Categories
Music

CHVRCHES – Lies (Tourist Remix)

artworks-000062008968-z9jycy-t500x500-1

 “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)

Categories
Music

CHVRCHES – By The Throat

CHVRCHES seems to be on everyone’s minds as of late. Perhaps it’s their adorable lead singer, Lauren Mayberry, and her spacey-reverberating voice that snakes its way through your brain. Maybe it’s the fact that the other members of the band get really excited, just as adorably excited as she does, when they perform in front of big crowds. The two singers danced and flailed in a way that I can now only associate with CHVRCHES. I saw these lovelies at Virgin Mobile’s Free Fest last weekend in Maryland. If you don’t know about Free Fest, it’s basically a large-scale music festival with tons of great music, vendors, and generally great vibes. Also, it’s all free, attendance wise. They’ve got a cool mission and the entire event donates to a really worthy cause, which you can read about here.

Among the several acts that I came across in the muddy venue that became Merriweather Post Pavilion, CHRVCHES set themselves apart in a lovely way. I suppose it was a little of what I touched on earlier, the excitement of the band-members, that was both charming and modest. But there was something about the performance that felt like it was being given to a small crowd in Brooklyn, intimate yet all-encompassing. It made me feel happy and included. I’m sure you’ve all felt that overwhelming sense of lost-ness while at a music festival, like you’re so far away from the performer (unless you’re one of the few lucky enough to make it to the front or backstage), but that was not the feeling I experienced at all. It probably had something to do with the venue, too.

Other highlights of the festival included a fantastic performance by Vampire Weekend, and a visceral experience with Gareth Emery (coming from someone who really doesn’t get involved with EDM, this is a big statement to make — he did one track that mashed up Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and Annie Lennox’s “Walking on Broken Glass,” which was magical).

CHVRCHES released their latest album yesterday, and in honor of that, I’ve included my favorite track off the album in this post. Enjoy, and if you like it (which I know you will), give the rest of the album a listen. There’s no room for disappointment.

CHVRCHES – By The Throat

Categories
Music

MS MR – Hurricane (CHVRCHES Remix)

Starting to write about a song is the hardest part. When you listen to a song for the first time, you don’t try to analyze why you like it. You just get to be swept up in it. Trying to explain why you like something is always the hardest part, I feel. When I listen to this song, I don’t want to put it under a microscope, I want to get wrapped up in it. When I get a piece of cake, I don’t want to explain why I like it, I am busy eating that piece of cake. This, by the way, is good cake.

MS MR released this track last year, and rereleased it on their debut album Secondhand Rapture which came out in May. The duo creates music that makes you feel lonely and happy and sad and content. If there is one thing I hope our generation of music is known for (let’s all be honest, I think we are still working towards our “rock and roll” type contribution), I hope that it would be the female vocals that have become power houses bridging various genres of music with folk, electronic, pop, and country. These blurred lines in musical genres are keeping things interesting.

This song can be as heavy or light as you like though. Surface value is a catchy dance song (made more so by CHVRCHES remix). But the lyrics read more like the poetry of a tormented lover through the entrancing voice of the lead vocalist.

“Make ash and leave the dust behind
Lady diamond in the sky
Wild light
Glowing bright
To guide me
When I fall
I fall on tragedy

Welcome to the inner workings of my mind
So dark and foul I can’t disguise
Can’t disguise
Nights like this I become afraid
Of the darkness in my heart
Hurricane.”

CHVRCHES took this already amazing song and added their signature synthpop sound. This only adds to the anticipation of their debut album release in late September of this year.

MS MR – Hurricane (CHVRCHES Remix)

Categories
Music

CHVRCHES – Now Is Not The Time

No matter what happens you can’t stop moving forward. If you’re in a trap the best thing you can do is set your eyes on the next thing. The nature of the universe is that nothing is permanent, not in the same form at least. The world around us is in constant flux but humans are gifted and cursed with nostalgia, memories and a strong affection for the past. Who can blame us, reminiscing is like heroin in the way that the very thing that takes the pain away causes it at the same time.

The same thing that make you laugh make you cry,
The same game the make you math could make you die. – Jay-Z

That’s a hard concept to grasp, I don’t fully understand it yet but man there’s so much going on in my life right now that I’m being forced to figure that shit out fast.

For those of you who don’t know, since starting EMPT I’ve become the Creative Director for a company called The Playlist Generation. There’s like 4 people in the world who have my job, I’m a lucky guy and I know it. When Michael (the CEO of TPG) snatched my bagel eating, uptown ranking, Tribeca living, Noctambule party throwing ass from NYC and convinced me to move to LA the company was doing really well. But right now we’re experiencing growth at a level I’ve never personally been a part of and it’s changing everything man. It’s so exciting but with that comes a level of responsibility that’s requiring a complete overhaul in the way I look at everything. Life changes when so many people depend on you, when you need to hit home runs every single day, when you can’t miss a beat, when you’re simply past the age of mistakes and learning without practice.

