Now this record came out ages ago but is still, in my opinion, an amazing dance/hip hop record, with a mixing of deep house. Down on my Luck came out in 2014 and even though it didn’t do spectacularly well it still received quite a lot of airplay on various mainstream radio stations such as Capital and Radio 1. Continuing on that note though I’m surprised it didn’t stick around for just that bit longer as with the right amount of enthusiasm it could’ve got even higher. It’s one of those tracks where even though it lacked in one element it certainly made up for it in another.
Song-wise, the lyrics don’t seem to match what’s happening in the video, also they contain references to Hollywood culture.
If you’ve ever seen the video it actually has its moments in terms of comedy and scenarios, also it includes moments time rewinding. In the video there’s a girl who he notices and tries to make his way to her and in doing so ends up in various scenarios including being punched in the face, being stopped for a selfie. At one point in the video he’s vomited on by a girl and run over by a vehicle.
By the time you’ve got to the end of the video he’s outside of the club having a smoke whilst walking away. Lyrically the chorus acts as a sort of hook and just seems to go around and round, “When I get down on my luck I hide behind my eyes in Hollywood”. The song itself ends in with a sort of in-your-face style ending as it’s kind of a ‘screw you’ type of statement “Cause they told you to, why you listen to ’em Hands up, middle finger ’em Fuck that get down”.
If you ever get the chance to, watch the video cause even if you don’t quite get what’s going on the antics are to some degree laughable.
The first in a mainstream debut for the Irish singer-songwriter and the song is just amazing to listen to and a powerhouse in its own right. Take Me to Church has a sombre tone straight from the start and all the way to the finish and has very dramatic tones that accompany it. For a soul song it’s both haunting and melodious. The video itself was shot in Cork, Ireland which stands in for Russia and was shot in grayscale monochrome.
The video tells the story of two men in a relationship who, despite being very happy together, try and keep their relationship a secret from the community. However, the community learns of the men’s sexuality and kidnap and torture him in a violent homophobic backlash. The other man learns of what has happened to his partner and rushes to try and get him but realises he is too late the he sees a violent homophobic mob drag him towards a big pyre.
Hozier openly admits that the lyrics for the song came about from his anger on the Catholic Church’s stance and attitudes towards LGBT+ Rights. Judging by the way many religious organisations treat the LGBT+ community it can easily be argued that he’s got a point.
Another aspect of the song that highlights the issues is the lyrics as they are quite poignant
“Every Sunday’s getting more bleak, a fresh poison each week, we were born sick, you heard them say it, my church offers no absolutes”
“Take me to church I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies, I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife, offer me that deathless death Good God, let me give you my life”
In terms of the lyrics they give a direct reference on how religion is easily used to attack minority groups and how sermons are easily used to preach ignorance and lies.
For this edition for In The Spotlight I have chosen the new song by Imagine Dragons, Natural. Here’s a few reasons; First and foremost, why not? Secondly, it’s a steady progression of how they have evolved as artists in terms of the way their music has changed; thirdly it demonstrates the vocal range of front-man Dan Reynolds abilities as a singer as he hits a higher note than what we’re used to hearing from him normally. And the fourth and final reason? The music video accompanying the video shows much creativity and has Victorian/Gothic tones that just run right the way through.
Natural has both a sombre tone throughout as there are times when the song matter becomes a little bit dark, and it some areas can sound a bit haunting as well. The mood of the song itself turns both somewhat sinister and serious at various moments and the seriousness in Dan vocals adds to that because when you listen closely to his voice there is that element to it.
Lyrically the song itself is somewhat serious, dark and sinister and in actual fact are cleverly written as it deals in somewhat sombre subject matters, both personal and around you. There’s a few lines in the song which stand out “Natural a beating heart of stone, you gotta be so cold, to make it in this world, yeah, you’re a natural, living your life cutthroat, you gotta be so cold, Yeah, you’re a natural
Now this can apply to anyone who attempts to live in a cut-throat environment as refers to how you’ve occasionally got to unleash a brutal, coldest parts of yourself and let it run wild, especially if the odds are against you. If you want to get by you also need to know how to stand your ground, and how nothing is without a cost of some sort.
Natural is an amazing credit to the genius, creativity and pure musical talents of the Imagine Dragons and why they’re still one of the most amazing bands around now.
