Mid Day Music Blast: Pistachio Gods – “a few more months”

I have a really interesting track for you today as you take a mid day break. When you start listening, you may think it is going in a pure folky direction. And then the beat starts to come in and you are like, oh okay I guess this is R&B. And then the flow kicks in, and hopefully you stop trying to define it. This one seems fully prepped to be one of my singles of the summer. It’s short and effective. It catches my attention with both catchy beats and elements of trippiness to it. The vocals are clean and various. I really can’t get enough of it.

Luckily for us, Pistachio Gods gave us a little background about the seemingly dissonant elements of this song:

“This song deals with our struggle of moving on in a relationship, we had the idea to combine folk music with hard trap drums and tell the story of how we know in a few months will get over this breakup finally and be moving on, but right now things are really hard for us.”

This song definitely pretty well encapsulates that idea. It’s so frustrating when your logical brain tells you that time is the only cure, but you still feel all the difficult emotions anyway. Hopefully this song helps some of you feel better and carries you through some of the darkness.

-Caleb

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Mid Day Music Blast: Hendrix Harris – “No Rush (Prod. by G E N I U S)”

Check out this really amazing hip hop track from Hendrix Harris. Something that strikes me on this one is the dissonance between the chill beat and chorus and the intensity and speed of the flow of the verses. The first time I heard it, when the verse kicked in, it blew me away.

If you are like me, and like to check out lyrics, but it’s somewhat difficult to catch the first time through this song, you can find them on Genius here.  Once you do, you’ll see just how much variance he fits into one song. Some of my favorites:

“Only things I take are weed, lean, fix your education
Premonitions over reminiscence, show your dedication
I would never tell somebody how to live his own life”

I think that last line in particularly is one of the main messages of this song. You do you, I’m going to do me, and don’t yuck my yum. One more section I really liked:

“Fuck your profit, even in my coffin Imma stand above it
Lead or puppet ? Imma send a rocket to the men who’ve stocked it
H.E.N.D.R.I.X fuck you, fuck the system, fuck the I.R.S”

I think we can all get behind this. No amount of money should be worth selling out or becoming a puppet. It kind of reminds of J. Cole’s new track “Brackets” in that sense. Anyway, really cool song overall and excited to see where else Hendrix Harris and his producing duo with G E N I U S go.

-Caleb

As always, you can check out this track and all of our June TOTD’s on our spotify playlist here.

 

Mid Day Music Blast: Brett J.B. “Garden Grey”

Have you ever wondered what Death Cab would sound like if they did a cover album of Decemberists songs? Wonder no more, you beautiful people. Meet Brett J.B., a Wisconsinite who has a Ben Gibbard-esque voice with the the variance of a Decemberists track.

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In his new single, Garden Grey, Brett recaptures his childhood by going into what it was like growing up in Garden Grey. I tried figuring out where Garden Grey was, but to no avail. Neighborhood? City? A name you gave your house? I wanted there to be more, but with only the name and the fact that he currently lives in Milwaukee to go off of, I didn’t have much of a shot. Whatever it is, I’m glad it’s where Brett grew up. His fond memories of that place led to this track, and for that, I am thankful.

Mid Day Music Blast: io & Titan “Wandering Mind”

While the name may be deceptive, io & Titan is a one man show out of Brooklyn. Matt Schlatter, the man behind the music, has developed a complex sound and stunning arrangements that feel grandiose and take up a whole stage.

Wandering Mind is like a beautiful film, beginning with setting up the characters and setting the routine, breaking that routine, rising through the climax, and then bringing you in for the final resolution. The story it tells is one of losing yourself in the dream. Matt talks of both a literal and figurative wandering mind through immersive travel and holding onto the dreams you set before yourself.

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“I have always been a dreamer,
don’t keep my thoughts on a chain.
Hasn’t gotten me far.
It’s still my faith,
and it is blind.
I believe in the wandering mind,
oh I believe in the wandering mind.” 

Based on the choices I make, this could be written about my life. If you know me at all, you know that I am constantly trying to figure out how to make impossible situations come to fruition. I feel like staying rooted in these dreams is the only way to stave off being an old curmudgeon. If we lose sight of the sky, we forget what the sun feels like. I know that’s cheesy, but it’s true.

io & Titan’s song is firmly ground in the idea of experiencing the world. Not only traveling to other countries, but diving into the culture. Travel without immersion is just a vacation. io & Titan want to learn from and experience the world, not just take snapshots of it.

