It’s been well over a month since my last “Current Jams” post, so instead of whining about how I’m PMSing and my descent back into self-hatred and depression, I’ll provide you, hopefully, with some new music to listen to.
- “The Blackest Day” – Lana Del Rey. I was not disappointed by Lana’s latest album, Honeymoon. A couple of the songs don’t really work for me, but that can be said for almost every album by every artist I’ve ever heard. This song is longer, just over 6 minutes. I think it’s beautiful. Her vocals are gorgeous on this song, and this song seems very personal yet not too personal that I can’t enjoy it for myself. The switching tones in both vocals and the musical accompaniment works very well. I highly recommend this song and the full album.
- “Lazarus” – Porcupine Tree. A new band to me (and a band that goes pretty far back and has an extensive discography), and one I haven’t paid too much attention to, but this one song has grabbed me. Well, I love anything involving the word “lazarus” (one of my previously recommended songs was “Lazarus” by David Byrne & St. Vincent). These lyrics are very deliberate and lovely, and the vocals are soothing and soft, and I dig the piano mixed in, as that’s not something I hear very often with alternative/indie bands (aside from Keane, who always uses a piano).
- “Shots” – Imagine Dragons. I actually quite like Imagine Dragons. They’re one of those new-ish alternative bands who is really good at creating very catchy, pop-esque songs, and this is one of them. As cliche as some of the lyrics may be, I think they’re astute and relatable. It has the lyrics of what could be a very sad-sounding song but instead, it sounds motivating and forgiving.
- “Bad News” – Kanye West. I can’t believe this song is from Kanye’s FOURTH album. My most favorite songs of his are all off 808s and Heartbreak, and sometimes I wish he’d experiment with going back to that sound and the very personal-to-him lyrics and simple vocals. I bet a lot of you have already heard this. I didn’t get into Kanye until a couple years ago, and although I am not a fan of him, I am a fan of his music.
- “The Art of Dying” – Gojira. I think I’ve mentioned Gojira before but I hope it wasn’t this song. This was the first Gojira song I ever heard, and man, it set off a love affair. Gojira’s lyrics are some of the best in metal, in my opinion, and their sound is very unique. This song’s build-up is anxious and intense, and then the explosion of guitars and drums, and then the unrelenting vocals, almost desperate-sounding. Really, listen to this song. It’s on my “I Want To Die To This/Play At My Funeral” playlist (which might make a good blog post, too…).
- “Candidate For Suicide” – Hank III. I used to listen to a lot of country back when I was a stoner. It’s good stuff. This song, I’ve noticed, I tend to play around autumn. That makes sense – I get more depressed once autumn hits. I’ve always called this song one of my “anthems” because, well, it’s spot on. “No self-esteem to make me proud, antisocial, depressed, and cursed. / Well I hope I feel better when I’m riding in that hearse / and all my emotions have left me / and I no longer hurt.” Is that not me? It’s me.
- “Nobody’s Baby Now” – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. I hope you all know by now, I fucking love Nick Cave, and this album, Let Love In, is one of my all-time favorite records. Mr. Cave is a lyrical master, in my opinion. I mean, most songs are about love, but not many of them are this well-done. Also, he puts a twist on his love songs because they’re quite dark. Wanna cry about an ex-girlfriend? This is the song for you. I’d also recommend a cigarette and a glass of the liquor of your choice to go along with that cry.