The Importance of Self-Expression In Media

Music as a way of representing individualism, and identity is a concept in the culture industry that has brought much controversy. This is the case, because according tothe article “ The Culture Industry,” by Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, our societyis deficient in owning up to this phenomenon. According to Adorno and Horkeimer, we are living in a society where popular media is becoming a commodity of repetition, and a business of reproducing mass culture. In today’s society, the music industry has become a substance of competition and dominance, where many artists are trying to stand out, when in fact their individual art, and style is missing.

One group that negotiates with self-expression is ‘The Beatles.’ They’re a group that not only remains true to themselves, but they have reached out to society in a way that is inspiring. The Beatles have put themselves out there in the market, and they have reached their full potential, by making their style, and sounding unique. The concept of self-expression is important in the music industry in order to maintain individuality and to avoid reproducing something that has already been produced. A group that encompasses this logic is ‘The Beatles.’ Before going into further explanation of why ‘The Beatles’ represent a special identity, Adorno and Horkeimer’s controversy must be addressed and explained in further depth.

In the article “The Culture Industry” they state, “The peculiarity of the self is a monopoly commodity determined by society; it is falsely represented as natural.” (Adorno & Horkeimer, 41). Adorno and Horkheimer in simpler terms are critiquing society by reinforcing that it is in a condition of artificial awareness, and that our culture is broken under authority because of the 1 capitalism that is taking place in the modern world. Another argument that is important inunderlying mass culture is when the article states, “In the culture industry the individual is an illusion not merely because of the standardization of the means of production.” (41).To get an understanding of this we can turn to pop stars such as Britney Spears, Rhianna, and Lady Gaga. They all share similar characteristics and our society is attracted to them.The music industry takes note of this and then begins to create more ‘Britney’s’ and ‘Rhiannas.’ Unfortunately this is what it has come to, but with taking a closer look at

‘The Beatles,’ it can be seen how they remain true to their art. The Beatles are a group that epitomizes what Adorno and Horkeimer are trying to pinpoint. They remain individual because no other artist today in the twenty first century is able to compare with them. They have this unique sound, which makes them able to produce so many songs. Looking at this review that focuses on one of their many albums,it is evident in seeing how this group remains so popular. Their first psychedelic masterpiece, Revolver represents the Beatles at their most creative and cohesive, still a tight rocking unit firing on all cylinders but with a surging freedom of self-expression. It is arguably their greatest album, in which they introduce whole new vistas of sound yet still contain them within tightly structured and performed songs (McCormick, 1)

By what McCormick states, it can be seen why this group has been able to leave an influence for today’s generation. The Beatles are able to leave a lasting impact on their fans, and they’ve laid out originality in the album revolver by seeking out what society wants to hear, but still remaining true to their sound. Even as they are not a group anymore, their music is still listened to, and therefore they will never be forgotten. The Beatles were the first British group to ever write their own songs and music, and they therefore can never be replaced which makes them the reality of music. Lastly, the group has been able to create music that holds meaning in their songs. “Sure, they had their share of “yeah, yeah, yeah” songs in the beginning, but songs such as “We Can Work It Out,” “In My Life,” and just about anything on Sgt. Pepper simply include timeless messages – all packaged in beautiful music.” (Russel,1)

Through the understanding of Adorno and Horkeimer’s article, the main idea to grasp is that the modern world has transformed art into a business. This has caused the entertainment industry to manufacture music that satisfies the needs of society, but it has been done in such a way, where repetition is gained, and individuality is lost. Many artists today share a similar art, and are lacking their own identity, but ‘The Beatles,’ are a group that have shed light upon self-expression. They carry many great qualities such as carrying songs that hold meaning, producing music that reaches out to their fans, and leaving an influence for today’s generation of artists. The main influence being that the band was able to be a part of the music industry for many years and maintain succession. Adorno and Horkeimer’s article informs society of what mass culture, media, and technology has converted to. Although the industry has replicated artists in order to maintain the business of advertising, and making money it doesn’t mean that other artists can’t remain true to their art.

Works Cited

Adorno, Theodor, and Max Horkeimer. “The Culture Industry: Enlightment as Mass

Deception.” The Culture Studies Reader (1944): 29-43. Print.

McCormick, Niel. “The Beatles- Revolver, Review.” The Telegraph. N.p., 7 Sept. 2009.

Web. 19 Sept. 2012. <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/the-beatles/6150301/The-Beatles-Revolver-review.html&gt;

Russell, Lindsey. “Why The Beatles Still Have A Lasting Impact.” Yahoo! Voices. N.p., 19 Jan. 2007. Web. 19 Sept. 2012. <http://voices.yahoo.com/why-beatles-still-lasting-impact-165802.html?cat=19&gt;

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Local EDM group Tennyson is flying high

 

Are you wondering where the Canadian EDM talent lies in 2017?  Normally EDM artists fly solo, but with this dynamic duo, working alone is no option. This Canadian brother-sister act that can turn anything into music. The duo (Luke and Tess) are from Edmonton, Canada.  This teenage brother-sister duo is packed with immense musical flair and skills. Luke, 20, and Tess, 18, they make look angelic but they sure can put on a show. Luke writes the syncopated tunes, and Tess provides mind-numbing live percussion. A girl on drums is so kick-ass is it not? Skrillex is apparently a big fan of the duo, which is great for them trying to get to make it big in the EDM scene. Luke is heading to Los Angeles this year to get as creative as he can, so you can absolutely be expecting big sounds from Tennyson.

Luke and Tess- dynamic duo

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Luke and Tess a brother and sister act from Canada started busking the streets of Edmonton at ages of seven and nine, which is pretty amazing. They have gradually but surely matured into one of the most eccentric artists in the music scene with their blend of Jazz music and electronica gaining attention of producers like Ryan Hemsworth, Lido and as mentioned Skrillex. What makes them stand out is that they don’t sing about anything – their music is instrumental. It is wildly active, full of keyboard play and arpeggios. It is also very authentic sounding, which doesn’t make them imitators. As Emerson has said, imitation is suicide. Let’s face it; do we really need another David Guetta or Tiesto? Many artists these days are sampling other artist’s tracks and even though it is allowed it lacks originality.

Their sound

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The duo are known to use that really rather exasperating tone, in the structure of a loop, which is a repeating section of sound material. It creates repetitive ostinato patterns. As the basis for what is a very pleasant electronic lullaby. It is ultimately up to the listener and their taste or preference, but you will either find it annoying or compulsive and addicting. Or it will make you want to go for a ride (but fasten your seat-belt first).

The duo posted it on SoundCloud hoping that the song would spark a reminder for people to slow down. At times gloominess can be picturesque. So far, because of their age, they have not always been taken seriously: “It’s like the Series of Unfortunate events siblings started an electronica band,” according to one review. Or they’ve been greeted with an applause, as people should. Young talent is emerging these days and it will continue to.

 Started at a young age

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As mentioned, the brother sister team apparently started busking in Edmonton from the age of seven and nine, playing fronts of tunes by the Beatles, Coldplay and Weezer. That is undeniably amazing as those are some outstanding and exceptionally supported groups. When Luke was 12 they had recorded two collections of jazz music. At that point in 2012, he created his initially arrival of unique (electronic) material, and this year he chose to join his adoration for jazz and electronica, with his sister on drums. Combining two genres isn’t something that is totally out of the ordinary. Many successful artists have done it. Look at Avicii- he combined country and electronica, and it was genius.

Tennyson’s Influences

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It is always important to look at an artist’s influences, it tells a lot about their character, flare and their sound. Flying Lotus is one of Luke’s influences – along with Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Bonobo, and James Blake. In contemporary electronic music inspiration can come from anywhere. Sites like Soundcloud are loaded with craftsmen who draw on a number of impacts and thoughts to make something that they can call their own. However, Edmonton electronic act Tennyson emerge just on the grounds that they are the principal gathering to concede their sound may have started from the world’s most prominent purple dinosaur—Barney.

Subliminally [Barney’s Sleepy time Songs] influenced their music. They really found these old VHS tapes of when they were close to nothing and Luke was absolutely into Barney endeavoring to chime in, yet his mouth wasn’t created enough to state the words. Not that it’s a worry with the couple, as words regularly change into tests against Luke’s testy synths.

Originating from a group of traditionally prepared artists, Luke (creation) and sister Tess (drums/percussion) have dependably been entertainers. Tess says the two began playing piano and drums as meager children busking in the city of Edmonton, covering melodies by Weezer and Nirvana. “The first occasion when we played together, I was seven and he was nine, and we’ve been playing together from that point onward, to the point where it just feels normal,” says Tess. That is crude ability in that spot, as should be obvious they both knew this was their obsession and profession from the beginning.

