We’ve covered Pentatonix on Tunesday before, but our crime (in my opinion) is not introducing you, should you not have already gone off and found it yourself, to this Daft Punk medley – the main attraction from their second album released towards the end of last year. I say this because I only recently discovered it myself, and wondered how it had escaped my grasp until now. As of last month, this video had over 75 million views on YouTube.
A song doesn’t get that many clicks just by having a colourful video, as this one certainly does. It needs other elements, such as great editing. Nice vocals. Good-looking group members. In Pentatonix’ case, every cover they’ve done shows off their charisma, creativity and an almost telepathic connection that allows them to work in tandem unlike any group I’ve ever seen before.
You may think that’s overblown hype generated by those well-edited videos, but you’ll only think that until you see or hear them live. It is at that point, when you realise they look and sound exactly like they do in every one of their videos, if not better, that you would realise the hype that has surrounded this group for the past couple of years, is completely deserved. They are for real, and this is one entertaining piece of music.
Despite its name I consider this week's Tunesday to be a very good summer tune. Actually, on second thoughts this is one that would fit in with any season. Who says the occasional bit of spring or summer rain isn't refreshing, after all?
Taken from Basement Jaxx's emotionally charged fifth studio album Scars, Raindrops is a warm, uplifting song. Vocals are provided by male group member Felix Buxton using the 'Auto-Tune' effect (a kind of audio processor that can alter tone and pitch), which gives the track its unique sound. In the instrumentals can also be heard rock, house and even subtle elements of jazz. All mixed electronically in the fashion that Basement Jaxx are so well known for.
Upon first glance this video may give off warning signs for the more conservative viewer (yes, those are half naked women dancing) but its artistic style is something to be greatly appreciated. Filmed in a kaleidoscope style, it emits nostalgic disco vibes that could make you reminiscent about former decades while also managing to feel distinctly modern. Indeed, if old fashioned disco dancing was still in fashion then this is the kind of tune I'd like to - in fact, no, you don't want to imagine that any more than I do. Just check out the video already!
Ok, so we can all agree I may be the tiniest bit biased when it comes to today's choice, but in my defence, it's a good summer song thanks the the beat produced by the goatskin drums and the contagiously happy clank of the cowbells, AND (assuming you were around back then), you have probably belted out the words of their last major worldwide hit on more than one occasion.
This song captures pretty perfectly, that easy-going, carefree attitude that we seem to embrace -or perhaps that embraces us- every year when summer rolls around. Have a listen, have a dance, and have a long laugh with an old friend, while you make the most of summer 2014.
Until next time...
Today's pick is the kind of song that needs little, if any, introduction, so I will keep it uncharacteristically (for me at least) succinct.
Green is the first single off Adam Barnes latest album 'The Land, The Sea & Everything Lost Beneath,' and it is beautiful. I've said in the past that I'm an absolute sucker for an acoustic performance, and this one is no different. Just about caught the vapours at 1:14 in!
You get the feeling, watching the emotion you see Barnes pour into this set, that he is laying all his cards on the table here. The lyrics are indubitably heartfelt, and like an an arrestingly poetic version of situations that many of us have been a part of.
Seriously, I think the only way this song could be made better is if you listened to it bathed in the fiery glow of a fulgent sunset.
As always, enjoy! (: