Round 2 of Track Attack is here and we’re ready to roll with another tune that has begged to be let out of the closet! You should expect for me to write about songs by up-and-coming artists as well as names you probably already know. Today’s track probably belongs in the first group with “Tear Drops” by Better Taste Bureau.
Better Taste Bureau is the bad ass trio consisting of vocalists Ben Harris & Shaun Bussard alongside producer Mason Brewer. They have yet to release their debut album, but they have quite a few delightful tunes floating around on the net. Although I find all their work to be pretty rad, “Tear Drops” proves itself to be my favorite at the moment.
There are two types of rap that I thoroughly enjoy: rap that is intelligent, tells an emotional story, and rap that is quirky, unconventional, I dare say… silly. BTB tells a story in this song about the challenge artists seem to have to deal with universally: “Should I pick love or art?”. The verses are delivered in a flirtatious way that brings about a bit of comic relief to the situation. Effective rap is the kind that makes you feel like you’re having a conversation: like you’re in on the joke and that’s exactly what’s achieved here.
You can’t help but fall in love with the shoulder-shrugging, feet-on-the-desk feeling that BTB bring to their listener with their chill demeanor and soft beats. “Tear Drops” specifically has a bit of a Will Smith groove that’ll inevitably have you feeling like you need to be driving around with your window down, feeling plain old good.
Even if you’re not a fan of hip-hop or R&B give these guys a chance because I am telling you: they are not a disappointment. I can assure you that with this group of guys you’ll never feel the need to wash your ears with holy water after listening.
You can also download “Tear Drops” and BTB’s other work here on their music page like I did.
Starting today I’ll be posting a new clip, a few times a week, of tracks that I deem my personal favorites of that week. Look for information on my reviews throughout all my social media pages and don’t hesitate to give me your constructive criticism/feedback. My first ever Track Attack, as I’ve decided to call this venture, is “Stay Awake” by Swedish songstress, Marlene.
I should begin by mentioning that I first heard this track accompanied by its music video (which has gained about 100,000 views since) and was afraid of what to expect. When the audio first started, it seemed that the song would be dancy, typical of hit songs this year. Preparing to roll my eyes, I then realized that what I had discovered was an artist I had longed to unearth for a long time.
"Stay Awake" is both predictable and tremendously refreshing. A true music lover, like myself, will easily foretell where the song is headed; but Marlene’s vocals are so genuine that you find yourself overlooking the fact that you may have heard many songs before with a similar message or composition.
In today’s fast-paced music scene, a song like “Stay Awake” is a bit of a reminder about how gratifying simple music can be. Marlene makes no reference to clubs or partying; and at no point strays from her incessant plea to say awake forever. (That’s not to say that I don’t love a good clubbanger.) The beat throughout is unarguably urban, reminiscent of a Kelly Rowland R&B tune; but the lyrics are much fragile in comparison, resulting in a pleasant combination.
The track’s video lacks any tacky gimmicks and makes Marlene’s natural beauty the centerpiece of its delivery. It would seem to me that though the singer’s appearance was highlighted in the vid, the focus was on the music, the message, and never comes off as pretentious. Less truly is more in this case because we get less marketing strategy and more artistic vision.
With her sincerity and simplicity, Marlene impresses me through a song that has now vocalized what I’ve been yearning for recently: a life where I don’t have to go to sleep because I feel like I’ll have missed experiencing something special with people that I love. I wish I could stay awake forever and listen to this song over and over again because I love it that much.
Buy the track on iTunes here, if you want. I did.
You may only be aware of the fact that I don’t listen to the radio if you know me on a personal level. It’s more about commercialism than it is about music to be honest. When I listen to a song, I want to enjoy it for its sonic quality as opposed to its position on the charts or any other meaningless rituals found in our culture today. Thus, I have decided to share with you all the music that I come across and find to be worth a listen. Feel free to let me know about any music that you think I would appreciate. Do not feel limited: I have everything from Carrie Underwood and Frank Ocean to Andrea Bocelli and Two Door Cinema Club in my music library. Write me @jonorexic on Twitter or here on iamjonorexic.tumblr.com!
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