It’s amazing what having some time and space will allow your mind to do. I’m working remotely this week and it took quite a bit of travel time to get to this spot in Colorado with my family, during which I was able to listen to music and reflect on life, which I haven’t felt I’ve had time to do much for the past couple of years.
I came across this Four Tet remix of Coldplay’s “Fix You” and it reminded me of two exact moments in my life that carry with them such unique moments of clarity.
First, it reminded me of the first time I heard “Fix You.” I was home from boarding school riding around with my best friend from childhood in her new car, and she told me she had to play me this new song by Coldplay that hadn’t really become popular yet. If you’re sitting here reading and thinking “Coldplay? Lydia!,” stop it. I’ll still openly admit that “Fix You” is one of my favorite songs of all time. Chris Martin’s voice, the build in the song, the story behind the song…it’s all beautiful. Okay so I was driving around with my friend and she turned on this song and right out the gates I was floored by its raw beauty. I remember driving over this one area of Houston that scares me every time I drive through it, because I have an incredibly weak stomach and it’s the only thing even remotely close to a hill that will make a weak stomach jump when driven over too fast. We drove over it and for the first time in my life, my stomach didn’t jump. I was so engrossed and relaxed by this song and particularly the layering of vocals when he starts singing “Tears stream/ down on your face/ when you lose something that you cannot replace.” I still replay the song often today — particularly entranced after having lost a parent — and feel that same sense of calm that I felt in my friend’s car so many years ago.
I am also reminded of a Freelance Whales concert that I went to back when I lived in North Carolina. Another of my favorite bands; I love their ability to layer obscure instruments on top of one another and somehow find a way to hide their vocals deep within those. Four Tet’s version of “Fix You” sounds like something that Freelance Whales could have created, which makes it feel particularly personal. When I went to that concert, I remember a moment when the lead singer looked straight in my direction for a good 15 seconds while singing the song and I felt he was singing directly to me. For all I know, he may have fallen into a daze or been staring at some pretty young thing behind me, but I took it and ran with it. Because there’s nothing quite like having a song sung directly to you. For you.
This remix of “Fix You” is feeling today like it’s just for me. But I hope that you’ll find it’s for you as well, and that you’ll give yourself the time to remember how certain songs and moments make you feel.
As a continuation of my last gushing post over the soundtrack for Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here, I’ve now fallen deeply, deeply in love with the title track for the motion picture’s soundtrack by Cat Power and Coldplay. Let’s start with that, shall we? Cat Power — an often quiet character, relatively unknown to the masses — teams up with Coldplay, the band that has taken the public journey from cool to uncool to cool again. That’s an unexpected pairing, but it’s absolutely beautiful. It starts with just Cat Power’s gorgeous voice and emotional lyrics over Coldplay’s piano, and that would be enough to melt my heart. But then the harmonizing begins, and it’s brought to a whole new level. And then the instrumentals get heavier just after the 2:00 mark, and bam, you guys. That’s all it takes. That right there is musical perfection.
Listen to the song below and I challenge you not to fall in love with the song. In fact, I take that back. Let yourself fall; it’s a beautiful thing. And if you haven’t yet, you may also let yourself fall in love with two other songs from the soundtrack: Heavenly Father and So Now What. Hit the jump for the lyrics for “Wish I Was Here.”
I remember watching a video a while back of Chance the Rapper in which he claimed he’s not a singer. There was some other term he used for what you might hear as singing, but he was quick to say that it wasn’t singing. I’m not sure what he would consider himself doing on this cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You” from his performance in Syracuse, but it sure sounds like singing to me. The quality isn’t spectacular, but it’s worth watching nonetheless. I’d have to argue it’s not as great as I thought it could be, but any of those moments where Chance slows down and shows his emotions (similar to the part in “Paranoia” where he says “I know you’re scared…me too“) gets to me. So I like this. It’s a ballsy move, but that’s Chance. And that’s why I respect him so much.
