Because Christmas time is incredibly slow for new music, I’ll do the top four tracks from the past two weeks.
So here they are, the top tracks from December 19 to January 1st.
The Climb (Miley Cyrus Cover) – Bilmuri
Johnny Franck, aka Bilmuri, is one of the most prolific artists working today. He churns out music like a machine, and it’s all incredible. In 2017 alone, Bilmuri released two full-length albums. And to close out 2017, Johnny released a Miley Cyrus cover. Because why not. Though his entire online presence is self-deprecation and memes, his music is of incredible quality, and this song is no different. The Climb, when stripped of its memability and the fact that Miley Cyrus wrote it, is actually a good song. Well written, straightforward, inspirational lyrics, etc. Johnny has given it slight twist, creating a stripped-down, less polished production compared to the polished pop Miley had, and it adds a layer of depth to it. The musical approach is reflected in the lyrics. This man has a gift.
RIYL: Miley Cyrus, All Time Low, Mayday Parade
Unwelcome – Acres
These guys have so much melody for a more “metal” inclined band. Right from the start of the song, there’s a melodic guitar riff/tapping, joined shortly by beautiful singing. There’s a definite mood throughout the song, an unmistakable atmosphere that many bands lack. The vision is unified throughout the band, from the vocals and lyrics to the instrumentals and visuals. The song ebbs and flows, building and falling, never fully jarring the listener while still feeling fresh.
RIYL: Being As An Ocean, Dayseeker, Dependance
Perfect Mirror – All That We See
The song rips. The bass is heavy, the guitars are riffy, and the vocalist gives it his all. There’s definite mathcore influence here, really chopping up the chugs, which is a welcome change to the formulaic breakdowns this genre has grown accustomed to. From the ashes of Milestone, All That We See’s debut single shows a lot of promise, and there are glimmers of brilliance here. Time will tell if they can fully capitalize on the original aspects of their music and create a song with a unified vision. This one feels a little all over the place at times, jumping from quiet guitar picking to heavy bassdrops with seemingly no rhyme or reason. That being said, the good moments are too good to not feature this song. Keep your eyes on these boys.
RIYL: Veil of Maya, Wage War, Protest The Hero
Messenger – Tedashii
T-dot is back. He really showcases his unique flow and approach to lyrics in this song, something I feel has been missing in his past few singles. The beat is great, and he has his flow back. The lyrical content plays on both sides of the coin, dealing with being a Christian and being an African-American in the USA today, and it’s always great to see the 116 artists engaging in current culture. Tedashii brings his own style to the track, layered with 808’s and quick hi-hats, reminiscent of Southern trap beats akin to where he’s from. Quick lines and fast rhymes prove that Tedashii can rap with the best of them. His intensity grows with each verse, creating a sense of urgency, both in the need for racial equality and in anticipation of the coming kingdom. Hands up, don’t shoot. Nothing but respect for Tedashii with this track. He’s not shying away from the real world.
RIYL: KB, Rick Ross, A$AP Ferg
As always, you can listen to all of the TetraT songs at this playlist here: