Dark Mainstream Tunes
Here's to the more simpler and darker aspect of music, blaring down the speakers, exciting minds in its most barest melancholic sweetness.
Disney Love Songs
There's just something very nostalgic about Disney theme songs, albeit the fleeting seconds they're played for. Being a steadfast character in every possible Disney production, the songs're a tradition brought forward 'till today.
Not everything comes naturally to one. Music's one of those things, I s'pose. It takes time to understand, enjoy, adore, revere and despise. These are the few genres one ought to give a decent shot to, before tossing it off the windows.
Music Video: Chasing Pavements
Dancing is one of the most physical and the most mesmerising art out there. This is one that has both clean, elegant moves, relates well to the song and is unique to boot./>
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Album: Mutual Friends
Lovely up kick pop song that reminds one of pop classics with a slight tinge of indie style. Simple percussion and piano chords brings this song a simple bright theme of finding love. It can remind one of walking down a lane on a sunset afternoon, and then slowly increasing the pace and eventually running down a beach, basking under the calm, eternal sunlight.
The starting claps help warm listeners up to the music. The rhythm is irresistible and thoroughly enchanting. The voice, which is a slight mixture of Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson, is sweet while tinged with properties of a strong woman. The chorus is lively and perfect for a summer afternoon. The lyrics are hopelessly romantic and thoroughly intriguing.
All in all, this song has a simple beat and notes akin to a romantic and thrilling summer moment and creates a warm sensation to one's heart and mind.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Album: The Fool
A dark and sombre mood envelops the entirety of this song. With its notes uttering pure melancholy, the band brings us a deep, personal experience of a sort of relationship/love that clings. The song has a slow and laid back nature that showcases the vocals and the music brilliantly.
The strums of the electric guitar warms up the heart a little, with the vocals joining in later, bringing the music to life. The voice has a passionate and sultry impression that is flustered with emotions. It somehow connects to one's inner feelings of relationships and love. The simplicity of the actions in the lyrics breaks down relationships to their bases; love and longing for each other.
This song is beguiling and alluring. It doesn't mask anything at all. Emotions at their simplicity.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Artist: Matt and Kim
A good tempo struts off at the start of this song, then comes the tinkering of the high notes. With techno beats and tunes emblazoning the entire song, it brings a unique style to the table here. A cool, spirited and upbeat track brings life in its sound. Can imagine this song being played in a marching.
What's very different about this song(and the band in entirety) are the vocals of the male lead singer. Matt's voice is light and lively, bringing most of their songs to a sort of free-spirited teen who's dancing freely at the backyard, not caring about any problems in the world. The lyrics are somewhat decent, but it's no problem when you have a voice like Matt. The percussion is also fun and catchy in this track.
With every part being played well in unison, this track really soars quite high. Let's hope it doesn't cut wires on its way.
Song: Here with Me
Album: No Angel
Sounds familiar? You might have heard it from the well known TV series, Roswell. It was the opening song of the TV series. When I first heard it, I knew I have to look it up on the internet. I must say that Dido did wonders to this magical song. As beautiful as it is, it never fails to amaze me.
The sentimental lyrics sung with her angelic voice makes it worthwhile listening to this song. The piano significantly colours this song, adding more textures to the song and fits perfectly alongside her wonderful yet intriguing vocals.
This song definitely needs more publicity.
Artist: Ra Ra Riot
Album: The Rhumb Line
A fluid rock motion song with cool thumps from the drums, this song is about a man's crush towards a girl and waiting ever patiently for the her answer, hoping that it would be positive. The song is extremely sweet and seems to be like a simple and somewhat typical love story. It tells its message straight; the man wants the woman. And he sings for her love.
The introduction of the strings and the percussion is an awe inducing entrance to the song. The lyrics are fairly simple and catchy, and one would feel like singing along with it on the first listen. The tune would easily hook one into the song, filled with happiness and joy on a bright new day, especially with the electric guitar and strings streaming beautifully at the chorus. The vocals have a sort of chillness that lends itself to the bright mood of the song.
