The MEB staff’s remarkable diversity strikes again this week as we bring you pop and pop-punk songs, a hip-hop tune, a little deathcore, and even a song from a British opera soundtrack. So check ’em all out and let us know what you’ve been jamming as well.
Landon’s Pick: “Fuck” – Bring Me The Horizon
I have only dabbled in the genre of deathcore. For the longest time, I never really saw the merit in the style of music due to a lack of open-mindedness. However, to this day, there are only a few bands in the genre that can really strike a chord with me…and Bring Me The Horizon is one of those bands. While their debut Count Your Blessings had its moment and follow-up Suicide Season remains my personal favorite, it’s the beauty and ambition of There Is A Hell Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There is a Heaven Let’s Keep It a Secret that makes it the best album the band has released to date. At the forefront of this album is the single “Fuck,” combining the visceral scream of frontman Oli Sykes and modest power of You Me At Six‘s Josh Franceschi to make the song an extremely memorable one.
Nick’s Pick: “Leaf” – Title Fight
I’m ridiculously excited to see Title Fight for the first time in a few weeks. In anticipation of that, I’ve been revisiting their latest album Floral Green. It’s one of the best pop-punk releases in recent memory, top to bottom, and “Leaf” might be the best song on the album. From the squealing guitar line to the powerful vocal delivery, this track not only represents what Title Fight is all about, it shows how they are dominating this style of music.
Megan’s Pick: “Love” – Seahaven
I’m a little biased when it comes to Seahaven, because I feel there aren’t enough words to describe how much I adore them. But from a different standpoint, my weekly choice of their song “Love” has little to do with my obsessive admiration, but a lot to do with the sheer talent behind it. This song tells a compelling story, in the simplest form, while keeping a somewhat cheerful demeanor. Its complicated tellings take a little while to analyze, but the result is shock and awe. I feel the one dimension that’s attached to typical musicians surpasses these fellows.
Joe’s Pick: “The Marvelous Dream” – Damon Albarn
Is there anything Damon Albarn can’t do? In 2012, the Blur/Gorillaz/The Good, The Bad, & The Queen/etc. mastermind released a soundtrack to his opera entitled Dr. Dee. Although the soundtrack doesn’t seem to fulfill its potential without actually seeing the stage adaptation, lead single “The Marvelous Dream” is an easily accessible tune, perfect for the colder weather of November. With acoustic strumming, hand claps and soft, wistful vocals, this song could be a preview of what a (non-opera themed) Albarn solo album might sound like.
Jason’s Pick: “Fuck Your Stuff” – P.O.S.
In what is one of the late-blooming hip-hop albums of the year, the lead single from We Don’t Even Live Here has everything to make it a hit, both by radio and underground standards. A blunt message and a great hook make this track something undeniably able to dig beneath your skin, as the bouncy electro-melodies and thick beats set the tone for both the track’s lyricism and the vibe of the entire album.
Jacob’s Pick: “Just Give Me A Reason” – P!nk (Ft. Nate Ruess)
This song is too good. Should I just stop there? A powerful duet featuring two powerful voices, this song has every aspect of an incredible pop song, from the simple but well-constructed piano part to the undeniably catchy nature of each melody. I’m not a die-hard fan of P!nk, but she sounds great singing something meaningful, and Nate is a surprisingly great match. Sad pop.