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:

 


 

The 1975’s New Single, “People”

Leading their new era, The 1975’s upcoming album, Notes On A Conditional Form is set to release any day now. “People” is a loud and brisk introduction to a new album filled with themes of mental health, home, and domesticity, according to bandleader Matt Healy himself.

“People” might be one of their most emo songs to date, taking a page out of the 90’s punk era. Healy screeches his voice to let out an important message; “People like people, they want alive people, the young surprise people, stop f*****g with the people”. Through screeching guitars and an overblown microphone, Healy urges people to act on issues to promote real change in the world.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard strong statements from the Manchester-based rock band (listen to “I Like America and America Likes Me” or “Love It If We Made It”) The band has somehow kept rock alive over the past several years by being themselves and staying current in pop culture – something most bands can’t accomplish in a smart way.

Listen below to dive into the passionate and activist minds of The 1975: