The last couple of months I’ve been thinking hard about the characterization of those of us in reality. We focus so much on it in fiction, but when it comes to what’s real, it’s like we don’t even care about the growth of who we are as human beings. That’s been on my mind as of late, but it also came back around when listening to The Glass Child’s The Silence Now because since the day we first came to know one another, she’s been someone I view as both real and fiction all at once.
In a week’s time I will reach a milestone in age that most TV shows about white people living in big cities seem to dread; 30. Seven days to go and I’m not the least bit freaked, but more so just hoping to get it over and done with as there’s too much to do instead of focusing on that. Perhaps I’ll celebrate big at 31, but for now I’m sitting and enjoying a mini-music break with ACES’ debut, Stranger. An album poised full of ironic romance fans of Lana Del Rey and Lorde would find themselves taking part in.
Three songs deep, this debut EP comes from a girl who made her way south from the land of Drake to that of Jay Z. No hip hop involved in Stranger though, just pop music on ice; chilled just right. “If I Could Be Your Girl” never goes crazy with this or that, but delivers everything in time, while the title track – musically – sounds like something we heard on the new (and best) Bieber album to date. What I loved though was the imagery spawned from “Baby, I Don’t Mean to Ignore.” She may be in Brooklyn, but she serves up a cruise down PCH in slow motion with this one.
Pop music has come a long way since the days of “MMMBop” (which turns 20 this year, what?). Gone are the insane runs, pieces that make no sense and in their place are reliable synths, and mature lyrics that give way to a grown up experience. If that’s what you’re wanting in your pop today, check out ACES’ Stranger, out April 21.
Waiting is hard to do, especially for new music. Thankfully it’s only been a couple of years since Wild Arrows’ debut, Tell Everyone, made quite the impression on the world. Now they’re back with their sophomore release…Dreamlike Dream; a pop album with a dark side.
A bit on the trippy side when you walk into songs like “Oh-H” and “Seahorse/Hummingbird.” The second mentioned being a drama scene that mirrors something similar to Silversun Pickups minus the chaotic Brian Aubert breakdowns. Aesthetically this album played like something you’d hear in something from the But I’m a Cheerleader soundtrack, especially lead single “Dark Me.” The shade strewn throughout give it this edge that sets the tone for the rest that follows, like the eccentric but cool “Nervous.” In the end the two songs that I kept circling like a lion to its prey were “Alphabet Girl” and “Dead Ends.” One had the striking lyrics and the other allowed for a lot of movement.
Those who stumbled upon Wild Arrows two years ago won’t be disappointed, and neither will the new listeners coming on board. Lucky for the new guys – the wait isn’t as long. This electronic meets pop meets synth Dreamlike Dream drops April 14th.