The song itself can be very addictive, as it can bring a sort of sweet wonder in one's hearts. One song to sing to win girls' hearts.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Artist: Billy Joel
Album: The Stranger
When I first heard this song in the movie '13 going on 30', I thought it was amazing and so I looked it up in the internet. Well, I'm glad I did because this melodically charming piece is one of the songs in the 1970s that shouldn't be missed.
What's more is that the lyrics of the song carries a deep meaning too. When he went to Vienna to visit his father, he was very impressed by the respect given to the elders while the elders in his country were treated very badly. Hence, he wrote this song to tell people that we have time to achieve our dreams and need not rush to achieve them because we should value the journey to our dreams and shouldn't fear of old age. Thus, 'Vienna waits for you'.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Song: Like a Song
You could say that this song is haunting and creepy yet underneath its melancholic and dark mood it is actually calm and soothing. Her voice created this ghostly, dreamy effect which suits the song very well and gives the song its tranquility.
If you are having trouble sleeping at night, this song might be the cure for you! Though the minorly melodic tune, it has this peculiar sleeping pill effect when you listen to it. But before you know it, you would be sleeping already! I know I did!
Overall, this song is nothing less than her hit song 'The Show' if you would give it a chance.
An intriguing song about longing for love from a friend. Jumps the heart softly in maniacal rhythms. Interesting play of guitar and keyboard that combines to form a very indie, soft rock style of music. A very lonely yet energy filled theme. Lonely energy, if you can call it, powers the song like an electric plug.
The lyrics are beautifully and sweetly invented. The rhythm and the vocals truly shine in this song. The high notes pull my hairs(in a good way) every time. Like a warm sense of love from Amy. Very sad yet soothing at the same time. Makes you feel like you're in the complicated situation and wondering what you would do with it.
Vocals, rhythm and accompaniment all work in harmony to produce a song with a seemingly forlorn yet strong hope. Can get addicting once you hear it once or twice.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Song: Fools Like Me
Artist: Vanessa Carlton
Album: Heroes & Thieves
This is yet another often overlooked masterpiece by the clearly underrated Vanessa Carlton. Underneath its gorgeous melodic structure is a rather honest sad song. This song generally discusses how 'fools' love unconditionally and ignore the problems in their relationship until it falters. She, however did not regret putting her trust in her relationship even though her relationship ended badly.
The vocals used in the song is rather creative. I love how she uses her smoky low range at the end of each verse to emphasize on the perils of being too naive in a relationship. The way she uses her rare and unique falsetto during the bridge gives the song the climax it needed. Besides, the piano and violin made a harmonious blend alongside her vocals.
Bottom line, this song is indeed a beautiful sing-along song and deserves a chance to be heard!
Artist: Two Steps From Hell
Album: Power of Darkness
A beastly song from a powerful orchestra. This track brings vigorous strength throughout the song. Combining both the energy of the electric guitar and the fluidity of the violins, violas and cellos, it certainly blows your mind away. Adrenaline rushing, heart pounding and awe inducing, this song creates a theme of an extreme adventure of jumping off something, possibly a cliff.
The instruments blend in very well. The melodies both enticing and sturdy, they radiate off a magnanimous power that pushes the boundaries of the music. The song steadily and magnificently builds up, with the string instruments leading the charge. Then come the halt at the bridge, where the melodies become slow, alluring and sorrowful. Then, the song bursts again into the main theme.
Loud and commanding, epic can't even describe this. Recommended to hear this to raise your spirits or morale in any battle.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Song: Work of Art
Artist: Rachel Platten
Album: Be Here
Need another catchy song? Well, this might be the song you're looking for! The flowing notes of the piano keys will have your heart set on getting more of this! This song shines in its very own way with its delightful yet fancy upbeat that makes you want to dance along with it!
The melody of the song has been well sung by Rachel Platten with her voice of impeccable clarity. Her angelic falsetto colours the chorus beautifully in this, otherwise lively and animated song while the climax of the song took a groovy turn into a simple yet appealing repetitive melody.
Overall, this is one merry song that should not be missed.
