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Music: The xx-Brave for You

 

So The xx dropped their new album ‘I See You’  today and I’ve already listened to it a few times. ‘Brave for You’ is my song at the moment. It’s a classic xx song filled with nostalgia and that beautiful haunting guitar solo(s) I love so much. Madley will forever hold a soft spot in my heart because her voice is amazing, yet so simple. This song, for me, is hauntingly accurate. It’s just one of those songs. The words just make me melt:

In all I know
In all I’ve done
I take you along
Though you’re not here
I can feel you there
I take you along

And when I’m scared
I imagine you’re there
Telling me to be brave

Just… yesssss. If I sit here and reallly nit pick this song, it could be a softer, more laid back version of Bruno Mars’ ‘Grenade’ song the way she says she’ll do anything for this man:

So I will be brave for you
Stand on a stage for you
Do the things that I’m afraid to do
I know you want me to
I will be brave

I will be brave
Do the things that I’m afraid to do
I know you want me to

Either way, I prefer this one, I’m not the biggest Bruno fan, but his newest album is probably his best ever. Shit is smooooooth.

Anyhow, there’s a new direction on this album with most of the songs being worked into a Jamie xx sound somewhat along the lines of ‘In Colour’ and I am not mad at that at all. I love the addition of heavier drums and more experimental instruments and sounds. They are one of my favorite bands and their music speaks volumes even if they don’t have extreme high notes or boisterous voices. Check out the new album on Spotify or anywhere you can find it.

P.S. ‘Lips’ is the shit.

REVIEW: fyfe–control

A few years back, I stumbled upon Fyfe and his amazing song ‘Solace’. He had no manager, label etc. He was an independent artist emailing his track with a photo of the back of his head and that was it. No information, no “hey what’s up, I’m Fyfe” nothing. It’s normal these days to stumble upon artists with almost little to offer. Mystery, obscurity and artwork that makes you want to listen for just that reason entices people like myself. So once I pushed play I was in heaven. Solace was just the song I had been longing for at that precise moment and I wanted more… I needed more. I googled, I stalked the internet for more and nothing. Smart man, very, very smart man.

Fyfe is a crooner in his own special way, he has such an angelic voice filled with angst, life, love and the way he fills pockets with his simple tone is beautiful. It’s pop, it’s electronic, it’s alternative, it fits the mold. The way his voice cuts through certain melodies to fall into his lower register to spike right into his falsetto is like icing on a cake. This year Fyfe released ‘Control’ his first debut album filled with classical music arranged to be as minimal as possible. He’s a prodigy at just 25 years of age with knowledge in playing violin, piano, and trumpet.

‘Control’ provides us with 11 solid tracks with a fusion of synths, drums, choirs, piano, guitars, intricate arrangements and music that is pretty much like poetry. ‘For You’ is one of my favorite tracks. It’s such a pop song but the piano keys just being hit so hard and that sax solo… (melts. I used to play the alto sax). It’s like Kenny G had a resurrection and made a solid comeback at the end of this song. ‘In Waves’ showcases a darker vibe as Fyfe discusses how love comes and goes how there is distrust and comes… in waves. It’s the more somber track of the album clocking in at just a little over 2 minutes but just as powerful as everything else. Again the piano here makes room for melancholy and desperation to convey the distress in his voice. In ‘Keep it Together’ the bass/guitar with drums are the beauty in it. Especially the riffs and hard drums ugh I’m a sucker for riffs that follow the melody of voices. This song is on some Jimi Hendrix shit in the middle, probably another one of my favorites. At one point the somewhat plucking makes this song so solid but the riffs and shredding are just so beautiful. His voice in this song is just an addition as the arrangements here are so much more bad ass.

I could keep going but I’d be writing a novel on how amazing this project is. ‘Veins’ is another song you should listen to the whispers and how the ivorys of the piano flare, once again are genius. Please do yourself a favor and vibe out to this album and artist. The man knows exactly what he’s doing. If this was a review on 10 stars, I’d give this a 20. That’s how much I love this album.

The whole album is below for listening:

Yeezus Tour Review

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This past Saturday, I got the chance to check out the Yeezus Tour with Kendrick Lamar as the opening act. It was amazing. Besides it being cold as shit outside, standing in 3 different lines because there was no guidance, it was worth every penny. Kendrick Lamar is officially off my concert bucket list and man, oh man does he put on a hell of a show. He performed for about an hour and had the venue screaming, yelling, singing, rapping, you name it. Flew through numerous tracks, had us bring our phones out and talked to the fans for a bit. Kendrick has this aura, this warmth about him that makes you just fall in love with the guy. Definitely one of the best performances I’ve seen. Kendrick finished his set, lights came back on and the stage was set for Kanye West. Back after 5 years from his time in The Woodlands Cynthia Mitchell Pavilion for the Glow in The Dark Tour. At this point, I don’t know if I’m super excited since this would be the 4th time I’d be seeing him or just wondering what this show will be about. The famous mountain makes its appearance “hmmm interesting”. Then people setting the stage go up the mountain sweeping it. I was intrigued. You can walk up the mountain, stand at the top of the mountain, awesome! Subtle music plays and a beautiful haunting female voice sings over the speakers. I tried so hard to figure out who it was but made no connection. The lights go out. Screaming fans everywhere stand to their feet and out come women in cloaks with pantyhose like face masks. This is Yeezus.

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He appeared and the crowd went wild. He ran through songs and wardrobe changes that included different Maison Martin Margiela face masks as well as other pieces. The creativity this man possesses is by far untouchable. He sang, he danced, he jumped, he laughed, he smiled. The front of the stage went up into a peak and from atop, he sang “Coldest Winter” which he wrote for his late mother. As he laid there, foot dangling and arm stretched out looking up at the ceiling, “snow” starts falling as he sings and for those almost 4 minutes, everyone was sucked in. The peak comes down and we go through an array of songs and different words projected throughout the show as stages, perhaps in his life or stages we all go through as humans. As he disappears for a wardrobe change, the cloaked women make an appearance and it’s straight up church time. Set in a Catholic setting, the women are carrying religious artifacts and one holding the Virgin Mary. Kanye makes his way to the front as the women disappear and his MPC is center stage. ‘Runaway’ is on the horizon. As the past 3 shows I’ve attended, it is expected for a rant of some sort with this song. Sure enough an almost 16 minute talk with Kanye goes from Walt Disney to Kim to Steve Jobs. Did anyone record that whole speech? I did. Ha! The thing is, he’s a genius. No, he does not want to be Steve Jobs nor Walt Disney, he just wants to build, create, design, envision things people don’t have the ambition to do. Nothing wrong with that but I wonder why always this song? The concert continues, the songs are played and Yeezus meets Jesus. That honestly made me feel some sort of way like “holy shit” no pun intended. Bound was his last song and he handed the mic to a girl who sang for a split second as the cloaked women are facing the mountain. Kanye gets on his knees following suit and Jesus appears at the top of the mountain. Lights out, Kanye leaves, concert is over. Everyone makes their way to the restroom, to the cold night or like me and the crew, to the merch line. Standing in line having a harder time focusing on conversations because my hearing is so skewed, I processed what happened and although some parts weren’t pure gold, the way he wanted us to experience this concert, made total sense and it connected with what his vision was. Was it the best concert ever? For me personally, no. Watch The Throne is and will be by far the best concert I have ever attended. Until Watch The Throne 2 makes way, Yeezus is number 2. Enjoy my camera phone photos. I’m actually damn happy with them. I didn’t take my camera as it said no cameras and relied on my phone.

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