Mood Ring Music | January 15, 2018

By Amy Hanna, Production/Radio Promo Coordinator

Happy Monday, 6/8 followers! Thanks for swinging back to the 6/8 Music Blog for another installment of Mood Ring Music. Mood Ring is our weekly blog series curated by me, Amy Hanna, 6/8 Music’s Production/Radio Promo Coordinator and local chromesthete. In this series, five new songs that came out in the past week are assigned a color and a mood (like a mood ring) to signify the connection between music and our other senses.

Here is some of the music (and the colors!) that this week had to offer.

My introduction to Kali Uchis was from her smooth, wistful contributions to Tyler, the Creator’s Flower Boy album. Now, not only is the soulful songstress back with new music, but she brings Tyler, the Creator back along for the ride, along with legendary vocalist Bootsy Collins, on her new song, “After the Storm”. The song treads a delicious, near-perfect balance of new-school freshness and old-school vintage. Uchis’ voice already has quite an old-soul quality about it, regardless of how it’s treated and what instruments support it. The brightness of the production, along with Bootsy Collins’ legendary sound and Tyler, the Creator’s slick verse made for a completely one-of-a-kind experience. This song, much like the vintage funk it is inspired by, is a mood-making, vibey concoction of all the best of new and old.

Kali Uchis’ “After the Storm” featuring Tyler, the Creator and Bootsy Collins is rose for wistful.

Frankie Cosmos is back with a brand new song, “Jesse”. This is the lead single from their forthcoming album, Vessel, which is their first release since 2016, and their first release on Sub Pop Records. The song is characterized by front-woman Greta Kline’s signature clear, soft sound, as well as the soft building energy of the song throughout. The lyrics are visual and evocative as well, as Kline sings about wanting to blend in, to hide, but to contribute, like “a shadow”, or “the scenery”. It swirls around ideas of ending relationships, and the fresh insecurities that come with those endings, all wrapped up in sweet vocals and crunchy guitars.

Frankie Cosmos’ “Jesse” is mint for dreamy.

So long as this blog series is curated by a North Carolinian, Durham-based Sylvan Esso will always be a fixture. The band have been featured on Mood Ring before for their last release, a deeply earnest and heart-rending cover of “There Are Many Ways To Say I Love You” from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Now they’re back with a brand new standalone single, “PARAD(w/m)E”, and it’s an absolute ball of fun. The song (aptly) draws upon community and movement, and the simple, catchy tune is as beautifully simple as it is perfectly uplifting. Nothing better to do on a Monday than turn this song on and just dance.

Sylvan Esso’s “PARAD(w/m)E” is gold for warm.

To me, the best love songs are the epics. What can encompass feelings of love better than huge walls of sound, crashes of drama, and long, drawn out swirls of sound? “Extraordinary Love” by Erika Wennerstrom proves this point tenfold. “Exraordinary Love” is the first song off Wennerstrom’s forthcoming album Sweet Unknown, set for release in March. The song clocks in at nearly seven minutes, and not one second of the song goes to waste as Wennerstrom’s rich vocals reverbate with longing, crooning about the extraordinary love she’s seeking. The song feels like nighttime, like searching, like a familiar journey translated into song, and it’s beautiful.

Erika Wennerstrom’s “Extraordinary Love” is deep purple for romantic.

Melina Duterte, better known as Jay Som, has just given fans a taste of some of the demoed works that didn’t make the cut of her stellar debut album, Everybody Works. One of these two cherished b-sides is “Pirouette”, a jangly, swirling jam that’s bright and hazy. The lyrics yearn and question, but when you’re caught up in the energy and the distortion, it’s hard to capture. But in paying closer attention, you can peel back the layers and really capture the genius that is Jay Som.

Jay Som’s “Pirouette” is yellow for contentedness.

Listen to all Mood Ring Music selections below or by clicking here.

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