🎶 Notes on Notes (2021–04–28)
It’s too quiet in this room, I need noise, I need the buzz of a sub.
There was a lot of new music this week but not a lot of it stood out. It could be that I didn't give enough of the albums enough time but I found there were way more singles that grabbed my attention than albums.
👀 Goings On About Music
Let us take a look at some new(ish) albums and singles…
I’ve written about my struggles with defining genres and the challenges of using things like bedroom pop or shoe gaze to define music - the other end of that spectrum is just tossing about a bunch of well-known genres to describe a single piece of music. If I said this album was a hip-hop, rock, electronic, pop album… what would your expectations be? The album is all over the place, musically, but it doesn’t seem like it was patch-worked together… it works, somehow.
Honourable mention to a compilation from The Tragically Hip featuring their songs about places called At The Hundredth Meridian and Other Places ( Apple | Spotify ). I’m partial to Bobcaygeon but they’re all good.
CHVRCHES - He Said She Said
New CHVRCHES music is pretty much a lock for me. Ever since I heard their first album I’ve been a fan and I don’t think they’ve put out anything that hasn’t been enjoyable. If you like CHVRCHES than you’ll like this song. They continue to be able to explore their own sound without being repetitive or boring. I hope there’s new music on the way!
K. Flay - Four Letter Words
I’ll project my own personality a bit, but I assume the media tour that artists go on whenever they’re releasing new music is really annoying. Having to answer the same questions over and over again, having to play silly games with radio hosts, etc, etc. But I’ve also seen the value in that - I heard K. Flay talk about her music before I even heard her music. She was on a podcast I listen to called, Switched on Pop talking about her song Blood in the Cut and hearing her talk about how the song came to be was enough to convert me into a fan. This song is bit different than previous releases but I’m invested now.
🎧 In My Queue
Though not a new song, the collaboration amongst The 1975, Charli XCX and No Rome seems to work. I remain a bit worried about the future of The 1975 but if you really listen to the music on this track you can hear glimpses of what makes them appealing (or at least what I think makes them appealing). And I’m not one to complain about having to listen to Charli XCX… As I was compiling the songs and album this week, it seemed like it was going to be a pretty pop-heavy week and You from yet another collaboration doesn’t help tip the scales back in any other direction… I didn’t really like the new Dinosaur Jr. album but Take It Back was enjoyable… Rounding out the continued listening to The Tragically Hip is a great cover from Justin Rutledge of Nautical Disaster… and, as usual, songs from the singles and albums noted above.
CHVRCHES - He Said She Said
K.Flay - Four Letter Words
No Rome, Charli XCX & The 1975 - Spinning
Regard, Troye Sivan & Tate McRae - You
Justin Rutledge - Nautical Disaster
Sir Sly - Welcomes The Pressure
Dinosaur Jr. - Take It Back