“Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music”
― William Edgar Stafford
“My advice for life: dance and sing your song while the party is still on.”
― Rasheed Ogunlaru
Lontalius is Eddie Johnston. He is friends with Lorde, but that’s not why I’m writing about him. He makes music and does lo-fi covers (often of hip-hop songs). They are hazy and distorted and just frickin’ majestic. It’s like he lives in a mystical forest and is pals with centaurs. It’s like he swims with dolphins and dines with lions. He must live in a castle on an undiscovered island and own human-sized cat servants and collect vintage Furbies. I don’t want to beat this into the ground, but it’s like he bathes in rivers of gold and ejaculates ice cream sundaes.
“We think to dance, and dance in thought. But to hibernate in the mind, is to bring upon us an apocalypse of the Soul.”
– Ilyas Kassam
Maybe you’re going to Pitchfork Festival this weekend or maybe you’ll be sitting at home daydreaming about it. I’ll be doing a bit of both, to say the least. Either way, there are a lot of great acts to not only catch live but have a listen to even if you’re not there. The diversity at Pitchfork Festival is definitely clear, one second you’ll be dancing and the next you’ll be in a soothing trance. There’s a lot to hear and see so here’s a little guidance. Here’s my list of must-sees, some obvious choices and some that may have you newly hooked:
Frankie Rose will be sure to have you’re attention with her lo-fi indie jams. Definitely no need to get too worked up in the heat during her set because it’ll be cool, chill and the perfect beginning to the weekend.
Mac DeMarco and summer festivals are two things that go together like peanut butter and jelly. Cheesy thing to say? Sure, but I merely speak the truth here folks. Mister DeMarco will be sure to bring his spunky indie rock to the stage this weekend and get people to perk up in that dazzling sun.
Does it get more obvious than this pick? We all love the guy around here, if you couldn’t tell. Will his set be a total party on Saturday? Is that even a real question? Really though, Ryan Hemsworth will be sure to get the party started at Pitchfork and no one will be able to deny it.
Solange is a firecracker with soul and some serious fierceness. I’m sure this comes to no shock when you’re part of the Knowles family. Solange is known to put on quite the energetic, fabulous show so you’d be crazy to miss her rock it.
Sky Ferreira is what you would call a triple threat. Whether she’s modeling, singing or writing, she’s ridiculously awesome at it all. Her music varies from pop, indie, to just pure rock. She’s a star on the rise and a definite must see at this rate.
After falling helplessly in love with their sophomore release Something, I knew Chairlift would become a band I couldn’t ever get sick of. From trippy 80’s sounding pop songs to simply beautiful ballads, they can get you feeling all sorts of things. If you want something fun and unique this weekend, Chairlift can give you that craving.
This list has a dash of everything but don’t forget to see all the other great acts too. (I know everyone will be getting their booty shaking on at R.Kelly, I see you). Enjoy this weekend if you’re going, or even if you’re just pretending to go in your mind.
So I apologize for missing Songs of the Week last week, I was traveling and it was just kind of impossible for me to manage to put together. Anyway, I arrived in London yesterday and will be here for the next 6 weeks or so, and will be here each Sunday to keep you updated on what you might have missed in the past 7 days. Because I missed last week, I decided I’d do a special edition of Songs of the Week and double up, showcasing what I think are the best songs of the past two weeks. Let’s get started.
1. Raleigh Ritchie – Stay Inside (Posted by Arjun)
There’s something trance-inducing and soothing about this one from UK up and comer Raleigh Ritchie. Naturally, I had to lead off with this one considering I’m living in the same city as this guy, which is kind of new and exciting. The beat and Ritchie’s complementing vocals go together perfectly, and the synthesizers in this one have the ability to put you in a distinct mood–still not sure what it is yet; something transient and floating, I think.
2. Eliza & The Bear – Friends (Written by Jordan)
So Jordan just introduced the site to Eliza & The Bear the other week, and although I don’t listen to much of this kind of music anymore, I found myself looking them up and getting into their catalog. Another band out of London (maybe I’m biased in the short term?), these guys remember me of my days as a big fan of The Kooks and The Wombats–a certain brand of British pop-punk. If you want to get into some of their other stuff, check out their Soundcloud, but in the meantime check out their single “Friends.”
3. Migos – Bandos (Ryan Hemsworth Remix) (Posted by Jordan)
So I think at this point it’s safe to say that I really, really like anything that Ryan Hemsworth puts out. Like, pretty much literally everything. The only other thing I know by Migos is the now incredibly overplayed “Versace” which is only really a good song because of Drake’s verse, which is absolute fire. In particular, Hemsworth piano melody on this one kills it, and Hemsworth delivers another fire track. The man can’t be stopped.
4. Olympic Ayres – Magic (Posted by Alicia)
This one’s kind of an undeniable summer jam. I don’t care where you are, what you’re doing, or what mood you are in when you listen to this song, I will be legitimately impressed if you are able to refrain from bobbing your head and grooving to this one. Put this on at your next summer party, and I can guarantee you people will get out on the dance floor. Easily a top 5 jam of the entire summer so far.
5. Snakadaktal – Hung on Tight (Posted by Alicia)
The only daktal better than the pterodactyl is the Snakadaktal–that is simply science. Alicia describes their sound as a “slightly darker side of indie music,” and I agree. They’re incredibly unique, as is the mood they emanate. Hung on Tight is another one that’s tough not to want to dance to, and definitely a song I will be putting on at parties this summer.
Ryan Hemsworth is a sneaky son of a bish. He genre jumps with remixes like none other! Backstreet Boys to this. By the way, you should do some N’SYNC. Should I know who Migos is? Don’t answer that. It’s rhetorical. Unless he would be drafted #1 in the 2003 NBA Draft filled with artists, I don’t want to know. Yes, that might be a harsh thing to say, but I’m just too lazy to look him up.
Ryan puts his own flavor on this making it a nice little ditty he’s got here.
If this was a sitcom it would be called “Everyone Loves Ryan Hemsworth.” He is the Internet’s favorite producer. His songs are dense and rhythmic and discriminately his, and he has a personality to match each song he has put out. The character and the music in this case both lack cynicism and seem completely genuine, which is refreshing in a generation of Mean Girls and anti-comedy.
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My love for Ryan Hemsworth grew deeper today when he decided to remix that Backstreet Boys song you thought you had buried in your past: Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely. Thank god for Ryan, though, because this song deserves to be resurfaced at least once a year. Today, we’re graced with a minimal electropop remix of the original tune by the Backstreet Boys, and personally, it’s exactly what I needed to refuel on this Monday afternoon.
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Ryan Hemsworth, one of Lydia‘s (many) future husbands, just dropped this original composition in tribute to famed video game composer Yasunori Mitsuda, and it’s so Ryan Hemsworth. The pivotal bass and jittery synths create a sort of epic feel that’s fit for both a video game soundtrack and a Kanye West album. Watch out for this guy to gradually take over the world.
I probably don’t need to say much about Ryan Hemsworth at this point, because I have gushed over him time and time again in posts here on Sunset. But if you’re still unfamiliar, Ryan Hemsworth is a musician who jump-started his creative career as a music journalist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The incredibly talented producer is only 22-years-old, and he’s quickly creating demand from top-ranked brands like Nike for live performances. He first caught my attention with his remix of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You,” and I haven’t turned back since then. With today’s remix of Rhye’s “Open,” Ryan once again proves his ability to hear music that was perfectly fine, if not nearly perfect, on its own, and add his own touch to it and make it an arguably more alluring song in the end. I could get used to this whole Rhye-n Hemsworth blend.
I heard a teaser of this Ryan Hemsworth remix on PMA last week, but am not big into teasers, so didn’t post anything about it. Today, we get the full remix from Mr. Hemsworth, another of my future husbands.
I can’t keep myself away from these Ryan Hemsworth remixes. I don’t even crave Lana Del Rey’s music anymore, but when it’s remixed by Ryan, I need more of it. More, more, more. YOU ARE MY LOVE DRUG, RYAN.