In a few short weeks, it will be Opening Day and I don’t know about you guys, but I’m really psyched this season. Last year was very difficult for me in a lot of ways, and while I tried to stay optimistic and cheerful, it was tough. But it’s a new day, and while I still feel like there are demons on every corner trying to get me, I no longer feel like they are on my heels so much.
One thing I’m proud of here at F.I. is all of us listen to different music and we are constantly trying to introduce each other to different new things. Or old things, some of these songs are pretty old (not to mention when I get a wild hare and decide to post the Ink Spots or Artie Shaw or something). However, this last year I’ve expanded my musical knowledge a little bit more and I have a bunch of new things in my arsenal that I am really loving.
Just like our teams are getting ready for Opening Day, I am, too. So I’m going to post a few newish to me tunes that you might be interested in, and I’d love it if you’d post a few as well so that we can learn a few different chords and maybe find a new favorite.
First off, I discovered this amazing song by a new artist named King Princess. This has a vintage sound mixed with a very pleasant pop sensibility that I really dig. This song has been on repeat nonstop. I don’t know why I get an Everly Brothers plus Lesley Gore vibe from this, and no, that is NOT a slam on any of these artists.
This song isn’t quite as new, but this version is. Many of you will know this song by its original artist, Don McLean, the dude who sang “American Pie”. Noted electronic post-dubstep minimalist James Blake recently released a cover and I am absolutely in love with it. Generally, I love everything James Blake does anyway, so that’s not unusual. However, this isn’t Blake’s usual style, which tends to be more ethereal and sketchy with more of a downbeat. Instead, Blake does a straight piano track and only does an effect on his vocals (on the recorded version), which adds a haunting quality to this piece.
Lastly, from waaaaaaaaaaaay out in left field, here’s Offset and Metro Boomin with the hottest rap beat of the year thus far, “Ric Flair Drip”.
Literally the first time I heard this, I got a serious case of the head nods. Lately, the rap game has been pretty crap if I’m honest, but between Kendrick Lamar, some Migos songs, and this absolute banger, I think it might be coming back.