The happy, upbeat, and poppy tones of “Somebody Loves You” by Betty Who, emanates such a summer feeling; walking down the street or cruising around town just jamming out. Showing off your individuality, personality, and creative style is a major message throughout the music video. What’s not better than creating a cool and fun new look for summer with playful colors and retro shapes. These are key components for pairing an outfit together or even adding to your own street style that really reflects the mood of the song. Go check out the music video and write up for yourself below!
“Somebody Loves You” is featured on sweet as sugar, Betty Who’s debut album titled Take Me When You Go. Who’s message is simple; no one is alone, someone will always love you. An anthem-like chorus chants “Somebody misses you when you’re away, they wanna wake up with you everyday.” Featuring classic drum beats, pop synths reminiscent of the 80’s, and Who’s powerhouse vocals filling your heart with glorious warmth, “Somebody Loves You” is the feel-good song everyone can dance to. Simple yet powerful lyrics prove to be Who’s strong suit.
By: Abbey xoxo
This week brought fans three new music videos to obsess over:
Hozier’s “Work Song” is a romantic slow-paced love song. The lyrics are as smooth as a handwritten poem from the 1800’s. Every word pulls at your emotions as Hozier’s voice encompasses the true meaning of love; “My babe would never fret none, about what my hands and my body done, if the Lord don’t forgive me, I’d still have my baby and my babe would have me.”
The music video shows a simple dance between couples in the crowd at a Hozier show. Eyes close as fingers trace every outline of the body as you feel the emotional pull of every lyric. The video embodies the true essence of the song. “Work Song” is about everlasting love; “When, my, time comes around, lay me gently in the cold dark earth, no grave can hold my body down, I’ll crawl home to her.”
With a song like this, the music video could easily be over exaggerated by grandiose things, because the message is so heavy while the musical composition is so light yet powerful. But Hozier and the director did a spot-on job at doing the song justice. Taking the simple approach always works out well.
Florence and the Machine’s “St. Jude” music video was released on Monday. Littered in religious context, Florence is seen lost and damp floating through a town trying to find her inner peace. We see her pining over a brooding mysterious man, who seems to be her savior but as suggested by the lyrics, is also the man who broke her; “Another conversation with no destination, another battle; never won, and each side is a loser, so who cares who fired the gun?” Although “Jude” is about heartbreak, I think it’s also about being ok with your heartbreak and realizing that you’re only human, as Florence sings in the song, “And I’m learning, so I’m leaving, and even though I’m grieving, I’m trying to find the meaning, let loss reveal it.”
The blue moody-toned video ends with Florence’s arms stretched out to an open sky of flying birds, possibly signifying freedom. Freedom from what is the question; religion? love? unhappiness? Florence never ceases to impress me with her impeccable lyrics. She manages to keep religion alive in her music by highlighting its beauty and simple intervention in our lives. “St. Jude” is exquisite.
Ed Sheeran is back with another captivating music video for his song called “Bloodstream” also featuring help from the electronic duo Disclosure. This video tells a story of a “has-been”/wealthy man who once had it all, but is now left with the ruins of alcohol, women, and drugs; “Couple women by my side, I got sinning on my mind, sipping on red wine.” Who else could play this role better than Ray Liotta? The infamous bad boy himself. Nothing can match his sly grin and baby blues.
“Bloodstream” gives sufficient imagery into what it’s like to numb your body to reality; “One or two could free my mind. this is how it ends, I feel the chemicals burn in my bloodstream.” You feel a sense of loneliness throughout the song signifying a loss of happiness, love, and possibly a future, which Liotta hints at as he gazes into the camera, longing for a new life, or maybe just an end to the pain. I think this video is one of Sheeran’s most artistic, especially in the way it was shot. It focuses on specific staged moments that present the emotions in a larger more epic way. Not to mention, Sheeran’s voice beautifully compliments the leading guitar and slight dance beat of the song.
As some of you may know, Seth and I have known each other since high school and we recently came up with an idea to merge our love of music & fashion to create some unique blog posts. We’re calling these Music Monday’s. We will pick a song, Seth will create a look that resembles that song, while I give some insight into the song/artist. I hope you guys enjoy this new creative endeavor and thanks again for all your support!
Hi, I’m Seth. I run a street wear men’s fashion blog called Style By Seth. I go to school at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and I’m currently studying fashion merchandising and management. My friend Abbey and I have been friends since high school and we’re going to start collaborating on Music Monday posts! She’ll be doing a write up about a track, album, or artist and I will be styling an outfit that best suits the mood! I’m so excited to start working on this project!
So this blog post is going to be a little different from what I normally do. This is my thank you card to you all! Two days ago was my one year anniversary on my blog!! I can’t believe it!! A whole year with Blondie and the Beat!! 🙂 I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone who has supported me, whether it be from day one or from four days ago. I cannot tell you how amazing it feels to write about something you love and have people read and enjoy it. Every time I get another follower, comment, or even a “like” I get all giddy inside and can’t help but smile.
I started this blog, because I needed to. I had to get my writing out there. I wanted to introduce new musicians to people. I wanted to share what I was listening to. I wanted to live tweet music events and write about them. Blondie and the Beat lets me do all of that and I am so thankful for that.
