When a friend told me to check out a video his brother shared with him, I did so not really knowing what to expect. On an initial listen, the music was whimsical, the melodies matched, and there was some interesting dynamic going on. I told him that I thought it was a fun track, that it reminded me of another song, and then went on with my life. Later on, he mentioned how emotional he thought the song was, and I went back to give it a second listen. And then a third. And then a fourth. You get the pattern. A few days removed from this, the song’s still in my head.
Judging from the insane amount of YouTube views, you’ve probably already heard the song, multiple times. You’ll still want to click the play button down below. On the off chance you haven’t heard, click the play button down below and try to resist clicking it again. The other two tracks are ones that had similar musical qualities, and you’ve probably heard them as well. However, it’s sometimes good to get a healthy dose of this sort of tone all at once. Here’s your chance. Check it out.
1. “Somebody That I Used To Know” – Gotye (Ft. Kimbra)
Like I said above, this music is really fun. On the instrumental side, quirky sounds can be found throughout. The bassline is catchy, the melodies are catchy, the words are catchy. Gotye’s interested in the way things sound, and everything has its unique place in the track. Though the nature of the music itself interested me at first, masked by the playful music was something real. The lyrics cut deep, while at the same time attempting to play it casual. The interplay between Gotye and Kimbra give the track a great back-and-forth context, and the relaxed feel of the verse gives away quickly to the power of the chorus when he comes in over her final words. The song’s dynamic, catchy beyond end, and very emotional. In other words, it’s an incredible indie-pop song.
2. “Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster The People
Though this song came out in the same year as “Somebody That I Used To Know,” it easily beat the other in terms of popularity for 2011 (but not in YouTube views anymore). I can’t tell you how many times I heard this song on the radio, in a friend’s dorm room, even at parties. Reminding me of the same “other song,” “Pumped Up Kicks” has similarly upbeat melodies matching whimsical instrumentation, but has lyrical content that’s a little more fanciful than the words found in “Somebody That I Used To Know.” The chorus, though a bit repetitive, is as big as they come in this type of music. It’s a fun song without nearly as much pain behind its motivation as the previous track, and would’ve easily made my list of top radio songs for last year, had I the motivation to make one.
3. “Young Folks” – Peter Bjorn And John
If you hadn’t figured it out already, this is the song I’ve been referring to this whole article. With its signature drum beat, whistling, and awesome music video, I defy you to not like this song. The lyrics, while not overly deep, are endearing and easy to relate to. The melodies will get stuck in your head, most likely in whistle form. If I ever managed to find myself at the sort of party portrayed in the video, I’d be pretty pleased. This is just good, straightforward, feel-good music, perfect for summertime but perhaps appreciated even more in the colder months. That said, if you’re in the mood for a little more pain and haven’t done so already, it’s about time to scroll back up and listen to these three songs again. I know you want to.