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Retro Culture – Weekend

Weekends are precious to me, a young 20-something “professional” who works the traditional 9-5 office job. I finally understand what “living for the weekend” means! I cram most of my life into those 8 days a month, sometimes sacrificing a vacation day in order to extend a weekend trip. Who really wants to fly to San Francisco and spend only 2 days there? Or anywhere lucrative for that matter? One of the hardest transitions from college was giving up my 3-day weekends! Two days isn’t enough time to relax and get sh*t done! Seriously! Who can I write a letter to about this? C’est la vie unless I start working for myself. One day…

Two days makes weekends more cherishable, to say the least. Priorities start to arise. Who will we spend these precious hours with?

Tell me where you’re going tonight. Maybe we can meet there

Retro Culture, a one-man band comprised of Matt Connelly, blends electronic sounds with hip-hop percussion in this slightly addictive track, “Weekend”. I particularly enjoy the voice manipulations that introduce the song during the first 30 seconds and extend fleetingly throughout the remainder of the song. Matt’s mellow voice mixes well with the dreamy synth. It sounds like it would perfectly fit into a love story about two lost souls, yearning for each other yet both unsure of its longevity. They met on a friday night, had a weekend fling, and didn’t expect it to get so deep. There was surely a connection, which neither party can forget. There’s a niggling feeling, as the next weekend rolls around, that they both feel; they both want to feel that spark again. They carry on as friends, but there’s an unspoken bond which neither has the courage to address. So they just go through the motions, knowing that each subsequent weekend is an opportunity to tighten the unspoken bond.

I don’t wanna see the end of this.

Take advantage of those two short days! Do you want to spend your precious weekend living in comfort and habit, binge watching Netflix and eating frozen pizza? Or will you be living novel experiences, possibly with a new companion?

A little fun for the weekend. 

Retro Culture – Weekend

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Monarchy – It Must Be Love

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Aren’t we over the whole “hide my face to boost interest in my music” thing? Or is it, “hide my face to make a statement that no one actually gets but just nods along anyway”?

Daft Punk is allowed to do it, because they invented it and have done it big. Those helmets ain’t cheap, and pre-helmet they did some freaky shit to keep their mugs out of the press room.

New artists out there: stop. It doesn’t make you cool.

I’m not talking about artists who keep their identities secret. That actually is cool, and totally understandable. Sustainable? Not unless you’re Banksy, who is definitely paying people off. Even Burial wanted to play live eventually (though the fact that he, with his music and creepy same-nameness  to a funeral director, was unknown for so long was perfect).

You know what is cool? Good art. If you make it, they will stream.

Monarchy are caught in a weird in-between state of face-coverage. Their identities are known, and they are regularly photographed without costume. But in all official photos, they are obscured. I guess they perform in face paint, which is played out but still allowed.

Luckily they are saved from their confusion by excellent music. “It Must Be Love” is a slice of juicy synth pop served on a platter of onyx rhinestones that will worm its way into your psyche. Imagine a happier Presets, or a better Bravery, two bands in the same vein (please, Monarchy, don’t be offended by the Bravery comparison. I know that might seem harsh).

It must be love
 With a boxing glove
 It must be love.”

Monarchy – It Must Be Love

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Pinemarten – I Can See

Now this is a nice thing to wake up to here. You know when you have those phases, weeks or even days were you feel like the days are moving at the speed of light? It’s so easy to get caught up in the routine. Even if your routine doesn’t seem monotonous to those around you, you yourself can get caught up with trying to be something else.

Sometimes you just need a change of perspective to see better. Nothing drastic, something like giving yourself ten minutes to enjoy a breeze, or  giving yourself three minutes (oh yeah three whole minutes) to play a song while not trying to think of anything else, anyone else, except the echo-y voices and synths on this track. It reminds me of some Kavinsky tracks that just ooze you away. The British musician’s EP “Can’t go back again” is that perfect combination of slow dance synth pop that keeps you floatin’ on a lazy Sunday morning.

Is this what you want, or is this all pretend?”

Banging your head with questions and doubts blurs out the moments. And sometimes you need that, relax, and refocus time.

 Pinemarten – I Can See