Mood Ring Music | April 23, 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 some 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.

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

Nothing makes for a richer musical experience than a rebirth, and to say Ariana Grande has experienced a rebirth would be an understatement. In the wake of the world-shaking terrorist attacks at a Manchester concert, the singer was left understandably shaken. In moments like these, in the wake of such tragedy, any kind of comeback proves superhumanness. Not only has Ariana Grande come back with one of her most dynamic, empowering tracks, she’s done so following the kind of experience that debilitates (and again, understandably so!). Upon her return, Ariana could have released a cathartic, aching ballad (we would have loved that, too), or could have hidden away for so much longer to heal and grieve. Instead, she’s offered up a crystal clear, unapologetic dance tune, packed with angelic vocals and a soaring hook that suits a raucous night out or an introspective night in. In such a dark hour, when simply getting back out there is a feat, Ariana Grande has managed a track with such stunning duality, we can’t help but feel inspired.

Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left To Cry” is lilac for refreshed.

Kimbra‘s latest, Primal Scream, is a beautiful display of sonic acrobatics and stunning layering. “The Good War” represents the best of these qualities, with quirky vocal breaks, prismatic chimes, and gorgeous use of air, of wide open space. With music like Kimbra’s, it’s almost difficult to pin it to just one color. Her music carries so much in it, so much texture and life; it’s more like an entire garden than a single flower petal. However, the ferocity in her lyrics draws out red. “The Good War”, which, to my understanding, seems like the fight we’re all engaged in, one that aligns with our beliefs where we can be energized by our own passions, feels bright and hopeful, while still remaining fierce and primal.

Kimbra’s “The Good War” is coral red for fierce.

So many of us have been in the situation that gobbinjr outlines in her latest single, “fake bitch”. The “fake bitch” in question is a man making unwanted sexual advances, and Emma Witmer’s lyricism here leaves no space for this man to be anything but vilified. There’s something so refreshing about a song that is so clearly full of disdain, because there is absolutely no sympathy to be had for predators. “fake bitch” carries its power in all that honesty, all that disgust, while still maintaining a light, breezy quality about the music. Still, there’s much healing to be felt when someone is able to describe the sludginess of an unwanted advance in an empowering way, and “fake bitch” accomplishes this skillfully.

gobbinjr’s “fake bitch” is deep green for disgusted.

Fiona Apple‘s “I Can’t Wait To Meet You” comes from Hopes And Dreams: The Lullaby Project, a compilation of new studio songs written by mothers in hospitals, homeless shelters, schools, and prisons, and sung by artists. “I Can’t Wait To Meet You” begins with spoken word by the song’s co-writer, Solangie Jimenez, all honey-voiced and sweet. The song is minimalist and gentle, Apple’s voice is backed by lilting, soft instruments, her voice natural, even breaking in moments. “I can’t wait to meet you/The world will be different and new,” she croons earnestly, as if a newborn baby is right in front of her. The song holds the same kind of wonderment and purity of new life.

Fiona Apple’s “I Can’t Wait To Meet You” is pink for joyful.

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

*gobbinjr’s “fake bitch” will be added to our playlist as soon as it becomes available to stream on Spotify.

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