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?

TOTD: Spiller “Cowboy Bill”

 

Hope your Sunday is going appropriately lazy. We are back to share another cool track with you. This has to be one of my favorite new bands at the moment. There are elements from so many genres that I love, and this song emphasizes all of them. The vocals and lyrics have some emo vibes to them (Sunny Day Real Estate emo, not All Time Low emo). The instrumentals are delightful mixes of jazz with some strange timing elements a la TTNG or Giraffes? Giraffes! And then the lyrics are fun and thoughtful at the same time, kind of reminiscent of Modest Mouse. Basically what I’m saying, is this band combines a lot of my favorite sounds while also sounding entirely unique.

“Remember the Alamo, Bill? You’re a…
(I ain’t no hero)
Well you are to me
Bought a Colt .45 and now I am
a cowboy too

Wandering all day on the plains
Must be so much fun
I haven’t been clean in weeks
A dirty cowpoke”

I love how the lyrics almost seem like an old country song, but instead are set to these fun post-hardcore, mathy sort of instrumentals. I’d be interested to see what you guys think about the lyrics. Feel free to comment below. To me there seems to be a little bit of a reflection on how fun media makes certain things seem (cowboys, pirates, etc.) but if you are actually in the scenario there is a lot of danger and potential drawbacks. But it also could just be a fun song by this great band from Oregon that isn’t trying to say something terribly intense. Either way, I’m a fan and looking forward to what else they create.

-Caleb

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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.

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

 

Morning Commute: The Prussians “Karma”

For your morning commute on this beautiful (at least here) Sunday morning is from your bed to your favorite brunch spot, but we’ve got you covered either way.

Hailing from the small island of Mallorca, off of the coast of Spain, this 5 piece indie rock group is making the kind of music that deserves to be heard on a global scale. I don’t know what the music scene is like on the island, but The Prussians have not only made the Morning Commute today, but have already infiltrated multiple personal playlists.

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I hate that we came across this song immediately after the Bad Luck episode of the podcast because as you may have guessed from the title, this song is all about whether Karma is real or not.

Do you believe in karma instantly?
Then why are your actions so boring?

A question that we ask ourselves here at B-Side Guys all the time is essentially that same question. Do you believe that actions you take change future events? Obviously if you make the action today to not fill up a tire that’s low, it can lead to a flat tire, but if I pass a homeless man on the side of the road and do nothing to help, is that the cause for the flat tire? In short, I would lean towards a resounding no. That begs the question, “Why are you making such safe choices in your day to day life then?”

With heady vocals that fall in line with Arctic Monkeys, the opening verse is about as close to perfect as it gets. Starting with vocals and snaps, every measure adds something new until “3,2,1,” and then the song really starts.

If you find yourself with extra time on the commute, watch their music video for Soul too. Only if your commute is by public transportation, carpool, walking, or anything where you aren’t behind the wheel. Watch responsibly.

Also, side note to the band if you’re reading this, let us know about the music scene on the island. We would love to find out more.