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!

Juno Awards 2014

Okay. I know I’m almost a week late on this, but I just finished my 2nd last exam and I don’t have my next one for another 2 weeks. So I’m taking advantage of this time to FINALLY blog about the Junos. There are a couple of things that I need to get out there about the Junos, because this year was in my opinion, a good one. You’ll see why later. Here are my top 5 moments of the Junos.

5. Olympians

I know every two years we get Olympians on the Junos, and every time, I enjoy it. I don’t care what y’all think, but I love Canadian pride, and the Junos took advantage of getting gold medalists Team Jennifer Jones and Dara Howell to be presenters for this year’s broadcast.

4.  A Tribe Called Red

Congrats to these guys on winning the Breakthrough Group of the Year! Originally, I was rooting for the Born Ruffians, but I’m very happy to see this group get some love from the Junos too. It was much deserved. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re an electronic music group that combines elements of First Nations music into their sound. I know, you’re questioning it, but trust me. It’s a great combination.

3. Arcade Fire

These guys. Every time they play a show, they slay. I’m always impressed with their performances and  their stage presence. If you haven’t heard their new album, get it. It features so many catchy songs. These guys won two Junos out of six nominations! Congrats to them!

2. Serena Ryder

Fell in love with her 2 years ago, fell back into love with her when she hosted the Junos. Hosting suits her! I especially liked the mashup she did with her fellow co-host, Classified to open the show. I love watching her perform. She always looks like she loves what she’s doing and having a good time. She sang For You later in the show, and all I could say was “WOW”. Her voice is incredible. Let’s not forget when she stood up for the Biebs. #classy I’d also like to point out the mega girl group that she “formed” with Tegan and Sara called The Frost Biters was probably one of my favourite skits of the night. Serena won two awards at the Junos. 🙂 I need more Ryder in my life.

1. Tegan and Sara

Oh goodness. How can I even start. If you read my blog you know these ladies are my favourite artists to grace this earth, and even SEEING them at the Junos made me cry tears of joy. They were awarded the first award of the night, Single of the Year, then later received Group of the Year. They had won Pop album of the Year at the Gala the previous night, giving them a total of three Junos of the night. Guess what. That was the most Junos awarded at the Junos, and I couldn’t be more happy to be a fan of theirs. I’m glad that they’re FINALLY getting recognition within the industry, and more importantly within their home country. I can now say that they’re Juno award winners, and Grammy nominees. Well, nominee could turn into winner someday. They won an award for Heartthrob and I don’t think anyone really knows how happy this makes me. I personally love the album from beginning to end. There has been a lot of controversy within the fan base because of  the change of sound, but really, EFF that. They’re expressing artistry, and they’ve actually done pop in their earlier records, it just wasn’t as prominent. Heartthrob has created a new kind of pop; smart pop, not cliche mainstream pop, but alternative smart pop music that pulls on your heartstrings. I’m not saying this because I’m biased, but really, if you like music and pop as a genre, this is the start of something new. Tegan and Sara, congrats on your success. I’m very very proud of you.

Haha, I kinda got all emotional there with the T&S part. I really do love that the Junos are a way to give love to Canadian artists and that all of these artists that I’ve mentioned have been fortunate enough to win that love from the Junos. Congrats to all of the other winners and nominees as well. Overall, the Junos this year were great. Some minor let downs like the lack of appearances by big Canadian stars, and booing Canada’s very own Bieber, but minus that, still a great show.

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!