COLD COLD MAN

Artist: Saint Motel

Genre: Alternative

Notable lyrics:

Oh my love
I know I am a cold cold man
Quite slow to pay you compliments
Or public displayed affections

You’re the only one worth seeing
The only place worth being
The only bed worth sleeping’s
The one right next to you.

Off-topic, but when you’re a villian with a wicked ruse in mind, why’s there always a dramatic pause before you poorly attempt to achieve it? If it were me, I’d have done and dusted my work before anyone had the chance to even realise what happened. Am I a psychopath? Maybe. Have I murdered anybody or have attempted to? Do cockroaches count?

Saint Motel is an American indie pop band from Los Angeles, whose music has been described as everything from “dream pop” to “indie prog.” The band consists of A/J Jackson, Aaron Sharp, Dak Lerdamornpong, and Greg Erwin. Formed in 2009, they have released 2 studio albums since, including a few OSTs for the movie ‘Paper towns’. While ‘My Type’ happens to be their most famous song till date, ‘Cold Cold Man’ is a slightly less popular single from the My Type EP.

Snazzy piano, sexy vocals, and some savvy music make this Casino Royale themed song a piece of art. What’s funny – at least to me  -is the fact that this band could easily be mistaken for Mumford & Sons, what with the all the hipster-esque band members; don’t deny the fact that the lead member looks like a taller version of Jason Schwartzman. Also won’t deny that he looked extremely sexy and Bond-like, fighting off those villains.  But here’s a piece of my mind about why this song is a genius: most love songs talk about the transcendental kind, the irrevocable and selfless kind – It’s just too surreal to be true. This song, however, is rather relatable and honest. Some people just don’t find the necessity to be all corny when it comes to expressing love for their beloved, which is completely acceptable. But sometimes, humility is mistaken for indifference, and then comes the part where you spend a good amount of your time reassuring them you really do love them; that is when this song comes to your rescue. Here’s more insight into the matter:

In an interview with Jackson, he explained: “‘Cold Cold Man’ is to me another way of saying ‘I Love You’ with more of just ‘I don’t always need to tell you I love you for you to get that.’ Which I’ve experienced, and I’m sure a lot of people have experienced.

Sometimes it just rubs me the wrong way: People are too saccharin about everything, and with, ‘I love you’ after every phone call, it just seems like if you always express it too much, throw it out there cheaply, it loses a little bit of the value when you use it.”

Moreover, the video has witnessed a lot of careful planning and consideration. The graphics, and the overall idea of it, is brilliant. The music itself is so groovy and catchy, I don’t see why this isn’t their one-hit wonder. This might be hard to believe, but the video has less than 5 Million views, so let’s crank those numbers up, ey?

LOVE MY WAY

Artist: Psychedelic Furs

Genre: Post-punk

Notable lyrics:

They’d put us on a railroad
They’d dearly make us pay
For laughing in their faces and
Making it our way there’s
Emptiness behind their eyes
There’s dust want to steal us all and
Take us all apart
But not in

Love my way it’s a new road
I follow where my mind goes

The movie ‘Call Me By Your Name’ had a lot of good music to offer, including this gem. It’s also been my ringtone for a long time now. I’ll have to admit, that was a good call, pun intended.

The Psychedelic Furs are an English rock band founded in London in February 1977. Led by singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim Butler on bass guitar, the Psychedelic Furs were one of the many acts spawned from the British post-punk scene. ‘Their 1981 song “Pretty In Pink” was picked by director John Hughes as the title of his 1986 teen movie and the re-made version of the song became their biggest hit ’til then’. Released in 1982 as a part of their 3rd studio album, ‘Love My Way’ has become one of their most popular songs.

