Mood Ring Music | July 9, 2018

By Amy Hanna, Production/Radio Promo Coordinator

At long last, Mood Ring Music, the most colorful new music feature on the internet, has returned. 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.

If you’re reading this, you’ve heard a Teddy Geiger song before. She’s one of the most prolific songwriters in modern pop, with credits from acts like One Direction, Icona Pop, and most recently Shawn Mendes under her belt. This past year has been an entirely new chapter for Geiger, having produced some of the biggest hits of her career alongside singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, and for coming out as a trans woman on Instagram this past October. Her freedom shows in her work with other artists, but this past week, she’s shared one of her own tracks, “I Was in a Cult”. The song reeks with rebellion, fuzzy guitars and harsh vocals charging the song forward, making for an unapologetic cry of freedom. A huge congratulations to you, Ms. Geiger, on this new chapter in your musical career. We are certain you’ll be just as unstoppable a force as always, if not more.

Teddy Geiger’s “I Was in a Cult” is bright red for liberated

Chris, the upcoming new album from Christine and the Queens, is already shaping up to be the artist’s sharpest, most inviting work to date–and we’ve only heard two singles. The more recent of the two, “Doesn’t matter”, just dropped last week, with an English version, a French version, and identical corresponding visuals rounding out the release. This song is a personal look into Christine’s inner psyche, dealing with complicated questions about the world at large, and about herself. The track comes up raw and honest, but with a signature, stylish Christine-and-the-Queens-esque punch that’ll leave you dancing in the wake of your own confusion.

Christine and the Queens’ “Doesn’t matter” is blood red for raw.

At 6/8 Music, we are proudly no genre: our signees never align to a specific style, or presentation, or language, for that matter. Beyond our work, our team loves music and artists from across the globe, and that includes a little K-Pop! This addition to the Mood Ring playlist isn’t your typical K-Pop song, because Holland isn’t really your typical K-Pop artist. “I’m Not Afraid” is Holland’s second single, following his sweet, escapist debut, “Neverland”. Holland has been bold his entire journey in the spotlight: he is South Korea’s first openly gay popstar, and he hasn’t shied away from that part of himself for a second. “I’m Not Afraid” sees a growing confidence in Holland, as a pop artist, a performer, and a person. The song explodes with an infectious, anthemic refrain of “I’m not afraid anymore” (which feels great to sing, by the way), and the music video bursts with vibrant color and diversity. All in all, these things are for certain: we love a bit of color, and we love a bit of Holland.

Holland’s “I’m Not Afraid” is electric teal for bold.

Years & Years is a stunningly skilled pop group who perfectly walk the tightrope between confident and anxious, a duality that deeply mirrors society at the moment. The trio’s latest effort, Palo Santo, is full of all the quirks and confidence you’d come to find from Years & Years, with a bit more sparkle and grandeur than their last go-around. “Karma” stands out as a slinky, mid-tempo simmer that’s full of a delicious sort of optimism about it. The tune is a strong stride in and of itself, and Palo Santo as a whole is a beautifully complete, stunningly honest album that stacks up among the best of the year so far. How’s that for good karma?

Years & Years’ “Karma” is deep green for hopeful.

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

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