Mood Ring Music | March 12, 2018

By Amy Hanna, Production/Radio Promo Coordinator

Happy Monday, 6/8 Music followers! To those who are new here, or those who need a refresher, Mood Ring Music is 6/8 Music’s weekly new music feature wherein I, Amy Hanna, local chromosthete, select five new songs from the past week and assign them a color and a mood based upon my color perceptions of the song upon first listen. This week’s selections are widely varied, and altogether colorful, like always. However, this edition of Mood Ring Music is a special one, as it marks 100 songs that we’ve reviewed on this feature. Here’s the our first 100 colorful mood ring additions, and to hundreds more.

Here are five of this week’s best songs, and their many, many colors.

“Dive” is the second single release off Beach House‘s forthcoming album of the same name, following the gorgeous, hazy first single, “Lemon Glow”. “Dive” is effervescent brightness in two acts: the first, a hazy interlude led by organs, echoey guitar strums, and swirling synths. The song clears away and truly soars around the 2:20 minute mark, when energetic drums and infectious guitar riffs kick up to create a whirlwind of sound. “Dive” moves steadily, dizzyingly, and its colors move too, scaling from rusty and vintage to the clearest, brightest white. The song feels like the band’s most triumphant to date, making for an exciting taste for the rest of the new record.

Beach House’s “Dive” is yellow-to-white for exuberant.

Nothing excites me more than a concept video. The universes surrounding a piece of music can instantly enhance the sounds themselves, and with the case of “Sanctify”, the latest from British pop trio Years & Years, this is absolutely true. The music video finds lead singer Olly Alexander in some kind of audition in a future metropolis setting, where he dances to the sensual, futuristic “Sanctify”.  The song itself marries the “pure” themes of religion with the darkness of forbidden sexuality. “Sanctify” is the gate-opener to Years & Years’ highly anticipated second album, one that is sure to be a rich, haunting universe all its own.

Years & Years’ “Sanctify” is blood red for mysterious.

British pop songstress Lily Allen is no stranger to headlines, and found herself on quite a few earlier this year when she spoke out against male-dominated festival rosters (and more power to her). Allen has not been quiet, per se, but it’s been a while since she’s released new music, and “Higher” is one of two new singles that marks the pop star’s return to music since her last album, Sheezus. “Higher” utilizes Allen’s signature soft lilt, but the entire song feels more delicate than anything she’s released in a while. While Lily Allen’s ferocity is part of her magic, it’s undeniably lovely to hear pure sweetness from her.

Lily Allen’s “Higher” is lilac for dreamy.

Australian pop princess Betty Who knows how to write a hit banger better than most, but this time around, she’s doing things a bit differently, all on her own terms. The newest Betty Who project is being released completely independent, a bold move from the artist formerly under a major label. It seems like the independence is paying off, if her amazing new music is any indication. “Look Back” is Betty Who’s second single off her upcoming LP, and it’s a glitzy, reggae-infused kiss-off to a “friend” who is definitely interested in being something more. The song glows with confidence, and has all the trappings of a summer smash.

Betty Who’s “Look Back” is red for bold.

Jenny Lee Lindberg, singer and bassist of the band Warpaint, is not new to releasing solo material. However, “Love Leaks”, the first single off her upcoming album LoveLaws, marks her first time striking out on her own under the stage name TT. “Love Leaks” clocks in at 6 minutes, which is a bit shocking given how infectious and driving the entire song is. The song crashes and wanes in waves, with lackadaisical moments and powerful ones interweaving into each other. Hip-hop beats become jazz drums, vocals point sharp before fading away into echoey oblivion. “Love Leaks” is an absolute journey, and I can guess that the rest of LoveLaws will be, too.

TT’s “Love Leaks” is blue-grey for hazy.

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