Music That Gets Me | Black Diamond – AYER

I’ve been wanting to talk or… write about AYER for a loooooong time. Let’s dive right into it then.

If you haven’t heard of AYER, then welcome to world of AYER. AYER, otherwise known as Danny Schmittler, is an indie singer/songwriter. If you like pop, r&b, hip hop, AYER is definitely for you. Let me explain. His voice is so beautiful. You’ll understand the second you hear any song of his. He sings in such a smooth falsetto that it’s literally butter to the ears; an eargasm as some would say. I INSTANTLY fell in love with his voice and his music. The first song I heard from him was Young, and all I thought was, “SEXY VOICE. SEXY MUSIC.”. He has only released four songs, but so far, I think he’s doing a phenomenal job with his music. Can’t forget to acknowledge that he’s an adorable human and is hilarious online. haha. I’m looking forward to a future album by Danny.

The song I’ll be introducing to you is Black Diamond. If someone were to ask me why I love Indie Pop, this would probably be the song I’d show. All elements of the song are catchy, and well written. The arrangement is pure genius; it’s effective and it shows us the intimate parts of the song. (Edit: Micky Valen is AYER’s producer.) The production in this song is classic chilled pop. Different types of arpeggios at different times, a solid drum beat and a chorus to die for. The chorus is the best part about this song. He inserts harmonies together with his vocals, and in the B-Chorus, the melody gives you that sense of nostalgia. His harmonies show his range and his natural voice, he sings an octave lower to his falsetto. I also like that you hear some piano chords being played in the earlier versions of the chorus. Then there’s the little instrumental break that has an additional trumpets sound from the other instrumentals in the song. The lyrics are also a part of why I love this song. It’s simply written in a different way than your average lyricist. The analogies and metaphors in this one are not typical in a pop song, but he makes it work. This is music that gets me.

Please listen to this song by AYER and all of his other songs. Support this talented guy! You can listen to Black Diamond down below:

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Music That Gets Me | Razor – ASTR

Hay Girl Hay! If you’re not a girl then… Hay Boy Hay! It’s not the same… lol.

Today’s song is by a duo that I found out about early this year. I instantly fell in love with them. Literally instantly. I heard the first note of the song We Fall Down, and shivers ran through my body. The synths used are heavily outrageous. I say this because they are more of an alternative pop/r&b duo, and in order to create that sound, the big synths are needed. This usually happens to me when I listen to a pop band, and it makes me incredibly happy (if you’re new here, I’m a pop junkie).

The song is Razor. I’m gunna be honest with you. It wasn’t my cup of tea at first listen, probably because of the obscurity of the introduction. BUT, I fell in love with the chorus of the song. This song is so freakin catchy, from the melody of the verses to the chorus, to the bridge. I first started to fall in love with the beat of the song. Then the bass that matched the beat made me swoon. Then that chorus won me over.  That chorus.”In my, In my heart, in my heart, you’re taking me under” is probably the most catchy hook I’ve ever heard. The song ended up being my favourite song off their debut EP, and my most played beside their amazing cover of Drake’s Hold On We’re Going Home. Zoe’s tone of voice is very unique and incredibly strong. I can definitely see why they went with this pop/r&b route with their music. I can see them becoming bigger in the future. Their whole EP features a bunch of incredibly catchy songs that will be stuck in your head for days. Their music makes me want to dance, it makes me nostalgic and it makes me happy. This is music that gets me.

Be sure to check out ASTR’s Razor, and also check out their debut EP Varsity. Have fun!

Music That Gets Me | Bridges – Broods

Okay, no more excuses. I’ve got nothing as to why I haven’t been blogging lately. It’s probably because of school. Funny how I decide to make a post during the final days of classes. Next week is the final week of school. Errr… stress is coming. I can feel it.

This song… is probably one of my favourites so far of 2014. The Broods have this sound of synth pop and ease. You can relax to their music and you can jam to their music. I personally love their sound. When I first heard this song, I instantly fell in love. Georgia’s voice is so clear and pure. You can hear those little cracks in her voice that makes her voice sound so raw. That’s kind of my favourite kind of voice and I have no explanation as to why that is. I just love it. The production of this song is something else. The piano chords and that variations of it are so simple in this song, but it’s the melody of the instrumentals that make this song so easy to love. It’s catchy and it builds up. The verses are intimate and chilled, then the buildup of the drums and the synths come in at the pre-chorus, and in the chorus everything comes together and combines into a melodically catchy chorus with backup vocals to die for, and synths that will take you back to the 80s. I’m in love with this song and this band. This is music that gets me.

You can check out the Brood’s new EP on iTunes (etc.) and check out the song and newly released music video for “Bridges” down below. Happy listening!

Music That Gets Me | Love Song – Sara Bareilles

Whoa. How long has it been since my last post? 😦 Sorry dudes, I’ve been a combination of lazy and busy lately. Maybe even uninspired, but I’ll try to be more frequent with the posts.
This song is a song close to my heart, and so is this artist. I first heard this song when I was 12 or 13. This was Sara’s breakout song, which started this unbelievable journey into the industry. So my young self heard this song and fell in love with it. It was the piano part that got me hooked. The intro has a bass, and chords all integrated into one to create the base of this song. Then her vocals came in, and my initial first thoughts were, “Wow. What a voice.” At first listen, you can tell that Sara’s voice is strong and versatile, and we can see that throughout the albums that she has put out. Since I always payed attention to the instrumentals in this song, the lyrics only started to hit me as I grew older. Probably 2-3 years ago, I realized that this is actually not a love song, more so a breakup song. Thanks to this song, I learned how to improvise/groove/create a different dynamic of chords on the piano. I took five years of piano then stopped because the costs started to increase. Anywho, the song helped me to become the player that I am today. I’ve kind of adapted some of Sara’s playing styles. Since I’m a keyboardist at my church, I’m required to carry the music that we play. Sara’s style of music and her songwriting is heavily influenced on me. I strive to be a musician like Sara is, and this is why her music is Music that Gets Me.

Below is Love Song by Sara Bareilles. Check out her most recent album The Blessed Unrest that features her hit single Brave. I really wish I could have been a part of the music video for Brave. haha. Have an awesome day. Be happy, be awesome, be you. ❤

Music That Gets Me | Undone – Luke Lalonde

I feel like poop. This whole week has been disastrous hence the lack of posts on my blog and everywhere else. I don’t want to get into details about what has been going on, but just know that I feel like poop right now. :):)

So with all of the poop talk aside, let’s talk about this song I’m introducing today. Undone is a song that features a super catchy melody that’ll have you hooked right away on the first listen. It starts with a soft folkish acoustic plucking together when the vocals come in. Luke’s voice is quite unique. It’s not your typical male pop voice, but I see Luke’s voice as a versatile one. As the song progresses, it turns into a pop tune, with synths and a steady drum beat. I have the biggest crush on him (don’t tell him), and the lyric “I always said I’d be your boyfriend” always hits me because naturally my fangirl reaction is “YES. BOYFRIEND. HI.”. haha. Everything about this song defines all of my tastes in music; rock, alternative, pop, folk. This is music that gets me.

If you are from Toronto, good news! He is from Toronto! His band the Born Ruffians is from Toronto, and they’ve been nominated for a Juno this year which is really exciting! They share the same label Paper Bag Records as another one of my favourite Toronto bands, DIANA.

Check out the music video for Undone (which was filmed in Toronto) below, and make sure you check out his album Rhythmnals as well as his band the Born Ruffians. Have fun! Be Happy, Be Awesome and Be You. 🙂

Music That Gets Me | Let Me Go – HAIM

These girls are incredible. I’ve been following them for so long, and when they debuted last year, I felt nothing but pride for them. They are young women, making 80s influenced music, and it’s a fresh new sound that you don’t hear everyday. They’ve broken into the music industry, and they are doing incredibly well.

The first time I heard this song, I went crazy. I loved everything about it. The synths, the guitar riffs, the vocals by both Danielle and Este, the lyrics, the melody, the staccato bass and the drums were all done beautifully. It makes me as a listener thrilled to be fans of this band. The instrumental break near the end always makes me want to do an air guitar solo. The song makes you go through a bunch of emotions; calm then transcends to climatic, to crazy. These lyrics really hit me when I heard the song, “You know I’m not one for leaving”. I think anyone can relate to this. I’m not the type to just leave and do nothing. There are people who do let go of people easily as if they meant nothing not them. This is music that gets me.

I just found out that if you text Este Haim, she responds to you. Yes, text. She gave her number out to the fans. Also, I want to be Danielle Haim when I’m older. I’ve tweeted that so many times. (shameless plug. Follow me @EuniceHilario ! )

You can watch a live version performance of “Let Me Go” from SXSW 2012 down below. You can also buy their album “Days Are Gone” on iTunes. Be Happy, Be Awesome, Be You! Have an awesome day loves!

Music That Gets Me | Don’t Find Another Love – Tegan and Sara

I know… I’ve made multiple posts on this band already, but I really can’t help it. They make great music.

Yesterday, January 28, 2014, Tegan and Sara released a new song entitled “Don’t Find Another Love” for the movie “Endless Love” which is set to be released this Valentines Day.

My reaction to this song was “This. Is. So. Good.”. It may sound like I’m biased and whatnot, but really, it’s a good song. It starts off with a folk-ish guitar riff, almost Western like, and on top are layers of vocals humming a catchy melody. The drums come in; they aren’t complicated, it’s simple and sweet. In the chorus, all hell breaks loose. The mix of the synths, the piano, the strings, the hint of guitar and the drums create the perfect dynamic that the message portrays. I love the touch of clapping sounds in the second part of the verses as well. Classy. The lyrics are quite cliche and cheesy, but it’s tailored to the plot of the movie. I like cliche. Tegan’s falsetto in the bridge was surprising.  A great surprise full of intimacy, raspiness and purity.  Both of them have grown so much vocally and I’m glad to see them pushing themselves harder as singers. Bless their souls. This song is catchy, so beware. It will be in your head forever. I see this as a good thing. This is music that gets me.

Until I get an official link to the song, you can hear it here: http://www.justjared.com/2014/01/28/tegan-sara-dont-find-another-love-exclusive-premiere-listen-now/

Or here:

Have a great day! Be Happy, Be Awesome, Be You.