@@@ Anemone: She’s the One (N/A, 2019) I saw on the Twatter that this tune had been nominated for a SOCAN songwriting prize. It’s a mash of ’80s dreamy synth pop and Beach Boys type rock weirdness but with updated sounds. It’s got a pretty straight white boy/white girl rock dance beat, rock bass, some jangly guitars and classic reverbed female vocals. Tempo is a tad above medium and it peaks with some hand percussion to go with the poo poo platter of indie sounds. Indie is a tough sell for me, I dig it all right, but check it for yourself. The percussion is my favorite part of the song.
@@@ Dilly Dally: Bad Biology (N/A, 2019) Not off the Twatter but off the same SOCAN songwriting nomination list. The tune is an extreme version of quietude in the verse and then a Smashing Pumpkin type crush in the chorus. The lyrics are gender related — bad being a boy, blah blah blah, bad being a girl…yadda yadda yadda. The most notable component of the tune is the contrast of the sections and I dig how they stretched it as far as they could. There’s not a lot of rocking with some of the youngsters today so it’s refreshing to hear a smackdown. The female vocalist goes half orc in the second chorus to get pretty dark for indie business these days.
@@@ Scott Helman: Hang Ups (Scott Helman, 2019) More mainstream with a pop guitar nugget here off that SOCAN songwriting nominations. The lyrical hook revolves around his own personal hang ups and asking his gal/whoever to not hang up on him. You can hear the Justin Bieber production influences going on here bigly. A little funk, a wee pubic hair of rock, a lot of pop vocal actions and smooth porn star pelvis production shine. The mix is pretty thick with percussion overlays, lots of vocal tracks and a generally soda pop vibe. It’s a wee bit pop childish for my taste but whatevs. To conclude, I don’t really know what the SOCAN songwriting awards are, I think it has to do with Canada but I don’t really know or care.
YTD recordings listened to: 282
Good music, not list worthy: 167
Not good music: 97
Honorable Mentions: 0
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