“Water Water” by Empress Of

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.”

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Music Video: “Walk On By” – Noosa

Noosa just released her music video for “Walk On By” – a pensive track with a visual homage to Sir John Everett Millais’s “Ophelia.”

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“All That” by Carly Rae Jepsen (and Dev Hynes / Blood Orange)

Can’t lie that Carly Rae Jepsen’s super pop-y songs are catchy as hell. I’d say that “Call Me Maybe” is a guilty pleasure, but I’m actually not at all guilty about loving it.

However, with Blood Orange / Dev Hyne’s and Ariel Rechtshaid’s help, CRJ now has the smooth R&B sex track “All That”.

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“Dots and Dashes (Enough Already)” by Silversun Pickups

Old music video and track, but perfect for bringing Lesbian Tuesdays out of hibernation.

Suzie Vlcek‘s video for “Dots and Dashes” by Silversun Pickups is an abridged predecessor to Blue is the Warmest Color. Continuing the Silversun Pickups’ common theme of youthful exploration in Los Angeles, “Dots and Dashes” follows the short-lived but passionate fling between two teenage girls.

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SALES – “Getting It On”, “Renee”, and “Vows”

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.

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“New Year’s Eve” by MØ

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.

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[Video:] “Habits (Stay High)” by Tove Lo

Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)” video pretty much depicts the depressing side of The Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up”.

Whereas The Prodigy’s main character doesn’t give a fuck, Tove Lo’s follows the post-breakup carpe diem and the accidental moments of feeling your actual emotions.

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“She Exists in My Mind” by Michna

“She Exists in My Mind” by Michna is on repeat.

What’s essentially an instrumental track is so captivating from the beginning with its six seconds of water flows to the first synth chords to the airy vocals to the warbles to the drum beats.

Although Michna is from Brooklyn, “She Exists in My Mind” feels like driving on the 405 in LA during a crisp clear night.

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#TBT “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak – Covered by Breakdown Valentine

#TBT to both the original “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak and also to Breakdown Valentine’s cover released last month.

Breakdown Valentine took an already heartbreaking song and gave it an eerie twist using the dark wave synths and Olivia Barchard’s longing vocals.

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“Blank Space” + “Lungs” – Taylor Swift X CHVRCHES

Redditor dizzykiwi3 discovered that Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” fits almost beat-to-beat with “Lungs” by CHVRCHES.

Although, this isn’t the first time someone thought that a Taylor Swift / CHVRCHES breakup would make an amazing mashup.

Note: BoxSpeaker is not dizzykiwi3 – just saw dizzykiwi3’s post on Reddit.

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