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Vincent Blake, Lucas Estrada ft. Stu Gabriel – Lover

Song: Lover by Vincent Blake, Lucas Estrada ft. Stu Gabriel

Genre: Electric · Indie-Pop

Mood: Chill · Feel Good

 

First, I want to say I know it’s been a while since I posted last. I took a little hiatus to work on other things, but I’m happy to say: I’m back! If you’re coming back after a long wait, I’m so excited you came back! If you’re a new comer, then I’m so happy you stopped by! My first Plug In post for 2017 is for this beautiful song.

I stubble upon this song and I decided today was the day I was going sit my ass down and make some time to get back to talking about what I love – Music. Not only is it energetic and catchy but it has such a great vibe that could make any bad day a good day and any good day a better day. Let me start by introducing you to the artists.

Vincent Blake and Lucas Estrada are both DJ’s from Stockholm, Sweden. Their collaboration with each other is so in sync it was “Tearin’ Up My Heart” to tell you about it. (Only those of you who lived through the 90’s will get that pun.) But a great beat is only truly appreciated when it is paired with a great voice. Stu Gabriel is a singer / songwriter / guitarist who, it turns out, is also from Sweden. I would say they had the right idea working together and they didn’t have to go far to spread this sweet jam across the ocean.

The song title Lover is a simple, beautiful and fitting name for this melody. I think the song is an ode to a strong passionate connection with someone, which the person who is singing does not want to end or stop – not even for a second. I think it is a song we can all relate to. I’ve always been someone who has loved with all my heart no matter what. Yes it has broken my heart a few times but it has also lead the way to incredible relationships and friendships. Your life should be filled with as much love as possible.

I love the whole song, but especially Stu’s voice and the guitar. You can check out more from him on his Youtube channel. I’m a sucker for guitars, which is why I am currently in the baby phases of learning to play myself. I tend to keep myself busy, always on to something new, so I’m hoping I keep it up!

In addition to all of this, I came across this song courtesy of The Vibe Guide. They have no idea who I am but I’m about to throw down some shout outs there way. They pretty much do what I do but on a whole other level. (Not trying to deter you from my blog – just sharing a good find!) They talk about music, interview bands, review albums and even have a podcast you can listen to. If you love music as much as me and are always looking for new artists or music to listen to, you should check them out.

Thanks for tuning in! Let me know your thoughts. I hope you guys enjoyed it ❤


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Walk Off The Earth

Genre:  Ska / Reggae / Indie Rock

Years: 2006 – Present

From: Burlington, Ontario

Alright – listen up – this is one band you really should know! I’ve been following these guys for a while and I have so much respect for them as musicians. They are a Canadian rock band and have made huge strides in their music. They originally started with no help from an agent or record label, making low-budget videos of covers and original songs. Since then they have created a flourishing YouTube Channel, tons of devoted fans, toured all over the world and signed on with Columbia Records. Pretty cool, eh?

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Members: (left to right) Joel Cassady, Gianni Luminati, Sarah Blackwood, Ryan Marshall, Mike Taylor

Not only are they seriously talented musicians, they are constantly pushing the creative boundaries in their music and performance. I’m sure most of you might recognize them from their cover of Gotye’s song “Somebody I Use to Know” which got a lot of hype when it came out on YouTube in 2012. It was pretty incredible – the video features all 5 members playing the song on one guitar, doing different parts at the same time and all in one take – a process that took them a straight 14 hours to master! Just a small taste of this groups capabilities.

Most of their videos are in one take, which I love for several reasons:

(1) It takes a lot of determination, focus and skill to pull off since one take leaves very little room, 0% to be exact, for error.

(2) It looks dope! When you start to see all the intricate parts going on all at once it can leave you awestruck.

(3) It never gets old. They are constantly re-inventing the way they perform and put together music. It’s fun and inspiring to watch them. The only constants in their videos are the members and that they always sound good. They really set a different standard for themselves and it’s something they wholeheartedly embrace.

(4) The time… Oh-Em-Gee the time they put into their videos is crazy! I’m someone who actually pays attention and appreciates when people put the time and energy into something they love doing. It could be anything – in this case, you have to appreciate what they put together knowing that they put so much blood, sweat, and tears into it.

