On their final day of their Artist of the Week feature, Kyle and Morgan of COLOURS created playlists describing their musical influences. Read below to learn more and listen to their playlists. If you missed the other parts of their feature, click here.
Frank Ocean – Novacane
Frank Ocean always has this timeless sound to his voice and music but is extremely current with his lyrics. At times crude and crass he takes his generations thoughts and projects them smoothly and endearingly. I can only hope to balance such character so well.
Grimes – Realiti
This artist and specifically song is inspirational. She takes straight forward pop music and offers such a exposed and natural brand to it. Shameless in every perfect sense of the word. Shameless without desperation.
Justin Bieber – No Pressure
Justin Bieber’s new album Purpose, really has some wonderful gems throughout it. Songs like No Pressure is a great example. A pop hit made moody and produced just perfectly. A well written and even more so well recorded song. The production is wonderfully impressive and worth listening for that alone but Justin Bieber’s vocals are tasteful and not to be looked over.
Jonsi – Tornado
One of my favorite questions to ask a casual music lover is…“Suppose beings from another planet came to earth and greeted you first. With threatening poise they said to you ‘share with me one song to invoke empathy for your race’…what would your choice of song be?” My answer is Jonsi – Tornado. Few songs encompass human nature so delicately and beautifully than this song. Perfectly romantic and perfectly tragic. The time signature of the piano creates such tension while the strings accompany vocals and add such resolution.
John Mayer – Walt Grace’s Submarine Test January, 1967
This song to me is an example of perfect story telling. I always appreciate story telling from artists like Pedro The Lion or Mewithoutyou but John Mayer takes it to another level with this song. I’ve played the song for anyone looking for songwriting at its finest. It sits in a pocket that is chill invoking and captivating.
SZA – Babylon
Draggy synth bass tones and over verbed vocals make this song stand alone so specifically and so enjoyably. SZAs signature to me is her mood. Babylon represents her well and is wildly inspiring.
Phil Collins-In The Air Tonight
If I could have claim to writing one song, it would be this one. A timeless song that never gets old.
In L$D, Instrumentation, lyric and melody intertwine in a euphoric haze, to project the songs theme perfectly. The track’s production is impressively crafted to allow you to completely submerge yourself in it. The cohesiveness of this track makes it one of my favorites.
Banks album, Goddess, is filled with brooding instrumentation and sensual vocals that take you on a journey from beginning to end. Brain is one of my favorites on the record. Each time I listen, I find new hidden layers within the track.
Brand New-Jesus Christ
A beautifully vulnerable song that fights with internal struggles.
Kanye West-Black Skinhead
This song is production perfection. The drums stomp with a primal, aggressive drive. Gritty synth bass and pitched vocal samples add a crisp, industrial vibe throughout. The tones used in this track give it a great moody vibe.