Father John Misty – “Ideal Husband”
Fleet Foxes Joshua Tillman, also known as Father John Misty, released his second solo album on Feb. 10 to awesome reviews across the board. Pitchfork gave the record an 8.8/10, Rolling Stone gave it 4 stars and Exclaim! awarded it 10/10. One of the standouts on the album is the fast-paced “Ideal Husband.” The song gives the sense of something that cannot be stopped but is doomed to crash, as Tillman reminisces over every woman that he’s slept with, and over all the friendships he’s neglected. During the chorus, as Tillman sings “now, now it’s out,” a piano meant for a horror film plucks before the instruments eventually overpower his voice, just like you expected would happen.
Hayden – “Hey Love”
Just in time for his tour with Dan Mangan, Hayden has released a new ballad titled “Hey Love.” The track is set to be on an upcoming EP of the same name, and sees the Ontario singer’s soft, shaky voice sing lines like: “hold me like you want to be held by me.” The chorus of the song brings in harmonies and a pedal steel guitar that turns the track from a soft whisper to a loud declaration. Due out on March 24, Hayden’s eighth album is something to look out for.
Jack White – “Blue Light, Red Light (Someone’s There)”
To go along with the vinyl release of his latest single, “That Black Bat Liquorice,” Jack White will be releasing as a B-side: “Blue Light, Red Light (Someone’s There).” Harry Connick Jr. originally made the track in 1991. White’s version of the song is at times a smooth jazz number before turning into a hard-hitting rock song. The track goes back and forth as White sings about how he would take any job and how he doesn’t have to worry about anything as long as he’s got his love.
Kendrick Lamar – “The Blacker the Berry”
“I’m African-American, I’m African/I’m black as the moon, heritage of a small village,” Kendrick Lamar declares on his latest release, “The Blacker the Berry.” “You hate me don’t you?” he asks the listener as he goes through mood swings, thinking aloud before telling the audience: “you made me a killer.” The message of the song seems clear the whole way through, until Kendrick pulls the carpet from underneath you, asking, “why did I weep when Trayvon Martin was in the street?” Kendrick has always been telling the story of growing up in the rough neighbourhoods of Compton, but now it looks like he is going to try and change that story.