This is pretty much everything I look for in a song. It's snappy, vibrant and high energy. Starting off with a bang, Glam is a great example of pop music that feels huge listening to it, and is a big reason I'm such a fan of the 80's inspired songs. I'm looking for the songs that make emotions a giant sweeping statement, and GLAM! makes a great song out of fame and being in the spotlight. It's the definition of poptimism, because it takes all the standard pop song stuff and brings it to the maximum, A love song with a glittery backing, a loud boisterous chorus, the sparkles that match the woah - this deserves an all out 10
LittEleven - Pulaski at Night by Andrew Bird: 10 / 10
Think this song is a grower than a single dose of dopamine, as I felt like I liked it more and more on each re-listen, and every time I listen I'm waiting for the strings to kick in and to get to the good stuff - which is just so fucking good. The story of wanting to say one thing to someone and screwing it up each time, to the point where even the instrumental sounds like it's trying to get you to understand your own confusion and longing. It's too the point where with each listen I'm more and more engrossed in Andrew's miscommunications of their own feelings. The concept of trying so hard and falling just close of your goal is so universal, and this song just makes the entirety of it's production and lyrics work perfectly together to make you feel what Andrew's feeling.
Micromorphic - September by James Arthur (remixed by Majestic): 7.3 / 10
My issue with EDM remixes of sad boy artists is that adding an edm beat actually kills the vibe of their songs. This one kind of works and feels like an unpolished version of latch by sam smith, though.
EURODANCE BABY. This song creeps me out lol, the weirdness is obviously purposeful but I can't put my finger on if it actually hits to make a good song or not. I think I lean the former because it randomly goes into fast rap around 2:50 and I die laughing because it's completely out of nowhere and lowkey out of the vibe.
Sidenote: Music Video sucks though! Makes the song feel super super corporate.
DDLCfan69 - Ben E. King - Stand By Me (Mattrixx Remix): 7.5 / 10
I feel like I'd just wanna listen to the original here, because I'm not sure if the edm addition makes this, like, any better. Especially hate him warping out the first stand in "stand by me". Think the violin mixing and the stuttering was a great addition, think the bass was a terrible addition. However, I want everyone to know that stutter beats suck.
Abdel - Otis by Jay Z, Kanye West ft. Otis Redding: 7.6 / 10
Huge "yo let's fuck around" vibes from this track, which is nice, but nothing really felt like it stuck out for this track. It's like, good yeah but also it's, like, a worse version of other tracks on this album imo. Doesn't feel like it really goes anywhere and the cool moment @ the end doesn't feel built toward really.
Alexander489 - Blood On The Leaves by Kanye West: 7.7 / 10
There are three elements in this song, Kanye, his sample and the blasting hornish sound, and despite them all being individually decent it does not feel like they come together to create a cohesive sound. I think Jay-Z took this kinda sample did a lot better w/ it on The Story of OJ.
Mixolydia - Reflection by DYES IWASAKI Feat リリィミズサキ and Demondice: 8.0 / 10
I appreciate this music video being about this lesbian couple adopting a child into their commercial endeavours as the child works incredibly hard for their approval. I appreciate this song being very standardly Amy in that's it's like positive but in a very edgy way. I appreciate the verses. Chorus just does not stick w/ me as much as the rap does though.
Smallworldz - Angels Ain't Listening by Basshunter: 8.1 / 10
This gives me Maniac Vibes. I think this dude performs the song well because I feel like he's actually just too tired for this shit at this point, which really helps to sell the vibes of it all. Very standard 80s backdrop for the track otherwise.
Yeah this one's alright. I think I just, like, dislike vocaloid's style but honestly this works really well. When Miku keeps in the lowkey part of their range, I think they work really well w/ the electric guitar, which has a great riff and solo here by the way. However... Backup Miku? my new best friend. Add them on all songs.
