“Colours of Gold” begins like a tape or a film getting up to speed as if replaying a nostalgic memory from an analog format. The melody is wistful and the lyrics knowing as if from the perspective of someone who has moved on from a former love but a chance encounter brings back memories. Such as how that person likes to see themselves in gilded hues and their life as glamorous but whose reality is neglect of self and of the relationship. The line “You’re never here, lights on no one’s home” speaks much to how the subject of the song isn’t present and more focused on keeping up appearances rather than being a human among other real humans. With a dynamic structure, Paton’s spare yet gracefully written pop song is short at two minutes thirty-nine seconds but it truly captures a specific moment in life vividly. Follow Paton on her Facebook page and listen to the rest of her new EP Early on Spotify
The title of Lochie Earl’s new single “Laugh@urseLF” should be an obvious clue that there is an element of humor involved in the songwriting. But that humor is pointed inward as a reminder to not be an insufferable jerk. Also, to remember that no matter how seriously you may take yourself that won’t change your condition or your personality and that in the end you can’t escape yourself and you may as well accept yourself as you are and have a laugh once in awhile at how your personality can have unpleasant manifestations that you can either find humor in to diminish their power or double down on your ridiculous moments. Musically it’s a dynamic and varied song that begins with a piano figure and rapid fire lyrics that reflect the rush of thoughts and emotion. The piano melody is reminiscent of Blue Oyster Cult’s 1974 song “Astronomy” and that gives it a haunted quality suggestive of maybe being stuck in your own head with the drama around you maybe in no small part existing as a figment of your imagination. Listen to “Laugh@urseLF” on YouTube and follow Lochie Earl on the Gypsys of Pangea Febook page.
LP’s new single “Die For Your Love” bursts with her signature passionate delivery and emotional vulnerability. Yes, the title of the song might be interpreted as a hackneyed and melodramatic premise in pop music. But LP never sounds less than utterly sincere and the triumphant and bombastically expansive dynamic to the song is stirring and imbued with a sense of endless possibilities and hope. Many pop artists write romantic ballads but with “Die For Your Love” one gets a real feeling for the romance of the moment in that sense that one knows the validity of one’s feelings and how the strength of that certainty can inspire you in other ways to work toward positive ends in all areas of your life. Listen to “Die For Your Love” on Soundcloud and follow LP at the link below.
This version of “654” is a remix Mateo Paz did for M0narch’s original in October 2018 and is now available on the COOD Music compilation The Best of COOD. It has the structure and mood of progressive trance which tells you little except that the percussion is soft and moves forward with a mechanical precision with the smallest changes evolving over time and that the melodies over the top are ethereal and instilling a chill mood. But this song is reminiscent of late 70s and early 80s Tangerine Dream in suggesting a cinematic counterpart to the music. Something composed as a companion to an emotional journey. The lightly distorted synths speak of passing through snowy terrain under moonlight contemplating an uncertain future but feeling comfortable with the choice to pursue it. Listen to “654” on Soundcloud and look to the links below to purchase The Best of COOD, to follow Mateo Paz and to further explore the COOD catalog and the labels future releases.
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Jody Glenham seems to be challenging people to step up and act to set things on to a better path on “War On This World” by simply asking what we are feeling about and then what are we doing in the face of the challenges we are collectively facing. The song’s expansive and triumphant progression growing from quiet, even meek, gentle beginnings is like a metaphor for how a movement for positive change can snowball into an unstoppable force from humble origins and individual efforts that grow into global action. The dreamily melodic synth and guitar lines keep pace with the drums which seem to propel the song forward to emotional and sonic heights reminiscent in a way of Lower Dens’ way of getting under your skin in ways you welcome for their mood lifting and energizing effect even as the atmospheres are melancholic. Listen to “War On This World” on Soundcloud and follow Glenham and her band The Dreamers at the links provided.
“Survive,” the new single by Canadian hip-hop duo Black Lion, features contributions from Testament and Ray Robinson. Ostensibly a hip-hop song with the beat structure and sampling you’d expect from someone selecting some tastefully atmospheric sounds to convey a sense of striving and hope against everyday challenges. But the mood and lush tone is more reminiscent of downtempo and trip hop. Maybe it’s the small details Rich Lindo and JR “Heny” Lindo place into the mix like Massive Attack did all over Blue Lines. Little tones and textures to give the beat an internal diversity that is the foundation for the vocal rhythm while also giving the listener that extra hook to draw you in to what the song has to say about maintaining positive mental attitude when too many things in your life including your own mind want to erode your effectiveness as a human to attain even the most modest of dreams. Listen to “Survive” on Spotify and follow Black Lion at the links provided.
Catch a Dinosaur captures that perfect moment as you’re drifting off into a nap and and your mind wanders mixing contemplative reflection and a dreamstate with its single “Maybe You Just Wait.” The shimmering tremolo sound of the guitar and the vocals are reminiscent of Luna’s more chill moments and the way Dean Wareham can say so much with a pithy observation that is neither self-deprecating or aggressive in its analysis of a situation. There is a bittersweet flavor to the song once it gets into the main groove but the mood doesn’t get stuck there and brief guitar solos flare up that propel the song back into its wistfully romantic mood and again before the outro. There are angry breakup songs, this is more a hey maybe things aren’t working now and we need a break sort of vibe. Follow Catch a Dinosaur on Spotify.