Berlin Bar Hounds - Le Rambles
With a lead singer, Jacob Borg, that’s a dead ringer for The National’s Matt Berninger’s baritone, it’s not hard to immediately like Berlin Bar Hounds’ Le Rambles. I had to post this in the morning because song reminds me of waking up; a slow growth, gentle piano keys, soft vocals, a culmination of beginnings for more than two minutes, until we reach the chorus. Eyes still raw from sleep, mind awakening, sound growing.
And it all makes sense, considering Borg wrote the song in his bedroom.
If you dig the sound, you can download Le Rambles for free here.
Surreal Saturday (on a Sunday): Saturn Boy - Dream Koala
Dream Koala possesses a familiar quality, along the same vein of XX’s Coexist, but with a newness that hasn’t been tainted by exes or massive radio play. “Saturn Boy” feels like our little cozy, environmentally conscious secret. Dream Koala echoes the type of philosophical questions that sound best when the moon is shining bright.
The space theme is heavy. Plenty of stars and galaxies paint a rather dim picture. “Saturn Boy” is relatable, because most of us have felt alienated. Yet, the song’s gravity defying lightness allows us to feel and be more aware of our impact on the planet without being completely overwhelmed. That is pretty otherworldly, if you ask me.
Thanks to Kalani for the post!
alt-J - Hunger Of The Pine
There is a moment about a minute and a half into alt-J’s lush and intricate new single, when the Miley Cyrus sample plays for the first time, and you can’t help but step back and appreciate the absurdity of it. It shouldn’t work, but of course it does, adding yet another layer to this strange bird of a song. Orchestral, eclectic, tense, and soft, ‘Hunger Of The Pine’ doesn’t come in like a wrecking ball, so much as a breath of fresh air.
PARTYNEXTDOOR feat. Drake - ‘Recognize’
It’s been a big week for The Boy. Drake hosted the ESPY’s to near-universal acclaim, announced the name of his upcoming album (Views From The 6, a reference to his Toronto hometown), was seen in the studio with once-rival Chris Brown, defended himself against accusations of being a “bandwagon fan” (he isn’t; he’s just a supportive friend), paid a six-figure settlement over cribbed lyrics, and picked up Polaris Music Prize and Video Music Award nominations.
On top of that, he contributed a guest verse to this joint by tour and label mate PARTYNEXTDOOR, released in anticipation of the electro-R&B artist’s upcoming EP, out July 29th on OVO Sound.
Swear I’m withholdin’ my urges
'til you get this one-on-one shit
like your name Katie Couric…
Salute by Little Mix should added to that pop feminism playlist but otherwise it's great!
Duly noted (how great is that video?!). There were a lot of great feminist anthems that didn’t get included in the interest of keeping the playlist under an hour. Maybe it’s a theme we’ll revisit again!
Playlist: New Pop Feminism
In the 1990s TLC, Destiny’s Child, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Missy Elliot, Xena: Warrior Princess, and the Spice Girls introduced an entire generation to messages of girl power and gender equality.
Today, new art and artists have taken up that call, from Beyonce to Orange Is The New Black, from Girls to Lorde. Theirs is not the feminism of the 90s; greater attention is paid to issues of intersectionality between gender, race, sexuality, and class, and the influx of the internet and fragmentations in media and culture have changed the feminist landscape. But many of the underlying issues are the same, now told through new voices.
Pop culture can be problematic, but it’s also how a lot of people are first introduced to important ideas. With this week’s playlist, we pay tribute to the feminists making waves here and now, ushering in a new generation of girl power.