Song of the Day: “Kids” MGMT

mgmtA muffled countdown ends with children cheering; the synth crawls up and down with a simple kick and snare behind it. Playing double time in the back, a distorted, bassy synth
hums. A high-pitch synth is sustained, then all sounds except the bass are cut off when lead singer Andrew VanWyngarden comes in.

You were a child
Crawling on your knees toward it
Making momma so proud
But your voice is too loud
We like to watch you laughing
You pick the insects off plants
No time to think of consequences

As a kid, you worked towards your dreams, but you didn’t do it the way society expected you to. As adults, we don’t take kids seriously enough. We laugh for entertainment, and we don’t always teach them what it feels like to be realistic adults. Then comes the chorus:

Control yourself
Take only what you need from it
A family of trees wanting to be haunted
Control yourself
Take only what you need from it
A family of trees wanting to be haunted

I think the chorus means to control yourself and take only positive qualities from your family tree. It’s waiting to be haunted, and history is wanting to repeat itself, but you have treeto be the change you wish to see.

My boyfriend thinks it means if your family tree is haunted, you’ll be left alone, so it’s favorable to be haunted. I mean, think about it: no one wants to walk towards a haunted tree unless you’re scripted to, like in The Conjuring. 

The water is warm
But it’s sending me shivers
A baby is born
Crying out for attention
Memories fade
Like looking through a fogged mirror
Decisions too
Decisions are made and not bought
But I thought this wouldn’t hurt a lot
I guess not

He has mixed emotions about life after seeing its stages, and he doesn’t understand its purpose. Memories just fade away, and he makes decisions that don’t have anything to do with the dreams he made as a child. He himself doesn’t buy into it. He thought life wouldn’t be painful, but it is.

Overall, this song has a much deeper meaning to me than the naked eye can see, and it represents generations of patterns and ignorance.

Thanks for reading, bunnies! ❤

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Song of the Day: “Never Know” 6LACK

DISCLAIMER: This post is rooted in opinion, and these are just my thoughts on the song!

Tribal, wooden flutes whisper and siren into the wind. Here, we see a man bound to servitude. Chains hit the ground in an industrial setting and the snare comes in prominently. The man is walking when, suddenly, he is tumulted from the bolts and gears of the factory into a bright, colorful tunnel, rushing downward, arms flailing circularly to the beat. The snare disappears and comes back as a reversed sound clip. The man begins to scream, but it sounds like a Gregorian chant. The man steps into a world in which he’s free.

Thinking bout a whip and man I might just cop the drop/
Just so they could think I’m friendly when I’m not/
Arm out the window like yessir…

6LACK is talking about doing a “cop drop” by dropping his cell when a cop drives by to appear friendlier, although he’s a drug dealer. He does it for his girl, his friends, and his baby on the way, and he doesn’t want it to change him. 6LACK (Ricardo Valentine) currently has a daughter named Syx Rose Valentine as of the end of February 2017, so the reference to the baby seems autobiographical.66lac6LACK’s flows are smooth and integral throughout his entire debut album, FREE 6LACK, which includes “Never Know.” Below is an example of how 6LACK takes consonants and vowels and blends them like oil paint on a canvas.

I don’t fear no man or no object
Bullfighter, I’ve been working on my sidestep
I know preparation gets you through the process
Look at all the progress

The hook is super universal in my opinion…

I ain’t have nobody there, so I had to tell myself when to go / If I was waiting on you to tell me then I would never know.

I like to think it means that he has no one, so he has to use self-motivation and push himself to be better.

This song has been stuck inside my head so I thought I’d get it out! ❤

Thanks for reading, bunnies!

 

 

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ZHU Takes Listeners on a Conceptual Journey with Debut Album Generationwhy

A Film Noir-esque saxophone sets the scene in the introductory song. Black and white imagery shifts to that of blinding color as the listener falls musically down a rabbit hole and through the decades. Bright city lights emerge and disappear as an escalator is descended. Growing in volume, a subway train rolls by, the wind billowing along after it. Dr. Maya Angelou echoes in the background, speaking of the “nobleness of the human spirit,” and the notion is suggested that people can begin each day anew. Her words distort with the electric guitar and echo into the perfect segue and theme for the rest of the album.screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-10-25-41-pmZHU is not a new artist, rather the Katy Perry of the electronic world. With his hit “Faded” in 2014, he raked in millions of digital downloads and streams. With Generationwhy, it is clear that ZHU took his time producing this debut. While many Electronica DJs are only interested in keeping the party going with surface level lyrics, single-faceted ideas, and predictable beats, ZHU seems to have a different agenda. While the album upholds the catchiness of the EDM scene and may not look like much more at first glance, these songs, when held under a magnifying glass, are much more complex: politically and historically.

In the song “Cold Blooded,” the pursuit of a dangerous love is too exciting to stop. The tempo is manically taken up with the prominent drum lines and depressively down with synth throughout the song, concluding with a person’s footsteps walking towards the listener, throwing some ice in a glass. Flowing seamlessly into “In the Morning,” the narrative continues.Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 10.25.58 PM.pngThere are fourteen tracks on Generationwhy, and smack dab in the middle is his track titled “Money.” ZHU was clearly going for the concept album feel, but the tilting and positioning of this particular song leads me to believe it was influenced by Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. “Money” begins with the beep of a cash register and the printing of a receipt. Then, a forklift reverse signal resounds, which is promptly cut off by a smooth synthesizer. The deep, parallel topic is accompanied by a relaxed vibe that includes choral singers flawlessly harmonizing with ZHU.

Another song, “Secret Weapon,” features Nylo (aka Andrea Landis). ZHU’s falsetto perfectly complements Nylo’s breathy tone in this song about a dangerous, fated love. The use of cliché could have been avoided in he second verse with the lines, “Two can keep a secret / But you know that only true when one of them is dead.” If an idea could be copyrightable, The Pierces would call dibs on damages.

“Secret Weapon” is the first song of a few on the album in which ZHU introduces some less-known artist features, which speaks to ZHU’s involvement and procreation of the EDM scene.screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-10-27-58-pmIn the closing bonus song, “Working For It,” ZHU features Skrillex and THEY.

Combining his experience and contacts with smaller names proves that ZHU genuinely cares about the quality of his content, not just about numbers that sit beside dollar signs.

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