Mood Ring Music | February 12, 2018

By Amy Hanna, Production/Radio Promo Coordinator

It’s just another manic Monday, but don’t get too stressed, because Mood Ring Music is back once again to make things colorful. To refresh your memory on what we do here (or if you’re new here), Mood Ring Music is 6/8 Music’s weekly new music feature wherein our local chromosthete, Amy Hanna, selects five new songs from the past week and assigns them a color and a mood based on her own color perceptions of the song upon first listen.

Here are five of this week’s freshest songs, in all their colorful glory.

Here at Mood Ring, we love a lot of things: we love cover songs, we love women covering women’s songs, we love St. Vincent, we love Rihanna, we love SZA… Now imagine if all those things came together. Sounds mind-blowing, right? Right. The ever-incredible St. Vincent stopped by Spotify studios recently and recorded a gritty, minimalist cover of “Consideration”, the opening track to Rihanna’s critically acclaimed album, ANTI. On the original song, Rihanna and collaborator SZA croon on a heavier, driving beat. On St. Vincent’s version, we hear Annie Clark’s vocals and heavily distorted guitar work, and that’s it. St. Vincent’s minimalist reimagining of the song really brings the confident lyrics of the song front-and-center in a supremely beautiful way.

St. Vincent’s cover of Rihanna and SZA’s “Consideration” is deep red for sultry.

It’s been a while since we’ve had an update from the gutsy noughties duo Daphne & Celeste, but they’re back with a shimmery 80’s-reminiscent banger, “BB”. The return was met with a lot of excitement and raised eyebrows alike, but the fact of the matter is, the song may actually be one of the strongest singles the duo have put out in their entire career. Gone are the vitriolic (albeit very witty) insults, and in its place are glimmering synths and undeniable energy (but with a fair bit of sass. It’s still Daphne & Celeste). Just the right amount of electronic treatments and crazy catchiness, this song picks up where Daphne & Celeste left off, and pulls them up into altogether new heights.

Daphne & Celeste’s “BB” is electric pink for bold.

“Keep It Out” is the lead single from Half Waif‘s upcoming brand new album, Lavender (we’re loving that the album’s title already implies that the music will be colorful, by the way). “Keep It Out” is intense and swirling, grounded in Rose Plunkett’s ethereal, yet demanding vocals that are layered so richly and fully. The corresponding visual to the song swirls in equally dizzying, powerful measure, the dancers on screen working in tandem with Plunkett’s anxious sentiments about isolation. Like all the best music, “Keep It Out” is a multi-sensory experience, drawing upon visuals and textures to make the music itself all the more powerful.

Half Waif’s “Keep It Out” is lavender 😉 for mysterious.

London-based Nilüfer Yanya has returned with her first single since last year’s hazy, beautiful “Baby Luv”. The singer-songwriter’s latest, “Thanks 4 Nothing”, is confident in an entirely new way than we’ve seen Yanya before, while also drawing upon honest heartache. There’s a matter-of-factness to Yanya’s unwavering, wistful lilt–she knows things are ending, she’s acknowledging her hurt, but she gets the last word: thanks, for nothing. There’s something compelling about that quiet confidence in a heartbreak song, something that’s really irresistible throughout this song, and all of Nilüfer Yanya’s work. We at 6/8 Music are excited to see where this interesting new talent goes next.

Nilüfer Yanya’s “Thanks 4 Nothing” is periwinkle for melancholy.

“Worth It” is the latest from Portland rising star Haley Heynderickx. To put it simply and succinctly, this song has magical healing powers. Seriously, Heynderickx’s sweet, soft vocals are straight witchcraft, the therapeutic exhaling breath after a shaky inhale in. “Worth It” feels dramatic, while also feeling fairly sparse, with just some warm guitar work, a bit of scattered percussion, and That Voice. Where so many songs need layers and layers of sound, of noise, Haley Heynderickx needs so little to entrance the listener.

Haley Heynderickx’s “Worth It” is pale green for calm.

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

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