The last official day of summer is September 22nd, and as fall approaches, you reminisce on all the memories that you have collected over the last few months, and you realize another chapter of your life just ended. For me, I had some life changing events occur, such as making a big move across the country, leaving the only life I have known on the east coast, and embarking on a new adventure at an amazing company in the dance industry in Los Angeles. As I look back on all these changes, there is one thing that remands constant in my life; the music is never silent.
Flipping through Billboard Magazine, I noticed that most of the songs that slammed the charts over this summer don’t even touch my top ten favorites. So, here are some of the songs that have been drowning out the constant noise of LA as I ride the train home. They allow me go to my happy place where my world is whatever I want it to be.
Bea Miller – “Force of Nature” – This sixteen year old singer, signed to Disney’s Hollywood Records is starting to blow up the music scene. Granted, she had some help from participating in the X Factor, but I think what really sets her apart from the other young singers is she doesn’t need the bells and whistles to have her voice shine. The first time I heard her sing was an acoustic cover of “We Can’t Stop” with Boyce Avenue. “Force of Nature” is basic. It is basic in the good sense, that sometimes all you need is an acoustic guitar and a great voice.
Marianas Trench – “One Love” – Lead singer, Josh Ramsey never ceases to amaze me with his song writing abilities, his voice, and the harmonies of the men that make Marianas Trench. “One Love” was recently released last week in anticipation of the release of their new album “Astoria.” All the other songs that have been released as singles thus far have been a twist of sarcasm to the mainstream pop world. “One Love” is a series of statements and questions that are constantly running through your mind. Questioning your choices. The affects of those choices:
“What if we could find a way to try to heal?
What if there’s no stopping us yet?
What if the one true love’s the only one that you get?
What if there was still a reason not to go?
What if there was still a little bit of hope?”
Seriously Josh Ramsey?! I cannot understand why Marianas Trench is not lighting up the Billboard charts. Society you need to get on this level ASAP.
Alessia Cara – “Here” – She has just broken into the Billboard 100. I have been obsessed with song since May. Granted, I didn’t feel that these lyrics fit my 20 year old self, but totally describes my almost 30 year old self. Ice cream and my best friends sound like a better idea than a party:
“But honestly I’d rather be
Somewhere with my people we can kick it and just listen
To some music with the message (like we usually do)
And we’ll discuss our big dreams
How we plan to take over the planet”
Icona Pop – “Emergency” – I love the piano, the thing that sounds like a horn, but it definitely isn’t, and that constant rhythm line that carries the tune. This song is catchy and will make you tap your foot and ultimately jump out of your seat and start dancing to that bass line.
Years and Years – “Shine” – This three piece British electronic group exploded when they released their single “King.” Personally, I like “Shine” more as it gives an R&B side to the group and is highlighted with what they do best by mixing their synth machine and keyboard that makes their vocals glow.
5 Seconds of Summer – “She’s Kinda Hot” – I know this one has been on the charts and it is totally deserved. As you have probably come to learn, I love the pop-punk and punk-rock scene. I think it is epic that a band now is starting to bring back the sounds of Simple Plan, Green Day, My Chemical Romance, and Blink 182 to the radio, and new generation of youngsters. Now, I am not saying 5 Seconds of Summer is any of these bands, but I love the loud guitars, the in your face and abrasive lyrics, and the encompassing drums that brings you into that full rock sound of not being able to hear when you take out your headphones. I think this lyric sums up the scene that was big in late 90s and it is making a come back – “We are the kings and the queens of the new broken scene.”
Drumroll please…my all time favorite song of the summer is…
Sigala – “Easy Love” – This British DJ mixes The Jackson 5’s “ABC” and a full blown remix of popular songs, which gives you some easy listening, a pop of color, and a full on explosion of sound that makes it the perfect summer song. It even gives you some cues on when to start clapping a long. Also, the music video has two of my favorite things – danceable music and talented dancers. So, here is my vote for the 2015 summer song anthem.