I know I don’t talk a lot about my personal life but I’m going to be a senior in college after this semester… I know. Scary stuff… I plan to continue writing as much as possible. I hope to gain more followers so we all can revel in the beauty of fantastic music. I’ve gained so many cool friends on here and I love reading everyone else’s posts, you’re all so insanely creative on WordPress and I couldn’t be happier to join this community. One of my good friends (http://www.stylebyseth.com/) and I recently met up in NYC and brainstormed some ideas to mesh both of our fan bases together and I can’t wait for you guys to see it! 🙂
In the meantime, stick around, read on, and listen to some cool music!
When I heard the news about Mumford & Sons’ new album, I thought it was a lie! I had heard so many rumors that the band had broken up and they wouldn’t have music out for a while. This is the best thing to happen to my spring break! Not only are they back but their new album is coming out May 4 (another way to celebrate the summer sunshine). The new album is called Wilder Mind and is already blowing my mind.
The first single off the album was recently released and I couldn’t be more obsessed. The song, appropriately titled “Believe” highlights a broken relationship, lack of communication, and a hope for a better union between two people who love each other. Major Coldplay vibes here people… and I LOVE IT. I’m a big alt/electronic-y fan, so this song is right up my alley.
Mumford’s transition into this new world is already beautiful. The musicality and strong lyrical content surrounding this band is what helps them make this change more impeccable. Everything about “Believe” feels natural and more like a new & improved Mumford and Sons, which is something fans are going to appreciate. It’s not as if they have no classic foot stomping twinkle light choruses anymore, they have just added more layers to their songs leaving the lyrics with a more substantial musical ground to stand on.
My prediction? Every song will stand out on their own as a powerful story from start to finish. Just as “Believe” already stands on its own with soaring electric guitar and drum kit. Also, the lyrics are just as exquisite as ever; “Present all your pretty feelings, may they comfort you tonight, and I’m climbing over something, and I’m running through these walls.” The truth is, if you locked yourself in a room and listened to this song on full blast through a decent speaker system, you would say, “YES, that is the Mumford & Sons I know and love”. Change is a good thing and Wilder Mind is going to be proof of that.
I’m sure not all of you have been experiencing an absolutely brutal winter like I have, but let me tell you… I have never looked forward to spring as much as I am this year. The constant scraping of my car and 15 layers a day walking to class are as annoying as it gets. Not to mention the dirty muddy floors of every entrance way making me fear my life every time I slightly slip.
So what do I do to get over my winter blues? Sit in my warm bed, drink some tea, and listen to music. I feel like I haven’t shared what I’ve been listening to lately, so I thought I would update you guys as to what’s on my “Spring Playlist”.
1.) “Treat Me Like Fire” by Lion Babe. Just found this duo recently and totally dig their vibes. R&B infused with some killer beats, add some seriously sexy vocals and I am hooked! Also check out “Jungle Lady”.
2.)“Dream” by Imagine Dragons. One of my favorites off their new album “Smoke and Mirrors”. The song is absolutely beautiful start to finish, complete with the always heart pounding ID drum beat and Reynolds’ vocals cutting through to the very core of every human heart.
3.)“All Day” by Kanye West feat. Theophilus London & Paul McCartney. You guys…I’ve been raging to this song at the gym ever since it came out. Yes, it is laced with profanity, but that’s just Yeezy at his finest. There are so many dope elements to this song and it also happens to be sitting proudly at number 1 on iTunes. This only gets me more psyched to hear the new album.
4.) “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off” by Ella Eyre. I was watching another music video and this song was playing on a laundry commercial of some sort, I stopped what I was doing immediately and looked the song up. Eyre resembles a slightly edgier Adele with endless vocal runs and classic piano accompaniment. Yes, this is a remake from the late 80’s. HERS IS SO MUCH BETTER.
5.) “Play No Games” by Big Sean feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign. Sean’s whole album is pretty epic to say the least. His lyrical content is way beyond anything he’s ever done before. I think this song should be on the radio IMMEDIATELY. It would do so well, and I really hope he makes it a single. Brown seems to have a way with radio hits…
6.) “I Caught Myself” by Paramore. This song was on the first Twilight soundtrack and for some reason I forgot it existed for the longest time and recently I have been obsessing over it again. The guitar is so mesmerizing and Hayley’s voice is on the verge of pleading and it couldn’t be more angelic.
7.)“One Last Night” by Vaults. I plucked this from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack as one of my favorites off the album. The string section truly makes this song as delicate as it is. With such powerful lyrics, the sense of beauty dangles around the hidden agenda of love.
8.) “Adore” by Cashmere Cat feat. Ariana Grande. Who’s that? Nobody knows, but now we do. Holy hell, Ariana’s vocals are spot on as usual. The best part? The song stays true to Grande’s musical form mixing R&B and hip-hop beats to create a perfect pop song as her high notes weave interchangeably throughout the entire three and a half minutes.
Hopefully these songs drag you out of the snowbank and into the flower bed. March 20th can’t come soon enough…