Fall Songs

Fall is here, so pull out the sweaters and slip on the boots, go for a sunset drive and play these jams.

1.) “Come Under the Covers” – Walk the Moon

Soaring guitars follow Nicholas Petricca’s voice as he croons to his lover. He hints at fall singing, “Summer is over and I can feel the cold changing us inside, come under the cover.” The anthemic chorus makes you feel like you’re drowning in falling leaves from the trees above your head.

 

2.) “Autumn Leaves (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” – Chris Brown

The title is self explanatory. This song dabbles in heavy fall metaphors. Brown softly sings, “It seems that all the autumn leaves are falling, I feel like you’re the only reason for it.” Lamar pops in at the end for a heavy powerful verse – as usual; stomping over the song, making it his.

 

3.) “Leaves” – Miguel

Miguel always has a good fall-ish vibe to him. He represents west coast swag while still honoring classic R&B. Although “Leaves” deals with the UNchanging leaves, the song still keeps its fall essence. “The leaves don’t change here, so I never saw it coming,” he sweetly sings.

 

4.) “September Song” – JP Cooper

Mix some tropical house with a smooth crooning voice and you’ve got a sweet fall concoction. It doesn’t get much better than that. “You were my September song, summer lasted too long,” quickly becomes the soundtrack to all your late night drives. Newcomer JP Cooper hit the nail on the head with this one.


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Music Mondays: “To the Hilt”

To The Hilt

 

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The buildup to Banks’ sophomore album is only becoming more painful for fans. Her latest single, “To the Hilt” proves to be another emotional piano ballad where Banks’ relaxed tone once again wows. Her lyrics remain as poetic as ever as she reflects on a love she once had, “All those times you warmed my hand, maybe things weren’t easy as they seem.” All Banks needs is a piano and microphone to prove her endless musicality. To the Altar can’t come soon enough and I’m already bowing down to her.


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Mac Miller’s Love Bible: The Divine Feminine

Mac Miller just came back in a big way. Dating pop’s favorite high-profile princess and releasing a brand new album, collabing with Ty Dolla $ign, Kendrick Lamar, and even Ariana Grande herself. Turning down about ten notches, The Divine Feminine proves to be one of Miller’s calmest efforts yet. The tracks are more of a deep eclectic compilation, making you feel warm and cozy instead of ready to pick up a solo cup.

Fans had a taste of this musical shift early on with the vibey summer single, “Dang!”

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featuring soulman Anderson Paak. It feels like Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” mixed with Motown, mixed with Big Band, mixed with R&B, and dipped in a vat of soft rap. Nothing’s aggressive and the musicality is at its peak. The verses are sweet & sour, making you pay attention to every word for fear you’ll miss the point. This is the Mac we should all be listening to.

 

Ty Dolla $ign assists on standout track, “Cinderella” where Miller focuses on a woman he’s in love with. A melancholy riff repeats itself as mellow hip-hop beats ooze into your body. “You in my dreams that’s why I sleep all the time, just to hear you say I love you, just to touch you,” Miller cohesively spits out.

Ripping a page out of rap master Kendrick Lamar’s book, “God is Fair, Sexy, Nasty” feels like a deep cut from Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly. Miller went on Zayne Lowe Beats 1 Radio Show and commented on the album closer saying, “It sounds like being in the ocean, relaxing, calm, floating and just like there and comfortable in your thoughts, and that’s how the record ends, which is so awesome.”

Divine [dih-vahyn] – “Of or relating to a god, especially the Supreme Being.” There’s no doubt this album is an ode to not only women everywhere (thanks Mac!) but little Miss Ariana Grande. He drops Hansel & Gretel hints of her on almost every song, making you wonder if she was the sole muse of this project. Opening track, “Congratulations” features what sounds to be clips of her infamous child-like giggle along with another female voice saying, “The Divine Feminine, an album by Mac Miller.” Romantic piano notes then guide Miller’s soft vocals. This theatrical opener already sets Feminine apart from his previous work.

Miller admitted Feminine was inspired by love, telling billboard.com, “On the last album, I realized there’s no love songs, and I wanted to do a project based around that.” He also mentioned his duet (“Favorite Part”) with his girlfriend; “I wanted a foundation to paint on, something very simple with her.”


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VÉRITÉ Creates Something New With The 1975’s “Somebody Else.”

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The melancholy tune off of the emotionally charged, I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, has just been covered by singer VÉRITÉ. It starts slow and ballad-like as a female voice effortlessly plucks at your tear ducts. “I don’t want your body, but I hate to think about you with somebody else,” are some of the most heartbreakingly poetic lyrics The 1975 have put into the world and ones they should be proud of. Fans have been vibing to the song for months, claiming it as one of their favorites.

Lead singer Matt Healy conveys a sense of confusion in the song that Verte touches on in a different more light pop/female aspect that’s almost hard to describe. Her voice comes in angelic layers near the end of the song as she harmonizes and shows her vocal prowess. She seems to be a true underdog in the music scene; someone everyone should know about. She told Billboard.com, “‘Somebody Else’ is so simple, relatable and well written. I really wanted to take it into my world and reinterpret it a bit.” Covers usually end up not sounding right or being so perfect that you end up listening to them more than the original (*wink Sam Smith *wink *wink.) This one will never top the original but it is definitely worth listening to…maybe even on repeat…for a couple days…


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