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Kacy Hill’s new single “Lion” stunning

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When we saw Kacy Hill make her debut back in Seattle last
winter, we were blown away. When we last left off with her, we said we were
excited what she had to show us because her soft, delicate vocals on her EP, Bloo.

In Hill’s new single, “Lion,” her vocals still maintain their
stunning, clear quality. Reminiscent still of FKA Twigs and Florence and the
Machine
, Hill’s song starts with almost eerie vocal coos and whistling
instrumentals. Hill, as she moves into her verse, overlaying strong drums, is
slow with soft, drawn out vocals and instrumentals that give us a hint of Glass
Animals
. As Hill moves into her chorus, we’re impressed with strength and power
that reminds of where old school rock ‘n roll powers came from.

The lyricism on the track is simple, telling a story about
wanting soft love only to awake a powerful empress with strength and fire. We’ve
maybe heard it before, but there’s something about the spin Hill puts on her
track that gives it power. As Hill belts out “But you woke the lion/You wanted
fire,” there are instant chills. Hill isn’t a little girl anymore, giggling on
stage. She’s taking her own.

What is the cause of this new source of power and strength in
her music? Perhaps G.O.O.D. Music, the label Hill signed off with, has given
her new outlets for inspiration and creativity. We wouldn’t be surprised when
she’s worked with Kanye West, producer Rick Rubin, and artist Jack Garratt over
the course of her early career.

Nonetheless wherever she honed her spirit doesn’t matter, we’re
now just anxious for more.

Be sure to keep up to date with Kacy Hill for new music and videos.

Ariana Rivera

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Twenty One Pilots: Blurryface


When Twenty One Pilots released their breakout album Vessel after signing with label Fueled by Ramen, in 2011, artists within the pop punk category knew they were going to have to up their game.

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So when I heard that the Ohio natives Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun dropped their new album Blurryface, I couldn’t wait to see what the artists had been up to in the studio.

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If you’re a fervent fan of Twenty One Pilots, and have been since the beginning, then you know that the two enjoy blending genres to create music that is outside the normative lines of music genre.  Joseph, who leads vocals, loves mashing up a mix of rap, hip-hop, pop, rock, and reggae, sometimes even screaming at times when he finds necessary.

Take a track like “Fairly Local,” on the newly dropped record. Joseph’s tendency to switch his vocals from hard rock screams to a more pop falsetto to then randomly rapping all overlain intricate beats and some synth hints at a schizophrenic nature of the duo’s sound—at least in this album.

And the question is, does this mix of genres within the tracks, work? Or at least as well as they did in Vessel? You listen to a massive amount of ukulele and reggae vibes within tracks like “The Judge” and “Ride,” and then completely switch directions to a completely different vibe in a track like “Polarized” with a chorus so built up like Imagine Dragons and a vocal inflection similar to Alt-J. There’s a lot going on, but Twenty One Pilots tries to keep the pop reggae vibe with random bits of rap leaked in.

But maybe the two do this for a reason. You compare “Homeless” with the sweet harmonies and electronic influences, reminiscent of Glass Animals with more, hard rock emotionally engaging last track “Goner,” and you can’t help but compare genres across musical lines. And with thoughtful lyricism that Joseph incorporated, it becomes apparent that maybe this album is less about the musical style and more about the concepts and themes embedded in them. Look at “Stressed Out,” in which Joseph expresses concern over everything from his music (“I wish I found some chords in an order that is new / I wish I didn’t have to rhyme every time I sang”) to growing older (“I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink / But now I’m insecure and I care what people think”). Or take a listen to “Heavydirtysoul” when he states “This is not rap, this is not hip-hop / just another attempt to make the voices stop.” He sings about uncertainties, insecurities, and fear—things not only any musician expresses concern over, but any human in the world with a rationally functionally mind. And how else would anyone express concern and insecure emotion without at least the hint of a schizophrenic, out of control nature? He’s right about this at least—uncertain emotion can’t fit within one single box.

There’s the mish-mash of genres with the track, across the track, and throughout the album, and yet you can’t really bring yourself the hate the album. The tracks and the instrumental expression, although not entirely incredibly innovative, are still creative enough for you smile, and say to yourself, “There’s Twenty One Pilots.”

Ariana Rivera

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Quick talk: Glass Animals’ brilliance

AGH. I can’t.
Let’s talk about Glass Animals.

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First of all, Glass Animals are English (and gorgeous). They’re an indie rock band. And they’re from Oxford.

Are we up my alley, or are we? But regardless, these guys are still solid musicians. For once, I don’t want to rush through an entire album for you to get a taste of these guys’ sound.

I want to talk about “Gooey,” on the June 2014 LP ZABA, because this one track captures the real essence of what Glass Animals’ sound is and what they’re about.

First of all, this song is full of sexual innuendos, so if you’re awkward about it, kindly step off. We’ve got lyrics like “Ride my little pooh bear and “You just wanna know those peanut butter vibes,” but you know what? The lyrics are smooth, and supple and lead vocalist Dave Bayley’s slippery falsetto snakes around seeping basslines and psychedelic beats.

This song feels like you’re in a dream, with these sleek, texturized lyrics and lullaby sounding instrumentals. It’s strange listening to this song, because you feel like you are personally being crooned to, with Bayley’ vocals whispering in your ear, “While my naked naked fool/Fresh out of an icky gooey womb.”

There is a level of sophistication with these guys, and I’m not surprised, when you have Dave Bayley as frontman, with a degree in neuroscience from London’s King’s College. What intelligent man wouldn’t know how to perfectly craft together such a beautiful combination of intricate beats, trippy vocals, and mellow interludes of R&B? Listen, and tell me you won’t fall in love.

Because what’s not to love when there are other tracks like “Toes” that are equally as brilliant with smooth harmonies and complex lyricicsm. You’ve got this lingering swagger that is the essence of the song, with sparse percussion and underlying bass. It’s slow-tempo and it’s stripped down, lacking lots of synth and lots of energy, but it’s what makes the song great. It’s these little nuances that make Glass Animals distinctive.

Any band that’s touring right now with St. Vincent, and was signed by brilliant producer Paul Epworth (think Florence & the Machine, Bloc Party, and Adele) is a band worth listening to. And you’ve got that opportunity to, with an upcoming show at Neptune Theatre on May 24th.

Get tickets here, and just thank me later.

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Ariana Rivera