As they developed into adolescents, they took their first shot at a full venture, discharging jazz cover collections. Luke would likewise soon begin fiddling with electronic music. The electronic genre was something Luke was improving.  The situation was an afterthought and afterward he got increasingly into it and figured out how to function in the jazz music him and his sister have been improving.

Affected by any semblance of Boards of Canada and Radiohead, Tennyson began combining jazz with darker tones at long last discharging their 2012 self-titled presentation and the Blamer EP not long after. Both went generally unnoticed. Underrated, the team focused on their own sound while discharging a constant flow of new tracks on SoundCloud, in the end getting the consideration of maker Ryan Hemsworth with the moving merry go round and smooth midi keys on their remix of Angus and Julia Stone’s “For You.” Taken aback by the energy of their melodic creations, Hemsworth put Tennyson’s track “You’re Cute” as the first in his month to month Secret Songs arrangement.

What makes Toronto good/bad for EDM?

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In the world of electronic dance music, summer is high season. It consistently brings another celebration. The show starts in May and manufactures, similar to a crashing EDM track, into a touchy peak: the Veld Music Festival, a monster two-day bacchanal that colonizes Downsview Park each August. A year ago, almost 40,000 individuals pressed into the recreation center for the all-ages EDM celebration.

Ink Entertainment, the occasion coordinator, had enlisted 40 medical staff, eight EMS laborers, one MD, four ambulances, 280 security protects, 15 security chiefs and 26 paid obligation officers to stay nearby for the length. A proportion that shook out to around 130 shouting, stoned ravers for each calm grown-up. There were armies of tanked adolescents furnished with fake IDs, yet the more serious issue was the drug use: the celebration was overflowing with GHB, MDMA and cocaine. Throughout the end of the week, no less than 15 individuals took something that landed them in the doctor’s facility, and two kicked the bucket of overdoses.

One was Annie Truong-Le, a truly, petite 20-year-old poli-sci major at York University, who took something at Veld. She lost cognizance, was raced to a clinic and never woke up. The other was Willard Amurao, a burly 22-year-old Ajax man, who likewise took drugs at Veld. Police spotted him stumbling out and immediately called for EMS. Police bounded him to a stretcher. He went into heart failure in the rescue vehicle and was articulated dead at the healing facility.

Examination reports uncovered that both Truong-Le and Amurao had taken MDMA. This goes to show you that EDM has a bad reputation and label with drugs, but this is because EDM music maintains a relationship with the party scene. This doesn’t mean that people have to do drugs or that EDM music has to be established as negative. People can and should go to Veld to enjoy the music and not to experiment with drugs. These events are meant to celebrate and enjoy the music and to unite with others. It should be a joyous time and not where people are overdosing on drugs.

They Can’t Slow Down

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Luke and Tess have been playing music for as long as they can remember. Their dad, a drummer, impacted them to seek after the workmanship as children, playing jazz, blues, and works of art like the Beatles, and busking around town. For Luke, making music fell into place without any issues. As you would expect, he began seeking it at such a youthful age.

Before Luke grew up and had this attention to himself, he had these aptitudes. Tess joined Tennyson in her mid-teens. With Luke on production and console and Tess on drums, the band’s music recounts a story without words.

After the couple started posting their music on Soundcloud more than four years back, they increased such a following, that Ryan Hemsworth, a Toronto-based electronic performer and maker, discovered their music and imparted it to his supervisor, who wound up lifting the team up. As indicated by Luke and Tess, the Internet is truly what’s been in charge of their prosperity. Social media is such a power medium these days. It is great for marketing, sharing, communicating and advertising. As Marshall McLuhan said “The medium is the message.”

 

Lorde’s Melodrama as one of the best album covers of 2017

Beautiful, thought-provoking, story telling and just down right nice to look at. This is how an album cover/artwork should be viewed by its viewer. This is exactly what Lorde’s album cover provides. Her album/ cover ‘Melodrama’ came out June 16, of this year.

Designer of Melodrama

Sam Mckinniss is the designer of Lorde’s Album ‘Melodrama.’ McKinniss’s work has been displayed in art galleries and museums going back to 2005. His first solo show in New York, entitled “Black Leather Sectional,” appeared at the Joe Sheftel Gallery in May 2015. So there’s no wonder why Lorde chose him.

So what’s the story behind her album cover? The Brooklyn-based artist Sam McKinniss, painted a profound, blue focused and coloured portrait of Lorde for the album cover. It sets the theme of ‘nighttime attitudes.’ It is important that the album cover portrays the artist and the music of course. Overall, Mckinniss work offers an alternative. But how did it all start?

According to reports, Lorde wrote Mckinniss a fan mail message. She got his email address from a friend and just wrote a comforting note about how much she liked his paintings. Mckinniss was flattered, so he agreed to get together to hang out and get to know her a bit, and then started discussing the idea of doing this project together. It’s amazing how friendships can arise. Collaboration and networking is an important aspect with work. Especially with music.

Both Sam and Lorde both have a lot in common so working together was more fun than work. There were some young, nighttime attitudes he was really going for and really trying to get deep into the songs. So what he asked her to do was to meet him and create a kind of colourful teenage edginess and energy. This lead to so much grand potential. It has this kind of lushness and sensitivity to light and colour and touch and this is something that he bring to his portraits. It was an interesting collaboration. He had shot her in his friend’s apartment.

According to Mckinniss they had a really nice and short time together, just getting the shot done, perfectly. He is known to work by himself, because he doesn’t like having models or assistants around. So he spent a day or two with Lorde, just getting the right shot.

Mckinniss claimed that it was fun getting to know the true Lorde. It is important for the artist to get to know the artist he or she is painting. McKinniss claimed he was always a fan of Lorde’s but then after collaborating with her, he became an even bigger fan. He literally capturing Lorde in the twilight. I think it always makes sense to have the artist of the album on the cover. It’s not necessary but it just makes sense.

It’s a work of art

The art that portray Lorde’s new album, Melodrama, is damn right moving and thrilling to look at. In simple terms, it is mind blowing and beautiful. So it’s only fair that she provided it to her fans. In a form you can hang on a wall in order to appreciate it as the work of art it truly is. It is too pretty to just have as an album cover.

Lorde decided to offer a special lithograph print of ‘Melodramas’ cover for a limited time. Literally for only one day. But, at a price you could shockingly afford. Lorde is amazing in this sense, that she’s always giving back to her fans.

It’s picturesque, appealing, maintains a message, and has a nice blend of colours. And of course it’s a painting. That’s a wrap with the album cover and why it is one of the best in 2017.

Top 10 Songs That Are Great For Relaxing Your Mind and Body.

Music has been widely identified as a great way to ease one’s mind. Music’s functionality is ultimately limitless as it is used for many purposes. Music is now more commonly recognized as a therapy. It is used for meditation, and at spa’s. Music is great for treating anxiety and even insomnia. In addition, music is a great stress relief and has calming effects that can help soothe one’s mind and body. Furthermore, music maintains a strong relationship with mood. So songs that contain peaceful colours of tone in the music are significant for uplifting one’s mood. Just as the mind is very powerful, so is music. Music can be recognized as the heart to healing. So here are the top 10 songs that are great for relaxing both your mind and your body.

10. Marconi Union- Weightless

According to The Mind Unleashed, “interestingly, the song was specifically designed to induce this highly relaxed state. Created by Marconi Union, the musicians teamed up with sound therapists to carefully arrange harmonies, rhythms and bass lines, which in turn slow a listener’s heart rate and blood pressure, while also lowering stress hormones like cortisol.” It is recommended that this song is so powerful that it can put you to sleep. The song has been known to reduce anxiety by 65% according to neuroscientists. The thumping beat that goes throughout the song has a powerful affect as you can actually feel your heart start to beat to the beat. This song would be beneficial for people who suffer from anxiety attacks. This song is a silver lining and an aid to those out there who need solutions to relieving anxiety. The song is truly deep and beautiful. It can carry you away, and can be labeled as art. It’s calming effects lie in the reverb and slow tempo. It maintains an ambience that is infectiously relaxing. This song can definitely help if you find yourself over thinking.

9. Yiruma- Rivers Flows In You

This piano song contains no lyrics, which makes it so much easier to focus on relaxing your mind and putting yourself into a tranquil and peaceful mode. The song goes into different tempos and speeds and has the power of putting oneself into a state of relaxation. It starts off slow and then it crescendos (speeds up) and then goes back to the same riff in the beginning. There’s something so calming about this song. The style is quiet, and introspective. Music is something that we turn to for enjoyment and that is what this song does. “Yiruma’ gorgeously peaceful music is impossible to classify- it is simply there to be enjoyed.” This song can also be used to help you sleep. Many people with anxiety tend to having pacing and wandering thoughts and this makes it harder for them to fall asleep. So by listening to this tune before bed, it can definitely help with easing your mind, because you’ll be focusing on the music. If you search this song it will come up on YouTube as calm or relaxation music. So if you’re looking for some background music to study or focus or for a way to relax then this is the song for you.

8. Damien Rice- 9 Crimes

This is another piano song but this tune contains lyrical content. It starts off with female vocals that are gentle in tone bringing the listener into a peaceful state of mind. The same goes for the male vocals that come in right after. This song is so simple yet to engaging in its musical properties. It sounds like the vocalists are almost singing whispering. This brings forth serenity while the piano draws you in bringing stillness to your mind and body. Although the content of the song is somber, the tune is oddly relaxing. Many have noted that Damien Rice’s music will relax you. “He has album after album of serious tunes that will make you think about life and let the stress go away.” Normally songs that shy away from lyrical content are more relaxing, but exceptions can be made. His lyrics allow you to be educated. Nine crimes is a song that people can relate to, and in addition although it may not uplift your mood it can allow for easy listening and for you to be with your thoughts. It can allow for some quiet time. There’s something about songs that maintain such simplicity that bring so much meaning.

7. Coldplay- Strawberry Swing

This song is noted for the soft instrumentals and whispered vocals. They will without a doubt massage your nerves. The lyric that is repeated throughout the song is “its such a perfect day” this itself is comforting and relaxing. When you hear this song you can just picture yourself sitting outside in the sun. On Pinterest this song has been identified as utterly sustaining a relationship with the mind in a positive way. “Coldplay’s Strawberry Swing is one of the most psychologically relaxing songs ever recorded.” It all lies in the BPM (beats per minute). It is known to elicit entrainment, which is a scientific terms that unfolds the management of brainwaves and heart rate. Music maintains a strong relationship with science, and they go hand in hand together. The harmonic gaps between notes have been selected to craft a feeling of euphoria. The feeling of euphoria is one that boosts happiness. Sound therapy is a wide renowned tactic that has been used for several years to make it easier for people to relax and improve one’s health.

6. Adele- Someone Like You

It’s no coincidence that the trend of relaxing songs contains the piano in them. Adele’s Someone Like You has a tranquil piano riff in the song that can just get stuck in your head for the right reasons. Someone Like You is “sprinkled with ornamental notes similar to appoggiaturas”, which can construct tension in the listener and bring physically powerful and expressive reactions. A smoky vocal by Adele accompanied by emotional lyrics, allows you to sit back and let the dopamine enter your body and mind as you crave for more. This song is perfect if you are looking to mellow out. Although the song is calming it maintains increases in volume with Adele’s vocal. Music is most likely to give listeners goosebumps when it contains shocks in sound, tone and harmonic prototype. Adding this song to your calm down playlist is essential.

5. Radio Head- High And Dry

Radio Head’s High and Dry has been brought into the list and identified as a calming and relaxing song. This tune can definitely help with taking the edge off. An effective way to calm yourself down, for example when you are driving is important as you don’t want to let your emotions impede your driving. Studies have been done on this and “The current study shows that during high-demand drives, drivers are calmed more effectively using abrupt music changes compared to gradual music changes. This is illustrated by reductions in physiological arousal and improved driving behaviour. Hence, in-car music presentation can be used as a tool to improve driver’s mood and behaviour.” High and Dry has been marked as a great song for this predicament. A Calming song is essential for maintaining a calm mood. High and Dry is so effective, because it is about how humans correspond with life and love. It is the metaphors and language in the song that people so highly resonate with. The prevailing thing it entails is its peace infectious sensation.

4. All Saints- Pure Shoes

All Saints has always been known to have music that contains psychedelic aspects. It has an influential capacity to shape your surroundings. It’s the clever chord changes, the tempo, the rhythm, and the harmonies. At the end of the day, everything that makes up a song. This is what influences the emotions of oneself when they listen to this song. “Pure Shores does indeed offer a chill out vibe that you may previously have overlooked. Turn the lights out, insert your earphones, and hear it for yourself. “ Songs that have the power to allow your brain to switch off are so key for relieving anxiety and this song definitely does that. The beginning of the song contains a reverb and synthesizer sound that just makes you stop and listen to it. It is infectious and draws you in and makes you want to keep listening. It captures the listener’s attention and this is significant as it was placed at the beginning of the song. This song unlike the other songs on this list is more upbeat in it’s tone.

3. Airstream- Electra

Cuddle up into bed, relax and allow your mind to be alleviated with Airstream’s 6 minutes of flawless chilling out. “According to research, it is the second most relaxing song, just behind Marconi Union- Weightless”. But at the end of the day, it is all preference. It establishes a chill out vibe, it brings a lot of emotion and it is highly loved for it’s engaging atmosphere that it releases. Its atmospheric vibe is contagious. In addition, it maintains a cool ambience something that many relaxing songs contain. It has noteworthy transitions that can really bring one into a calm state. It makes you feel like you are in another world. This is music’s ultimate goal- to escape you from a harsh reality.

2. Barcelona- Please Don’t Go

This truly dominant song can provide you to churn your emotions for the right reasons. It can act as a relaxant. It contains solid, peaceful chords and heartrending string instrumentals that add components that are sure to bring upon either relaxation, or help you with sleep. This song is so original and eccentric. It contains so much depth through its sound. It really surprises you. Many have commented on the It can make you feel like your body is floating, or that you are becoming lighter. This is how powerful music can be. This song is beautifully haunting. Although the content is sad, it is a song that many can relate to as well all face heartaches, pains, and distress. And through this, this is where many find relief. On YouTube this song is filled with comments by people on how this song is one that relates to them in a certain way and how it has touched their soul deeply. “Such a beautiful song that is able to make me cry so hard. This makes me think about the world and what it has come to. And how I’m always scared of the world.”

1. Mozart – Canzonetta Sull’aria

Classical music has always been identified as relaxing and beautiful. In this song the vocal is so powerful, outstanding and beautiful. More people should consider listening to classical music. Many shy away from it, but with the only classical song on this list, Mozart’s Canzonetta Sull’aria is a fan favourite. It is identifiable to many, as when they first hear it they will know it is from The Shawshank Redemption. Many musicians or music enthusiasts will know that it is initially from the opera Marriage of Figaro, it’s sure to leave a lasting impression to a listener and eliminate stress from one’s day. “The right piece of classical music can give you a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere, and this piece from Mozart certainly fits the bill.” String instruments tend to always contain a soothing effect on a listener and the instrumental content in this piece is effectively comforting. Many mothers to be play music to their babies in their belly’s as science has proven that this can improve the babies’ intelligence in the future. This establishes how powerful classical music can be and how its use is highly regarded as beneficial to improve one’s mindset. Listening to this piece can lighten you up when you feel heavy.

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Music’s Functionality Is Limitless

Music has been known to be useful for many things and its uses are becoming endless. Music more and more now is being noted for its therapeutical uses. Music and anxiety maintain a strong connection as music helps to calm, distract and relax a person’s body and mind. It also great for helping one sleep.

But its not just any music, usually it is music without any lyrical content. The focus is on sound as it contains soothing rhythms. Ocean waves are popularly used to listen to before bed as well as music that is used for yoga. You can easily search for these types of sources on Youtube.

But in terms of reducing anxiety, research has actually been done by neuroscientists. A particular song can help reduce anxiety by 65%. The Mind Unleashed goes into conclusive detail and if you scroll on the page you will find the video and song that is on Youtube. I’ve found that its great to listen to before bed. It definitely helps calm a racing mind as your attention draws onto the sounds. Music and mood maintain a strong role together and although this song isn’t uplifting in the musical sense, it is in the emotional sense. This is because, if you are feeling anxious or like your losing control, it can help uplift them back into calmness.

In the song there is a constant thumping sound that sounds like a heart beat, it is oddly relaxing. The song reminds me of background music that would be used in a more somber movie. The sounds also can be compared with winds blowing. As the song continues you can hear chimes in there as well.

I totally recommend anybody who has anxiety, or insomnia. Even if you don’t suffer with these issues, it’s still peaceful to this to. Even if you are trying to stay focused, this tune is fantastic.

Unveiling Paramore’s Fifth Studio Album: After Laughter

The Alternative Pop/rock band Paramore is set to come out with their fifth studio album called After Laughter on May 12th. 

Although Paramore is classified as a pop/rock band, they are  known as one of those bands that like to experiment with their sounds. While fans in the past have been critical of their experimentation with genre, it showcases their eccentricity. It is important for bands to experiment with their sound as they discover what works and what doesn’t and as it glorifies development. Paramore’s latest album After Laughter is an alternative/indie genre and without a doubt this is a genre that is trending and flooding the charts. This fifth album showcases their success as a band as they are still coming out with music despite losing band members in the past and being on a hiatus.

