Wednesday, May 25, 2016

dont get caught sleepin - music

Music has a strong effect on me.  You know how they tend to build up a scenes in movies? Whether its to make you cry, make you wanna skip with happiness or make you scream for the fear of it.  No matter the type of music it is, I will feel all the feelings its trying to bring.

Because of my musical empathy I tend to gravitate towards real chill or upbeat music as my go to.  (I have yet to listen to Adele's new album for fear that it would send me into an emotional tailspin. Don't judge me.)

Here are a few artists that aren't big in mainstream but have great music.  Whenever I just want something familiar where I can count on liking the whole album I reach for these. They don't seem to get old.  Don't get caught sleepin on this music. ;)

Tori Kelly - This girl is soooo underrated for her talent. I COULD NOT believe that Megan Trainor won Best New Artist at the Grammy's (I mean she's not even new anymore) instead of Tori. She is a powerhouse and has some serious vocal control.  Her music has a nice blend of R&B and Pop. I'm dying for her to actually release this one in an album. Her songs are about more than her body and partying so you gotta appreciate that she's bringing something fresh to the table. ;)  Check out Unbreakable Smile and Dear No One. I wanna link more but that will get you a taste.

Us the Duo - I actually heard about this group from their 2014 mashup and had to hear more.  They are a neat mixture of Folk and Pop. I feel like their music has a sweetness to its upbeat tempo.  Their harmony together has this pure, clear tone. They're well known on vine for singing clips of popular songs showing them from the mouth down. I've found the more I know about artists the more I enjoy them and they don't disappoint with humor and quirkiness. Check out No Matter Where You Are (ignore the oddness of the video) and Close To You.

Johnnyswim - You guys, I'm not the fan-girl type.  I'm more the, "these people are humans just like you and me, so all y'all need to chill out."  However, I'm pretty darn close to fan-girling these two.  I learned about them over two years ago and love them more with each new song.  I saw them in concert earlier this year and it was my favorite concert to date. Their's is the first record I invested in and love to throw it on while I'm cleaning or for a lazy afternoon.  Their music has folk, blues, lots of soul and nods at pop. What makes them special is the heart behind their lyrics.  They sing like they mean it and you just can't fake that. Oh and they have harmonies like none other! Check out Diamonds and Make.  (And then get lost in their New Music Monday YouTube Playlist.)  And if you're curious about their name you'll love this (and if you don't fall in love with them after that video there is nothing I can do for you).

Hollyn - Let me just say when you look at the related artists list in Spotify her style is seriously absent which is such a shame. For being her first record and only having six tracks, this album has a good variety of get up and move as well as take it slow and let it hit your heart.  Its got Pop, but not like in the teeny-bopper kinda way which is impressive considering she is 19.  Her music has maturity with solid beats that leave me eager to see how she will grow on her next release. I'm impressed by the soul that comes out in her voice. Check out Alone and Steady Me.

Whoo! That's some major linkage happening up there.  Hope you enjoy.

Now go get lost in some music.

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