TOTD: Robin Hayes “Autopilot Hijack”

Let’s get weird one more time today. What are you really doing other than panicking about work tomorrow? Let this track chill you out. I mean maybe not the lyrics, which certainly give me a bit of an existential “what the hell are you doing with your life” vibe. The title itself, which is repeated several times throughout the song, kind of lends itself to that vibe. Even the hijacking is in autopilot. Which I suppose could be some sort of commentary about automation, but I’m going to take it more metaphorical.

As far as the instrumentals go, it should actually chill you out. Unless you focus too hard on the dissonant percussion that leaves you feeling a little uneasy in the best way. I guess Psychedelic rock is all about capturing the sublime right? Capturing that feeling of awe and shock that is similar to a drug experience, or seeing a dinosaur in person, or 30 ft waves, or thinking about space for too long. I think this song has all of that wrapped into a neat little package that keeps me coming back. Now go to sleep. Capitalism calls tomorrow.

-Caleb

You can find this song and all of our June TOTDs at this Spotify link right here. Holy shit, you didn’t even know you were reading a link did you?

Video of the Day: Alex Cuba “El Dia De Hoy”

Alright guys let’s get weird and symbolic. I do encourage you, if like me you only know enough Spanish to get you through high school classes, to copy paste the lyrics (which you can find in the video description on youtube) into Google translate. I do not encourage you to do that until after you’ve watched the video in full though. Sometimes we just need to let visuals and symbols tell us an abstract story that allow us to get something out of it without too much explanation. So what do you get out of these strange colorful creatures being hidden away in a black and white world? What is this song saying to you about creativity? The powers the be/the status quo? Artistry? Maybe I’ll give you some hints in a minute, but sit with it yourself first.

Who can explain me
This great illusion
That has no end
It's the sea
Is the sun
It's today
It's starting over
And let the night
And let the night
Allow us to dream

For other stupid Americans, like myself, that is the English translation to some of the lyrics. Like any great poetry, it seems to translate quite well, though I’m sure it’s always better in the native language. To me it seems this song, and this video is very much about keeping your dreams alive, despite the world’s best attempts to capture/destroy them. I think that’s a message and inspiration that we need more than ever in these trying times, and I am so thankful that Alex Cuba shared this with us, so we could share it with you.

-Caleb

If you’re looking for more Alex Cuba, I have good news, he is very prolific. He has several albums spanning many years on Spotify. We’ve added this song to our monthly Spotify playlist to get you started. Check it out here. 

TOTD: Keatsu “Mirr(I)ror”

You guys ready for a experimental track? This was definitely one of those situations where I listened to it, and couldn’t completely figure it out, but it felt important. Art is like that sometimes, a lot of my favorite artists across multiple platforms aren’t creating things I can immediately figure out, but it makes me want to sit with it for a while. Luckily in this case, I was able to talk to the artist a bit about his inspiration on this track. I’ve pasted his response in several short messages below:

“I was listening to James Blake a lot these days 

So piano came up quickly even tho I’m rather guitar player than piano

 And well I was looking at mirror listening to instrumental so I thought I’m little narcissistic

While making an album, I created album list where I made a typo

 Instead of Mirror I wrote Mirrior

And it made track even more “broke ” so to speak” -Keatsu

Now, a few things really stand out to me about his explanation.

  1. I definitely hear the James Blake influence.
  2. The art flowed out of him on this one, which is always interesting to me. When something comes easy, like the muses spoke to you or something.
  3. He talks about his narcissism and something that stands out to me about that is that he owned even his mistake (the misspelled Mirror). So it’s narcissism with a sense of self deprecation as well?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments on what you got out of this song. And if you enjoyed this, I’m going to throw another one your way that I happened upon because of Spotify shuffling after I finished listening to this track.

 

If that track has some elements that sound familiar to you…Then you may just listen to other good music 😉

-Caleb

As always, you can find this song and all of our June TOTD’s on our Spotify playlist right here.

Morning Commute/Video of the Day: Fever Feel – “Somewhere Down the Line”

Let’s take a moment to act like we are stepping back in time with our Video of the Day today. Fever Feel’s “Somewhere Down the Line” feels so familiar and yet unique simultaneously. They were described as Led Zeppelin meets Rick James, and I can definitely see that both in style and musicality. I really love the direction and aesthetic to this video. One thing that stands out in the use of red and yellow lighting to give it a throwback feel, and also I really like the overlays where the previous picture slowly fades on top of the new picture. Any up and coming bands that are listening should take notes on the simplicity of this video. It probably didn’t cost too much, and yet it was very effective at creating a vibe and ethos that will follow my mind’s eye picture of the band going forward.

“Founded by Landon Franklin and Logan Gabert, the band is a mix of seventies rock with modern sensibilities – in fact, they consider themselves to be a part of a new age for rock and roll music.”

From their brief bio, I have to say that there ambitions don’t seem far off to me at all. Let me give you a bonus glimpse at their sound from one of their live shows. This video started playing as I was finishing up the one above, and I just got entranced by it.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m fully sold at this point.

-Caleb

As always, don’t forget to check out Fever Feel on our June TOTD Spotify playlist.

 

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

 

 

 

Mid Day Music Blast: Femke “Wounded”

“Pain is a part of us, but we’ll walk through it”

I really can’t think of a more positive line that I’ve read in a while. This song is dark, but allows you to see the glimpses of hope in the darkness with juxtaposition throughout it. I have always liked artists that are realistic about the trial and tribulations that make us human, yet give a signal of hope to surviving those things.

“Sometimes it hurts too much, memories you can’t untouch”

I just love basically everything about this song. The lyrics, the haunting vocals, the clean production. This is definitely one that will be added to all of my playlists ASAP.

A little more about Femke:

Femke is a producer during the day but an artist at night, and on one of those nights Wounded was born. “It came from kind of a dark but hopeful place, the lyric is the hopeful part but the music still reflects the darkness.” Femke, who has collaborated with artists such as Belle Mt, Estelle,  Mark Hoppus and many more throws a curveball into her mainly electronic repertoire with this song.

 

Find this song and many more on our June TOTD Spotify playlist right here.

-Caleb

 

TOTD: Gareth Inkster “Misfire”

Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way. Gareth Inkster sounds like Ben Folds. I know it, you know it, Gareth knows it, hell, even Ben Folds knows it. The comparison isn’t lost on anyone. Gareth even uses Ben Folds as a hashtag on Soundcloud to catch fans of the singer songwriter. Gareth also has the fact that he’s a multi-instrumentalist in common with Ben, using ten different instruments on his new track, leaving only the drums and bass guitar to others. While Gareth has a lot in common with Ben, that’s not to say he can’t stand on his own, and Misfire proves just that.

Misfire is a deep, introspective look at depression. I usually take this time to go into the lyrics of the song and what it means, but Inkster provided information about his song that needed to be shared. This is an absolutely beautiful work of art.

“It was written during some difficult times, as the lyrics will certainly suggest. The introspection leads to a troubled confession, and eventually the desperate bridge, “is there something wrong with me? I don’t think so, but I don’t know.” after which there is an audible *crack* sound – the breaking point, if you will. After this, words are no longer sufficient, and the brass section does its thing, but before long even that doesn’t cut it, and there is an abrupt key-change, as the strings take over. The strings hit a diminished chord shortly before they end which I feel is the most painful part of the song. After the music has exhausted itself, there is a brief pause, and the lyrics return for one final, beaten verse. The verse lyric ends on an unresolved question, and likewise, on an unresolved chord.”

Seeing behind the veil of how a song was made usually leads to something along the lines of, “I wrote this line about a time in my life where x happened.” It rarely leads to, “I arranged the instrumentation to tell a story that can stand alone.”

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Depression is a difficult subject to tackle, and Gareth does it from a place of deep understanding. So many songs try to engage the subject like it’s a cloudy day and frowny faces. While nothing is wrong with that, this is something that is moving on a different level for me. It gets into all of the feelings of inadequacy and the questions that come along with it.

Misfire is one of seven songs on Gareth’s upcoming EP, Last Year, and you can check out the same titled first single here.

Check out Gareth and all of our other tracks from June on our Spotify playlist