Mid Day Music Blast: TyC “SELFISH”

Recently, TyC lost his father earlier than expected due to a massive heart attack. He was left with an unexpected void in his life, and turned to music as his therapy. The song that he came out with, SELFISH, is the song that most people internalize when in the same situation and they don’t know how to get it out. This song has helped TyC find some solace, and can do the same for others. We feel like it’s selfish to focus on ourselves at a time like this, but in actuality, that is exactly who the person who passed would want us to focus on. They want us to do whatever it takes to find healing.

Starting the song with a voicemail is pretty cool, but I think the content of the message is what’s important. It’s absolutely nothing. It’s the kind of message you receive and you say to yourself, “Why did they leave me a message? I know I missed their call. I’d call them back either way.” That’s the beauty of it. This message has taken on a whole new life now given the situation. Even the most mundane things become mementos and key pieces of remembering someone. I had a friend who died, and I still keep a bottle cap from a Nehi that he had been drinking the previous day and left on my dresser. It seems so ridiculous to some people, but it’s a memory of us sitting around and playing Uncharted all night, crushing sodas to stay awake.

TyC goes in with a simple but pronounced beat, keeping the focus first and foremost on the lyrics, but layering bass lines and orchestral sounds to really bring this song to life. A beautiful tribute to his late father, TyC is getting therapy through his music, and is passing something really special along to us in the process.

 

Mid-Day Music Blast: The Amber Unit – “Brother”

The Amber Unit have been playing music for a long time now. It’s quite a feat to keep a project going for two decades, and you can tell their music has a sense of maturity and crispness in it that only comes with that much experience and work flow. The song itself seems to describe a relationship between two brothers. Let’s dive into some of the lyrics:

“I follow right behind you
in the dark ~ If you just turn
around you’d see me standing
~ Like some kind of demon ~
Demon, demon, demon ”

I’m not sure if this is from a younger brother’s perspective, but that’s what it seems like to me. He is following behind the older brother, and the older brother doesn’t realize how his shadow has cast some of the mentality of the younger brother.

“Cause this is getting
dangerous, serious oh brother,
oh brother ~”

Press release: “In 2018 the new album “Fear No Giant” will be out. (it actually already is at the time of writing this, here is a bandcamp link for you.) If you’ve met the band and their music you already know what to expect: it will be neither more of the same nor something trendy. Having emerged from the mist of youth they can see now from afar how spring had radiated its light. With minimal changes in the lineup of the band, rewarding side projects and other bands (Pirates from Mars, Vic Hofstetter Solo, Ifoterius, Mistral, Brandhaerd, Karin Portmann, The Kitchenettes) some years have passed since. The Amber Unit has had half a lifetime of music so far. Rather than just a series of concerts and releases, it is has been a of love and suffering, careers and children. They used to be wild and dreamy in the past, but now they’re telling us of delayed love and bleeding lips. They encourage us to leave behind the wrong preachers, reminding us that it is the small things that kill. What they’ve learnt after half a lifetime of music, they are putting into song.”

I know I’m excited to dive into all their music new and old.

-Caleb

 

Mid Day Music Blast – LIEZA “Yellow Roses”

LIEZA’s new single, Yellow Roses, is exactly what you want for that summertime jams playlist you have on Spotify. It starts out as a lot of songs do, with LIEZA catching a partner cheating on her, but it puts a slight twist on that; the partner says the name of the third party while in bed with LIEZA.

The song then goes into how LIEZA won’t take any shit, and they both need to move on. I love the sentiment here. LIEZA takes the power away from her (ex)partner by standing steadfast in her resolve to end things while they beg for forgiveness and promise it won’t happen again.

You’ve got love in your eyes
and I’ve got karma in mine
cause every promise was broken
you were drunk
and she was high
it meant nothing,
it felt fine,
but is it still fine when we’re broken

Femke, friend of the blog (really, we’ve just posted a song of hers before. we want to be her friend though), worked on this song with LIEZA, and it only took them 45 minutes to write it. With ethereal dream pop composition and a pure and pitch perfect voice, LIEZA is already turning heads even though she’s new to the pop scene. She inked a deal with Whizbang earlier this year, so 2018 is shaping up to be a pretty great year for the dream(y) pop artist.

I don’t want to be that girl, coming second to your second girl.