Album: The Reminder
Quirky and fun-filled, this song brings about the best in people. It's a lively folk song that can raise the spirits of people who are down. Heck, it may even influence them to start jamming and dancing anywhere. It has a simplistic theme that is very down to earth. One can easily ease off with this song.
Ironically, the lyrics may seem pretty sad, as they are about the downfalls of relationships. Extraordinarily, the happy and mellow music due blend in pretty well with the lyrics. It works. The vocals are earthy, crispy and elegant in their own ways. The xylophone plays a big role in the song, and adds colour to the already beautiful song.
I Feel It All is an intriguing irony that kinda mixes in emotions of the polar opposites. Really interesting take on the song's structure.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Song: Ezio's Family
Artist: Jesper Kyd
Album: Assassin's Creed II: Original Soundtrack
As striking as the game itself, this song has been cleverly arranged to the extent that it reveals a hidden story under its alluring melody throughout the track. It begins with a simple yet pleasing rhythm and ascends into a beautiful and majestic piece towards its glorious and victorious end.
In addition, Melissa Kaplan did a wonderful job with her siren-like falsetto which adds significant dreamy effect to the song. The magical melody made by the bowing of the string instruments and the ambient vocals of the choir are some other salient features of this song.
On the whole, this brilliantly composed piece does not need words to describe its beauty but ears to listen to its melodic and charming arrangement.
A great combination of electronic sounds and an eerily haunting, sweat inducing voice is what this song is. A sort of sentimental piece that can linger in one's mind for a indefinite amount of time. It leaves an echo or an aftertaste of sadness or sympathy. Stirs the heart with insecurity too.
The word ingenue is fleshed out with such emphasis. Ingenue can mean so much, from innocent, beautiful, sweet, gentle to naive and often times in physical or emotional danger. Such a word leaves much of an afterthought that causes people to think. An intriguing weave of words, together with the cool, relaxing vocals make an excellent track that is subtle yet complex at the same time.
Interesting and slightly amorous at the same time. Really puts one into thinking about relationships.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Artist: Tango With Lions
Album: Verba Time
A bluesy tune suitable for being a background song in a classic bar. Slow, steady rhythm with the piano paints out a picture of a lazy evening, with a number of people sitting on stools and booths, drinking and gulping down their beverages. The voice has a sort of soulful, spirited manner that can easily allure any listener's ears.
The lyrics are set out in a straight forward manner, and they have a significant impact on the overall feel of the song. A lonely woman in the bar, looking for a friend. The word that says the person trying to see others who are as lonely as her strikes some sort of thought. A longing for others who share the same emptiness.
All in all, this song brings out a classic jazz/blue like theme that colours the songs beautifully in undoubted ways.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Artist: Hungry Ghosts
Album: Alone, Alone
A vibrant instrumental that is reminiscent to the old days in a lounge room, where one would light up a cigar and slowly sip a glass of whiskey as they look out of the windows into the darkening scenery. Boats would slowly drift by the waters at the canals as the lamp posts start to flicker with light.
The violins successfully create a heavy, unsettling mood as if you're walking along the streets in Vienna in the dark. Sexy, sultry and hair raising, this song really flirts with the listener to walk into the illusion without as much of an argument.
It's elegant and sophisticated in its own way. A truly dark and lingering venture into the heart.
Album: Theater Island
A quirky, enchanting song that can sweep one up into the night sky and enjoy a view of the constellations and bright, beautiful stars. This song has a dark classical mood that causes one to imagine all the unknown beauty that our world has. It has a feeling of a deeper version of Alice in Wonderland.
Whimsical and dreamy, this song has the clean and light flutters and movements of the piano, which adds to the appeal. Combined with Sóley's laid back and gentle voice, this song really floats like a cottony cloud. It was as if that you can just sit and listen all day without worrying about the troubles that you face and watch time just flow by, like a stream.
Once the song ends, so does the magical journey within Sóley's world. The brilliant, soft touches of the piano combined with the light percussions and Sóley's voice create a sense of elegance in this song.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Artist: The Grates
Album: Teeth Lost, Hearts Won
Energy as lively and ecstatic as Mika and Lily Allen is successfully churned out from this song. Bright and bubbly, this track brings you on a whimsical journey through the band's elated and happy-go-lucky mood. The unique Aussie accent adds up to the song's novelty.
It's has the school's out or spring break feeling that makes me wanna run out to the nearest swimming pool or beach and dive into the waters and feel the coolness rush in and envelop my body. A great song to dance to with your friends in the bedroom. The lyrics and rhythm are catchy, and are kinda cheerleader-ish, in a good way.
Lovely and exciting track that would want to make you jump on your beds and play air guitar. Ideal track for any summer or when you're in a fiery and crazy mood.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Artist: Tori Amos
Album: Great Expectations (Movie Soundtrack)
A very blood-rushing track that flows the veins thoroughly with emotions. Feelings of ardent anger or dedication with a tingle of lust. The power driven percussion and the vibrant piano notes in this song are, safe to say, sophisticated and wonderful.
The zealous passion of the vocals by Tori Amos fires up this song akin to a torrent of anger boiling in a cauldron. Sexy in its own way, the track's lyrics of the troubles or sins of a woman are swift and cut throat in a way. The song builds up indefinitely as it progresses, with its choruses being the empowering climaxes of the song. I was left quelled with an unfinished hunger for more.
What really pulled me was Tori's voice. She really had fire, soul and heart put into this song. All in all, this song leaks out energy as soon as it is played. Excellent track to get your heart pumping feverishly.
Artist: Ingrid Michaelson
This heartfelt song about a hardened person who opened up to love, but still questioned the validity of it. Can there be true love at all? The person endures the journey to discover whether he or she will triumph the 'battle with the heart'.
The introduction was enough to catch me on. With the sultry and slightly young vocals of Ingrid, she successfully swings a hit with the song. The violin and guitar accompaniment work beautifully with each other to produce such a fine tune. A suitable analogy, describing the person as a soldier and comparing the search for love as a battle that can't be easily won.
Sentimental and magical all the way. Personal experience exquisitely described. She pins the message hard into the heart with this song.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Artist: Lotus Child
An awesome indie rock track with a retro vibe by the now defunct Canadian band, Lotus Child. The song is thoroughly addictive and makes you want to listen to it over and over again. Strangely, this band kinda reminds me of Muse.
A song of mixed emotions with an overall slightly dark veil over the song, the accompaniment springs out a moody feel that stirs the heart. The vocals have a kind of indie, raw and youthful strength that bring out the best from this song, although the ending can seem a little bit abrupt.
An overall good track that deserves a listen or two. It's a shame that this band has already disbanded.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Artist: Jack White
A new single from Jack White. His garage style rock has never failed to disappoint. Energizing and ecstatic, this song speaks about teenage romance and how messy it always is.
With his unique vocals he certainly stands out from the crowd of rockers. The strums of the electric guitar slightly reminiscent to his old band, Hardest Button to Button, a big hit back then. Adrenaline pumping energy pulsing and vibrating combined with catchy lyrics truly present this song magnificently.
A great addition to the list of signature songs by Jack White. His signature style really sets him apart from a lot of musicians, which only tends to uplift him more.
Artist: Death Cab for Cutie
Fantastically tear wrenching, this song is about the will for a man to remain by his love's side even after death and follow her into the dark. Simple but powerful, this track really brings the heart out of you.
The words 'Love of mine, someday you will die' were a remarkable opening. Plain, simple and straight to the point. The love and bond between the man and the woman was truly endearing, especially from the certainty of the man that he would always be by her side, life or death, heaven or hell.
Kudos to the songwriter for the moving lyrics that truly struck a chord in the hearts of listeners. A must-listen to all the couples out there.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Artist: Dear Reader
Album: Replace Why With Funny
An intrinsic and deep song among indie-pop that weaves a dark and gloomy story of a forbidden love. This song somehow radiates the idea of a forlorn hope, with even themes of foolhardiness and bravery.
