Friday Song of The Week – Fly for Your Life

Dear Chris and Listener,

Thank you for Safe From the Storm. As you said, it’s’ brief and simple. And it’s exactly what we need some times. Something to hit the pause button of your life, and take you somewhere pleasant. After a rather stressful week, this song took me to a desolate beach still wet from the rain were anthropomorphized sea turtles played Caribbean steel drums.

My suggestion for this week is Gunship’s Fly For Your Life. It’s a synthwave track, and though I am not much of a fan for the genre, the synergy of the visuals and music is the best combination of sound and animation I’ve seen in yet. A pair of pilots fight for their lives across the skies as love lyrics seamlessly compliment every beat in the visual narrative. This is more or less a Masterclass on how to shoot and animate an action sequence. And not just in the superb way in which the tension and stakes mount, but also on how to infuse poetry in something so high-octane and violent.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The track list for February:

Fly For Your Life by Gunship

Friday Song of The Week – Nostalgia

Dear Chris and listener,

I enjoyed The Gallant Gentleman’s track. It wandered pleasantly for a while and then it built up its spectacular climax.

It reminded me of my first time I listened to Post Rock. The first song I ever stumbled upon from the genre, and as luck would have it by its better practitioners, was Nostalgia by Mono. Mono is a Post Rock band from Tokyo, Japan formed in 1999. They’ve released nine studio albums in the seventeen years they’ve been active, of which I would definitely recommend Hymn to the Immortal Wind (2009)ย andย For My Parents (2012).ย 

As most Post Rock songs, Nostalgia seems lost for a while. The musicians are searching in the dark for something that speaks back to them. They grasp a thin thread, and slowly they start weaving. The song builds up energy and tension as it takes you through the musicians’ psychedelic imaginations.

The link I’ve shared is a little on the quiet side, so I would suggest maxing out your volume controls. I would provide a better source, but this is truly them at their best, and well worth the risk of an accidental Skype message puncturing an ear drum.

I would recommend this song be listened to in a dark room with a slow heart rate, and an open mind.

โ€œFind Meโ€ by Marcus D (Ft. Jun)

โ€œHideโ€ย by FKA Twigs

โ€œI Am Hereโ€ by Funky DL

โ€œEl Pescadorโ€ by Banda Magda

โ€œEmpiresโ€ by Electric Swing Circus

โ€œJungleโ€ by Tash Sultana

โ€œNever Knew a Thing (Live)โ€ by Kileza

โ€œTime of Extinctionโ€ (์†Œ๋ฉธ์˜ ์‹œ๊ฐ„) by Jambinai (์ž ๋น„๋‚˜์ด)

โ€œHi-Lightsโ€ byย Savlonic.

โ€œCommon Groundโ€ by Kognitif ft. The Mic Jordon

โ€œBelieveโ€ by Kenichiro Nishihara ft. Cise Starr

โ€œGerudo Valley (Metal Version)โ€ by Machinae Supremacy

โ€œBloody Tearsโ€ by Naoto Shibata Project

โ€œSatting Sail Home (End Theme)โ€ by Darren Krob

โ€œOri and The Blind Forest (Main Theme)โ€ by Gareth Coker

โ€œA Gallant Gentlemanโ€ by We Lost The Sea

Nostalgia” by Mono

Friday Song(s) of The Week

Dear Chris and listener,

I wholeheartedly accept your invitation to dig up some of the musical gems of my video game past. Back when we didn’t know what was good, what was sophisticated, and what was bad. Back when a single song could be the very anthem of the gods, and when played would manifest an instant high-score.ย  Also, being the work of divine beings, it could never be worn out, even when played 18 times on repeat.

This was a difficult decision for me, as there are definitely several. The Naoto Shibata Project’s Bloody Tears rendition of the Castlevania soundtrack definitely came to mind first. And by all accounts it’s a worthy choice. It’s quick and electrifying, and it can leave you in no other possible mindset than that of fighting your way through the Army of The Night. It’s a track that was shown to me back in my impressionable years, and regardless of how much my music tastes have changed since then, it’s vividly stayed with me since.

