From Paramore to Stormzy, Collegian’s colleagues discuss the music they’ve been streaming mid-season
“Up Up” by Elusin
Jackson Walker, Collegiate Staff
From her debut album “SYNFUELS”, Norwegian Elusin continues the delicate soundscape that this nine-track project creates. This track features a simple guitar melody with the contrast of 808’s, white noise, heavy bass and layered backing vocals. In addition to the production, Elusin contributes the ethereal vocals to this two and a half minute track.
“This Is Why” by Paramore
Ashviny Kaur, Collegiate Staff
Five years after their last release, Paramore’s comeback single “This Is Why” feels refreshing yet familiar. It’s based on “After Laughter”, their latest full-length album, but this track feels a little more hazy and mysterious. The chorus speaks of something ominous lurking outside, and vocalist Hayley Williams echoes over and over: “This is why/I don’t leave the house.” It’s a paranoid song, but it sounds so fun it’s almost impossible not to dance around while it’s playing.
“90 Proof” by Smino with J.Cole
Olivia Patt, Collegiate Staff
Released on September 30, Smino’s track “90 Proof” will be a part of his third album, “Luv 4 Rent”, which will be released on October 28. This song interweaves hip-hop and blues and contains rap, vocals and soul in this catchy track. This song is about Smino struggling to get into a relationship even though he’s trying, which contrasts with J. Cole’s verse where he raps that he’s trying to stay “untouched” and keep to himself. This song is sure to be a hit and build anticipation for its album.
“How Long Does It Take” by Orchid Mantis
Shanti Furtado, Collegiate Staff
In the title track of his seventh full-length project, Thomas Howard continues to prove that he is a powerful force in the world of experimental dream pop. True to his previous work, “How Long Will It Take” conveys the intoxicating guitar synth sound so consistently throughout its discography. Howard continues to evolve lyrically, this track delves into the candid, often difficult process of letting go of the past and moving forward. The easy-listening nostalgia of Orchid Mantis is the perfect hidden gem to set the soundtrack to your fall. The album ‘How Long Will It Take’ will be released on November 11.
“Walkin – Cold Blooded Soul Version” by Denzel Curry
Kelly McMahan, chief podcast editor
On September 30, Curry released an extended version of “Melt My Eyez See Your Future”, featuring a collaboration with neo-soul band Cold Blooded Soul. With twinkling snares, harp-like piano runs and big band trumpets, “Walkin – Cold Blooded Soul Version” combines the cool hype of the original with the intimacy of a velvety jazz lounge. In addition, Curry often draws inspiration from animation and cartoon aesthetics. With its yellow-black Japanese album design and vaporwave sound palette, I can’t help but combine this composition with the jazz-adorned “space western” anime classic “Cowboy Bebop.In other words, this effortlessly cool jazz retooling of “Walkin” is cinematic – you can only imagine slow head-bops as you hurtle down a futuristic urban highway. Though melancholic, it penetrates an unknown and hazy world.
“Beauty and Grace” by Witch Fever
Molly Hamilton, assistant art editor
Hailing from Manchester, England, Witch Fever aims to breathe new life into punk and grunge for a new generation. Their latest release, “Beauty and Grace”, a single from their upcoming album, offers a haunting exploration of the horrors and joys of femininity. The song is loaded with an undeniable sense of power and a total lack of shame. Dark, gritty production and hard, in-your-face vocals combine to create something reminiscent of 90s bands like Veruca Salt and Hole. With lyrical references to the occult and Satan himself, this is the perfect song to listen to in the weeks leading up to Halloween.
“Hide and Seek” by Stormzy
Shannon Moore, Assistant Art Editor
The first promotional single released in anticipation of Stormzy’s new album, “Hide and Seek”, is smooth and sultry. Unlike Stormzy’s usual singles, which are upbeat and hard hitting, “Hide and Seek” is, in a word, angelic. With a light, jazzy beat and angelic backing vocals from several Nigerian singers, Stormzy’s rich, deep voice shines. The lyrics describe a failed relationship, detailing Stormzy’s regrets and heartbreak. This track is in stark comparison to other promotional tracks, such as ‘Vossi Bop’, but it is a welcome change. The smooth beat works perfectly with Stormzy’s rich vocals, and it all makes for a perfect song to end the day with.
“My Girl” by Slaughter Beach, Dog
Kelly McMahan, chief podcast editor
Philadelphia-based band Slaughter Beach, Dog released their latest album “Live At The Cabin” on October 14. emo indie is further softened by the folk sound of a single acoustic guitar. “Live At The Cabin” differs from previous albums in that each track is recorded live, stripped down to the most basic of instruments and by lead vocalist Jake Ewald’s unproduced and raw vocals. “My Girl” is an ominous love letter. As a lyricist, Ewald tends to fixate on intimate details and vignettes. Like stringing Polaroids on a line, “My Girl” creates a collage of a relationship in which one can only determine the singer’s unrealized fears by stepping back and looking at the entire collection. It’s a cozy track with a pensive spirit that sets the mood for a lonely autumn morning.