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Thursday, January 23, 2014

White Sea - They Don't Know

"They don't know what we know"

This isn't the normal type of song I feature here. It's certainly not your typical big-chorused pop track with a glossy production sheen on top, but what it has is DRAMA. I love a bit of drama and theatrics in music. I am not a fan of subtlety (as if you hadn't worked that out by now...). This track is full on, wall-of-sound majesty from beginning to end. I don't even know how to describe it. It's downright orchestral, without... you know... actually featuring an orchestra. Instead, the fullness comes from vocal layers and a electronic production that threatens to transform into full dancefloor bliss but stops just short. Just listen to it. Can't you imagine this on the soundtrack to some awesome dramatic scene from a movie?

(Music posted for evaluation purposes only. Buy the single here (even though you can get it for free via the soundcloud link above. Follow me on twitter and facebook.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

BoA - Shout It Out

"Let's dance the night away"

From a Kylie Minogue track yesterday, to something that could pass for a (mostly) foreign language version of a Kylie Minogue track today! BoA is the queen of Asian pop, and although she's been releasing music pretty steadily over the last few years, I think this is the type of single that could really reignite her across the globe. As far as Kylie comparisons go, this would fit right in on Light Years. It's got that simple, carefree summery dance vibe to it, kind of like Spinning Around. At first it might seem a little slight, but that chorus is deceptively catchy. Add to that a music video that's like complete happiness bottled into four minutes, and you've got something that makes me want to go to the beach and get some froyo!

(Music posted for evaluation purposes only. Buy more BoA here. Follow me on twitter and facebook.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kylie Minogue - Into The Blue

"Tonight I'm running free"

Whenever a new Kylie single is released, I feel a mixture of excitement and hesitation. Excitement, because she's one of the few established divas that's still 100% relevant right now (though I'd like Ms. Janet Jackson to come back and change that). Hesitation, because it's hard to believe that she can still be releasing excellent pop music at this stage in her career. But dang it, my hesitation is always for naught. Seriously, how does she keep up this consistency? All The Lovers, her last single that kicked off an album campaign, was one of her very best. Into The Blue might just be right up there with it. I love the orchestral production and, of course, that enormous chorus. It's mature but still very poppy. Best of all, it is not the sound of Kylie bowing to trends. It fits in very well with her (substantial) discography.

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