I recently stumbled upon an old interview with Gianni where he talks about the band first starting out:

“The reason why most of our videos are one cut is basically because I don’t know how to edit. When I first started off using an iphone and imovie, which is all I had, so we just decided we have to do it perfect. That’s where it came from and then it just kind of became a staple…” – Gianni Luminati

I found this both kinda funny and amazing at the same time –Why? Well, he probably could have learned or found someone to show him how to edit if he really wanted to… I meeeaannn, let’s be real, it would’ve saved them sooo much time in the long run. But that’s not what it was about. It wasn’t about how much time they could save or how much less effort they could put into it to “make it.” It didn’t matter that it was going to be more work because it wasn’t doing more work; it was doing more of what they loved. They accepted the challenge and turned it into their own benefit – it encouraged them to think outside of the box with their music and performance. The results are original, innovative and inspiring.

One of my favorite songs by them is Red Hands off of their R.E.V.O. EP. The music video is just as great; the band really brings energy and life into the song. If you watch the video a few times you probably wouldn’t be able to tell that it is actually all done in one shot! They had to plan timing and placement to pull off the fast-forward/rewind affect. The original idea for the music video was suggested by the director, Ellis Bahl, and despite the grueling process they pulled it off looking effortless.

“’Red Hands’ is pretty open to interpretation and will mean different things to different people. When we originally wrote the song, we were thinking about taking responsibility for your actions and standing up on your own when things go wrong … rather than blaming other people around you. Sometimes you just have to accept the circumstances that are thrown your way without pointing the finger.”  – Gianni Luminati

Another reason why I like them is because aside from skill they have substance. They put thought and meaning behind their music. So what’s behind “Walk off the Earth?” I’m always curious how a band or artist picks their name – The origin/the meaning. Unlike your real name you have a choice as an artist or band to choose what people know you as. So out of all the options how do you pick one you want people to identify you as? At first, I wasn’t able to make the connection with the name “Walk off the Earth” and how it tied to the band, but once I found out the meaning behind it, the concept blew me away:

“More than anything else, it’s a state of mind. When you’re deeply entranced by a collection of musical compositions and your day-to-day stresses become a lot less bothersome, you’re walked off the earth… You let the pulsing rhythm, the soaring melodies and the lush harmonies take you away to a place where nothing can affect you. Walk off the earth with us!” <– This… I love this!

I was super excited when their new single Rule the World came out about a few weeks ago. The music, the lyrics, the meaning, the video – just everything about it is so well put together. If I had to choose a “mood” is for this song, it would be “Ruling the World.” It just gives you such a happy and motivated feeling – like you can conquer anything! In my opinion the song is about taking risks and pursuing your passions despite what other people think or obstacles are in your way. If you have the determination and work hard, anything is possible. Don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way. Life is too short and valuable to deny yourself the chance to find out what you are capable of.

My theory – the song is a testament to all the band has been through over the years, all the time and hard work, and how far they have come together.

If you like these songs you should definitely check out their YouTube Channel: Walk off the Earth

AND lucky you, they are currently on Tour!  ——–> Click here for Tour Dates and Locations

Download Rule the World on iTunes: Rule the World – Walk off the Earth


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I’m so Fancy

Song: Fancy by Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX

Cover Artist: Madilyn Bailey

Mood: Acoustic

This little darling does a fantastic job covering this song. Based on her sweet look you would not expect such a strong and controlled voice, but she delivers that and more. I love that she made this song her own and it is such a fresh take on the original.

I recently became a fan of song covers. I think it’s wonderful when singers/musician put their own twist on another artists song. Some can even transform them into something new and exciting – like you’re listening to it again for the first time. That’s what this song does for me. So, well done Maddy!

If you like what you hear, check out her YouTube channel: Madilyn Bailey

This inspired me to add a new category to my posts called “Kick Ass Covers” – much like this one. If you like listening to different versions of songs then make sure you check them out!


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Smallpools – Mason Jar

Song: Mason Jar by Smallpools

Genre: Indie-Pop

Mood: Feel Good

About the Band: These up-and-comers are making head way into the music scene. The band got together in 2012 and managed to get their first hit song Dreaming a year later after it reached the number one spot on Hype Machine – which is pretty amazing considering it takes years for bands to get that kind of attention. They are compared to other bands like Phoenix, Empire of the Sun, and Passion Pit, all of which I like.

