As a man of indelibly sophisticated taste, class, and intelligence, it only makes sense that each week, I bring some of the latest and/or greatest of something to your attention, whether that is music, movies, books, clothing, technology, etc. I will gather my long 24 years of life experience and roll it into a scrumptious literary cinnamon bun for you to snack on every 7 days. It won't always be new, but it will always be great. You’re welcome.
It’s fitting that week one is chalk-full of tunes that will make you feel a variety of emotions, spanning multiple genres:
00000 Million (Recorded at Spotify Studios) – Ella Vos
It’s likely a sin that my first recommendation is a cover, but Ella Vos has truly done something magical with Bon Iver’s 00000 Million. She blends the evermore confusing folktronica genre seamlessly and develops a sultry ambient sonic that leaves you wanting more. The first kick of bass in this song offers a satisfyingly chaotic intertwinement between acoustic guitar and deep electronica. Vos has a promising future. Check out her Spotify and you’ll likely agree while throwing an emphatic fist in the air along to the beat. This song is only available on Spotify.
Notable Comparables: Chelsea Cutler, A R I Z O N A, Glades
65th & Ingleside - Chance the Rapper
In Beyonce-esque fashion, Chance dropped four tracks on his site, chanceraps.com, overnight. Of the four new tracks, 65th & Ingleside stands out the most to me. It explores his humble beginnings in the south side of Chicago and the subsequent growth of his career, his family, his relationships and his outlook on life. The production enables Chance to utilize his boyish charm to its fullest extent, even going as far to make a Fortnite reference in the third verse. It’s a fun song with an interesting narrative.
Notable Comparables: Childish Gambino, Anderson Paak., Ab-Soul
I Can’t Help Myself – Tow’rs
Tow’rs aren’t breaking new ground in the way they approach their lyricism, but the beautiful combination and contrast of the lead singers’ voices are striking. They lie within their tessitura the majority of the time and create a haunting yet optimistic sound that often either pushes me out of the door in the morning or leaves me in a puddle of my own tears.
Notable Comparables: Lumineers, Vance Joy, Bon Iver
Easy Love – Tom Misch & Carmody
Misch and Carmody take you on an easy-living ride, playing the line between hip-hop, R&B, and pop with a playful track that exemplifies the feeling of walking out of a barbershop with a fresh new cut. Misch’s spoken word style contrasts Carmody’s soft but level vocal range. It’s a song that you can dance to, but also dance WITH someone to. This song is only available on YouTube.
Comparables: Bruno Major, Masego
June, After Dark – Elliot Root
There’s nothing more to say about this track than its ability to cut through the shallow tones that a stereotypical indie tune often emits, which some have grown weary of in that genre. June, After Dark is a full-bodied song that carries the weight of the relationship it references upon its chords, similar to a slow dance. Its multi-layered symphonic structure add more meaning to the lyrical content, evoking more emotion than one would expect.
So there you have it. Week 1 is over. Hold the applause. If you have a request for episode 2 of ‘This Week In:’ please send me a message. Until next week.