Minor-chords define the opening of Demitasse’s new song, “Comfy Coffins.” The lyrics describe the sense of being alone and that we all share the misery collectively. Yet, as soon as the darker tone is set, we are temporarily relieved with the first major chord that sparks a more uplifting chorus. It’s got friendly hand claps and upper register harmonies that help create this musical glow. In the end, the music is bare and poppy, yet deep and thoughtful.
Time to catch up!
Sufjan Stevens – “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross”
First off: New Sufjan harkens back to his folky, stripped-down roots. Harmonies galore.
G – “Outer Space”
Chill vibes from this electronica project by G (producer Jimmy Giannopoulos). Throw in a sax and I’m sold.
Will Joseph Cook – “Streets of Paris”
A voice like Brett Dennen and an upbeat chorus like Penguin Prison and Ra Ra Riot.
Ollie McKendrick-Ness (OMN) begins “In Quiet Rooms” with what sounds like someone sitting, strapping on an acoustic guitar, taking a breath, and then singing. He then layers warm and colorful electronic sounds, which encase his guitar and voice in this still quiet space. What I enjoy is that the song is never overwhelmed by an excessive layering of synths. OMN stays in this one comforting place, rather than traveling in a different direction.