“We’re flattered that everyone is reacting the way that they are – we definitely didn’t expect the reaction to be this good.” – Smallpools frontman Sean Scanlon

I love this song. They do a great job of combining electronic pop with a folk twang sound that makes you want to dance. Most of all, I love how you experience a wave of emotions as you listen to it. I feel like the song is about looking back and reminiscing a time when you were happy, and although you might be in a better place now you find yourself missing those times – people and places that will always be great memories.

The music video is a brief documentary of the band touring and preforming. Some of the clips were moments they spent in LA, which is where they originally all met and formed the band. You can tell that they are a fun group who genuinely enjoy what they do.

If you like this song, you should check out their Smallpools EP.

Better yet – Check out their new song Killer Whales! I like it, it has a more 80’s/techno feel to it. I’m looking forward to hearing more from them.

Check them out live: They are going on tour in October, so if you like click here for the tour dates and locations.


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Mr. Probz – Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)

Song: Waves by Mr. Probz (Robin Schulz Remix)

Genre: R&B

Mood: Mellow

About the Music: Mr. Probz is a Dutch singer/songwriter and Hip Hop artist. Incorporating EDM into this song was very new to him and different than his other songs, but I think it made for a great track. I’m in love with the beat and his raspy voice.

“I’m slowly drifting away (drifting away)

 Wave after wave, 

                    wave after wave…”

I think the song is a metaphor for a struggling relationship. They try to withstand the waves of problems they face, but every wave pushes them further and makes it harder to get back to where they were. In the end, there is no denying they are drifting apart.

His debut album The Treatment was just released on September 16, 2014. If you like Hip Hop, check it out.


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Electric Guest – This Head I Hold

Song: This Head I Hold by Electric Guest

Genre: Indie-Pop

Mood: Good Vibes

About the Music: This eclectic band came out of LA in 2012, and is made up of singer/songwriter Asa Taccone and drummer Matthew Compton. They were just two guys making music in a house full of musicians and artists before their album was picked up and produced by Brian Burton (AKA  Danger Mouse from Gnarls Barkley and the producer of Gorillaz, The Black Keys and Beck) – Not too shabby. From there, Electric Guest put out their first album Mondo.

Although they have an electronic vibe, the lead singers voice adds a soulful element. The combination creates an engaging and unique sound. I love it. At first when I heard it I didn’t know how to feel about it; was it electronic? Pop? 70’s Retro? What ever it was, I didn’t want to stop listening to it. The song is upbeat and slightly nostalgic. It’s an infusion of sounds and effects from current and past decade influences.

In addition to the overall sound, I like the lyrics. The song is about breaking free of cultural norms and pressures and allowing yourself to be something of your own creation. A message I find empowering and one I personally I connect to.

“… “This Head I Hold” is kind of open ended in terms of what you can take away from it, but for me I like to think of it as kind of this constant reminder that you don’t have to follow in the steps of whatever kind of culture you’re apart of or whatever your society says you should or shouldn’t do … because for me, I think we’re kind of in a time where, like culturally we could break some of the patterns that we’re stuck in.” – Explanation of the song by Asa Taccone.

I can see it being one of those songs I play after a long and stressful day, something that could snap me back into a good mood. I feel like the happy feeling you get from it is contagious. Shout out to my friend Tay for suggesting this song – I dig it.

If you like it, you should also check out Under the Gun, another song I like by them.

 

 

 


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Charlie Puth – L.U.V.

Song: L.U.V. by Charlie Pluth

Genre: Pop

Mood: L.U.V.

About the Music: Charlie Puth is a young YouTuber who was introduced to me by my brother. Mostly he is known for his covers of songs and smooth voice. In fact, in 2011 he was featured on The Ellen Show for his collaborative cover of Adele’s song Someone Like You. It even landed him a spot on Ellens record label, Eleveneleven

Although he is no longer signed to the label, it hasn’t stopped him from making more videos and producing his own music. I consider him a diamond in the rough – it’s hard to believe at one point he was too shy to sing, which is why he initially took to YouTube. He wanted to do something he loved since he was a little kid without fear of being judged. Since then his confidence and popularity has grown, not to mention the love and support from his fans all over the world.

This is one of my favorites by him and his first official music video, released August 1, 2014.

To me the song is about still loving someone, even after it didn’t work out the first time. You can’t explain it, but you have a sense of hope it could be something amazing if you both just let go of your fears and give each other a real chance, a better chance. I feel like this represents the moment when you’re tired of holding back, you care about the person and want the opportunity to see where it can take you.

 

 


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