Mid Day Music Blast: Elliot Taylor “Different Somehow”

In the middle of a US tour with The Pierce Brothers, this UK singer-songwriter is turning heads with his raspy vocals and authentic lyrics. The thing that turned my head though was when Elliot told us that this song was recorded in a single take with just one microphone. If you have any experience recording anything at all really, you know how elusive the “one take” is. Elliot absolutely nails it with this track.

Elliot weaves a tale of a relationship, or honestly, maybe not even a relationship, but a tale of two passing ships. They know that their time could be limited together, so the song embraces the idea that we should live in the moment and take advantage of our opportunities. It goes into the idea that even throughout different parts of their time together, there are very distinct points where life was different for them both; from the butterfly stages, all the way to the breakup at the end. I just finished a semi-relevant episode of Black Mirror last night, so that could be my mind forcing a connection. In the episode, most people have this chip in their head that records their whole life. Long story short, and without ruining any plot points, the protagonist of the story rewinds to see various points of his relationship with his wife, good and bad. This song is like that episode. It’s snippets of their life together, and each one is very clearly a separate stage in how they felt about each other.

Elliot Taylor is a raw and talented storyteller with the perfect blend of soul and control. His debut EP, Live from Hell’s Kitchen, released four days ago, and I am absolutely hooked. If the above song didn’t immediately get Elliot added to your Spotify playlists, check out the music video below.

Also, if you want to listen to all of the bands we have featured for the month of June, head over to our Spotify playlist to check that out.

Mid Day Music Blast: Femke “Wounded”

“Pain is a part of us, but we’ll walk through it”

I really can’t think of a more positive line that I’ve read in a while. This song is dark, but allows you to see the glimpses of hope in the darkness with juxtaposition throughout it. I have always liked artists that are realistic about the trial and tribulations that make us human, yet give a signal of hope to surviving those things.

“Sometimes it hurts too much, memories you can’t untouch”

I just love basically everything about this song. The lyrics, the haunting vocals, the clean production. This is definitely one that will be added to all of my playlists ASAP.

A little more about Femke:

Femke is a producer during the day but an artist at night, and on one of those nights Wounded was born. “It came from kind of a dark but hopeful place, the lyric is the hopeful part but the music still reflects the darkness.” Femke, who has collaborated with artists such as Belle Mt, Estelle,  Mark Hoppus and many more throws a curveball into her mainly electronic repertoire with this song.

 

Find this song and many more on our June TOTD Spotify playlist right here.

-Caleb

 

Mid-day Music Blast: Mary-Elaine Jenkins “Fools Don’t Stay”

“Storm is rolling, my house is shaking 
My man’s not coming home tonight 
He drinks whiskey in his water 
Likes to gamble with his life 

Hard lovin’ woman and a hard luck man 
Playing house in the promised land 
Cracked foundations and real bad habits 
And nobody tells me nothing”

The story is familiar, but the storyteller is new. Mary-Elaine Jenkins takes the trope of the deserter leaving home and makes it feel fresh. We see a story unfold like so many others with this lover who isn’t exactly a catch. The first thing that caught my ear though was the line, “And nobody tells me nothing.” While this could be a call to the fact that Jenkins comes from a long line of strong and independent women who can’t be bossed around, I think it is a callout to the friends who knew of this man’s “cracked foundation and real bad habits,” but failed to mention anything to Jenkins, choosing to instead watch her, or the protagonist of the song, fall down a deep well of second chances and cheap thrills.

This line is probably the most important line in the song because there is such a real life message that is applicable to so many people. If you have a friend or family member who is getting into a relationship that isn’t advisable and all of the information isn’t on the table, you have an obligation to that person to have a hard conversation. They may choose to ignore whatever you tell them, but at least the pieces are laid out for everyone to see.

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Luckily, thanks to the matriarchs in Jenkins family who have brought her up to be a free-thinking woman who won’t take shit from anyone, she (or once again, the protagonist) is able to separate herself from him, barricading her heart, and alluding to changing the locks to make sure he doesn’t try to come back.

Jenkins, a Brooklyn resident, has a pure Southern sound that can’t be imitated. As a South Carolinian who can hear a fake accent from a mile away (and because I read Jenkins’ bio), I can tell a fellow South Carolinian’s voice when I hear it. She honed her craft for years in the deep south, learning from and playing with the old-timers at her local guitar shop every Saturday afternoon, but quickly longed for a setting that could help her pursue music as a career. She moved from South Carolina to Washington D.C. and then to Spain before finding her new home in Brooklyn in 2013. With true Southern charm, and a bit of an edge to her lyrics and voice, Jenkins is the perfect artist for people looking to flirt with country music while keeping their feet firmly planted in Americana roots.

Check out Mary-Elaine and all of our other tracks from June on our Spotify playlist