Hard Times

Looking at their song Hard Times“, it is very different from their known sound from their earlier albums such as Riot!, as it was a harder and more rock sound. After Laughter does clash with their fourth album self titled album, through lyrical content and through nuances of sound. The song contains an 80’s vibe to it, which brings in both old and new aspects. The new aspect corresponding to the lyrics of “Hard Times“. It is definitely a song that many can relate to as many of us go through obstacles and difficult times that cause us to develop such issues like anxiety. As May is mental health month, the release of this song and the album fits perfectly. In addition, mental health has become a very prevalent issue and awareness affecting many young adults this year.

“Hard Times” unfolds the depression that lead singer Hayley Williams dealt with in 2016, because of personal issues in the band as well as facing the reality of growing up. She told The New York Times: “You can run on the fumes of being a teenager for as long as you want, but eventually life hits you real hard.”

The first verse of the song inevitably highlights the day in the life of what it is like to feel anxiety and or depression and deal with the overbearing stresses of life.

All that I want is to wake up fine

To tell me that I’m alright, that I ain’t gonna die

All that I want is a hole in the ground.

You can tell me when it’s alright for me to come out.”

Told You So

Paramore’s second single “Told You So,” is another song that deals with hardship and struggle.  “Told You So” is about hard times faced when individuals view your every move anticipating you to fail. The key subject matter corresponds to the lyric, “Hate to say I told you so,” If you listen to the song you’ll notice it is profoundly sung in a complaisant, and unfavourable manner.  Hayley Williams explained in an interview: “Zac noticed that my anxiety and overall state was just a lot more peaceful on those drives…and [he] mentioned to me that it made him happy to see me rest for a moment. It means a lot that they conceptualized a video around a passing moment we had as friends.”

The song maintains a funky vibe to it as it coincides with a polyrhythmic funk pop genre. Adding additional colour to their sound with tropical rhythms that can be associated with Hawaiian sounds and summer-y electro-pop.

It’s no doubt that the band has gone through struggles, and were close to splitting up before they released their self-titled album, but to overcome those struggles is what is important and that is what Paramore has done. To come forth with your issues and be able to construct them in a song is groundbreaking.

 

Why Ed Sheeran Is The Man of The Hour

While Ed Sheeran may not be the best looking musician it doesn’t matter, as he is a talented songwriter and musician. He is far from a one hit wonder, which shows that he is going to be making music for a long time. His top hit and single “Shape of You” is still number one on iTunes and that shouldn’t be of any surprise. Ed Sheeran has without a doubt left a lasting impression on many by going from rags to riches.

He doesn’t even need a whole band to perform, just him and his acoustic, a looper pedal, a pedal board and of course his own talent. He doesn’t need background dancers or flashy lights, just himself. With this fancy equipment he is able to put on such a great show and carry such a large sound by himself. Ed Sheeran has maintained a positive image for pop music replacing the bad reputation of auto-tuned vocals.

In terms of his songwriting he write lyrics that are inspiring, original and meaningful. I’m sure many know that “A Team” is about a prostitute addicted to crack cocaine. It was written after Sheeran visited a homeless shelter and heard some of the stories of the lives people had been living. What’s different about the song is that although the lyrics are sad the music is somewhat upbeat and I think that’s an important quality to bring to a song. Just because a song is sad it doesn’t mean the beat has to follow that pattern, when it comes to music you have to take risks sometimes.

Ed Sheeran is without a doubt a talented songwriter. You know the song “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber…that’s right Ed Sheeran wrote it, so no wonder it is good. One of the many reasons Ed Sheeran is also so talented is because of his magical vocals. He is able to carry a very strong falsetto.

You know for a fact that Ed Sheeran hasn’t and never would lip-sync a live performance. In my opinion you can always tell if an artist is talented by their live performances. When the live performance is better than the recorded version then you know they have star quality.

Ed Sheeran takes his influences and likes and puts them in his music. From his autobiography “Ed Sheeran A Visual Journey” he mentions how he enjoys rap/hip-hop music and this is reflected in his music, specifically in the tune “Sing,” and “You Need Me.” Sheeran raps parts of the songs, with his fast pace singing, which shows his versatility and uniqueness that he brings in his music.