The surprise album drop has been a popular trend for the past couple of years. I think the concept is a boatload — maybe ever many boatloads — of fun. The problem is it often keeps music media in the dark, and music media doesn’t like being in the dark. This forces them to speculate a lot. As a result music media has been flat out wrong more this year than any other year in its history.
How many times recently have you seen Pitchfork or Fader report false information and then apologize for it? The answer is way too many times, but the media is a reflection of the people. We are the worst speculators of all. We are constantly speculating on Twitter — like 24/7. It’s all we do. Bro, one of Drake’s… friends… instagrammed… fake artwork of a Drake-Future collab, and people lost their shit. Now, that rumor happened to be true, but as this constant speculation transforms into obsession, it becomes a totally unhealthy behavior.
Speculators is a 21-track tape. The original idea for the tape came from 19th century oil speculation à la There Will Be Blood. Somewhere along the way it morphed into the rant above. With this tape I made an effort to include more indie rock songs, like the older Tape Tuesdays.
There are so many discoveries on this one. I hope you take the time to listen.
Now I could die today and the world won’t change, so I’m not ready
The end of a relationship is never easy, and the recovery process is typically a full spectrum of emotion. On “With Her,” Banoffee expertly mirrors that spectrum, crafting a song that begins as a jilted lover ballad and ends with lush deep house synths.
Banoffee is the nom de plume of Melbourne singer Martha Brown. She possesses a preternaturally interesting voice, breathy and emotional, and has significant gifts as a storyteller.
“With Her” hinges on the development of Brown’s character throughout the track, and she sells each verse and hook with an understated sense of sadness and resignation.
“Every time I saw your face on that screen/I thought you were with me/You were with her” she sings.
But “With Her” is not all gloom and doom, it’s actually a very fun track with shimmery synths and an enjoyably spot-on nod to Mario’s classic “Let Me Love You.”
Banoffee has gotten plenty of love in her native Australia, and with her wonderfully titled second EP Do I Make You Nervous? she’s poised to become a global name in the indie pop world.