SUNFLOWER

Artist: Rex Orange County

Genre: Alternative Pop

Notable lyrics: 

Tryna keep my mind at bay
Sunflowers still grows at night
Waiting for a minute till the sun’s seen through my eyes
Make it down down, do-do-down
Diggy dig down, du du du
Waiting for a minute till the sun’s seen through my eyes

Rex makes the kind of music you don’t want to like because it seems too pretentious but you end up liking anyway, because it’s not.

Rex Orange County or Alexander O’Connor, is an English recording artist and a one-man band who probably mad it big through YouTube, because that’s how you find great indie music, folks. The name apparently was given to him by a teacher because of his initials O.C., which also happens to be an American drama about a bunch of people in the Orange County.

The song allegedly was written for his girlfriend when they were going through a bit of a rough patch. Sweet, isn’t it? A good musician always finds inspiration in the smallest nooks and corners but does not exploit them. Being a very groovy and funky song, it’s evidently classified into 3 distinct parts: the former vintage blues, with the drowsy and aged guitar riffs, the middle smooth disco part with the drums and the latter part, with a charming mixture of trumpets, claps and muted jazz drums. Essentially, it’s a skillful roller coaster of unexpected emotions and occasional surges of adrenaline with the thumping and the grizzly back-up vocals. Being the perfect kind of music to find on YouTube, with its Scott Pilgrim meets Napoleon Dynamite atmosphere, hipsters are sure to buy this song like they buy pot brownies or craft beer; the best part is that you don’t have to be pretentious to genuinely like this song, since its already so fine. The song basically talks about the fear of being abandoned by a lover, in a very light-hearted manner. Sunflower is apparently a metaphor for daintiness and beauty. The lyrics can be easily deciphered, unlike most indie songs.

The music video, even if a bit artsy in an early 2000 way, is very appealing, colorful and school-boyish, charming in its own subtle way. Rex, with his chubby young face, is a brilliant addition to the video. The message of the video is still unclear but I think the last dude had his hands stained with cocaine. Basically, it looks like an amateur short film made by year 2 film-making students, with the use of mid-shots and long-shots. Not too clumsy either, but has nothing on the ‘Loving is easy’ music video, with the clay animations.

With a rise in his popularity every passing day, Rex stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Boy Pablo and, with proper exposure, could get as famous as Mac DeMarco in the Indie underworld; he’s got the charm and the demeanour of a proper indie musician.

 

CAMEO LOVER

 Artist: Kimbra

Genre: Indie pop

Notable lyrics:

I’ve got high hopes baby, but all you do is take me
Down to depths that I never knew
You’ve got two arms baby, they’re all tangled in ladies
As the black skies posing blue
Let go of your mother and turn to your brother
Not a long gone lover’s noose

Kimbra? rings a bell? ‘isn’t she that chick from that weirdly amazing song with the body paint and everything?’ Yes, this is the same Kimbra of the ‘somebody that I used to know‘ fame. and yes, she’s covered with body paint in that album cover, again.

Kimbra with her Zooey Deschanel- pre fame Katy Perry realness, her decisively hollow but gratifying voice, bizarre haircut and quirky moves with equally quirky music videos writes this song to bring color into the life of her potential, indecisive lover who only keeps making appearances in her life because he’s so wrapped up in his own problems that he can’t even spell happiness, let alone return her affections. in an effort to pursue him, Kimbra offers to help him deal with his struggles and soothe his somewhat wounded soul. well, gotta love Kimbra.

The song is seemingly happy but it really isn’t all that merry. add a sad tune and you’ve got a depressing one-hit wonder. there’s something about Kimbra and her innate obsession with making the impossible look easy: creating happy sad songs. definitely is a complex challenge, that one is. The song simply revolves around a depressed individual (who everyone usually wants to offer comfort) or a ‘bad boy’ who manages to sweep Kimbra off her feet. being aware of his state, Kimbra, like every other good girl (I’m kidding, can’t be too sure about this) wants to woo him and make his world a better place by turning his skies blue and such specifics. on a journey to win his heart over by creating a colorful environment, she manages to capture all our attentions too! don’t believe me? read the YouTube comments below her music videos.

With one of the most different voices in the industry, Kimbra manages to employ it in a very appealing manner. most of her videos are sweet as candy, unnecessarily vivid and vibrant (I’m not complaining *heart eyes emoji*). Her endearing, feminine appearance makes her stand out among the rest of the “edgy” (basic is the word I intended to use) female pop singers. After all, nobody wants to go back to the 2010’s, do they? But Kimbra manages to pull it off so well, with her floppy raven hair and girly face. Also, how quirky are her dance moves? Gotta love Kimbra, again.