“I never thought we could be pistols at dawn,” Seinabo Sey sings defiantly in what can be best described as a betrayal ballad and an imperial declaration. Sey’s voice is unearthly but also full of dirt. She swaggers through the song, taunting, “Is that you reaching or you wanting to run? Stand down or show down baby let’s get this done.”
This week’s Music Monday brought to you by Spotify’s Discover Weekly. The new feature is essentially a 2-hour mixtape based on what you listen to and what else others who listen to the same artists listen to. It’s supposed to be the ultimate “oh, hey, you like that… how about this?!”
My music tastes vary and oscillate–sometimes wildly. I’ve been on an alt rock & rap kick lately and it seems Spotify was listening.
Last week this was my favorite discovery:
Dust – EPISODE (feat. Mree & Topaz Jones)
We want a little dust sprinkled in the cup. We wanna lose control, but not too much. We want to be nowhere, nowhere at all. We don’t want to take more than we see. I don’t know nothing, nothing at all.
And this week a favorite resurfaced:
Doses and Mimosas – Cherub
The first time I heard this song I thought the chorus was saying “dosas and mimosas.” I thought it was an odd combo but was definitely willing to try a south Indian crepes, mimosas and champagne–hold the cocaine, please.
We’ll see how the Discover Weekly evolves as I migrate through my interests but so far so good.
The problem with songs that have no words is that when you can’t remember their titles you are instantly cursed to wait for a eureka moment and a flash of memory. I’ve been thinking of this song for days–the plodding journey it makes, the launch a the end–but couldn’t remember the title. Luckily, it flashed in my mind this morning and I spent most of the day listening to Explosions in the Sky.
Much like an author who takes a detour into a novella to fill the space between big novels, Kid Cudi released Indicud (2013) and Satellite Flight (2014) to bridge the gap between Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (2010) and Man on the Moon III (expected in 2015).
What I like about this EP is the sense of journey. It’s been criticized as being too much of a bridge–existing between two things and standing on nothing–but I don’t mind that the album is adrift. It is perfect to chill (or write, if you’re me) to. It’s heavily instrumental–Kid Cudi gets his rhymes in, but the album rests on subtle beats and themes that give the feeling of space flight, that ethereal
Listen to all 42 minutes of Satellite Flight in one sitting if you can.
If you can’t do the whole thing at once, listen to Satellite Flight, Balmain Jeans, Troubled Boy, and if you’re trying to envision a space journey the instrumental Return of the Moon Man (Original Score).
Long live the pioneers
Rebels and mutineers
Go forth and have no fear
Come close and lend an ear
And I say
Hey, hey hey hey
Living like we’re renegades
I’m pretty excited for this album to come out June 30.