular song got way too many plays. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if I managed to hear it 100+ times in the last three weeks, but I’m hardly complaining. From the moment I first caught a snippet of this on someone’s Snapchat, I have been hooked.
This song is so relaxing to listen to. Chill and slightly dreamy, this track describes the experience of being visited by a former lover in a dream. I am absolutely in love with the singer’s voice (it reminds me of Marina and the Diamonds). The nonchalant pop melody of this track has a laid back old school vibe, but with an oddly fresh twist.
I totally identify with the experience described in the song, so that’s part of the allure for me. It can be really nice (and equally disturbing) to have a dream about someone you haven’t seen or heard from in a really long time. All of my dreams feel just as real as actual waking life, so when I see someone from my past in one of them, I always wake up feeling as though I truly spent time visiting with them. Dreaming about exes can go one way or the other. I’m either happy to see them (and sad to wake up) or I’m hoping to be prematurely woken up so the dream can end (and I can get away from them). 😛
Line(s) I Love: “And when I’m awake I can’t switch off. It isn’t the same, but it is enough.”
Purity Ring – Begin Again
I found this song by complete accident while poking around on iTunes last month. Talk about love at first listen! The juxtaposition of the eerie instrumentals, sweet vocals and rhythmic drum machine just intoxicates me every single time I play it. This particular Purity Ring song seems to fit the mold for Trip Hop, but it definitely has Dream Pop vibes as well. The general feel of the song is ethereal, haunting and slightly industrial.
When it comes to lyrics, I haven’t the faintest clue what this song is actually about. I’m guessing it has something to do with a romantic relationship, but that’s about as far as my comprehension goes. There are celestial-related analogies, but I can’t say that I quite grasp their significance. Though the lyrics conjure interesting mental pictures in my mind, I primarily love this song for its beat and overall sound. If the remainder of the Another Eternity album is as good as this one, Purity Ring is probably going to become a permanent fixture in my music collection.
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Dave Silcox – Broken Promises (ft. Little Nikki)
Here’s a little something for the House fans out there. This upbeat track is a new must-have for my rowing playlist. I’m literally in love. I typically enjoy eardrum-bursting bass lines when I’m working out because it helps me maintain a consistent pace. Though this isn’t the most bass-heavy song I have in my collection, the punchy beat energizes me every single time I listen to it. I often like to start my mornings with it just to help me wake up and get my creative faculties going. It’s honestly hard to not want to dance when I hear this track.
It’s always strange to me how some House songs have beats that are fun, but lyrics that are almost depressing—-this song is one of those. It actually reminds me of some people who are in relationships that truthfully aren’t good for them in any way, shape or form. Maybe they are constantly being cheated on, lied to or otherwise mistreated/abandoned/sidelined. Sometimes the “victims” aren’t even aware of their partner’s toxicity, but then you have the people who are fully aware of what they are being subjected to. It is always fascinating to me when people can acknowledge that the situation they are in is bad, but because they love the person, they are willing to go through hell and high water to keep them around. I don’t get it and I wouldn’t do it, but it makes for a great song.
Line(s) I Love: “Feeling lost, I don’t know where to go. The closest person to me broke my heart and left me out in the cold.”
Julia Michaels – Issues
I first saw Julia perform this song when she was at the Billboard Awards this year. If you saw my recap of the show, I went on and on about how much I enjoyed her performance and the song. Well, I’ve been listening to this track nearly non-stop since then. I love this song. I simply don’t get tired of it. It’s ridiculous how much I identify with the lyrics. There’s just something so relatable and honest about them. I think this song accurately portrays a good chunk of relationships, but it especially applies to relationships where both parties are so messed up that they both start to actually look normal. It’s definitely not your usual sappy, perfect love song. It’s real.
My last relationship was exactly like the madness that this song describes. The two of us were equally dysfunctional in our own ways, but it was the shared dysfunction that was the glue of what we had. No one got us like we got each other. We couldn’t fake how we were feeling or fool each other the way we could fool other people because we understood what the other person was going through too well not to recognize it. As annoying as our own issues were, we never faulted each other for having them. I think it was the first time in either of our lives that we felt that it was okay to be a mess if we wanted to because we knew the other person wouldn’t judge us poorly or change how they felt. It was perfection. This song reminds me of this unconditional love we have, so it’s a definite favorite.
Line(s) I Love: “Bask in the glory of all our problems, ‘cos we’ve got the kind of love it takes to solve ’em.”