Blue Bubbles is another project of the popular mashup artist Norwegian Recycling. I was excited to hear that he’s still making music consistently, and frankly this new production might lead to a more fruitful career for him. The recent release that caught my ear incorporates Coldplay’s “Fix You.”
What I am loving the most about Blue Bubbles is that it is EDM music, but very melodic. It doesn’t sound like rough robot sex or taking chainsaws to your eardrums, which is what a lot of EDM and dubstep sounds like to me today. Blue Bubbles is taking more of a harmonic and melodic approach to the genre, which is exactly what I need to get my ass more into it. I still want to dance, I just don’t want to hear forks scraping against chalkboards.
Blue Bubbles says that his main inspirations over the past year are Madeon, Skrillex, Pretty Lights and Feed Me. You might be able to hear similarities, but he’s trying to carve out his own sound, which so far, is working really well for me.
1. Ferro Montanino from Winnipeg, Canada proves that is possible for one man to entirely remake Skrillex’s Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites on a piano. Though there are few moments when I enjoy Skrillex, this song of his is one of them, and Ferro makes it arguable even more enjoyable on the ivory keys.
2. The Internet has been abuzz over Disclosure’s song “Latch” recently. And rightfully so. But we need to take a minute and direct our attention to this piano cover of the same song by a Soundcloud user by the name of kongsingwei. Stunning.
3. I can’t find much out about Jason Bolea. All I can find in a quick Internet search is his Soundcloud page, which has a picture of an Asian kid with his parents, and two songs. One of them is this piano cover of Coldplay’s “Paradise,” which might actually be even more beautiful than the original. Get it, stranger.
4. You’re entering dangerous territory when you try to cover Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games,” because all things crazy about LDR aside, this is one of the more beautiful songs released in the past couple of years. So if you’re considering remixing/covering/mashing it, stop yourself now. Unless your name is…James Franco? Yeah, that’s weird too. Whoever this guy is, though, he can play piano like a pro. You did it justice, sir.
5. Evan Duffy is a bit of a phenomenon in the music world. He’s an award-winning composer whose main focus is writing musical scores for films and video games, but his covers are not to be overlooked. And they haven’t been. He’s received praise from artists including Deadmau5, Zedd, Alex Clare, Skrillex and Madeon. My favorite of his solely piano covers is this cover of Madeon’s “Finale.” It builds as it goes, and by the end you’ll wonder if this guy is for real.
Don’t pretend like you didn’t love Coldplay back in the day. Some of my best days are when I go back and listen to music I used to love — Death Cab for Cutie, Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay…the list goes on. But Coldplay is absolutely on that list. So needless to say, I couldn’t have been more intrigued when I saw that Aylen released a remix of Coldplay’s “Fix You,” one of their better tracks they ever put out. My one concern was that it would be too heavy for me and it would tear apart the song. BUT I WAS WRONG! This is awesome. Putting this on repeat today. Enjoy, gremlins.
Guys. It’s mothafuckin Friday. Did yall hear that? Or are most of you who are reading this college kids whose Fridays come on Thursdays? Ugh, I’m jealous. Hold on to that shit forever. HOLD ON TO ITTTT. Alright, I’ll stop. I’m just getting overly excited for the fact that I can sleep in tomorrow and sing and dance all night tonight if I want to. TGIMFF!
Here’s my playlist for today. Add these songs to your playlist, k?
1. Lil Flip – Way We Ball (Crizzly Remix)
Oh my god, what is going on? I usually can’t stand dubstep, but I’m digging this shit. Maybe because it’s a Lil Flip song, and that’s my BOY. Well, he’s not really my boy, or at least he doesn’t know that he is. But he’s from Houston, so he might as well be my boy. That’s just the way we ball.
2. Chris Malinchak – So Good To Me
Slow it down a little bit, but keep the beat rollin. Came across this song on Hype Machine and immediately fell in love. The layers on this track are incredible — seems like there’s a new one added every couple bars. But what I love most about this song is the gentleness of it all. It builds with time, but throughout remains soulful and smooth. I didn’t know about Chris Malinchak before today, but he’s an artist hailing from New Jersey, and he’s signed to the label French Express. He’s doing good things, and he’s certainly captured my attention with “So Good To Me.”