In more recent times, an honourary mention has to be given out to Bastion: a game in which the soundtrack and narration can truly be called integral and enriching to the gaming experience on par with the classically core elements like gameplay, graphics, and narrative. Darren Krob made this game a lifetime favourite of mine, and I strongly encourage you to check out the whole game’s soundtrack as it’s pretty much a narrative in itself. It is greatly varied in its used of instruments, tempo, and composition. But for a taste, eat your dessert first, and try the closing track of the OST: Setting Sail Home (End Theme).

And for the closing curtains, I want to take you by the hand and show you the truly magical world of Ori and The Blind Forest. When playing it, it’s hard to tell exactly how, but the game takes you to that secret, vulnerable place you had as a child. The visuals, and pacing of the narrative definitely do their part in getting you there, but I think the music does the lion’s share of the work in making you feel submerged into something so beautiful and vulnerable. I’ll let Gareth Coker’s Ori And The Blind Forest (Main Theme) say the rest.

Our track list:

โ€œFind Meโ€ by Marcus D (Ft. Jun)

โ€œHideโ€ย by FKA Twigs

โ€œI Am Hereโ€ by Funky DL

โ€œEl Pescadorโ€ by Banda Magda

โ€œEmpiresโ€ by Electric Swing Circus

โ€œJungleโ€ by Tash Sultana

โ€œNever Knew a Thing (Live)โ€ by Kileza

โ€œTime of Extinctionโ€ (์†Œ๋ฉธ์˜ ์‹œ๊ฐ„) by Jambinai (์ž ๋น„๋‚˜์ด)

โ€œHi-Lightsโ€ byย Savlonic.

โ€œCommon Groundโ€ by Kognitif ft. The Mic Jordon

โ€œBelieveโ€ by Kenichiro Nishihara ft. Cise Starr

โ€œGerudo Valley (Metal Version)โ€ by Machinae Supremacy

Bloody Tears” by Naoto Shibata Project

Satting Sail Home (End Theme)” by Darren Krob

Ori and The Blind Forest (Main Theme)” by Gareth Coker

Common Ground – Friday Song of the Week

Dear Chris and listener,

While 80’s synthwave is definitely not my music of choice, I do appreciate the time capsule that Hi-Lights is. And since you mentioned Vice City, I couldn’t watch the music video without wondering when the cops were going to show up, or whether or not she was going to stop to pick up a hooker or two.

This week I am going to share with you something rather high up on my musical taste buds. Kognitif’s Common Ground ft. The Mic Jordan is one of my favourite tracks from one of my favourite albums. As a world-class DJ, he layers multiple melodies and progressions over his track with seeming ease. You feel like you’re listening to multiple songs at the same time, and in the best possible way. I stumbled upon this glorious mishmash of hip-hop, trip-hop, funk, and jazz, last year. It has been one of my top go-to albums since then.

Hope this gets your foot nodding.

The track list so far:

โ€œFind Meโ€ by Marcus D (Ft. Jun)

โ€œHideโ€ย by FKA Twigs

โ€œI Am Hereโ€ by Funky DL

โ€œEl Pescadorโ€ by Banda Magda

โ€œEmpiresโ€ by Electric Swing Circus

โ€œJungleโ€ by Tash Sultana

โ€œNever Knew a Thing (Live)โ€ by Kileza

โ€œTime of Extinctionโ€ (์†Œ๋ฉธ์˜ ์‹œ๊ฐ„) by Jambinai (์ž ๋น„๋‚˜์ด)

โ€œHi-Lightsโ€ byย Savlonic.

Common Ground” by Kognitif ft. The Mic Jordon

Time of Extinction (์†Œ๋ฉธ์˜ ์‹œ๊ฐ„) – Friday Song of the Week

Dear Chris and listener,

Thank you for sharing Kileza’s track with me. Her wonderful voice is definitely a pleasure to listen to, and the raw emotion she pours into her singing is definitely sure to ring an emotional bell or two.

This Friday I want to up the tempo a bit, and feature some foreign artists. The band I’m talking about is Jambinai (์ž ๋น„๋‚˜์ด). They’re from South Korea, and they blend metal, rock, and traditional Korean music in quite a fantastic way.

The track I want to share with you is Time of Extinction (์†Œ๋ฉธ์˜ ์‹œ๊ฐ„), one of their more agressive and upbeat numbers. The track has a steady build up of energy. A sinister Koto starts setting the tone, and one by one, the other band members chime in with their own layer of sound, until the track builds up to a chaotic explosion of musical expression. The music video also doesn’t leave you wanting for much with its juxtaposition of colourful silhouettes.

Look forward to hearing your two cents.

Our musical discourse so far:

โ€œFind Meโ€ by Marcus D (Ft. Jun)

โ€œHideโ€ย by FKA Twigs

โ€œI Am Hereโ€ by Funky DL

โ€œEl Pescadorโ€ by Banda Magda

โ€œEmpiresโ€ by Electric Swing Circus

โ€œJungleโ€ by Tash Sultana

โ€œNever Knew a Thing (Live)โ€ by Kileza

Time of Extinction” (์†Œ๋ฉธ์˜ ์‹œ๊ฐ„) by Jambinai (์ž ๋น„๋‚˜์ด)

Jungle – Friday Song of the week

Dear Chris, and listener,

The Electric Swing Circus definitely made this usually static booty want to go “Pop, pop!” If you don’t enjoy this track, I feel like you have to call human customer support and demand you get your missing parts back. The track is fun, but more than that, the music moves. It’s not static in its composition, and it’s just fun and fresh. And if that was not good enough, the music video really has a pulse! I’ve seen a good share of electro-swing on Youtube, and it’s usually just people dressed up in retro costumes playing 4-chord jazz pretending it’s swing. But this video POPS real hard. Love it.

I accept your declaration of war. And what better way to wage music war than to throw strange mishmashes of genres at your respectable (or otherwise) opponent. This week I am going to hit you with Tash Sultana’s Jungle. This girl came on the scene only last year, and seems to be the spirit child of Jimi Hendrix. She plays a prodigious mix of rock and reggae guitar. And with her mastery of looping pedals she’s truly a one-woman band.

The glove has been thrown.

โ€œFind Meโ€ By Marcus D (Ft. Jun)

โ€œHideโ€ย by FKA Twigs

โ€œI Am Hereโ€ by Funky DL

โ€œEl Pescadorโ€ by Banda Magda

โ€œEmpiresโ€ by Electric Swing Circus

Jungle” by Tash Sultana

El Pescador – Friday Song of the Week

Chris, and listener,

I dug the Autonomy track you sent me. I enjoyed the trumpet melody line that contrasted his vocals. The trumpet was just blowing carefree notes while his voice delivered the rhymes in an intense contrast. It was an enjoyable blend of hip hop, soul, and jazz.

This week I’m going to share a track with you which impresses me in its layering. Don’t get me wrong, the aesthetics lack for nothing – Banda Magda’s El Pescador has a big band Mediterranean sound that will get your foot nodding. But the sequence in which the instruments join in, weave through eachother, and finally climax, is absolute finesse. This track could be on Masterclass teaching composers and audio engineers how to make and layer a track.

I think it’s nothing short of criminal to listen to this song on an iPhone or a tablet. Make sure you got yourself a proper headset or at least decent speakers. This is a song you have to listen to at least two or three times. The first time you’ll hear the aesthetic and the lead melodies, which granted, are great. The second time you’ll start paying attention to the many melody lines and rhythms playing off eachother. And from the third time on, if you’re lucky, you’ll get a sense of the spectacular chaos sculpted by the many musical elements of this gorgeous track.

So far we have have built the following playlist:

โ€œFind Meโ€ By Marcus D (Ft. Jun)

โ€œHideโ€ by FKA Twigs

โ€œI Am Hereโ€ by Funky DL

El Pescador” by Banda Magda

Happy listening ๐Ÿ˜‰