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Hooray for Earth – No Love

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This has been a weird summer for me. I can’t seem to bring myself to get too excited about anything. I suppose I’d describe it as a sort of pervasive apathy. This new “October in August” weather isn’t helping either. I know I should be celebrating its livability, but it’s actually just another factor drastically altering my equilibrium.

I’m not alone, either. When I speak to most of my friends they’re either feeling the exact same or varying degrees of similar. Maybe it’s something in the water, or maybe I should get new friends, but I’m pretty sure it has more to do with all of us performing for invisible stages. I think our brains are just finally giving up on us and insisting we take a break from displaying our lives (online, mostly), as perfect tableaus of success.

I guess we all find ourselves in that place, sometimes. I certainly feel it in the lyrics for Hooray for Earth’s no love. The song’s audio is magnificent and I want to do it justice as well (stay with me here), but here’s a good snapshot from their song that I just can’t get out of my head.

“This time, no love is what I need
but I want to want to love
I want to want to learn“.

Oh fuck yeah, Hooray for Earth. Just tell it like it is. Because we all DO “want to want to love.” We all “want to want to learn.” But sometimes no love is just what we need, despite what we think we want. Whether it’s in a relationship or any other area of our lives, sometimes we need to take a break and acknowledge where we are. Alone.

So, yes. Here we are on a lovely morning. As I said, the song audio stands up just as well: It’s unapologetic synth pop with a driving beat and a solid amount of harder rock elements. It was mixed by Chris Coady, and good god you can hear it in the best sort of way. Let yourself be however you are, wherever you are. Give this track a spin. Even if you’re feeling GREAT about everything, it’ll just make you feel better.

Hooray for Earth – No Love

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Music Remixes

The Knife – You Make Me Like Charity (Cry Wolf Remix)

So I don’t know if this song will make you like charity, but it’s definitely been making me get all hyped about going outside and strutting to this. One of the great things about a band like The Knife is that they turn seemingly bizarre combinations of sounds into something refreshing. While the Swedish duo is influenced by a lot of vintage synth-pop, another duo who also likes wearing masks, North Carolina’s Cry Wolf, remixes this track with an added oomph. 

I’m used to hearing hard-hitting bass like the one in the remix, but it usually comes with the word “moombahton” on the title, and you definitely don’t expect to hear Olof & Karin Dreijer‘s kid-like voices paired to this beat. But somehow, it works. Perhaps it’s the fact that one of the members of duo Cry Wolf is a former hardcore vocalist who decided to explore electronic music. Their remix is able to have some sort of violence to it, while still keeping the original’s eeriness to it. That’s what’s got me hooked to this track, and hopefully you will too cause everyone needs a mid-week pick me up at some point.

The Knife – You Make Me Like Charity (Cry Wolf Remix)

 

 

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Trails and Ways – Nunca

 

Expressing love and expressing artistry are one and the same. They’re both fueled by a source stronger than most. The singer (since according to the band everyone sings and I can’t pinpoint if it’s emma, hannah, kbb or i’m quirk — yes those are their names, just as one of their influences is Vanilla Ice) in a dreamy voice tries to manifest that as long as you keep expressing yourself and your feelings I’ll be able to find you.

“you tell me your city is only a maze;
of walls and laws you can’t obey. |
you can’t write laws, and so– you paint
that tattoo on the city arms,
on the city face.”

The track is so humble in the way it conveys feelings and the way it’s written that I believe that this is what actually accomplishes its high likability and its charisma.

If the metaphor of painting graffiti with your affection isn’t powerful enough, the melody of this song just highlights this journey of going after something or someone. It has rock, it has bossa nova, it’s got synths but it’s also pop. These Trails and Ways of Oakland sure do lead to one dreamy voyage to a very special and unique place. And that’s what ultimately won me over in this song.

When you find something so special you Nunca want to let go. This is how I feel about this song. Nunca, nunca.

Trails and Ways – Nunca

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Music Video

New Order – Temptation (7-Inch Version)

One of the reasons I’m so drawn to the 80’s New Wave period is because it represents the time when synthesizers and analog recording coexisted like they probably never will again. It was one of those rare times when the future and past lived in total harmony, i.e. freak of nature artists like Michael Jackson.

Anyways, you can’t talk about 80’s new wave without mentioning New Order, the band whose 1983 hit Blue Monday still holds the record for best selling 12-inch single of all time. Temptation, is a lesser known single released in 1892 and one of my personal favorites from the group. The 7″ single featured in this post is the more commercial and structured version. The lyrics in this song are hard to translate but the feelings of hope and despair in Bernard’s voice are as clear as day. The effect on the listener is euphoric. Here’s to a great song that captures a wonderful essence, enjoy.

Each way I turn, I know I’ll always try
To break this circle that’s been placed around me
From time to time, I find I’ve lost some need
That was urgent to myself, I do believe
Up, down, turn around
Please don’t let me hit the ground
Tonight I think I’ll walk alone
I’ll find my soul as I go home.”

New Order – Temptation (7-Inch Version)

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