Best Merch

Njomza: Minimalist comfy vibes with a hint of modern slang mirror Njomza’s lyrics and sound (Check out her lead single “Sad For You”). Cropped hoodies, comfy sweats, and basic hats all under $35. GIMME!

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Blackbear: The Bear is always on top of what’s trendy. Distressed, oversized tees, small logos, etc. Most are basic colors while some items come in the custom Blackbear orange we all know and love.

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Ariana Grande: Mixing street graffiti with classic color blocking. Each piece feels curated from the pop Queen herself. Sweatshirts, tees, bracelets, medical masks. Yes, you heard me right.

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Harry Styles: Romantic nostalgia and feminine florals are sprinkled on every article of clothing. Not only does Harry spread happiness with his music but also a positive message on his merch that says, “Treat People With Kindness”.

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Halsey: The official merch for the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour isn’t released yet, but it is absolutely going to be dope. Renaissance themes and bright lively colors are already flooding her HFK tour. Right now there’s a cute royal t-shirt and a gorgeous gold choker that reads “Hopeless”.

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Harry Styles Wows On “Sweet Creature”

 

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“Sweet Creature” is going to be one of those songs that serves as a hidden gem in Harry Styles’ discography years and years from now. Fans will say “Oh, I remember this one. It’s one of my favorites.” I will be among those fans. Styles’ shift from boy band to solo man has been fascinating to watch. He’s adapted to a new sound that accentuates every part of him like we’ve never seen/heard before.

If “Sign of the Times” was a proclamation, this is a handwritten letter dripping in perfume and sealed with a red kiss. Accompanied by just a guitar and backing vocals, “Creature” still feels so full, even boisterous. “Sweet creature, sweet creature, wherever I go, you bring me home.” A love story we’ve heard many times before; “We don’t know where we’re going, but we know where we belong.” Folk chords pluck against Styles’ roller coaster notes for almost a full four minutes.

Referring to love as a “creature” only further defines love as sometimes good and sometimes bad. A genius reference only a poet could make work. People will soon realize, this is who Harry Styles really is. If Hozier and Mumford and Sons had a baby, it would be the new Harry we’re seeing today. Confident in his sound; making music for the soul, not for the banks.

Styles’ solo debut album comes out May 12.


 

One Direction, and that’s UP!

One Direction is a boy band. It’s true. But you know what? IT DOESN’T MATTER.

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photo via bing.com

Their new album “FOUR” is pure POP. You can’t deny it, they know exactly what they are doing and it’s working. Every song is guitar and drum heavy with a pounding shouty chorus saying “Baby, you’re the best, I’ve loved you since I saw you…” (just kidding, that’s not an actual lyric…maybe?)

The album is now available on iTunes and is having a nice group hug with Taylor Swift’s songs in the top ten. The sappy “Night Changes,” the beautiful easy-going “Fool’s Gold,” and the drum heavy “Girl Almighty,” are all littered in the top ten currently at 11:58 pm, Sunday night.

Songs like “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” have that top secret pop potion in them that make them stink up your brain for days. You’ll find yourself scrolling the internet as you start yelling “WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO?!?!” Then you’re like damn you, One Direction. Yeah, this one is doing that to me.

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A lot of these songs deal with relationships and love, just kidding. All of them involve themes of love in some sort of way. “18” says “I have loved since we were 18, long before we both thought the same thing, to be loved and to be in love.” Every lyric seems to be a cliché we’ve all heard a million times, but when Harry Styles sings it, it becomes more beautiful. The shouty, but catchy, “No Control” shows the never ending pull of love on a young person, “I got no control, powerless, and I don’t care, it’s obvious, I just can’t get enough of you.” One of the first tracks I heard off this album is called “Fireproof.” I know this is going to sound crazy but this song gives off a Fleetwood Mac vibe, totally guitar/drum beat driven with simple verses and awesome harmonies and backup vocals. I love everything about it. “Fireproof” is also dipped in the famous One Direction love potion, “Nobody loves you baby, the way I do.”

gif via giphy.com Zayn blowing the love potion all over you.
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Zayn blowing the love potion all over you.

“Stockholm Syndrome” seems to be cut from a different cloth than the rest. One Direction ventures into some pop-electronica that works extremely well with their falsetto and effortless harmonies, of course.

“Clouds” is another track that has a very unique sound that stuck with me. The chorus almost sounds like something you would hear from an alternative band–very powerful. The pre-chorus moves up an octave every couple words and it’s really cool to listen to. These boys did a great job at expanding their expertise in the studio to create some songs that were different for them.

When I first heard the album would be named “FOUR” I was like that’s a weird title, then I remembered that this is their fourth album and I couldn’t believe it. I had completely forgotten about most of their other albums. But I think that’s kind of what is expected from a pop band. You grow after every album, and “FOUR” is relevant to right now, so for the moment this is going to be extremely successful and then when the next album comes out, the cycle will begin again.

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-Abbey