Another Tuesday. Another reviews-day. Let’s get to it.
Hallelujah – Panic! At the Disco
I supposed that I should give a disclaimer: one of my friends produced this new track by emo-pop stars Panic! At the Disco. He goes by the name Royal, and he’s definitely someone to watch. Now, as for actual review, it seems like Panic! is moving in the same pop-oriented direction as their brethren Fall Out Boy (See their latest Album American Beauty/American Psycho). The inclusion of backing chorus/horns fits the title but not in an obnoxious way. Honestly, it’s got a very hip-hop hook and I’m sure that some rapper while put out his remix soon. The highlights for me have to be the kickin’ drum track which adds perfectly calibrated fills to the transitions. In addition, the mixing of Brendon Urie on leads highlights how elastic and powerful his voice can be. This song rocks!
Déjà Vu – Giorgio Morodor feat. Sia
Giorgio Moroder may be known for his synths, but the strings, bass pops, and piano that colors this fun track are refreshingly concrete. The song has the retro sound that made Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories so popular, right down to a Nile Rogers inspired guitar wiggle. I’m also very behind Sia’s husky, soulful delivery being paired to such an uptempo song. It’s a dance song, but there is definitely emotion behind the track.
Blur’s new album The Magic Whip is now available for streaming. You know what I’m going to be doing today! All of their releases have been fascinating, including this one. Damon Albarn and the gang are under a lot of pressure to perform after 12 years, and it seems like they’ve responded to the pressure with incredible ingenuity. Albarn channels David Bowie’s wistful, intimate delivery and pairs it with refreshingly constructed songs. Like Strangers to Ourselves, The Magic Whip challenges as it entertains. This song for example mixes sirens with delicate harmonies and some gentle guitar riffs for a pretty chill output.
My Brother Taught Me How to Swim – Passion Pit
Passion Pit has carved out a powerful niche in the indie-pop/electronic musical field, which is getting more crowded by the day. This solid track exemplifies exactly why they reign supreme. The lead vocals are slightly auto-tuned to hit similar pitches to the synths, blurring the line between man and machine. It’s not creepy, but joyous, as the song about brotherly love literally transcends a human ability for expression. Their doodads and funny noises are all part of a pretty cool plan.