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 😉

CHATEAU

Artist: Angus & Julia Stone

Genre: Electronic/Travel

Notable lyrics:

I don’t mind if you wanna go anywhere,

I’ll take you there

We could go to the Chateau Marmont

And dance in the hotel room

Thank goodness for the existence of this wonderful song; it is a cherry on the top of my travel playlist.

Julius and Angus Stone are a pair of really attractive Australian siblings who formed their own indie pop duo back in 2006. They mostly make songs with sensible and timid Electronic music incorporated. Somehow, they remind me of ‘oh wonder’, the popular indie duo. Julius is a sexy dude, and his pronunciation of ‘Chateau Mormont’ does unimaginable things to me.

Chateau (Castle) Mormont happens to be a very famous hotel in sunset Blvd, Los Angeles. The song has some really mellow beats. It’s an enthusiastic fusion of electronic music and indie music, all very shrewdly arranged, basically resulting into a perfect mixture of both genres. The music is innately travel oriented; definitely sounds like something you’d play on a very long drive across the country, on deserted highways or such. There’s something about this song that plays out like a frozen fragment of the warmest sunset. The music video is also very complementary, portraying what the song actually means – promises made to your lover about travelling the world with them, and living your life like there’s no end to it. The music revolves around a similar idea – 2 young couples, one of them travelling around, and the other getting married – possibly the same couple, before and after, in the Chateau where it all began. Julia and Angus themselves make a guest appearance in the video.

Also, can we just take a moment and appreciate how accurately the music video fits the song? Lord only knows that’s happened so few times in the history of making music! And here’s a thought that just crossed my mind: are there any cat-fights involved, during the making of a song?