TWO WEEKS

Artist: Grizzly Bear

Genre: Rock

Notable lyrics: 

Save up all the days
A routine malaise
Just like yesterday
I told you I would stay

Would you always?
Maybe sometimes?
Make it easy?
Take your time

Think of all the ways
Momentary phase
Just like yesterday
I told you I would stay

Every time you try
Quarter half a mile
Just like yesterday
I told you I would stay

Would you always?
Maybe sometimes?
Make it easy?
Take your time.

Happy seeming sad songs are a popular trend now, I see.

Grizzly Bear is an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2002. The band consists of Edward Droste, Daniel Rossen, Chris Taylor, and Christopher Bear. Grizzly Bear, along the likes of Beach House, Vampire Weekend, and so on, is also an acclaimed alternative band.

‘Two weeks’ was released in 2009, in the album ‘Veckatimest’, named after a small island in Dukes County, Massachusetts. The album was further nominated for the ‘Danish Music Award for International Album of the Year’. The song, even after failing to climb the mainstream charts, was featured in various ads and T.V. shows, and has been sampled by popular artists like Childish Gambino and G-Eazy.

‘Dreamy and eccentric’ is what describes the song best. The vocals are unnaturally airy, and the music surreal. The electric piano, electric guitar and drums, with a soft and gradual jingle during the chorus, gives the song a very transcendental, yet edgy ethos. Written about the gradual rupture of a relationship, the song masks the pain hidden in the lyrics with the beautiful, wholesome music. Lead singer Ed Droste writes:

“Take your time” is not sarcastic — it’s serious. Slow down, take your time. It is about reassuring someone who you are with, telling them that you are going to be there even though you are both bored of it. Would you just sometimes take your time, would you make it easy, can you just not stress?

Although the music video appears to be a bit unsettling, what with the overly googly eyes, and the firecrackers bursting out of their heads in a church (is that what it feels like to be in a terrible relationship?), the savvy composition of the song makes up for it. With Background vocals from Beach House’s Victoria Legrand, the song takes you into another dimension, the one you never knew existed, but once had a dream about (oddly specific, I know). What’s wonderful is how good of a travelling song this is. ‘Two Weeks’ also apparently is Grizzly Bears’ most popular and widely listened-to song, and it rightfully deserves that acknowledgement.

D-D-DANCE

Artist: The Royal Concept

Genre: Indie pop

Notable Lyrics:

In a room with both of your rivals
You would always turn it around
Once you go, once you get started
Always had that look in your eyes
You would always reach without trying
I didn’t spend this time to fall out
Watch me take my chances on the weekends
You could always read me by heart

Always on the go, keep your head up now
Na na not quite that high
D-d-dance dance dance till you get it right
Always on the go, keep your head up now

Wrong decisions are inevitable. Every one often takes wrong decisions, only to realize how foolish they’ve been. ‘D-D-Dance’ is a happy-go-lucky song speaking about the same. The singer pleads to his girlfriend to not doubt their awry relationship, even after how skeptical she’s always been about dating someone his kind. In reality, you never almost date people your type, so she has no idea what the hell she’s on about.

The Royal Concept is a Swedish Indie Rock band formed in Stockholm in 2010. It currently consists of lead vocalist and guitarist David Larson, guitarist Filip Bekic, bassist Magnus Robert, and drummer Povel Olsson. They all look like a sophisticated bunch of Rock stars, with the characteristic long hair and the hipster appeal. Their songs mostly range from punk-rock to Indie-rock. The band also has its distinct sound which is easily identifiable, especially with the, um, very quirky voice behind all the songs. If I’m being just, it actually only accentuates the entire scheme of indie music. You can’t possibly go wrong while making independent music, since the point is ambiguity and experimentation.

The smart drum beats, the pitch-y electric guitars, and the excellent use of the cymbals, the most underrated parts of a jazz drum set, makes the music very hard to comprehend, which means you’re doing well. You don’t want your music to be an open book with no substance; the heavier and more complex the music, the more  professional you seem to be. The lyrics contradict the mood of the song, which is a trick people often use to produce super hits. Beside the usual drama. the song has a very unique configuration, with the snazzy drum bit playing a very important to miss. Without the use of Electronic music, the song replicates an original EDM song, which is saying something. It’s really hard to get over this song in less than a few weeks. Play it early in the morning for a more melodramatic effort. If there’s a playlist named ‘songs for a foggy day’, this one’s perfect for it.

MEN’S NEEDS

 

 

Artist: The Cribs

Genre: Indie rock

Notable lyrics: 

I’m not bothered, what you say or how you dress
I’m a mess, so you’ve always seemed inviting
But really, this all seems quite meaningless
And I remember that you never seemed to see
The fact that man’s needs
Man’s needs are full of greed, are full of greed
A man’s needs, man’s needs
Are lost on me

Here’s a good ‘I didn’t know I needed this until now’ song. This one’s a major stress-buster, take my word for it.

‘Understanding a woman is hard, but so is understanding a man’ is basically what I’ve learnt from this song. People in general are confusing. They say something, but mean another. To make sense of every word will leave you in a state of dilemma. So kids, let go and screw people, you don’t need ’em. (In case it was unclear, I was kidding. You obviously need someone to save you while you drown or someone to give you a CPR).

‘The Cribs are an English indie rock band originally from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The band consists of twins Gary and Ryan Jarman, and their younger brother Ross Jarman. They were subsequently joined by ex-The Smiths and Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr who was a formal member of the group from 2008 until 2011.’ HEAR THAT? THE FAMOUS JOHNNY MARR WAS A PART OF THIS BAND, HOW COULD THEY NOT BE AWESOME!

Although Marr only joined the band after the release of this song in 2007, this song is exceptional in the way only a true 2000’s song could be. This song was released at the time of rediscovery of punk-rock, hence the overused theme of a woman being a pain in the arse was used. The song speaks about the enlightenment the singer had about how toxic his girlfriend is. Basically, the singer was just too desperate to be alone. It’s all quite evident from the music video, with the woman going berserk and destroying all the instruments.

While the theme isn’t all that worldly, the excellent use of resources at hand, is. The music is so fresh and authentic; it sounds nothing like a modern-day rock song. The electric guitar track has lost its hard-rock essence and has been turned into something more melodramatic and attractive. The vocals are in-the-face, and suitable for a song which is essentially grunge-meets-funk-meets-pop. All in all, the song is very catchy indeed. There was a time when I just couldn’t stop listening to it. Thanks Spotify! (Not an Ad. Seriously, try it for yourself and see).

Also, is it weird that I find the twins sexy, despite their terrible dressing sense?

 

 

河童 (KAPPA)

Sa Yuu (Left and Right)

Genre: Alternative rock (Japanese)

Lyrics: 

My toes are getting chilly

My feelings are dying

My toes are getting chilly

My feelings are dying

A house has built up in the inside of me

He’s living in the inside of me

He’s calling in the inside of me

He’s calling my evil inside me

A house has built up on the inside of me

He’s living in the inside of me

He’s eating in the inside of me

He’s eating my goodness inside me

My toes are getting swollen

My feelings are dying

My toes are getting swollen

My feelings are dying

My air bladder

The air bladder I don’t need

I wanna sink down

I wanna sink down calmly

My toes are getting chilly

My feelings are dying

My toes are getting chilly

My feelings are dying

The things that you want to see are always looks boring but the every things that obsesses you are really great so I’m not gonna like you.

The Japanese version of the lyrics isn’t available and the google translator isn’t of much help, even with the camera recognition software. The aforementioned lyrics are a rough translation of the song.                                                                                                      Weeaboos, rejoice, for I have found this anime-perfect song after digging through the depths of YouTube. Well, it was actually recommended to me because I’ve watched tons of anime. Hey, they’re awesome and I highly recommend ‘The daily lives of Highschool boys’.

The song is so awesome, I’m not even guilty about the pleasure it provides me with (no, not THAT way). It’s both wonderfully weird and artistic, with quirky, debatable lyrics and an unconventional voice. Being miles away from typical J-pop or K-pop, for that matter, the song is mitigating in its own eccentric way. The electric guitar gives in an in-your-face edge and the cute midget woman with her screechy voice adds a surprising element of twist to the entire song.

‘A kappa also known as kawatarō (川太郎), komahiki (駒引, horse puller), or kawatora (川虎, river tiger) is an amphibious yōkai demon or imp found in traditional Japanese folklore’. The music video is a minimalist one, with a small cameo/documentary of gorillas from nowhere, but somehow belongs there, amidst all the confusion. Evidently, the video was recorded in the living room of the band members. Also, the band is an incipient one, with 50,000 views on their songs, at the most. Their music is available on iTunes and Amazon, so dear rich kids (or people who diligently invest in good music), fetch a copy now. We can’t afford to let more artists go extinct. Dear dedicated weeaboos, your time has also come, good fellas.