The 80’s were known for a lot of things, but mostly for the excellent records produced. The era, succeeding some of the biggest musical revolutions, had its way with the technology, paving a way to musical innovations, and the ‘British independent wave’. Basically, a whole lot of garage bands came into the open, and started putting out music of their own authenticity. This created another revolution, and gave rise to the ‘alternative’ genre that slowly spread to all parts of the world, until the punk-rock and grunge wave came into being in the 90’s.                                                                                While I never saw the glam of the aforementioned epoch the way it was probably meant to be seen, a few English bands of the time (The Smiths, The Cure, and so on) caught my attention, including this particular song of the band – after listening to it for the fourth time, that is.                                                                                                                                   Being one of the very few 20th century songs to use a xylophone in it, ‘Love My Way’ saw the forthcoming post-punk scene. Not so much punk, albeit, there’s definitely that congenital sultry charm to it; might be the eccentric video, or the bizarre costumes and make-up. Richard Butler’s carefree voice and Bowie-edge certainly accentuates that bit. Furthermore, the drums were a brilliant addition. With the xylophone and the drums blending in perfectly, the song surely was popular at Discos everywhere; probably still is, because this song is definitely worth the dance of a lifetime. The lyrics are obviously well-written; I mean, which 80’s “independent” band doesn’t have a quirky and intellectual lyricist? ‘In an interview with Creem in 1982, Richard Butler stated that the song was “basically addressed to people who are fucked up about their sexuality, and says ‘Don’t worry about it.’ It was originally written for gay people.”’ In that sense, it does sound like a proper escapade. And if 80’s music was famous for anything, it was for catering to the gay communities.

CLAIR DE LUNE

Artist: Debussy

Genre: Classical

Lyrics (of the poem): 

Your soul is a well-chosen landscape

Where roam charming masks and bergamasque

Playing the lute and dancing and seeming almost

Sad under their whimsical disguises.

While singing in a minor key

Of victorious love and good life

They don’t seem to believe in their own happiness

And their song mingles with the moonlight,

With the sad and beautiful moonlight,

That makes the birds in the trees dream

And sob with ecstasy the water streams,

The tall slim water streams among the marbles.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FOLKS! I know I’m late, but better that than later, right? I’ve been extremely lazy this entire week, since I’ve got my semester break now.                            This song is a perfect way to start your almost-new year with. If you don’t think so, let’s just agree to disagree.

Achille-Claude Debussy was a French composer. Although he happens to be one of the earliest influential composers of the early 19th and 20th century, he fancies himself a rather timid title. ‘Born in 1862, to a family of modest means and little cultural involvement, Debussy showed enough musical talent to be admitted at the age of ten to France’s leading music college, the Conservatoire de Paris. He originally studied the piano, but found his vocation in innovative composition, despite the disapproval of the Conservatoire’s conservative professors. He took many years to develop his mature style, and was nearly 40 when he achieved international fame in 1902 with the only opera he completed, Pelléas et Mélisande’.                                                                                      ‘        ‘Clair de Lune is a French poem written by Paul Verlaine in 1869. It is the inspiration for the third and most famous movement of Debussy’s 1890 Suite bergamasque of the same name’.

‘Clair de Lune’, or French for ‘Moonlight’ is a beautiful and tranquil melody composed of all the right notes and borrowed feelings. Since it was written as a poem, Debussy transcribed it into a melancholic tune with a hint of complete bliss. The intricate composition mostly revolves around the C major chord, with a lot of pauses and complex transitions, because like he’d once stated, ‘Music is the silence between the notes’.        That really made me think. It’s not the song a person likes, but how it makes them feel. You reflexively close your eyes, and let the gentle music sweep you into your mind’s meadow of harmony, delicacy, and everything that leaves you a happier person. The sheer lucidity of the tune is a thing of beauty; with as less as a single instrument, Debussy has created a masterpiece that people from all generations will be in awe of. If I must be honest, this melody is one among those I don’t feel pretentious liking, which is saying a lot. If the song could be a painting, it would be a prodigy, like Van Gogh’s Starry Night, or Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa; people effortlessly and congenitally learn to love it.

 

 

DON’T LEAVE

Artist: Snakehips and MØ

Genre: Electronic 

Notable lyrics: 

But I’m not just a fuck-up, I’m the fuck-up you need
I don’t hear nobody when you focus on me
Perfectly imperfect, yeah, I hope that you see
Tell me you see
‘Cause I know that you’ve been thinking ’bout it

Don’t leave
Shut your mind off and let your heart breathe
You don’t need to be worried
I may not ever get my shit together
But ain’t nobody gonna love you better

I know a lot of us music snobs have prejudices against pop music, but there’s a few that are inevitably on all our playlists, and not just as guilty pleasures. The quality is remarkable, and it’s almost as good as your sworn-by collection of classic rock music; well, at least in its own state of being.

Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen, known professionally as MØ, is a Danish singer, songwriter and record producer, signed to Sony Music Entertainment. Snakehips are a British electronic music duo. The line-up consists of Oliver Lee and James Carter. This “dream-team” were once the famous composers of the 2015 hit ‘Lean On’. While this 2017 single has failed to garner as much popularity as the former, (it did stay at the top of the charts for a few days) it’s achieved a whole new level of sophistication.

‘Don’t leave’ is a heartbreak song which talks about a dysfunctional couple clinging on to each other desperately, even with all the troubles and the sorrows. The singer begs her lover to stay, even when she hasn’t been the best partner while a video of their racy and intimate moments plays. That’s one way to describe this song: racy, intimate and heartfelt. There’s an optimum usage of electronic music, which is always a good thing. The music doesn’t drown out the singer’s voice, and adds a much-needed charisma to the song. Essentially, no other genre would’ve done this song justice. The lyrics are raw and raunchy, unraveling like a frustrating rant being yelled at someone, in the face. That further highlights how personal and well-drawn it is; it practically sets the entire scene. ‘s earthy voice, with the cracks and the trembles, further amplifies the pain, bringing more meaning to the song. As a whole, this song has definitely impressed me enough to persuade me to write about it. I’m not claiming to be a qualified song critic, but I’m a musical cynic, and I think this song is rather excellent, which is saying something.

The dude in the music video has caught your eyes, you say? That’s the Italian model, Francesco Cuizza. Thank me by following me 😉

SANTA BABY

Artist: Eartha Kitt

Genre: Christmas songs

Notable lyrics: 

Santa Baby, forgot to mention one more thing

A ring, and I don’t mean on the phone

Santa Baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

Merry Christmas, folks! This Christmas has been the wildest one till date. As a matter of fact, this year as a whole, couldn’t have been wilder. While ‘Last Christmas’ seemed more appropriate for my current situation, this song burst through my troubles and grievances, and called for being “decrypted”.

What can be said about Eartha Kitt, this beautiful, fierce, strong, and talented woman? What can be said about her that might do her justice?                                                        ‘Born into poverty in 1927 on a plantation in North, S.C., to a white father and a black and Cherokee mother, Kitt overcame domestic abuse and abandonment to become a renowned singer, dancer and actress on film, television and on Broadway.’                      The song was released in 1953, after which she became as popular as poodle skirts. Because it was so sultry and well-made, the song rose to the top of the charts, and stayed there for quite some time. Eartha enjoyed her time in the limelight, and was even cast as Catwoman in the 1967 Batman T.V. series. Orson Welles, of Citizen Kane fame, even once called her ‘the most exciting woman in the world. She was a renowned Bombshell until the Vietnam controversy almost ended her career. In a private luncheon with the first lady, Lady Bird Johnson, and other accomplished women in 1968, Kitt stood against young men being shipped to Vietnam, and told the first lady it wasn’t doing the country any good. (For more information, visit this page). She also refused to take her words back, which left her jobless, at least in the U.S., until 1978. Eartha Kitt passed away in 2008.

‘Santa Baby’ is a song backed up by a well-equipped orchestra. It happens to be one of Eartha’s favorite songs recorded. After its release in 1953, it hit off well with the public, and is a Christmas favorite even today. Various versions have been released ever since, but the original one happens to be my favorite. Eartha’s sultry & toned voice gives the song its structure and character. The song is about a woman enlisting all the luxuries she wants for Christmas, to Santa, who could either be a rich lover, or a Sugar daddy. After a revolutionary period of Jazz music before the 50’s, Jazz slowly transitioned into something more – Bluesy. Jazz soon became the mainstream in the 50’s, and rock took birth in the early 60’s. It also caused a revolution in the U.S., almost bringing racism down (LA VIE EN ROSE speaks about this in detail). Eartha, a popular face in the world of Jazz music, sold the song because of how seductive she and it were. It sounded like no other Christmas song, which were meant to be modest and cheerful. The music used was deemed modern back then, since it wasn’t leaning completely towards Jazz. The male back-up vocals and the saxophone add weight to the song, making it sound very sophisticated. While it would’ve faced a lot of backlash in the conservative environment of the 50’s, it certainly hasn’t lost its charm and suavity.

BARCELONA

Artist: George Ezra

Genre: Blues

Lyrics:

Barcelona
I still long to hold her once more, oh
My boots of leather
From Europe
I gather you know, know

Every time you have to go
Shut my eyes and you know
I’ll be lying right by your side
In Barcelona

A native man sang in a foreign tongue
I still ache to know the song that he sung
Barcelona

Every time you have to go
Shut my eyes and you know
I’ll be lying right by your side
In Barcelona
Every time you have to go
Shut my eyes and you know
I’ll be lying right by your side
In Barcelona

Every time you have to go
Shut my mind and you know
I’ll be lying right by your side
In Barcelona

I remember coming across a YouTube comment under Ezra’s video saying something along the lines of  ‘George Ezra is perfect. He’s got the voice, great looks, and a sense of humour I’d swap my favorite child for. That is an accurate representation of how I feel about the bloke.

George Ezra Barnett (born 7 June, 1993) is an English singer, songwriter, and musician, known for his deep, bass-baritone singing voice. He somehow looks like a movie jock, but is a real sweetheart. After ‘Budapest’, his single, was released, it reached No. 1 in several countries. His first album, ‘Wanted on Voyage’, with super-hits like ‘Blame it on Me’, did well in the European and American charts, gaining him a reputation as a popular neo-folk/Blues artist. This song is the 6th single from the same album. His second album, ‘Staying at Tamara’s’, was released earlier this year.

‘Barcelona’ has a back story to it – After his first album tour, George went away to seek solace in Barcelona. Instead of renting a really nice apartment, he stayed at a woman’s house as a tenant. The woman, Tamara, inspired his second album’s name. According to Genius lyrics,

The line ‘My boots of leather from Europe I gather you know’ is a reference to Bob Dylan’s “Boots Of Spanish Leather”. Dylan asks his lost love to send back boots of Spanish Leather to remember her by while she is far away in Barcelona.

The Dylan song is about realizing his lover is gone, that she is more interested in Barcelona and her future travels than in him. Ezra too seems to have lost a lover to the world.

Attributed with instruments like the electric guitar and the rattles, this Blues gem is tranquil, leisurely and wholesome. Ezra’s voice is magical; It’s unlike any common voice found in the industry today; deep, bassy, well-layered and sophisticated. The song unravels as its own pace as the quality of music gets richer, and George hits that high-note. It’s a perfect song for travelling in the rain, if you ask me.

The song is about chasing after the person you love, while they’ve escaped into a whole new foreign world. This could be a reference to Ezra himself, as he leaves everything he loved doing behind to explore, relax, and evolve. The video also elaborates the latter, with Ezra being focused on from among the leaves, as he floats mid-air. He’s a method artist, in the way he surrendered the luxuries and switched to a life of simplicity, which only made his dedication to his passion sturdier. Much respect for the man. It takes a lot of strength. diligence, and commitment to leave all the worldly pleasures behind, and go on an expedition to enlarge your capabilities as an artist. In the age of  technological reproduction of music, Ezra switches to the age-old traditions of making music, with the genuine lyrics, the instruments, his beautiful voice, which makes him an excellent artist.

