Although this film is riddled with insanely beautiful melodies, hooks, and duets, there are a couple songs that really hit me the most. I may be biased since I’m an OG little monster at heart (where my Gaga fans at?)
We can all agree Lady Gaga is one of the best vocalists of our generation, not only proving her vocal chops but her acting skills are superb beyond belief. Truly born a star. While B Coop shocked us all by embodying the cliche drunk country singer we’ve all seen before. The country-rock theme bouncing out of him seemed natural and real. It felt as though this music wasn’t compiled for a movie soundtrack but instead already existed. I think that means a job well done…
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LANY’S lead singer Paul Klein says, “i hope i live forever. but if i died tomorrow, i’d wanna be remembered for writing these 9 songs. ‘malibu nights’ is officially out for the entire world. i love you x”
After the success of their gorgeous debut album, LANY, last year, Malibu Nights feels shorter (only 8 songs) and even more poetic. Many of the lyrics are melancholy but in a somewhat cathartic and insightful way. “Let Me Know” is an ode to love that makes you drop everything and always say yes. Klein croons, “let me know if there’s something I can do to fix it, let me know if you ever change your mind, I can promise you I’ll be waiting.” While “Run” portrays the often dark place people end up in after a breakup accompanied by a slight hip-hop back-beat (something different than we’re used to hearing from the pop-centric band.)
“Valentine’s Day”, “Malibu Nights”, and “Thru These Tears” were absolutely fueled by real heartbreak Klein experienced at the end of last year and at the beginning of 2018. Each record pulls at the heartstrings through never ending lyrical soundscapes that echo in your head for days to come. On writing the album, Klein says, “I lifted my head up for the first time in 50 days and I was like, ‘Holy sh*t, we just wrote album two…I think that morning I woke up and my heart for the first time didn’t hurt worse than it did the day before.”
If you’ve never heard of LANY before and want to know what kind of music they are pumping out into the world…it’s this.
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Pulsing dance/pop synths are the highlight of each track off this spooky mixtape. Kim Petras has already mastered pop but proves she has a dark/dance side on TURN OFF THE LIGHT, VOL. 1.
Starting with “Close Your Eyes,” you’re immediately swept into another world; a sweaty dance club around mid-October, filled with runny eyeliner, fishnets, and a harsh beat twisting through your blood. Petras’ punky vocals push through every musical layer possible, hitting the highest notes over a glorious dance drop. Picture ballroom ceilings draped in cobwebs and red velvet; that’s how grimy yet enchanting this mixtape feels.
“Turn Off The Light” has a similar backbeat as the iconic “Thriller” complete with a vocal sound bite from none other than Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. While “Tell Me It’s A Nightmare” has a vintage Lady Gaga feel (think “Judas” or “Monster”); so dramatic-pop, it hurts.
Fans flooded Kim with love and support for the new Halloween-inspired music. Petras tweeted: “I’m so happy u guys ! I love you more than I could ever express”
If you’re not in the spooky spirit, listen to this on repeat all October and you’ll be transformed into a wicked pop witch.
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TOP SONGS: “Bodies”, “Better Not”
Since the August release of Wafia’s fizzy pop single “I’m Good”, fans have been blowing up the singers spotlight. “Good” serves as a fun breakup anthem (or maybe you just decided to stop eating Cheetos in bed…to each their own.) A bouncy beat makes this song cheeky like a 70’s sitcom intro, add in some layered harmonic vocals and you’ve got a hit.
Wafia proclaims her naivety and boy did she learn. She starts out the song like any good ole love story; “I was so young, I was so dumb when I gave you my heart.” The singer says, “‘I’m Good’ was an attempt at writing a self-fulfilling prophecy. At the time I could foresee heartbreak that I was going to have to work through and I wanted to write the song that I’d want to hear at the end of it all.” Genius? I think so.
If you’re interested in some of her other work that may not be pulsing through the radio waves, listen to my personal favorite, her joint EP titled (m)edian, with producer/singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Ta-Ku. “Meet In the Middle” and “Love Somebody” will write the love letter you never found the words for. Also, check out her solo work including “Bodies” and “Only Love”. Not to mention her explosive pop-dance hit, “Better Not” with rising EDM act, Louis the Child.
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WHO: Maverick Sabre
TOP SONGS: “I Need” and “Come Fly Away”
Sabre’s attention to melodies is quite alluring. His voice embodies a male version of Amy Winehouse with added R&B growls. The 2015 album, Innerstanding, feels retro and vintage in a subtle way. Think Sam Smith but less sad and dainty.
His latest single, “Drifting” immediately caught my attention. A thudding opening beat charges through this song, making it a guaranteed head bopper. “Drifting” feels like somewhat of an exploration. An indie sensationalized story; “In the city, in the dark, in the park, in the fear, and I’m wishing for another, But there something in sky, feel the sun, can you see it?” His voice peaks up and dips low throughout every verse showing his true artistry (and falsetto).
Listen for yourself: