Another 3 picks of the songs I’m listening too this week. I’m really starting to enjoy writing about music again and searching for songs to add to my already mammoth music collection. I’ll leave it brief for this post in terms of introductions but invite you to share what you can’t stop listening too.
This is a genre that I would not typically listen too. Although a mild fan of Ellie Goulding I really can take or leave a lot of Calvin Harris’ songs and have previously made the mistake of buying an album of his to then skip it every time a song plays through shuffle.
I find this song infectious. It is a typical soft dance song with Ellie’s, sounds like auto tuned, unnaturally high voice, providing the lyrics. It all seems to work in its favour though and this song feels like a paragon of ‘upbeatedness’ (yes I’ve made up a word) and more apt to the approach of summer than the darker nights of winter.
There is a strong beat for the majority of the song and the melodies over the top are something you could quite easily hum every hour of the waking day. I don’t believe it’ll make it to number 1 but I certainly think it’ll be around for many more weeks to come – especially if I pluck up the courage to record my, questionably genius, Gangnam Style dance to it (I’m hoping it goes viral, ha!) But seriously if you’re looking for something completely inoffensive and upbeat here’s your song.
I really cannot help but like this song. I feel guilty. It is an average remake of a classically well made song that is the ultimate to sing along too. But I guess that’s why I like this version. I love singing along to Chris Isaak’s version, even doing a ceremonial swaying and pretending on occasion to be the very emotive instruments throughout.
This version does miss the drama but it adds the spice and means the song has a Delilahesque feel, undoubtedly making it more modern.
In terms of longevity – I think once it is out of the clubs and no longer the tune to go to for a dance floor slow grind then it will disappear from our minds, but this song has been a slow burner. I first heard of it a couple of weeks ago and its airtime has certainly grown since then.
I’d say this is my go to chilled song of the week, but it’s also one I can’t listen to on repeat.
Bastille – Bruno Mars/The XX/Rihanna Live Lounge Cover
Go find this cover! Seriously copy the title and find it on youtube! I heard this on the radio today having missed it originally (it’s about a year old) and it bumped my 3rd review song straight out and replaced it with its melodic glory.
This cover is everything I could want from a cover, unique, innovative and incredibly emotive. Bastille present an eerie feel to the Bruno Mars part of this song and cram it with the chilled signs of the XX and the contemporary feel of Rihanna. The song feels like it begins promising the sounds of Jay Z through orchestral instruments before continuing the melody into Bruno Mars. The inclusion of the violins reminds me of the Vitamin String Quartet but with even more skill.
I am blown away by the emotion the song carries with the some what dulcet tones of Bastille singing the chorus (their tones do not remain the same throughout). It is an incredibly powerful cover and I am ashamed to have only just found it. It has also finally provided me an opportunity to hear what everybody is raving about with Bastille, having only really tolerated a couple of the radio released songs.
So that’s my picks. Do you like them? What are you listening to?