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CHVRCHES – Lies (Tourist Remix)

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 “I can sell you lies / You can’t get enough / Make a true believer of

Anyone
Anyone
Anyone

I can call you up / If I feel alone / I can feed your dirty mind

Like I know
Like I know
What you want.”

CHVRCHES has created a dark ballad with lyrics which are quick and dark and hit you when you stop dancing and listen to them. What I feel from it is the darkness we give to each other. What we are able to make other people do. What other people are able to make us do. Change us, manipulate us, love us. So often we hear songs of love and the beauty of it, so I welcome a tune that leaves you with scabbed knees and chest pain.

This recent release from Tourist adds another layer of ominous synthesizers and a trailing echo to the track. Lies a recent release from CHVRCHES of their album The Bones Of What You Believe.

CHVRCHES – Lies (Tourist Remix)

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Tourist – Stay

Days like today are made for sitting inside (with an animal if you own one), and some great music. If you don’t share yer abode with an animal it doesn’t matter because we can both still bask in the excellence that is Tourist‘s ‘Stay”.

London based producer Tourist, (aka William Phillips), has released this new track off of an upcoming EP with Method Records. It’s just as mellow as his earlier work but incorporates some minor darkness into that ambience. The bassline floats so beautifully in the scheme of things you can’t even really call it a bassline. And of course, Tourists’ beautifully crafted beats lend the track just enough structure to sink your teeth into. Nothing feels too anchored. Everything feels like a warm, flowing continuous experience.  Just perfect, perfect music to satisfy any of your summer longings dashed by the precipitation outside. Enjoy.

Tourist – Stay

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Tourist – Your Girl

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It’s pretty early here in New York. I’ve been in and out of sleep, and for whatever reason I can’t seem to fall into my sleep space. These are the kind of nights I hate to love. I know sleep is important, but there’s just something so liberating about being the only one awake in your apartment- let alone the city that supposedly never sleeps (all my friends are dreaming judging by the lack of little green dots next to my Facebook buddy list and the zero text message responses). I’m not complaining, though. The Empire State Building has turned off its lights and I’ve turned to a cup of tea and a song that embodies the phrase “dreaming wide awake.” It’s at this hour that I feel like my mind is at its most awake moment. I can think clearly with the world outside my window at a relative standstill. Perspective is actually in reach and the only thing distracting me are the numbers on my clock creeping towards the set alarm time. Time, however, is man-made and at this point in the night I feel free enough to ditch those glowing red numbers and focus on what’s happening in front of and around me. It’s a little lie, but the world is mine in this moment.

William Phillips, the name behind Tourist, has crafted a soundscape worthy of insomniac nights. He chops up Aaliyah’s “If your girl only knew” lyrics and spins them over an ambient synth and percussion line that melts into your atmosphere. Each layer of Phillips’ track creeps in, crescendoing itself into your consciousness before dissolving back into the air. It’s a track that simply weaves its way through “time” – softly carrying you through its lush landscape before fading away from your audio periphery. I’ve written earlier this month about songs that you dissolve with, but this is track that dissolves into you. It’s a track that lulls and calms you for no other reason but it’s blatant “I am sound” message. Andy Warhol once said that if we wanted to know who Andy Warhol was we only need to look at the surface of his paintings and there he was. The same idea goes for this track. If we want to know what music truly is we only need to listen to this track and feel the sound not only washing over us, but becoming us.

Tourist – Your Girl

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Tourist – Placid Acid

I was in search of some new sounds today and guess what I found? A perfect blend of head-bobbing beats with high tones and spacey vocal stuttering to carry me through this day. The repetitive tune that holds true throughout uses the dynamic of a house track, but in a mellow and ambient sort of way.

I actually dislike the world placid. It’s just like moist and cusp for me, really strange to say, uncomfortable. But once I started listening to this song, all of that flew out the window. Tourist, known as William Phillips and formerly known by his producer name, Little Loud, brings us well-crafted, clean sound that travels through levels of space. Maybe it’s just me, but listening to this track feels like venturing on a black hole journey, if one were to know how that felt. To me, it’s like you approach the black hole with caution, look over the edge as if it’s a swimming pool, and just as you’re about to dip your foot in to test the temperature, you’re involuntarily sucked in. But it’s perfect! Because traveling through, you’re entirely conscious of what’s going on around you. There are planets you’ve never seen before, swirling by at lightening speed, and the colors are phenomenal. Green, red, pink, orange, turquoise. You’re in bliss, even though you have no control over how fast you’re traveling, or where you’ll end up.

Then the breakdown happens at 2:39, and things start to slow down. Paranoia sets in for a moment, because you’re uncertain as to whether or not you’ll make it out alive. What will you do? The beat re-drops with a new addition: high-synth. And you realize that it’s all downhill from here, literally, because you are once again traveling at the speed of light and finally you reach the end of the black hole.

You’ve landed exactly where you began, but five minutes into the future. You’ve seen all you needed to see, and now you sit in solace and bliss.

Tourist – Placid Acid