By Amy Hanna, Production/Radio Promo Coordinator
Our holiday long weekend (and consequent Mood Ring Music hiatus) has passed, so it’s time to shake off the dust on the internet’s most colorful new music feature and get back to sharing all those saturated slappers. To those who are new to the Mood Ring Music feature, or those who haven’t been around in a while, 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 sensory perceptions of the song upon first listen.
Here are some of this week’s best songs, and their many, many colors.
There’s a lot of love songs out there, that’s for sure. Even still, I think we could do with a few more good ones. That being said, I’m not exaggerating when I say that “Love Ya!”, the latest single from Korean indie outfit HYUKOH, is one of the sweetest love songs I’ve heard in a long, long time. The song never tries to be too much, too big, uses warm, fuzzy guitars and a delightfully reckless repeated hook of “I love ya!” to make its message abundantly clear. The music video only adds to the song’s warmth, showing off all different kinds of people, all different kinds of love, all unique and beautiful in their own ways. Equal parts grandeur and simple comfort, fantastically bright and earnestly real, this song filled in all the gaps in my heart upon first listen, made me feel warm all over in that perfect springtime sort of way. I hope it makes you feel that way, too.
HYUKOH’s “Love Ya!” is orange-red for joyful.
Every New Music Friday, when the flood of new music releases pour in, there’s always been That One Album that captures my attention, earning playback after playback from Friday to Sunday. This weekend, The Future And The Past by Natalie Prass was That One Album. According to Prass herself, this album was the product of the 2016 presidential election, and of all the constant horrors Americans have had to face as of late. On “Oh My”, Prass croons, “Seems like everyday we’re losing/When we chose the read the news “, a pleasantly overt lament of the times we’re in. “Oh My”, like a lot of songs on The Future And The Past, calls upon 70’s soul sonics to bolster Prass’ sugary sweet, airy vocals. This song is a banger, but frankly, every track on this album is an absolute winner.
Natalie Prass’ “Oh My” is pink for inquistive.
My own personal framework of Maggie Rogers is built around my first impression of her. Watching the footage of the multitalented, endlessly successful artist/producer Pharrell stunned speechless at Rogers’ song “Alaska” during an NYU masterclass is a powerful testament to her artistry, and just how natural that artistry is. Maggie Rogers has just returned with her latest effort, “Fallingwater”, and her innate ability to weave the power of nature into her soundscapes, her vocals, and her performance is nothing short of mesmerizing. Her voice floats and soars, carries endless power over self-reflective, aching lyrics. From the song itself to its corresponding visual, Maggie Rogers’ latest is as natural, powerful, and reflective as water.
Maggie Rogers’ “Fallingwater” is red for powerful.
Music really is a series of choices, if you think about it. A message needs to be conveyed (a musical one, a lyrical one, it doesn’t really matter), and the artist must choose how to best embed whatever message they’re trying to convey, with the appropriate mix of sounds, order of words, intake of breaths, quickness of tempo. We rarely get the opportunity to hear musician’s ideas in the context of any other series of choices than those selected for the final studio version of the song, sometimes a variated live version. Which is why St. Vincent’s latest, “Fast Slow Disco”, is such a treat. The penultimate track of St. Vincent’s unapologetic and triumphant Masseduction has gotten a makeover, and the result is a fast-paced, ever-still achy glittery dance tune that feels positively new. The amped up 808s bring a whole new melancholy to the song, a unique and previously unexplored loneliness that the original track did not convey in quite the same way. Fans rarely get the opportunity for this kind of fresh glimpse into an artist’s intentions, getting access to a whole new array of ideas, messages, choices, and “Fast Slow Disco” is a real treat for that reason.
St. Vincent’s “Fast Slow Disco” is blue for melancholy.
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