By Amy Hanna, Production/Radio Promo Coordinator
Happy Monday, 6/8 Music followers, and welcome back to Mood Ring Music! 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.
Here are five of this week’s best songs, and their many, many colors.
Sofi Tukker is the musical superforce of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern. You may recognize their groovy, infectious sound from their hit single “Best Friend”, which was featured just about everywhere, from iPhone commercials to FIFA soundtracks. Now, they’ve struck out with “Baby I’m A Queen”, the lead single off their debut full-length, Treehouse, set for release next month. “Baby I’m A Queen” is lush and unapologetic, ear-catching from the start as a gritty guitar offering that blooms into a full-fledged dance bop. The track shows off incredible range from the band, lyrically in its blatant honest and vocally in all its variety from lows to highs. One thing’s for certain: amidst all their range, Sofi Tukker know their sound, which has us waiting with baited breath for their debut LP.
Sofi Tukker’s “Baby I’m a Queen” is hot pink for bold.
For regular readers of our feature, you’ll know that there’s a major dearth of metal on Mood Ring Music. Well, no longer. War on Women are one of the most exciting musical acts of the moment, genre be damned. Their latest release, “Lone Wolves”, is as timely and relevant as all the band’s other incredible songs, this one in particular focusing on gun policy. In light of recent instances of gun violence in America, War on Women cement their stance clearly, and with undeniable fire. In moments of sheer hopelessness, it is unspeakably valuable to have a band like War on Women speaking up loudly and proudly.
War on Women’s “Lone Wolves” is dark red for angry. *
Snail Mail is taking the indie world by storm, and we couldn’t be more here for it. The Philly-based outfit bridge classic emo stylings with fresh indie rock sensibilities together to create sounds that are nostalgic and brand new all at once. “Pristine”, the band’s latest single, is one of their most evocative by far, with lingering lyrics like, “Is there anything better than coming clean?” calling listeners to undivided attention. The song feels wholly listless, maybe even annoyed, and it’s deeply refreshing and real coming from lead singer Lindsey Jordan, who cites her time in the music scene as somewhat disenchanting, even in light of all of Snail Mail’s newfound success. “Pristine” is honest, and it’s memorable, as all indie classics must be.
Snail Mail’s “Pristine” is light blue for restless.
UK pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma prove one cardinal truth: teens are better than adults at art. Period. “Falling Into Me” is the latest single from Let’s Eat Grandma, and it’s smooth, 80’s dreampop goodness that’s tangible, tumbling, and oh-so-catchy. The song feels experimental at moment, but at the same time all the sonic decisions feel deeply sensical. Even still, there’s a sweet clumsiness about the tumbling synths, an honesty in the vocals tinged with strong, uncovered accents. Listening to Let’s Eat Grandma’s full discography, there’s an undeniable cohesion there, but in the same breath, you can hear the opportunity for change, for vibrant growth. You can hear their youth in the music, and it’s perfect.
Let’s Eat Grandma’s “Falling Into Me” is seafoam for dreamy.
British singer-songwriter George Ezra is known for a few things: he writes music about his travels, and the man can write as memorable a chorus as anyone. “Saviour” is a new track on Ezra’s sophomore album Staying At Tamara’s, and its chorus (“All of me is all for you/And all I have to give is not enough”) leaves a lasting sting long after his final note is sung. Ezra is joined by the powerhouse ladies of First Aid Kit, embedding his rich vocals with bittersweet harmonies that soar. The lyrics of this song are visual and resolute, the instrumentation full-bodied and transcendent. “Saviour” is one of the more melodramatic moments on George Ezra’s latest, and frankly, the melodrama suits him.
George Ezra and First Aid Kit’s “Saviour” is indigo for sorrowful.
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* War on Women’s “Lone Wolves” is not yet available on Spotify, so it will not be available on our playlist at this time. Please stream the song via their official YouTube video, linked above.
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