It's samples MJ and gives us a pretty short track I wish had a bit more, because the vibes on this one is pretty good, and PinkPantheress gives a really solid vocal performance here and the depressive tone is offset by a really bubbly backing track. I think I just wanted more from the track, because at the moment it just feels a bit undercooked despite the obvious amount of effort put into it, which is a weird mental contradiction for me lmao
Drookez - Froot by Marina And The Diamonds: 8.3 / 10
Listening to this song makes me feel like I am in an 8-bit videogame, but like a movie one. I really like vocals here, and the 8-bitishness does play on the nostalgia blinders. I really think the fruit aesthetic leads to like, some really bad lyrics, but on the other hand Living La Dolce Vita / Life Couldn't Be Sweeter is my fav line delivery so far in judging.
Feels pretty 90s so check ur good - I've always really liked this track, as I consider it one of the more relatable tracks on After Laughter. It's really safe though, and while it's a good track to put on during the middle of things, it doesn't feel like a song where I actively seek it out instead of just listening to the album. If it had more of a wow factor I'd probably score it higher.
LittEleven - Something About Us by Saint Motel: 8.45 / 10
Cover / Remix of a Daft Punk song from Discovery. Really really good take on it, and I love the end of the track here, but also I think the Daft Punk vocals were, like, catchier here and that the singer is trying his best just to emulate those in a more human way.
Edjeanerations - Back In The Van by The Night Game: 8.7 / 10
I too enjoy late-night driving music. I am sorry you have to drive so much. I really enjoy how they use the chiptune aesthetic here because it makes each instrument feel very unique due to the sonic contrast. Further shows of really good use of it's aesthetic is how it starts off with the generic chiptune starry sky music before it blows up into the full instrumental work. It drops the chiptune later on, but it kinda comes back with that solo near the end (I can't really place the instrument though sorry)
This one's sonically dark and mysterious. I really like the production on this one because it keeps building to something interesting, even if bjork's vocals are based more in the spoken poetry vibes schia loves from joanna. My favourite part of the production is definitely the mixing on the background vocals during the chorus, which makes me question if they're even vocals or an instrument at that point (and yes I understand vocals are an instrument you know what I mean.)
Oozing Aesthetic today. I love this chorus - despite how obviously robotic it is, whatever they did to Florrie's voice (pitch correction or autotune probably but I'm too sleepy to make the guess) makes Florrie and the backing track fit so well together and it just leads me to wanting to hear it again and again. Would probably be better with more memorable verses but you don't really need it here.
I think this song is meant to take after post-rock era? Whatever it is, it's pretty good. It gets me every time the dude goes "the wind in my hair" and each time the dude extends his voice a bit (buzzing like a black fly line comes to mind.) I'm hooked back in. Long songs are meh if they are not Structured Properly and can not Keep Your Attention, which this avoids - bc it's like, a good song. Also a huge fan of the instrumental breakdown around 6:40
I too, am depressed at 3am bc my s/o left me, Spiderz.
I like this one because it's presence is understated, and the quietness helps to sell the song itself, feeling like Lana's sitting in a corner missing Norman Rockwell, and she becomes more excited as the track goes on when she mentions this potential love, and how they're together.
Songs like, just meh imo. Very clear like, old timey vibes (smth like betty boop song comes to mind) but the sounds used for the drop like... annoy me. Especially when it's the same one used over and over it goes from droning to annoying real quick
Wob - Lost In The Dream by The War On Drugs: 6.6 / 10
This one didn't really leave that huge of an impact on me, and I don't really know what to make of it, honestly. I'm just kinda... meh on it. It's nothing really impactful to me and I don't find myself remembering anything even though I've played it back and back again.
PassTheSaltDude - All By Myself by Eric Carmen: 6.3 / 10
This song started putting me to sleep bro are you sure about this one chief. It refracts some old piano concerto, but like, doesn't really do anything interesting and it really feels like Eric Carmen is doing his best to Not Be Interesting on this track. Even when he is supposed to be Trying To Be Interesting he refuses. He Is All By Himself bc he is boring. No one wants to be with him. He is a literal rock. Personality gone. Performance Zero. gn @ Eric Carmen.