TOTD: LUI HILL “Words Become Useless”

LUI HILL takes our late night track with his new single, Words Become Useless. This is the third release from his upcoming album, “5000 Miles,” which will go live this coming August. It also has a really cool video with it that I will post below.

LUI HILL is one of those artists that I’ve never heard of, but when I hear his music, it sounds like a familiar hug. It’s a similar feel, a similar sound, and similar lyrics to things that I’ve heard before, but it feels so comforting every time I hear it. Then, at the :30 mark, the hug gets tighter, warmer. Finally, when the synth and the beat really kicks in at around the minute mark, I’m embraced in this bear hug, lifted on the ground, feet flailing, and my heart racing. LUI HILL gives the best hugs.

“There comes a time,
when there is nothing left to say
All words are useless,
sent from a thousand miles away
This is the time,
I need your heart beating next to mine
All words are useless,
if your heart is beating next to mine”

My assessment of this song is tainted after watching the video below, but I’m still going to stick with it. Watch the video to see what I mean. In this song, there is a relationship that has been damaged due to distance. We’ve all been there. It could be anything from a summer camp crush, a partner moving across the country for a job opportunity, or moving across state lines to move back in with your parents because your degree doesn’t automatically come with ‘5-8 years of experience,’ so it’s basically just a $70,000 piece of paper. Ya know. Nothing too specific here… just generic circumstances. Anyways, in these long distance relationships, there becomes a time where words, no matter how meaningful and beautiful, don’t make up for the person not being present. Until I saw the video, this song was about that. Watch the video below, and tell me what you think.

Either way, it’s a stellar new song, and LUI HILL should have a spot on everyone’s playlists.

Also, if you missed a song for the month of June, or want to have every song we review in one convenient place, check out our monthly playlist here.

-Seth

 

 

TOTD: Basement Revolver “Baby”

I am so excited to share this track from Basement Revolver with you. It’s the first single off their upcoming project which will be available in August, so make sure you follow them on SoundCloud or Spotify so you can hear that as soon as it drops. I expect, if it follows the vibe of this song, it will feature haunting vocals, spacey instrumentals, and relatable lyrics. If you like bands like the Pixies or Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I think you’ve found a new band to add to your repertoire.

Songwriter Chrisy Hurn boldly shares intimate stories and personal wounds from her past, which have come together to reveal a deeply affecting and rewarding debut full length. Album opener and lead single “Baby” was written at a time when she was seemingly happy but felt an underlying sadness and dissatisfaction, “it’s about feeling confused about what I want in life, and how that affects other people. It is about crying a lot and feeling like I was burdening my partner with those questions and not wanting him to feel like he was the source of my anxiety.”

You can hear Christy’s pain in the lyrics:

“Baby I’m so sorry, I’m trying to figure this out.”

“Just give me some time.”

As someone who has constantly struggled with depression and anxiety, and then allowed those things to spiral in front of people I cared about, I related so much with this song. There is nothing worse than going through an episode, and then also feeling aftershocks of the burdensome feeling when it’s over. I can’t tell you how many panic attacks I’ve had that I ended up apologizing for “being stupid” for afterwards. Obviously my partner never acts like I am burdening them at all with that, but it’s still hard to get past it in my own mind, which causes a new spiral. It can definitely be a sick cycle. Luckily, a few years back I found a therapist that helped me through some of it. And I encourage any of you feeling this way to find another outlet besides your partner. Obviously I still share with her, but I try not to only share with her, and not every single day. You want to keep the relationship a relationship and a therapist a therapist. Anyway, didn’t mean to pour my heart out there for a second, but that’s what art does sometimes. It’s a wonderful mirror. Anyone of you that has listened to our podcast has heard more intimate stuff than that haha.

-Caleb

Go check out this song and more on our June TOTD playlist.

Video of the Day: The Go Rounds “Code”

Time to put your trippy pants on again. It seems like I’ve been sharing a lot of psychedelic sort of vibes recently. The first time watching through this video, you’ll probably find yourself just entranced by the visuals. There are interesting overlays. Moments where faces are singing over epileptic screen flashes. There’s really a lot to catch. It reminds me of a mix between 60s/70s special effects and getting caught between channels on old analog televisions.

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Alright. Are you past the initial experience? It’s really cool in it’s own right, but you know how we like to get into the lyrics a bit around here.

“I don’t know what is wrong
But I could use a little warning
I don’t know what to do
So I will cry all in blue and gold

And hope that we can crack the code
Open up the covered eye
Tryin how to figure why
When again we’ll have the time ”

So maybe the trippy visuals do work quite well into it. The “Code” in the title seems to imply a want to crack whatever code is holding human intuition or intellect back. I assume “opening up the covered eye” refers to the 3rd eye. The fabled concept that we have an eye (sometimes referred to as our calcified Pineal gland) that would allow us to see parts of the world that normal consciousness can’t tap into. Some people may use drugs, meditation, prayer, etc. to tap into this eye, and crack the code. Maybe I’ll just use this song and watch the video until something clicks.

-Caleb

As always, we have added this song to our ongoing June TOTD Spotify playlist. Check that out here.

 

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.

Morning Commute: Emilie Mover “Fallin’ In”

When I came across this new single from Emilie Mover, I knew the name was familiar. I couldn’t place where I knew it from, but there was something very familiar about the timbre of this Canadian turned New Yorker folk artist. I started looking through her discography, and immediately knew where I had heard the pure and articulate, while having just enough rasp, vocals before; she has an incredible album where she covers some of my favorite Peggy Lee songs that you can find here.

Okay, now let’s focus on Fallin’ In, the second single off of her new album, Night Owl. Mover says of the song,

“Fallin’ In is actually the last song I wrote for Night Owl. I wrote it in a park near my apartment the morning we left for Bathouse.  I was kind of just going through the tunes, finalizing idea and starting to think about the order for the album.  I was watching some kids play together in the park and it was a beautiful late summer day and it was one of those things that just came together within minutes.  It kind of wrote itself.”

She goes on to say that the idea behind the song is to get into what really happens when we grow up. How do we go from being carefree kids playing together in the park to overworked and overstressed adults?

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Okay, that last part may be me projecting, but the true idea behind the song is trying to maintain that childlike whimsy and excitement for life throughout adulthood. She lets us in on the fact that her dad has always upheld that view on life, and has been a sterling example of how to maintain a fervor for all things fun. The children in the park made Mover think of all of her childhood friends, and only thought it appropriate to have them play on the track. Those same friends that she played with in the parks as a kid are now playing on a track about them playing in those parks. If that’s not absolutely beautiful and very meta, I don’t know what is. Her dad, Mover’s “favorite kid at heart,” is also featured on the track, absolutely crushing the horn solo at the 2:30 mark.

I haven’t gotten around to listening to the whole album yet, but if Night Owl is anything like Fallin’ In, it is going to make plenty of our personal playlists. Reeking of jazz chords and off-beat rhythms, this song has a lot heavier package than most folk songs.

Want to listen to Emilie and all of our other featured artists for the month of June in one neat and tidy playlist? Click here.

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-Seth