The song tells the tale of a couple running away from the woman's father to begin life anew. The 'Great White Bear' was an interesting analogy for the danger the couple were in. Then, the song sweeps us into the chase of the father for his daughter. In the end, the daughter's lover eventually took a bullet, but the thought of the her not giving him up and leaving was truly earnest and touching.
Such plays of illusions of hope and happiness along with the raw emotion of the lead vocal's voice truly create a sort of realism in this song.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Song: Fairweather Friends
Artist: Vanessa Carlton
Album: Rabbits On The Run
Remember when Vanessa Carlton with her hit single "A Thousand Miles" back in 2002? She has returned with ROTR, her latest album and her voice has matured greatly indeed. Lovely piano melodies accompany her personal tale through a journey rife with struggles, relationships and regrets.
The lyrics are magically enchanting and, along with the subtle yet alluring accompaniment, forms an image of a light, slightly dreamy mood. It feels like crossing a bridge with a car at night, with a light drizzle and a breeze blowing through the air.
The piece has that perspective of relationships written down so impeccably. Overall, it's a lovely tune to hear especially when you're pondering your thoughts on life at night.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Album: Colour the Small One
One of the songs I've found about recently. It's hooked me up for a while and I've decided to share it with you guys. This song evokes the moment of solidarity and regret for me. It's as if the song has a longing, a desire for a shattered love, an imperfect relationship.
The song has a slow, steady albeit abit lazy going throughout the track. It's as if waking up from a hangover in the bed with the sunlight bathing your face. That feeling of emptiness that you couldn't care less. Like in a lazy afternoon where you'd just relax and sip a cup of coffee.
Not a bad track to listen to. One plus is the effortless, kind of jazzy manner in which Sia sings.
Artist: Mario Spinetti
Such a funny, funny way. This song, however, is no laughing matter. One could easily say that the song is an intense ride of vocals and caressing voices that can fill your head with baffling emotions at ease.
The beginning has a personal and close-up thrill to the heart. Then it slowly builds up in a hauntingly beautiful way. When the beat boxing kicks in, one would notice that it evolves into a funk-pop, hip hop and modern amalgamation. The bridge or, I would say, the breaking down is like a grandiose celebration for the existence of a soul.
The chilling voice somehow reminiscent to church choirs on a Sunday morning and all the other sounds blend in relatively well. All in all, the song is one delicately crafted work of art.
Artist: Florence + The Machine
Album: Ceremonials (Deluxe Edition)
Strangeness and Charm is addictive, intoxicating and heart pulsing. Never have I heard a song with so many references to Science before, and that is one of the beautiful and quirky features of this song. From words like hydrogen, chemicals, equations, catalysts to elements, volatile, static and atom, even the title is actually a reference to two flavours of quarks: strange and charm.
It's like a love between two atoms bouncing off in a rhythmic and wild sense with the rest of the particles drifting madly in the air. An ideal love song for two scientists falling in love with each other and feeling like strutting off in the dance floor.
Artist: Emmy the Great
Album: Edward EP
I would like to share a heart warming yet sorrowful song by Emmy the Great, a London-based singer-songwriter from the Edward EP. This song nearly crumbled me into tears with its simple yet moving lyrics that paints a picture that shows the scenes of a friend's tragedy. She narrates the story about a girl who moves on with her life after the death of her close friend(or possibly lover) named Edward possibly due to suicide.
There were a few heartfelt moments in the song where I actually felt depressed for her. Like in the lyrics,
'I never thought your threats would come good, You never did what you said you would' It would be painstaking to learn that you were actually warned about the suicide of your friends and took it lightly.
This song actually made me wonder what if one of my friends suicide. Could I have been the cause of it? Could I have done anything to stop it? It made me learn to put aside petty differences and love and cherish my close ones more.
The whole journey through this song left me in a state of calmness and gratefulness with a tinge of melancholy in my heart. It made me want to reach out and hug my best friends and say thank you for existing, that I love them just the way they are.
Overall, this song is an excellent and lovely piece of work and it made me wish that I could interview Emma herself and ask her what actually inspired her to write this song.