LOVER BOY

Artist: Phum Viphurit

Genre: Indie Pop

Notable lyrics: 

Wandering the streets all through the night
Searching for the one to make me right
Wondering if she’s the shade of you
And if so, should I try to see it through

Darling, I got my trust issues
Warning, you stay away
If we meet at the rendezvous
Take me away, Sunray

Got a crush you want to serenade to impress? Or on someone with a good taste in music?  Don’t worry, I’ve got your back with this song.

Viphurit “Phum” Siritip is a 23-year-old Thai singer, who moved to New Zealand at the age of 9. As a result, he chose to make songs in English. With the braces and the good-guy charm, Phum has managed to acquire 30 million views on his most popular song ‘Lover Boy’. The song is a part of  his prospective 2nd album, probably releasing in 2019.

‘Lover Boy’ is a happy-go-lucky song that can cheer any gloomy person up; with the enthusiastic beats, the chipper aura, and the striking electric guitar, the song reminds one of lovely summer evenings with festive lights hung everywhere, much like the location of the song. Set along the beaches of Pattaya, Chonburi, a beachside city not too far from Bangkok, the song aptly captures the essence of a tune to play on a bonfire night with a bunch of your closest friends, and the person you’re in love with. I will take a moment to appreciate the quality of the film: stunning, vibrant and visually appealing. The lights used, further enhance a person’s mood, ridding him/her of the day’s stress for good. Moreover, Phum’s innocent and endearing face gives the entire video a rather schoolboyish charm.

Speaking of the song, Phum’s airy voice is a comparison to not a lot of other artists’ in the industry; it’s eccentric and absolutely delightful. His exaggerated pronunciations of every word is nothing but adorable. The playfulness has been brought out both in the music video and the song, as he serenades the pretty chick who can’t stop touching her hair enough. The song has been written from an admirer’s point of view; he’s got trust issues, and has suffered a great deal, but is hoping the girl is similar to him.  Our lover boy is confident with his guitar skills, and has decided to go minimalistic on the lyrics, which has worked out great for him, considering how the song’s become one of the most popular indie songs of 2018.

HOLDING ON

Artist: Gregory Porter

Genre: Jazz

Notable lyrics:

Weight of love on my shoulders
I thought that it would be easier than this
I thought my heart had grown colder
But the warmth of your kiss, I can’t dismiss
Though my past has left me bruised
I ain’t hiding from the truth
When the truth won’t let me lie right next to you
But it’s holding on
And it’s holding strong
Even though I tried to make it
Played the part, but I can’t fake it
It keeps holding on
And it’s holding strong
Even though I tried to break it
Heaven knows that I can’t shake it

I know I’ve been very irregular these days, but it’s the end of my semester and the exams have left me feeling lazy, yet stressful. As a way of making amends, I’m going to recommend this pearl to you fellas.

Born in Sacramento, California, Gregory Porter is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. At the age of 21, Porter lost his mother to cancer, but only after she entreated him from her death-bed: “Sing, baby, sing!” Porter mostly composes Gospel, Blues, and Jazz music, and has won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2014 for Liquid Spirit and in 2017 for Take Me to the Alley. ‘Holding on’, a single released in 2016 from his fourth studio album ‘Take Me to the Alley’, has gained fame through its remix version, made in collaboration with Disclosure, an English electronic duo.

