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Kim Petras: Halloween Queen

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Did Kim Petras invent Halloween? After hearing her latest contribution to the spooky month of October I’d say YES. Petras has been teasing the deadly project for a while now as fans bled out for the release date. Petras released her second part of Turn Off the Light and it DELIVERED. Featuring eight new scary tracks, Petras has proved yet again that she thrives in the dark shadows of Halloween.

Opening track, “Purgatory” is as terrifying as you’d think. Organ-like chords intro the song as Kim’s hyper-produced harmonizing vocals carry the song into what could easily be a club banger. Cue the strobe lights and smoky stage. While “There Will Be Blood” is a chanty anthem for the pop stans still ready to rage. Petras sings, “there will be blood, run for your life, go on and say, go on and say your last goodbye.” Although the sentiment is harsh, you can’t deny the pop beats are prevalent and pure fun.

“<demons>” and “Knives” are two interludes off the album that could double as a haunted house soundtrack. “Knives” will give you chills down your spine as the sharpening of knives echoes throughout the two and half minute long track. “<demons>” has more of a deep house feel with a spoken word intro saying, “The spirits are living in the house possessed, they never existed in physical form, they only exist in spirit form, It’s true evil, demons.” Add this to your workout playlist and watch those calories die off. This beat could get your grandma dancing down the runway. Heavy production and explicit pop-centric lyrics make this album iconic in every way.

 

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Finneas’ EP, Blood Harmony

It’s no surprise that Finneas’ EP is musical perfection. We’ve slowly become accustomed to his songwriting abilities through sister and mega star Billie Eilish. Finneas plays a lead role in the co-writing and production aspects of Billie’s music while also playing guitar right next to her as she headlines arenas and stages around the world.

In a recent press release through Live Nation, Finneas said the inspiration behind Blood Harmony and what it means to him. “At the beginning of 2019, I decided I wanted to make a collection of songs that encapsulated exactly what my life had felt like for the last 18 months…Almost every song was written in a hotel room, or a tour bus, or on an airplane, or in a dressing room while I was on tour with my sister” he goes on to say, “Writing and recording this EP was like filling a time capsule with different fragments and memories I’ve made and now, they’re all yours.”

The California native starts off the EP with the haunting “I Lost A Friend” a song that tugs the heartstrings of anyone who has ever…lost a friend. Aching vocals and dainty production will make this song immortal in the ears of anyone who is already a Finneas fan. “I Don’t Miss You at All” and “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night” mirror eachother in sound and overall tone. Both are bouncy and cute in a unique way. “Partners In Crime” has the spirit of a Coldplay B-side. Finneas’ subtle key changes lead the song alongside a repetitive guitar melody. He sweetly sings, “Did we look like lovers or partners in crime? Did you look like mine? Or did we look like fools Tryna get away with it all?” This one is easy to set on repeat as you slip away into peaceful bliss.

Finneas’ knack for sad lullabies, compelling poetry, and intricate melodies is a talent we need more of in today’s music scene. True artistry is an understatement. What a prolific introduction to Finneas’ musical talent.

 

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Halsey’s New Chapter…And It’s Not Dark

“I never said it’s a pop album, I just said it’s not an angry one, and thank god I sat down to write and realized I wasn’t angry anymore. It feels good to have that weight off my chest,” Halsey tweeted after news came out that her next album will not be as dark as her previous single and girl power anthem, “Nightmare”.

Halsey – AKA – Ashley released a new single titled “Graveyard” last week. Although the name sounds quite ominous and blends in with her melodic cryptic poetic pop, “Graveyard” is deep and it’s real. The New Jersey native shed some light on the new song with Zane Lowe, saying, “In some ways it’s a metaphor. It’s about like loving someone to death, kind of. And then in other ways it’s actually pretty literal. There’s a lot of moments in the song that are pretty literal, which was kind of scary to write about. But you know me, I find the scary thing and I do it.”

The song feels more at ease than “Nightmare“. Halsey gives us a deeper look at love and how it affects her, how it becomes her, and how she lives through it. She sings with ease, “they say I may be making a mistake, I woulda followed all the way, no matter how far. I know when you go down all your darkest roads, I woulda followed all the way to the graveyard.” The chorus is light and follows a steady drum beat as Halsey tells her own honest story. If the rest of the album is this colorful and cohesive, then sign me up.

In case you didn’t know, Halsey is also a talented artist (shocking…she can do it all). She took on the challenge of painting her own album artwork and filmed herself live while she did it. Check out the finished product here:

 


 

Inside Astroworld: Travis Scott’s Netflix Film

The documentary opens with the Houston, Texas native talking to a night vision camera, explaining the concept behind Astroworld; an album that shook the rap world to its core, making Scott the biggest rapper of 2018.

Look Mom I Can Fly shows the real Travis Scott. Behind the loud bass, smoke clouds, and paparazzi flashes, Scott is a family man to his core. Keeping a tight-knit circle, he often runs backstage to hug and give thanks to family and friends. Girlfriend and businesswoman, Kylie Jenner makes a couple appearances as they welcome their daughter, Stormi, into the world. Scott is seen kissing and playing with his daughter with a big wide smile plastered on his face. “Ain’t going to lie, It’s the livest thing of all time” is how Scott described what it was like to listen to his unborn baby’s heartbeat.

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Fans are quickly swept onto the Astroworld journey to fruition, seeing behind the scenes snippets of how the legendary album was made. James Blake, Kevin Parker (Tame Impala), and Earth, Wind, and Fire all make a quick appearance as contributors on the album. But what the fans really learn about is what Astroworld means to Scott. The album is inspired by the AstroWorld theme park that was located in Houston, Texas. The Six Flags-owned park later closed down in 2005. On the theme behind this album, Scott says, “They tore down AstroWorld to build more apartment space. That’s what it’s going to sound like, like taking an amusement park away from kids. We want it back. We want the building back. That’s why I’m doing it. It took the fun out of the city.” That angst and rioting anger can be heard all over the Astroworld album.

The rapper created his own Astroworld festival in Houston, Texas last November. This sold out festival looked like something out of a video game. Fans practically bent down barricades to run inside and go crazy in the world of Travis Scott. Not only did this festival promote Scott and his new music, but brought fans from all over the world to his hometown of Houston to relish in the magical Astroworld.

It’s safe to say it’s been a long time since a rapper has had such a massive effect on people of all genders, races, and ages. Crowds are flooded with mosh pits, riots, nose bleeds, and sometimes even broken bones. Scott’s music allows fans to open up and go crazy no matter where they are in a stadium full of people. After a tough loss at the Grammy’s, Travis is reminded that he’ll keep doing it for the fans and never stop making music. If you’re a fan of Travis Scott, be sure to sit down and watch this documentary to further understand who he is as an artist – not just a rapper.