Here in the digital Mind Equals Blown office, we listen to a wide variety of stuff. The staff decided to get together and share what songs we have been jamming recently in one, big, beautiful list. Spotify links included for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!
Dylan’s Pick: “XXX” – Danny Brown
Danny Brown is an emerging new star in the rap game. With his 2011 release XXX gaining him some notoriety (including a summer tour with Childish Gambino), Brown showed off his flamboyant personality and humorous flow. I’ve been bumping the title track of “XXX” a lot lately which is all about growing up hungry in the slums of Detroit, trying to figure out the way to make the perfect beat and ultimately this being the reason for his success today. Brown’s unorthodox style and cartoony beats make for an entertaining listen time and time again, case and point on “XXX.”
Jason’s Pick: “Mercy” – Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz
I’m going to be honest with you on this one. Lyrically, I wouldn’t really consider this track anywhere on the same level as how ridiculously catchy the hook is. Toss in the occasional “swerve” and you’ve got gold as far as I’m concerned. This is probably my favorite thing Kanye has put his voice on since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Joe’s Pick: “Time to Begin” – States
Hailing from the well-received Line ‘Em Up EP released in 2010, this was the very first track that States – featuring former members of Lydia and Copeland – recorded together. An atmospheric mid-tempo track, “Time to Begin” is a perfect song for those nighttime drives as Mindy White’s haunting and layered vocals speak of a new beginning and getting back to “the town in the sky.” The best word to describe this track (and the EP) is beautiful.
Drew’s Pick: “Practically Perfect” – Akeldama
Boy howdy, I love me some djent. Say what you will about the genre, but when it’s done right it’s damn good – and Tampa’s Akeldama are doing it right. Dual vocalists, great atmosphere and solid guitar work has kept their demo in constant rotation for the last month or so and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Accessible enough for your girlfriend and polished enough for even the most eloquent Djentleman, Akeldama will be taking the scene by storm in the not-so-distant future.
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Sebastian’s Pick: “Logos” – Atlas Sound
The final track on the breakthrough album from Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox is a cohesive representation of the record’s personality. Cox’s voice is packed with reverb, yet you still get feelings across from it. The drums are the driving force here as the guitar is much too distorted to be considered a clear entity. Yet at the end of it you have a song that’s not hard to understand. It’s a pop song: short, simple and it never strays from an overall idea. It’s a testament to the songwriting talent of Bradford Cox.
Jarrod’s Pick: “Butchers” – I, Omega
Off of their debut EP The Ravenous, I, Omega strap on their inner Protest the Hero and kick off the five-song record with this two-minute epic. The track begins extremely reminiscent of PTH’s Kezia, and even notches a couple of brilliantly formed breakdowns. Not too shabby for a track so short in length. While the EP is sweeping throughout its entirety, “Butchers” is the clear favorite.
Kaitlin’s Pick: “Take a Walk” – Passion Pit
Since the music video for Passion Pit’s most recent single “Take a Walk” was just released, I haven’t stopped listening. The video perfectly symbolizes the song’s melancholy lyrics. The song seems to tell a story of growing up, of not having your dreams realized, of your future not being what you had planned: “I watch my little children, play some board game in the kitchen / And I sit and pray they never feel my strife.” Meanwhile, the video paints this picture with a ball bouncing through suburbia, flying high, then wandering far and wide until ending up with the narrator on a city rooftop surrounded by his broken belongings. Long story short- this song reminded me that Passion Pit is much more than just pretty sounds and has me stoked for Gossamer‘s release on July 24th.
Jacob’s Pick: “Let It All Out” – Relient K
One of the things that I love most about Relient K’s album Mmhmm is the way that it so seamlessly blends together a healthy mix of an aggressive pop-punk sound and a more relaxing, piano-driven beauty. While there are plenty of songs that do a fantastic job of putting the two together in a single track, the one that’s been stuck in my head most recently falls toward the gentler side of the record. “Let It All Out” is four minutes of soothing, uplifting melodies and great lyricism. This song will make you feel good. Go on, you owe it to yourself.
Nick’s Pick: “Friends of Friends” – Hospitality
Hospitality is an ideal summer season feel-good band and their single “Friends of Friends” is no exception. “Friends of Friends” takes any sort of lonesome feelings one might have and flips them into a sing-along indie-pop song. It is catchy, fun and wholesome with the perfect amount of cheesiness that contagiously makes you smile. As a bonus, the music video features Maeby from Arrested Development.
Megan’s Pick: “Snails” – The Format
“Snails” is quite beautiful and is equipped with such pleasant elements that it’s easy to get lost in its simplicity. The melody is soothing but inviting and the lyrics captivate. Although it may seem a little slow, The Format did well when they imported their simple message into this calming song. Their idea of taking things in strides, and not rushing life’s contributions too much, comes alive. Catchy and interesting, this song serves as a reminder to appreciate “the beauty in every inch.”