By Victoria Sananikone, Editor
Photos and gif from Google
Welcome to the third installment of Vic’s Tuesday Tunes! As a lover of music, I thoroughly enjoy sharing my tunes with others who share my obsession or those who are simply looking for new music to listen to. Please enjoy the music listed below that I have been listening to frequently within the past month.
You and Me- Penny & The Quarters
This is such a sweet song, one that encompasses the definition of love to a T. This is the kind of song that you sing out loud by yourself and pretend that you’re Adele incarnate. The tune is old fashioned, channeling the impression that it was recorded in the 70’s; however this soul band found fame much later in 2010 after “You and Me” was featured in the film Blue Valentine. Blue Valentine is a movie about a couple (Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams) who has fallen out of love and are desperately trying to rekindle their past romance. The film carves a mark of sorrow in your heart as you watch two humans who used to have an intense connection begin to resent each other. The song that their relationship finds identity in is “You and Me,” but the irony of the lyrics that are clearly meant for soulmates is all too disheartening when they end up going their separate ways.
One More Year- Tame Impala
Dat synth tho. Not to be dramatic, but I would die for Kevin Parker. Ya’ll know me; I could go on for days about how much I love this band, but I won’t subject you to that TED Talk. The majority of Tame Impala songs treat you to a trance, and “One More Year” does the trick. Picture a ripple. A ripple through water, a ripple through time, a ripple through a sound wave. This song is the personification of a ripple, one that you feel from head to toe, wrapping around your ears and sliding across your senses. It’s not a song that you dance to, but one that requires you to relax, maybe buzz off of some beverages, and appreciate the otherworldly tune.
Stupid Love- Lady Gaga
The queen just keeps on blessing us and she’s not about to stop. Lady Gaga never fails to disappoint or tempt me to run through a warehouse and dance my hiney off like Kevin Bacon. “Stupid Love” comes nowhere near the extravagance of Gaga’s past tracks; however, it is a continuation of the messages that promote love and acceptance. The song follows the footsteps of her immensely successful tracks such as “Bad Romance,” “Paparazzi,” and “Applause,” in which the lyrics are hardly complex, but the combination of the fast track and the pop tunes make for the ultimate dance song along with empowering energy.
Cherry- Harry Styles
I’ll admit, I had never listened to any of Harry Styles’s music until the release of Fine Line. I was truly missing out by assuming that Harry was going to imitate tunes similar to One Direction after he branched out because that would be a tragedy (1D fans please don’t come for me). I finally blessed my ears by listening to Fine Line, which prompted a discovery of his first album and an inner reminder not to judge a book by its cover. “Cherry” is right up my alley with a lighthearted, bittersweet melody. The soft thrum of the guitar is simple, and its tune remains the same throughout the song. The song speaks of jealousy and regret aimed at Camille Rowe, Harry’s ex-girlfriend who has found another lover. Camille is a French model, and at the end of “Cherry” Harry incorporates a voice note of Camille speaking French while answering a phone call. French is arguably one of the most elegant and soothing languages, and its presence within the song is truly what wraps it together and tells a story.
Can I Call You Tonight? – Dayglow
Sloan Struble is a 19-year-old kid from Fort Worth, Texas (TEXAS REPRESENT!!!) who is more commonly known under the pseudonym Dayglow. Sloan intended to enroll at the University of Texas at Austin, but after some 9 million plays on Spotify of his debut album, Fuzzybrain, he did not pursue the collegiate path. I don’t think I would have either.
With such raw talent, chill vibes and streaming numbers that are up to par with Boy Pablo, Peach Pit, and Rex Orange County, Sloan is an indie youngster that I live for. “Can I Call You Tonight?” is a track that brings you back to those primal moments of vulnerability with those special people, or in my case, people who I thought would be in my life forever. Sitting in your bed, in your car, alone, with your phone clutched between shaky fingertips. Sometimes you’re elated with happy news, sometimes you simply want to hear their voice, and sometimes your tears splatter onto your phone screen. Each moment is different, but the singular text message is the same: “Can I call you tonight?”