Austra – Shoot The Water

Silence speaks for you.
Silence speaks for you.
Diamonds shine like you.
Diamonds shine like you.”

There’s something incredible about repetition of a phrase. We’ve even created incredible ways of mirroring this idea in writing without actually repeating a phrase. For instance, boldness or italics are sometimes included in a piece of writing to leave the same impression on the reader. As if to say, “this is important, pay attention.” 

I write poetry for fun, something a lot of people don’t know about me. It’s a selfish art form, which I acknowledge, but I love it because of certain aspects — one of them being repetition. The way words are played with, how words sit on the page, etc. Last week I went to a poetry reading and memorial for a woman named Akilah Oliver. I was moved for several reasons that I won’t really get into, except for one instance. There was a video of her projected that displayed her reading poetry. The last poem she read had a memorable repetition of the lines:

How ya livin’?”

Not only was this repeated, but the emphasis on syllables and words changed with every repetition. With the added beauty of her voice, it was impossible not to have some sort of an emotional reaction.

Similarly, in this song, we see a repetition of phrases that alternate throughout, but are all the more important. In light of repetition, I found the notion of “silence speaks for you” to be fascinating. The repetition of silence, something that is not actively re-created and repeated but stubbornly apparent and ever present, speaking for a person has all to do with my shpeal on body language and universal understanding of one another from a couple weeks ago. Without words, and more so, the repetition of words, we are able to relay an entirely different idea and emotion.

That itself is something to cherish and ponder on for this Thursday.

Repetition and deep analysis aside, this song is lovely and pop-py in all the right ways. I dare you to play this track perhaps during a time of craved silence in your long and busy Thursday. Allow it to coarse through your veins, for it is a rather dark song, lyrically, but one that contrasts heavily in tune.

Austra – Shoot The Water

Music Video

Tune Yards

A couple of nights ago, I ventured to the Hudson river, (something I don’t do as much as I’d like) to see a free Tune Yards concert at Pier 54. Somehow, everyone and their mother was there. I swear, every time there’s something free in the city, it’s like people are hired to go by the dozens even if they don’t know the band. However, the crowd at this concert was quite the Tune Yards following, all resembling something of the hip young status. I guess the proper word for that would be hipster, but I don’t really want to make any vast generalizations. So let’s just stick with hip youngsters.

Anyways, I’ve been obsessed with Tune Yards for a while, and I think it’s because their lead singer, Merril Garbus, is so far-fetched, voluptuous, quirky, and multi-talented. The truth is that she takes over the stage in a way that not many artists do, especially since she’s still so new to the scene. I personally love her sound, because it’s so full of range and spunk, but I can understand how it may not have necessarily grown on everyone just yet.

After the concert, my friend and I were having a conversation about new music and how a lot of people have one idea about electronic music. It’s gotta be techno, and it’s gotta sound a certain way. The most beautiful thing about it though, is that it doesn’t. I’d consider Tune Yards’ music to be electronic a lot of the time, not because it’s something I’d play in a club, but because it utilizes electronic tools to create swanky music, and doesn’t overpower the awesomeness of the actual vocals. That’s what electronic music is all about. We’re such a modern age, and even though I find myself often times hating on technology, I’ve learned to just embrace it. It’s so fantastical, and has revolutionized our music world, especially when used correctly. How amazing is that?

Anyways, it might be best to check out some of the actual concert footage. I wish I could have taken some videos, but I was really busy gettin’ my groove on. After scavenging youtube, I found this video which seems to sum the night up pretty well.

Also, I have to add one thing. A really swaggy band opened for Tune Yards, by the name of Austra. Amazing. I found myself dancing to their music in no time. I’d describe their sound as a cross melt between The Knife and Florence and the Machine. They are so hip looking too, it’s almost a little ridiculous. Check them out, you’ll like what you hear.

Bizness – Tune Yards

Lose It – Austra


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