TOTD: Little Sain✚ feat. Merger – “Remedy”

 

You’re in for a real treat on this one. The artist informed us they brought in a full brass section, and a gospel singer, and you can tell with how full the track feels. It’s got a little bit of a Kanye production vibe to me, with some deep brass, and the full vocals and samples really making the song feel epic. Not epic in the dumb “whoa bruh that’s epic” sort of way. Epic like it feels important. It leaves you with goosebumps on your arms.

Another thing I really appreciate about this song is it’s ambiguity. The song is talking about remedies, but filling it with “Hennessy”. Which I suppose is a sort of remedy. We all have probably leaned on drinking or partying to distract from our problems from time to time, but obviously a remedy would hopefully be more of a long term fix. I think this song definitely plays it a little tongue and cheek, which I appreciate. It also has a fun switch from the song/artist being the Remedy to others, to the artist needing a Remedy themselves. Anyway, a really fun song overall that deserves multiple listens.

Be sure to check out this song and all of our June TOTD’s on our Spotify playlist.

-Caleb

Mid Day Music Blast: Elea Calvet “Trigger”

We are back with Elea Calvet with the voice so nice we had to share it twice. I love all the styles that she mixes in both tracks we’ve shared. If you’re looking for the other one, check that out here. This one in particularly has some really excellent guitar riffs that she mirrors nicely with her vocals. I also really dug into these lyrics a little deeper than the other track.

“I think there’s a trigger I pulled without knowing
And I’m watching the splendour slowly turn to nothing ”

I feel like that lyric in particularly, that starts the song, and gets repeated several times, really feels relatable. We have all these moments where we make decisions that we don’t realize until much later how momentous they actually were, and oftentimes how hurtful to ourselves they actually were, like a loaded gun.

“Don’t try to tell me I misunderstood
‘Cause the words that drip off your lips for show
Are like murder telling you to ask for more

Under dimmed out lights, silhouettes turn
It’s not a goodbye I can’t stand the burn

Cause I, should’ve shot you down
Right when I could”

This mistake seems to be romantically based, and ironically the “trigger” that was so destructive was not pulling the “trigger” to get rid of this person sooner. All and all, another really great track from Elea that deserves multiple listens.

You can start now on our June TOTD playlist on Spotify.

 

-Caleb

 

 

 

TOTD: Julian Sherwood “Make Stay”

Julian Sherwood. This guy is the reason that we are doing this blog. Drummer turned singer-songwriter, this guy is the Anderson .Paak of angsty, off-beat indie.

When I’m figuring out which songs to feature in posts on the blog, I always look for something a little different than what I’ve heard before. The timbre of Julian Sherwood’s voice is that perfect blend of familiar but new. He is like going to a new town that has a replica of your favorite coffeehouse from your hometown; the streets, sights, and sounds are all different, but it has that piece that makes you feel at home. With a piercing, yet exposed voice, Julian Sherwood sets the perfect stage for a story about the negative side of love.

This song digs into the hard truth and the “tragedy of commitment.” When you love people and things, and allow them to take up your time, you have that much less time to do what you please. It really brings up so many questions about what we value as individuals, and that we need to really pay attention to the things that we give our love and time to.

A close friend of mine once told me that we need to focus on the very few big “yeses” in our lives, and if the choice you have to make has an option that doesn’t get you closer to those “yeses,” then go with the other option. For example, my big yeses are family, travel, and working for myself. If I have to make a choice about spending time doing something, I will always try to make the choice that moves me closer to those three goals. This song makes you examine the things you love, and at least attempts to get you to trim the excess.

Video of the Day and Morning Commute: Jessicka “Penniless Fools”

This is the first song that has been the perfect fit for the Video of the Day (for obvious reasons), and the Morning Commute. Jessicka’s track, Penniless Fools, is the first song we’ve considered for cross-categorization, and it is a well deserved accolade.

Starting out with almost a minute of B-roll footage, Penniless Fools really gets started at around the :50 mark, but the shots beforehand are nice enough to keep your interest focused on the song. Once the song does get started, you’ll be instantly happy that you stuck around. Jessicka’s voice and the instrumentation is reminiscent of Florence + the Machine, but Jessicka has a style all her own. With a powerful voice and a beautiful arrangement to back her up, the singer-songwriter from Vancouver takes a very meta look at the roles we play in life. The tape she plays in the middle of the song at the 3:15 mark plays the role of the average human mind:

“It’s a measly manner of existence,
to get on that subway on the hot mornings in summer
to devote your whole life to keeping stock,
or making phone calls,
or selling,
or buying.
To suffer 50 weeks of the year
for a two week vacation
when all you really desire is to be outside with your shirt off,
but still,
that’s how you build a future.”

Penniless Fools gets into the dilemma of working to support yourself financially vs. doing the things that you love to support yourself mentally. A very small percentage of people get up and go to a job that they love, a larger percentage enjoy a lot of the aspects of their job, and a much larger percentage hate what they do much more frequently than they enjoy it. This song gets into that and makes you really question whether the financial stability is worth using your only shot at life to be completely miserable.

This is a song that really resonates with me and a situation I went through recently. I was making a lot of money in a position where I essentially had to sell my soul to the devil. I decided it would be best to leave that job without a backup plan in place because I couldn’t take one more day of the soul-crushing position I was in. I knew that we would take a substantial pay cut for a while and that I may not find something for quite a while, but the financial stability that job provided wasn’t worth the strain it put on me and my family. Fast forward 7 months, and I now have multiple streams of revenue, all coming from sources that I absolutely love (or at least love more than I dislike). I still don’t make the same kind of money I made previously, but that really doesn’t matter when I’m about to be buried.

“Living the dream, but not much sleep.”