Die Antwoord – Fatty Boom Boom
That song title though. I seriously love Die Antwoord and the unconventional rave/rap hybrid they have going on, but some of their songs are just plain crude, lewd and rude. But who am I kidding? I have never particularly shied away from controversial and potentially offensive figures. This is especially true when people simply stay true to who they are and what they like. Yo-Landi is my artistic idol in a way because she is a straight up kooky badass who just does whatever. She’s not bothered with being phony or “normal” for the sake of being lady-like and proper. I like that.
Out of all the tracks on the Ten$ion album, this is one of my favorites. The video is crazy, but it’s just another normal day for this pair. I remember when I first discovered them and saw it. I was like, “What did I just watch and what’s wrong with me that I want to watch it again?” I haven’t the faintest clue what they are saying at times (it is in another language), but out of what I can make out, their lyrics are so damn catchy. The African drum beats and tribal vibes are so addictive. I love how different they are from your everyday mainstream rap groups.
This song (along with most of their others) is frenetic, high spirited, and sure to leave you feeling as though you just ate a strange hallucinogenic South African bush plant. Their outlandish lyrics and attitude almost seem like a horrible practical joke, which may just be what I like about this song. Between Ninja’s wackiness and Yo-Landi’s Alvin and the Chipmunks voice, the contrasts are surreal. If you aren’t too squeamish about inappropriate language and are looking for something a little offbeat, Die Antwoord is going to alter your entire perception of what rap can be with this one song.
Line(s) I Love: “Hi! My name is Yo-Landi (f#@kn) Visser…Fight fight fight! Kick you in the teeth, hit you on the head with the mic.”
Available on Amazon – (Explicit Version)
Bea Miller – Force of Nature
This song is a couple of years old now, but I have been listening to it a lot recently. I love to sing along with songs and this is one of my favorites. This girl has one the prettiest, earthy voices. Her tone is just iconic. I am admittedly a country music lover, so this pop song’s country vibes and guitar playing speaks to me. I haven’t listened to any of the other songs on the Not an Apology album, but I really need to because I enjoy this song quite a bit.
I’m right back at it with another set of lyrics that sound like a page right out of my own love life. This song tells the story of someone who finds themselves in a romantic entanglement with someone who essentially scares the crap out of them. They like the overwhelming and uncontrollable impact the person has on them, but for whatever reason, they see nothing but devastation on the horizon. The catch is…they don’t care. Potentially having their heart broken to pieces is greatly preferable to walking away prematurely. If you’ve never had a love like that, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Line(s) I Love: “I’ll be here ’til we collide. I don’t care if I survive.”
Jhene Aiko – It’s Cool
Off the album, “Souled Out”, this particular track is yet another one of my favorites (I have SO many). I’ve been listening to this album for quite awhile now, but this has been the song I’ve been returning to over the last few weeks. The vibe of the song kind of reminds me of a modern version of Sade’s stuff (who is one of my absolute fav artists). Most of Jhene’s music has this poetically rhythmic vibe that reminds me of a hip-hop infused, spoken-word open mic night at some hip coffeeshop. This song is no exception. The electric guitar gives the song a bit of serious edginess and darkness that contrasts nicely with Jhene’s suave and melodic vocals.
I’m starting to see a theme with some of these songs that I’ve been crushing on lately: they are all unconventional love songs. I completely identify with the experience of falling into a romantic situation you were never looking for, but finding out that you’re in too deep to back out of it. You are trying to play it off and hold on to your detached aloofness, as though you don’t really care about the guy on that level.
Then you realize that you aren’t the best actress in the world and aren’t able to hide your true feelings anymore. Your best option at that point is to allow the other person to step up to the plate and take the relationship to the next level—-as though you don’t have a preference (even though you do). All the while, you know what’s going on between you two is “it”, yet you don’t want to admit it to them, much less yourself. It’s easier to say, “Whatever you want…it’s cool with me.” Yeah, I’m passive like that. This song perfectly portrays what it feels like to want something (even nothing) as long as it is comes from the right person.
Line(s) I Love: “I’ve been wrong before, but this time I am for sure. It’s you. Something you did made me feel it deep in my core.”
Available on Amazon – (Explicit Version)
Available on Amazon – (Clean Version)
There you have it, folks: Seven of my most listened to tracks from May and June. Since July is my birth month, I may celebrate by sharing songs from my top ten favorite artists of all time. I can’t make any real promises here because there are so many artists that I admire.
Chances are good that I’ll be sad about leaving someone out and say “forget it”. However, that will be my challenge. I’m nervous already. Can I only select ten artists or will I come back with a list of 100? You’ll have to tune in next month to find out, but until then…Stay golden. ❤