3. Coldplay – Paradise (We Plants Are Happy Plants Remix)
Again, not typically into this type of music, but shit…it’s the weekend before Halloween, so shit’s allowed to get a little weird. We Plants Are Happy Plants are also new to me, but I learned that it’s the work of one man named Peter Bergmann from Budapest. Keep this stuff coming, Peter. You’re onto something.
Aylen’s been one of my favorite up and coming house DJ’s since I was first introduced to him. He has a sound that just makes me want to stand up from my computer and go ham, no matter what time of day it is or what kind of mood I am when I listen to his music. For his newest release, The Remixtape, Aylen tackles a wide variety of music, from Coldplay to Katy Perry to Lady Gaga to Porter Robinson to Alesso, to show off his varied style. He can make dubstep-esque tracks, like “Do You Miss Me,” “The One That Got Away,” or he can make true house songs, like “Raise Your Hand” and “Reach For Me.”
One thing I like most about Aylen’s work is his clever samples–this is perhaps most evident on his remix of “The Scientist,” where he really does a number on Chris Martin’s vocal and piano part to create something really unique and interesting.
Aylen’s only going to become more popular, so I suggest you become familiar with him. He’s had multiple songs do extremely well on Hype Machine, and I think it’s only a matter of time before he gets a lot more popular. Be on the lookout for future releases from him, and check out the songs streaming below. After that, head over to his website to download the entire new Remixtape–trust me, it’s worth your time.
Coldplay seems to be going all out in what could be the group’s last album together (probably not though, who are we kidding). The boys have recruited the help of Rihanna on an important track of their fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto. How important is this collaboration to Coldplay’s fifth studio album? According to lead singer Chris Martin, “The album is designed as a whole piece. It has boy and girl lead characters and top of our list for the girl part was Rihanna.” He continues, “But it took a while to pluck up the courage to ask her. We did a show in Las Vegas and I met her and said, ‘Do you think there’s any chance?’ I was very Hugh Grant-like and spluttering about it.” True story.
The song itself is definitely going to be huge. Rihanna more than holds her own, despite being slightly outside of her comfort zone. Lyrically, it seems Coldplay kind of copped-out with half the song being anthemic “oohs” and “ahs.” But we get the gist of it; it’s about heartbreak and feeling hurt. Whatever.
At least it sounds good.
Mylo Xyloto will be available everywhere on October 24th (a week from today). Swag swag.
I saw Coldplay do this at Lollapalooza, and their entire set absolutely blew me away. Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name Avicii, is a master of EDM, and puts a really cool twist on this one.
Tip of the hat to Lyds for showing me this one. Go Lyds. Go Coldplay. Go Tim Bergling.
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Coldplay has released the second single from their fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto, which is due out October 24th. The song shows nothing new from the British quintet. This isn’t going to be a late career jazz album. The song is easily accessible and will surely be yet another popular hit from the band. Listen below and check out the tracklist while you’re at it. Note the Rihanna feature.
Listen: “Paradise” – Coldplay
- Mylo Xyloto
- Hurts Like Heaven
- Charlie Brown
- Us Against The World
- Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
- Major Minus
- Princess Of China (ft. Rihanna)
- Up In Flames
- A Hopeful Transmission
- Don’t Let It Break Your Heart
- Up With The Birds
Preorder the album on Coldplay’s official website.
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Pretty cool advertisement commissioned by Chipotle to promote awareness about creating a sustainable food system. Ol’ Willie sings in the background — an animated short about a small family farmer who turns his farm into an industrial factory, only to later regret his decision and go “back to the start” to do things the right way. I don’t know so much about how true to the video Chipotle’s supply lines are, but it’s a nice video promoting sustainable consumption, something that I very much support. Check it.