Weirdly nostalgic and seductive, this jazz club hit pulls all the right strings. It’s one of those songs you’ve never heard before, but can swear has been etched semewhere in your mind; not because of the tune is mainstream (oh no, it’s definitely not mainstream), it’s just a lot of hard work and intricately woven tunes. The piano is ever so delightful, and takes you back to those 60’s night clubs, with the good music and the better cocktails. The soulful voice is just an addition to its already pre-dominant tune. And the saxophone, oh! the saxophone! If it weren’t the angels’ favorite instrument, besides the harp, I’d be rightfully stunned. The beautiful saxophone that would leave any jazz song incomplete in its absence, alters the mood into a more seductive one. The song is about an unrequited love that’s got you weak in the knees, and you’re begging your lovely counterpart to do anything but leave you. Wow, that just got real, huh?

Anyway, I can’t stress on this enough ‘Jazz needs to be explored and encouraged more’. With one of the most significant and beautiful genres dying out, people have got less to look forward to. If you’re a Jazz artist and are reading this, don’t you worry for there’s always somebody (actually, a whole lot of people) rooting for you. The undivided attention one pays to Jazz won’t ever fade away; so, for the love of God, keep experimenting with your music, sire/madam/miss!

 

FLOAT ON

Artist: Modest Mouse

Genre: Rock/Alternative

Notable lyrics: 

I backed my car into a cop car the other day
Well, he just drove off – sometimes life’s okay
I ran my mouth off a bit too much, ah what did I say?
Well, you just laughed it off and it was all okay
And we’ll all float on okay
And we’ll all float on anyway, well
A fake Jamaican took every last dime with that scam
It was worth it just to learn some sleight of hand
Bad news comes, don’t you worry even when it lands
Good news will work it way to all them plans
We both got fired on, exactly, the same day
Well, we’ll float on, good news is on the way
And we’ll all float on okay
And we’ll all float on alright
Already we’ll all float on
Now don’t you worry we’ll all float on alright
Already we’ll all float on alright
Don’t worry we’ll all float on
Alright, Already
And we’ll all float on alright
Already we’ll all float on alright
Don’t worry even if things end up a bit
Too heavy we’ll all float on alright

If the going gets tough, this song will have your back. It’s the therapy you never knew you needed.

Modest Mouse is an American rock band formed in 1992 in Issaquah, Washington. The popular members, among the 15 who have come and gone, include Isaac Brock (lead singer and guitarist) , Jeremiah Green (Drummer), Eric Judy (bassist), and the fabulous Mr. Johnny Marr (guitars). If Johnny’s in a band, you know it’s a great one.                          Modest Mouse is one of the most popular indie bands (oh, the irony) you’ll hear one speaking about. Among Alt-J, Mgmnt, Arcade Fire, and The Shins, Modest Mouse has established itself as an indie mogul. With 12 albums out, each album having a weirder name than the previous one, ‘Float On’ appears on their 9th album, ‘Good News For People Who Love Bad News’ released in 2004. Emerging as one of the most famous indie songs in existence, ‘Float On’ has won a Grammy for the best rock song in 2005.

In an interview with The A.V. Club, lead singer Isaac Brock discussed the song’s positivity, a turn from the band’s earlier, more dour material.

I was just kind of fed up with how bad shit had been going, and how dark everything was, with bad news coming from everywhere. Our president [George W. Bush] is just a fucking daily dose of bad news! Then you’ve got the well-intentioned scientists telling us that everything is fucked.

I just want to feel good for a day. I’d had some friends die, and with Jeremy kind of losing it… After we got out of that dark spot with everything melting down with the band, I just wanted to make a positive record. I think we managed to make a quarter of the record positive, and the rest is either kind of dark or more just relaxing into things being how they are, resigned

The song talks about how having a shitty day, or a week, or a month, or a year, isn’t too bad, as that too, shall pass. For the first time, a song about Optimism hs been created that’s not entirely out of everyone’s level of comprehension. It’s brilliant in a way that it’s literally helped thousands deal with bad times, which is what music in itself must do. The simplistic and relatable makes it all the more comforting.                                                          There’s absolutely no impediment in the way of the efficient usage of drums, and the characteristic indie guitar tune which was originally introduced by the underground bands of the 80’s, and is still put into use. The occasional guitar strums and the Windows XP noise is a bit annoying, and that’s that. As a whole, the song is very catchy and spirit-lifting, with an inherent sense of enthusiasm expressed well enough.

The music video is also rather artistic, with the band members being represented as paper puppets putting on a show in front of a barn. According to Songfacts, ‘The video takes place by a sheep slaughterhouse. As the sheep get rounded and get taken to the slaughterhouse they become scared. The song seems to be reassuring the sheep that it’s OK and that even if they die, they’ll “All float on.”‘ Pretty self-explanatory.

Needless to say, this song is one of the very few songs I almost never skip when found on a shuffle. Never fails to lift my mood, and remind me that ahead of shitty days lie the ones with rainbows and butterflies everywhere. In the end, it’ll all be worth it.

LOVES ME NOT

Artist: Cris Cab

Genre: Pop

Notable lyrics:

But when I’m on her heart, she’s coming down
When I’m showing up, she’s not around
That makes the days when you’re not at home
Should have not opened up my heart

Gotta let me know if you feel the same
A girl like you shouldn’t be playin’ those games

This song basically describes the story of my current life. All that’s left is to go to an entire garden, and pluck out flower petals, thinking out loud if ‘he loves me so, or he loves me not’ (I’m sure it’s a ‘NOT’). I know, I am quite frustrated.

Cristian Cabrerizo, better known by his stage name Cris Cab is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Born in 1993 to Cuban parents, Cris is only 25 years old, and started his first studio recording at the age of 14, only to be mentored by Pharrell Williams a year later. Cris is best known for his super-hit ‘Liar Liar’, and had released his first studio album ‘Where I Belong’ in 2014, along with several EP’s. Cris Cab has the charm of a dork trying to be cool, with his bad-boy pretence, but who’s complaining when hes’ got such an adorable face? Essentially, he’s a grown-up Shawn Mendes, catering to a more mature audience, preaching about unrequited lust.

‘Loves me not’ is a very relatable song (at least to me. I can’t stress on it enough) released in 2014. It’s also somehow got the ‘”modern” modern pop’ charm. With a very artsy music video full of ciphers and wonderful usage of light bulbs (who would’ve thought), it has managed to climb the popular charts, such as the Billboard top 100. The girls are also an excellent addition to the music video, because now we know what all that fuss is about.    Cris talks about not being loved in return, just like the name suggests, even after him wanting to give her pleasure so generously. In other words, he wants the ‘Friends with benefits’ contract broken since he’s started developing feelings for her, but my fair lady here begs to differ. In all seriousness, this song is rather catchy, with the magnificent sound of the electric guitar, and the bass drum that pierces into your ears, inducing more dopamine by the minute; there’s also a discreet use of electronic music here and there. The song has been edited, evidently, but I’m not complaining, since the final product is so well-made. The lack of sophisticated lyrics is compensated for, by his breezy, shrill voice. Even if Cris himself hasn’t played the guitar (I always do my research), he sure knows how to act.

Coming to the music video, because it’s just too savvy to be pushed backstage, the excellent use of technology defies a music snob’s tedious observations about how 21st century music is just ‘wasteful, and distasteful’. Finally, there’s a 2014 music video that doesn’t involve a couple of half-naked girls dancing, or a bunch of prepubescent boys jumping about. Evidently a big-budget music video, the light bulbs are probably irrelevant to the song, but fit in any way. There are a whole lot of ciphers (the snakes representing treachery, the two women clad in black and white representing two sides of the same girl), and all that. There’s a whole lot of Mise En Scene elements (I’m a Journalism student, hence the big French) that might take some dedication to be decoded, which speaks about the complexity, and the skillful structuring of the video. Apparently, the song sounds like something Sting from ‘The Police’ would make, and I can’t beg to differ; parts of it sounds like it’s been inspired by ‘Every Breath You Take’, but manages to stand apart on its own, without Sting fans yelling ‘Plagiarism’.