Archive | November, 2016

Broadcast Music

20 Nov

Broadcast’s “I Found the F” with its trippy instrumentation and hazy vocals has some resemblance to The Beatles “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

It has the psychedelic feeling and like the Beatles is utterly British. It also is spectacularly retro from the lead singer’s delivery to the melody, which is quiet but powerful in its own way. The type of song that could easily fly under the radar, Broadcast makes sure this is a tune you shouldn’t ignore by being interesting and dynamic, blending talking portions with a more melodic mood.

Also interesting to note that like many songs of yesteryear it is well under three minutes, once again proving the fact that musicians don’t need lengthy tunes to create something that sticks and has its own kind of magic.

From start to finish Broadcast captivates the audience with their throwback sound that so many british artists do well. Definitely in that 60s or 70s sound, Broadcast taps into the groovy vibe with such an effortless feel that it is a genuine wonder, probably to many, that this song was created in the early 2000s- 2005, to be exact and not in decades past, the sign of a brilliant modern retro song.

Blais is Blooming

13 Nov

Youtube content creator Haley Blais newest song “Late Bloomer” off her EP of the same name does not sound all that retro, but there is a throwback component to it. You just have to listen really carefully to hear it.

The song, which is one of the best tunes of 2016, combines forlorn lyrics and Blais hazy and emotional voice to create an altogether honest and vulnerable track that will connect with many listeners. “I’m a late bloomer/you’ll never see me in the spring/I hesitate to my pruner/cause I’m scared of ever blossoming,” she sings, wearing her heart on her sleeve revealing that she’d rather sit at home and that she isn’t good at one on one situations.

So where does the retro element come in? To be honest this reviewer didn’t even notice it until a friend pointed it out. During certain sections of the song Blais can be heard softly crooning parts of Madonna’s 1989 hit “Like a Prayer.” It is extremely subtle and to many ears it will go unnoticed, but once you hear it you can’t ignore it and it adds a whole different layer and texture to the tune. Blais is giving a nod to a top musician and a retro song but it is so much more than that. It feels entirely personal and lets Blais show another extension of herself, making the tune her own.

As far as emerging artists go Blais is one to keep tabs on.

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Spend Time with “Anna”

6 Nov

Will Butler from Arcade Fire fame released in 2015“Anna” a song that undeniably has an 80s influence from its synth new wave intro to the vocals that remind one of Greg Kihn Band“The Break Up Song”

It has a pulsating rhythm right from the start that just never quits and makes the song quite peppy. The darker toned vocals are a great match for the instrumentation and also match the lyrics which include the lines “someday you know you’re gonna die” and “Where do you think they’ll hide your bones?/out in the field oh all alone.” It’s creepy in the style of Oingo Boingo another 80s band that comes to mind upon hearing this track.

“Anna” still fits into the modern landscape perfectly, but it also could be mistaken for an authentic retro song and that is all part of its charm. There’s a level of playfulness here in the vocals that comes off as dangerous but delightfully so. The edge that this song carries really sets it apart in the music scene, and would fit in on any horror movie soundtrack.

It also has a Bowie vibe to it, crossing one 80s icon after another off of Butlers list. Strange but satisfying this is one little number that is full of retro goodness and will leave a lasting impression on listeners.