There’s no such thing as total control but you realize that you need to have your shit together, everything needs to be real, you need to be dependable and everyone around you the same.

I don’t deal with the snakes and fakes, I don’t make mistakes. – Styles P

Music has always been timely for me and if I wasn’t from the Space Age I might have found that too mystical and creepy. Now Is Not The Time by CHVRCHES is no exception, I mean holy shit is this song on the money right now.

Live in fear I cannot be your savior
There is no violence in your heart
Warriors are both time and patience
But you and I are worlds apart…”

The only tattoo I have is on my wrist and it says Fear Nothing. “Live in fear I cannot be your savior” – I’ve spent so much time trying to understand fear that when I see it my body has the most intense reaction to just man up and do what I need to do to get it away from me.

If you pay close attention to the events in your life you can see road signs, everything is connected and if you’re hearts in the right place you know how to move. Our company is dealing with this massive growth challenging times like this expose people more than I ever knew. You quickly see who’s riding with you, who’s really in it for the count, ready to sacrifice for the greater good and stick it through. What’s the cliche saying Pressure makes diamonds? I’ve never appreciated that one more. It becomes less about you and more about the collective, you learn to work and grow together or you fail. There’s no room for fear, there’s no room for excuses of any kind.

Life is short man, you live and you love but when you realize that you can’t stop, you also realize that you can’t wait.

Nothing now can ever come between us
As we hide and watch the city burn
There is much that I still want to tell you
But now is not the time to speak of love”

There’s so much on my mind that I could write a book right now but I have to listen to the music, take my own advice and march to the beat. The whole world is hot under me right now but now is not the time to stop, now is not the time to fear. Enjoy.

CHVRCHES – Now Is Not The Time

Categories
Music

CHVRCHES – Recover

I love this song so much. I won’t say too much about it because I want you guys to feel this in your bones. First try and absorb the lyrics. There’s definitely some space age ethereal vibes going on here, but really internalize these sounds. Then take in the pangs of electro waves that shoot into your ears, in the same way that pangs of light demand your attention. It’s hard to not feel these lyrics in a very real way though.

I’ll give you one more chance say
We can change or part ways
And you take what you need
And you don’t need me.”

This song gets at the pain of recovery. Any sort of recovery from any of life’s troubles. We just want something to hold on to as we spiral down into the hole of darkness and self-realization, but the truth is that we’re perfectly capable of holding our own. The brain is beautiful in so many ways but particularly in the way that it makes you realize this. Some might not see it as beautiful — that usually comes with time and understanding. The comfort is just like anything else, and can be found anywhere else. It’s why we dive head first into self-indulgent activities, hobbies, social lives, etc. And that is the right thing to do. But this song is so spacey. It really embodies this feeling of not wanting to let go but knowing that it’s the best thing to do, for you.

You appear to face the decision I know you fear.”

This song currently plays over the speakers of my apartment while candles offer the only light. It’s that kind of night for the moment. I ask you to indulge for a minute in this song without distraction.

CHVRCHES – Recover

Categories
Music

CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share


In a music scene that’s laden with The Knife wannabes it’s incredibly refreshing to hear a band that takes the aesthetic popularized by the Swedish-duo and makes it their own. Hailing from Scotland, CHVRCHES emerged in late 2011 and slowly crept their way into our ears before exploding into our brains (and subsequently our music libraries) in September 2012 with this track. Their infectious electro-pop sound and Lauren Mayberry’s exquisitely youthful vocals make CHVRCHES a trio to not only watch, but follow.

I confess that I’m late in getting into this band. It’s only been four weeks since I heard this track, and I wish I could remember where I was but that memory escapes me. What’s important is that its stuck with me this whole time. There’s something in the melodic synths that give the track an air of etherealness, but Mayberry’s words and the layer upon layer of synths that grow as the track progresses heavies the sound. As it falls down to earth it latches on to something inside of you and holds on with all its might until you try to shake it off. You can’t get rid of it though, and perhaps that’s a good thing (hell, it’s a fabulous thing). The bittersweet lyrics work in concert with the production to create a lush and joyful soundscape akin to Ellie Goulding’s epic “Anything Can Happen.” It’s about hope; it’s about heartbreak; it’s about clarity. “The Mother We Share” is not simply a story of siblings, but a story of a relationship rooted in — for lack of a better word — life.

The mother we share will never keep your proud head from falling
The way is long but you can make it easy on me
And the mother we share will never keep our cold hearts from calling.”

CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share