Empress Of (aka Brooklyn’s Lorely Rodriguez) flows through the frustrations of a relationship in “Water Water” – in a way through developing a metaphor of water usage and rights.
Very much a combination of the styles of her earlier track “Tristeza” and the more recent “Realize You,” “Water Water” starts off a little spooky and eerie then develops into a dancey beat combined with competing feelings toward a floundering relationship. A bit of a juxtaposition of exciting electrobeats and depressingly “real” lyrics like New Order’s “1963.”
Orlando, Florida’s SALES has a stripped down sound mixed with Lykke Li + French Yé-yé style vocals. It’s as if Lykke Li stripped out the electrobeats and the yéyé girls slowed their music down then sang for a very relaxed 2010 garage band – like Beach House but purposely fewer layers and less Telecaster notes.
The lo-fi style initially masks the actual complexity in some of the short riffs throughout songs like “Renee”:
“Vows” – This is a sit on the grass at 3pm with a cigarette type of song.
MØ just released “New Year’s Eve” for the last 2 days of the year. With Imogen Heap-esque autotune harmonies, MØ gives us a departure from usual fast tempoed, excited NYE songs – instead presenting a track that reveals a more realistic range of emotions for any holiday.
Much like Tove Lo’s “Habits,” MØ shows that it’s not always a fun party – sometimes we’re trying to get over our issues with more champagne and hope for a better year.