In this edition of Spotlight, I am looking at the release of British artist Tom Grennan’s new single What I’ve Been Looking For. First and foremost, it’s completely as compared to his earlier hit single Royal Highness as is a reminder of why he’s a big musical star in the making. His track has even been featured in the FIFA 18 soundtrack and has been used as the theme song for Sky Sports Super Sunday. Not bad for someone who first emerged on the music scene four years ago.
Tom has indeed progressed from his earlier work such as Royal Highness and I’ve been a fan since then and have seen just how he’s developed. His debut single was upbeat and a catchy one to say the least but he hadn’t quite reached his pinnacle whereas What I’ve Been Looking For is a progression. Also, it contains more of an energetic force and uses more vocal range.
The line ‘I keep searching and I can’t seem to find what I’m wanting’ are quite an interesting choice of lyrics in the song, cos firstly you never seem to hear of artists that are wrapped up in some form of soul-searching. Also, in some ways it can be about looking for a sense of own identity.
In every respect of the word Tom Grennan is very much his own man when it comes to his development as an artist. He isn’t polished or told to look a certain way, as far as we know, as just does what he wants which is somewhat of a rarity for male artists these days.
For me, I’m completely enamoured by much of what Tom Grennen actually does and his music just seems to be able to grab your attention. What I’ve been looking for is a perfect reminder of the best of British music and why his new track is definitely one for your playlist.
For this edition of the Spotlight feature I wanted to discuss a former dance hit called Real Life. It was made by three dance artists who are amazing in their own way; Duke Dumont, Gorgon City and Naations. Now each of these three have had hit tracks before disappearing into obscurity so this track gives us all the more reason to celebrate their return, and to be honest, why not?
What reasons do I have for even making this my chosen track? Well first and foremost, why not. It’s simply an amazing song. The chorus, “I just wanna love you, in real life baby” just goes around and round your head. What I find intriguing about that is that you could easily point out about how it directly points out our desire to be loved, liked and appreciated in real life and for who we actually are, not for what we are online.
The video that accompanies the song has two direct cultural references; one being to the infamous horror classic, Carrie, the other to teen flick, Mean Girls. Now what is deeply fascinating is how closely it mirrors real life itself when it comes to everyone’s obsession with the online world, especially social media. Let’s face it, how many of us have ever gone on social media, seen how many ‘likes’, ‘shares’, and ‘followers’ we’ve got and tried to match it to someone else just so as to increase our own feeling of self-worth. Many of us are guilty of that and that’s something that gets poked fun at.
Another cultural reference that pointed out is our usage of emojis every time we seem to go online
As an avid fan of the dance music genre, every time I hear Real Life I always find myself going through the song bit by bit and trying to find something new about it. Another thing that makes the track is the vocals by Naations singer Nat Dunn as there seems to be fewer female singers in the dance genre than there are men
In this post of In The Spotlight I’m going to discuss the song, This Is Me, by American actress and singer Keala Settle and is one of the hit songs from the hit American musical The Greatest Showman. In the film she plays a woman known as Lettie Lutz, who is also known or referred to as The Bearded Lady.
Now for me, I picked this song for a number of specific reasons; it’s incredibly uplifting and has a feel-good factor, it’s one of those songs that you just cannot ignore no matter how much you try. But there is another reason why I chose it; the song is about being an outcast and facing social prejudice and coping with discrimination. During the film her character, along with a handful of others face discrimination, rejection, but also harassment so the song is their retaliation.
Whilst the song itself is very empowering there’s a verse in the lyrics which carry a strong message “But I won’t let them break me down to dust, I know that there is a place for us. For we are glorious”. People who are viewed as outcasts are looked down upon and unfairly judged and this is one of the lines from the song which address that directly.
This song carries a lot of meaning and understanding for anyone who has faced discrimination and that alone is a rarity in itself as there are very few songs in modern-day music that speak out about such issues. And let alone about empowerment.
As an artist Keala Settle has an incredible voice and is a vocal force to be reckoned with and there have been attempts by other artists. None of them however, seem to be able to hit it quite in the way that Keale seems to. The song is one that once you know the words you’d probably be highly tempted to sing to it, and in all fairness, who could even blame you.