First up, apologies for the lack of posts recently but as you’re probably aware it’s exam season, therefore priorities must be set, however I’ve got a bit of a break until my next set of exams so I thought why not get an article out while I can. After all, I’ve been listening to enough music to both motivate and calm me for these dreaded exams, so it’s not like I’ve got nothing to write about!
#1: The Prodigy – Stand Up
Some emotions just can’t be described in words. The Prodigy, pioneers of the music industry, prove their genius with one of my personal all-time favourites, Stand Up, a pure instrumental that reworks One Way Glass, a 1969 release from Manfred Mann. The build-up of the crescendo in the introduction really creates a chilling atmosphere until the beat kicks in, upbeat and frantic with extra synth being added in throughout, creating an fast tempo with diverse sounds. This song is a real motivator, I even used it as my alarm last year to somewhat get me in the mood for school (must have worked, I didn’t do too bad).
Link to Manfred Mann – One Way Glass: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ2CDjXREIc
#2: Vampire Weekend – Step
Vampire Weekend are certainly an uncommon band, for they represent something different compared to the majority of unwashed, rugged Indie bands that we often see today. The difference is seen so much that during their rise to fame they received much backlash from the media and internet for their apparent ‘priveledged’ image. Not only this, but at times they were never the ‘easiest’ band to listen to, with very implicit lyrics that can refer to the most obscure things like whole songs pumped full of references about one of lead vocalist’s Ezra Koenig’s abandoned film projects (see Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa and Walcott). But don’t mistake this for any sense of dislike, I’m actually a rather big fan of Vampire Weekend’s earlier stuff, and an even bigger fan of their latest album released just last week, Modern Vampires of the City. Their sound seems to have matured along with the band members themselves, especially when looking at the lyrics of Step, my personal favourite from the new album. The presence of various references still remain amongst the lyrics which can be daunting at times, but if you research them up then the album really does become that little bit more enjoyable (check rapgenius.com for some really good deciphering of the meanings behind Koenig’s lyrics). There’s no doubt whatsoever that Koenig, a major in English Literature in his arsenal, is a very clever lyricist, however it’s a shame that this could probably end up deterring people due to it’s pure complexity.
The gloves are off, the wisdom teeth are out
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