After a 2 year hiatus I’m back! So to kick off my return let’s counter that Christmas music bliss with some heavy, heart-crushing music! (Hoo-ray)
The theme for this week is “Weight” since my mind has been quite heavy this last week. Starting with a song many of you have probably heard recently, Sincerity is Scary by The 1975 has been a recent hit, reaching the top of the trending on YouTube with a wonderfully directed music video. Then we have a band following in the footsteps of Matty Healy. Pale Waves is an up and coming band which has been compared directly to the 1975’s style, which is understandable due to the two bands close collaboration. The most famous of collaboration being the music video for Television Romance which was directed by Matty himself! (Fun fact, Pale Waves was in Milwaukee last Friday, although I was unable to get off work to see them)
Moving down the list we have a song many avid YouTube watchers will recognize. Nothing Lasts by Bedroom is a song nearly everyone who delves deep into the indie scene will eventually come across with distant vocals and a catchy riff throughout. Next, we have a band from North Carolina that I found thanks to Spotify the first day I made an account, Rainbow Kitten Surpise. Nearly every song on “Seven Plus Mary” is great, but Black and White is one song which hits me particularly hard. The first words of song remind me of a past relationship and how I still have a photo of her tucked inside her love letter to me.
you’re keepin’ your distance but
I was still hoping that we could be friends
but if that’s too much then
I’ll ask no more than this which we’ve burried
and yes I had one once but I guess she’s married
and yes I have a photograph somewhere
don’t ask I’ll tell if you really wanna know that bad
Now, for another YouTube hit, but one with much deeper lore. Slow Dancing in the Dark is arguably the song which made Joji a name outside of the niche YouTube audience. Featuring a lo-fi heartwrenching melody and emotionally depressing vocals, I find myself listening to it often while looking at the moon on my way out of work, feeling a sense of relatability to the artist. What some listeners may not know is that Joji is also the famous YouTuber Filthy Frank, renown for his universe of crude, but very humorous sketches and characters.
For the penultimate song to finish out this playlist we have Dark Side of Me by Coheed and Cambria. As part of the double album “The Afterman Ascension & Descension” it features the duality of both a real world apology song and an in-universe continuation of the tale of Sirius Amory with his AI “Mother”. The entire double album is worth a listen and if you can’t satisfy your C&C itch you can read the books tied in directly to the concept albums.
Finally, we have a song very near and dear to me. Golden by Fall Out Boy will hit you like a brick wall if even a few words connect with you. Perhaps growing up within a fairly emo friend group sensitized me to Patrick’s tale of lost lovers and mortal enemies, but I feel it beautifully translated the emotions of looking back at your lost connections over the last few years (like I have been this last month). It’s short, it’s not terribly sweet, but I wouldn’t want any other song to be the anchor to my playlist themed around “Weight”.