Okay . . . I guess I had this coming ever since I saw Preston Pohl’s Blind Audition performance in The Voice US Season 5.
I’ve been an MGMT fan since 2008 when I stumbled upon their album Ocular Spectacular and fell in love with their singles Time To Pretend, Electric Feeland Kids.
The funny thing was, exactly an hour before hearing the audition on TV, I was listening to Time To Pretend. How coincidental is that?!
Five years later it all rushed back. Thanks to that TV audition my love for MGMT was immediately resuscitated. Even my sister (who is totally NOT into psychedelic rock, indie or just plain rock) started liking the song, too — whether it’s the original MGMT version or Preston’s.
Paramore is one of those pop/rock bands that had amassed a massive following even before they got major exposure through the first where their song “Decode“ is included. It was rare to have a girl-fronted modern pop/rock/alternative band to get major mainstream success.
I don’t know if it’s a misogynistic mindset among music consumers that any pop/rock/alternative band fronted by a woman is lame. Hello!!! The 90’s band scene spawned such amazing female vocalists like Shirley Manson of Garbage and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth to name a few. And what about Joan Jett and Janis Joplin? (I could go on and on with this — believe me. Lol!)
Anyway, I always thought that Hayley Williams is one interesting artist; She can actually go solo and be successful. But together with the rest of the band, she’s phenomenal. She seems much brighter when she performs with the rest of the guys. Yeah, she’s a star — without a doubt.
Sometimes I feel like the weather dictates what I like to listen to.
It’s pretty dark outside, with ominous clouds holding back an eventual torrential downpour. It’s the perfect day to stay inside and just let the pattering of the rain lull you into a relaxing disposition.
Yes, I am that kind of person. I’ve once been an introvert and there are moments when it comes back and I’ve never felt more in-tune to myself and enjoy the time compared to being in a roomful of people whom you’ll only meet once, exchange a couple of smiles and then that’s it.
Going back to my love for New Wave was like a trip down memory lane. I was magically initiated to the sounds of The Psychedelic Furs even before I knew how to spell the band’s name correctly. And if I remember correctly, that was around 1988 or 1989. I was too young to know how great an impact the songs that I’ve been listening to in my preference in music now. Suffice to say, my early indoctrination to the world of music was tasteful and classic.
After all these years, Heaven still manages to jump-start my heart into a sigh-ful puff of mush. The lyrics are like poetry and the way it was delivered was new wave at its finest.
Doing this segment often takes me somewhere where true artistry and ingenuity reigns. Oftentimes, the original versions of songs are eclipsed by cover versions done by less than popular but more talented artists such as what I’ll be featuring today.
For those who’ve been following this segment, you are much aware of my love and admiration for Ben Howard. Every note that comes out of his mouth is absolutely heartfelt and sounds like poetry — full of feelings and emotions that only someone with a deep understanding of the music and lyrics of a song can truly showcase. His versions of popular songs are truly magical for an indie music enthusiast. His has a calming quality that sometimes the original versions do not have. The world seemed to be a better place with artists like him around, sharing their talent and their gift in bringing color to a sometimes greyscaled existence.