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Monthly Archives: March 2013

To Kill a King have quickly become a favorite here at TDV.  Since releasing their debut album Cannibals with Cutlery, To Kill a King have come out with a new video for an old song.  “Funeral” might be their darkest song in meaning; a singer cries out for friendship for the sake of his parents and simply to have people at his funeral.  While the lyrics are somber, the music is actually quite uplifting.  A smooth electric guitar riffs over a boisterous chorus of “coming ’round and coming ’round,” creating an energy so strong it’s easy to forget this song is so morbid.  The video matches the song in an equally bizarre manner.  On the one hand, two parents grieve for their dead son (one with alcohol and tears, the other by reliving old memories), on the other hand there’s a hint of magical realism as the dead son is wheeled around by face-painted children and bridesmaids.  Strange? Yes.  But incredibly beautiful as well.  But, then again, that’s what we’ve come to expect from this amazing band.

-M. Kauf

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Seattle hip-hop continues to roll. This is the first song I’ve heard by Mike Champoux, and I’ve had it on repeat for a couple of days now. On his self-produced track ‘One’ Champoux delivers a nice mix of introspection and inspiration which seems to be a staple of the Seattle underground. The internet is full of aspiring rappers and this is how you separate yourself from the pack. Anyone can rap about women and weed, but it takes courage to paint an honest picture of your life, dreams, and struggles. ‘One’ is the third single off the upcoming project L.I.F.E which drops on the 28th. The other two singles are dope as well so give them a look. Here’s the download.

-Elmar

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Fryars on your own

“Hello it’s only me, I come and go with minimal flair.” So says Ben Garett, the man behind Fryars.  It’s a quiet greeting, a whisper of presence that you can only glimpse before it’s gone.  That’s how the mournful ballad begins, before the beat picks up behind the steady kick-kick-snare of a melancholic drum.  It’s the soulful sound of isolation, of feeling out in the cold.  “On Your Own” Garett’s Ozzy-esque voice melds beautifully with the instruments to create a mix of electronics, rock and perhaps even a little late 50s love ballads.  But what’s most interesting about this song is the pronouns.  As Garett switches between first and second person, we feel at times like listeners hearing the depressing tales of Garett’s loneliness, at other times like the one who is lonely.  If you wanna get down with some blue music, check out the song below and look for the album later this year.

-M. Kauf

Fryars – On Your Own

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I first heard Jhene Aiko on Kendrick Lamar’s Overly Dedicated. She sang a mesmerizing chorus on ‘Growing Apart (To Get Closer)’ and I was hooked. Since then Aiko has been signed to No I.D’s label and on Saturday she released a track produced by the legend himself. ‘Everything Must Go’ features smooth guitar which complements her gentle voice perfectly. With a beautiful voice and jaw-dropping looks, my future wife Jhene Aiko is set to shine. Download the song here.

-Elmar

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Chance the Rapper is a 19 year old phenom hailing from Chicago. Despite residing in a city with a deep pool of talent, Chance managed to gain local, and then national attention with his first project, 10 Day. 10 Day was the result of a ten day suspension from school and it is well worth your time. ‘Acid Rain’ is the first single off his upcoming tape Acid Rap, which drops April 30th. ‘Acid Rain’ features a mellow beat which highlights Chance’s creative lyrics. He’s a deep thinker with a distinct voice, and he seems destined for stardom. Give the young man a listen.

-Elmar

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Meg Mac

A powerful voice that could be compared to many of the great new soul singers popping up as of late, including Adele, Aussie singer Meg Mac knows how to make a song with a message.  Her single “Known Better” starts off simple enough with faint piano and Meg’s voice piercing through, “I didn’t think that I’d be, back here so soon, I should’ve known better,” contemplating her return as drums pound their way into the song like thunder.  While the song starts like a typical love song, Meg Mac the victim returning to a bad relationship, it’s actually quite the opposite.  A lover wants to reunite, maybe start things over again.  Despite his efforts, Mac can’t start again or even leave things alone.  She’s a girl with bad intentions and she knows it.  The best she can hope to do is wake him up, warn him that there’s nothing good for him if he stays.  It’s a sad tale, but coming from Meg Mac’s sultry voice, it’s one that I want to hear over and over again.  Check it out below.

M. Kauf

 

Meg Mac – Known Better

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The Mast never cease to amaze me, coming back stronger and more defined with each new single and their latest, “Emerald” truly is a dark electronic gem.  A slick and slow downtempo beat starts off this hazy song.  Oozing synths come in and out as a voice transports you into a new world, “sitting on an emerald, under the aquarium sky.”  It’s easy to make a solid beat, but it takes a rare group to create one that can blast you through outer-space and into another time and place, a song that you can dance to or just sit and enjoy with stars in your eyes and smoke drifting out of your mouth.  Check it out for yourself below and if you like the song, you can check out the video here or download the single here.

-M. Kauf

 

The Mast – Emerald

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