Tuesday’s Top Tasty Tracks
Fence – Michael Barr
Barr was one of the lead singers of metalcore heavyweight Volumes up until a year ago when he announced his departure to pursue a more R&B influenced musical endeavour. He has since released one EP which was met with mixed reviews, and just recently this single. I was indifferent to his first EP, but this song showcases some serious talent and growth. The use of a slowed down trap beat here is reminiscent of The Weeknd, Majid Jordan, or even Drake’s slower songs (all of whom I’m a fan of). Barr has the voice for this kind of music, and if it continues in this fashion, I could definitely see him making a career for himself in this genre.
Yule Shoot Your Eye Out (Fall Out Boy Cover) – In Her Own Words
What better way to kick off December than with one of the best up-and-coming pop-punk bands covering one of the best pop-punk bands of all time? And in holiday fashion no less. Yule Shoot Your Eye Out is a great song as it is, and it reminds me of a time when FOB were playing the type of music I enjoy instead of…whatever they’re playing now. IHOW are able to pay tribute to the original while still putting their own twist on it with a mini breakdown in the middle of the song. But I’m biased, because I love Christmas, I love old FOB, and I love IHOW (and breakdowns).
Worms Wood – Our Hollow, Our Home
I was cautious to include these guys due to the lyrical content, but I couldn’t leave them off this weeks list. They are one of the most talented unsigned metalcore bands in the world right now, and this track definitely showcases it. Lyrically, this song attacks Christianity, and as a Christian, I’m obviously not a fan of that, and I would welcome the opportunity to talk with them about what it means to be a Christian, as I find some flaws in their arguments (through a song, so it’s not like it’s a written down argument with sources or anything like that). Regardless, these musicians are incredible, and if you like heavy hitting riffs and breakdowns, give these guys a listen. I don’t think we will have to wait long for them to sign to a label.
Still – G-Eazy
I love G-Eazy, plain and simple. I’ve been a fan for a long time. He’s got a way with lyrics that I think is so different from what’s typically used in hip-hop. This song showcases that, dealing with content that surpasses the typical drugs, sex and violence. The idea that ‘famous’ people struggle with belonging, anxiety, purpose and friendships is foreign to many people, but G-Eazy dives into his struggles headfirst, unashamed to deal with real lyrical content and issues. Engaging in deeper content is what makes a good hip-hop artist great. And again (you may find a pattern in my hip-hop listening) a more slowed down, simple beat creates the atmosphere that matches the lyrical content perfectly.