You know what time it is – it’s time for your favorite blog team to tell you all of their favorites! This month, we’re discussing our favorite musical artists! Keep on reading to find out more about musicians we’ve been listening to.
Aubrey Rieder – Melanie Martinez
What Aubrey had to say: While I am not a fan of televised music competitions or a cutesy, bubbly aesthetic, I haven’t been able to get any of The Voice veteran Melanie Martinez’s music out of my head. The new wave electropop artist’s debut (and so far only) album Cry Baby is centered around a theme of falsely happy childhoods. Throughout the entire album, Martinez takes on a character named Cry Baby, a young doll-like girl who comes from a troubled family. Her high-pitched, breathy voice and adorably sweet, big-bowed appearance are appropriate complements to her songs, named such things as “Alphabet Boy,” “Training Wheels,” and “Teddy Bear.” However, these cutely named songs have dark undertones; the song “Dollhouse” describes the pressure put on a family to appear perfect in the face of substance abuse, alcoholism, and infidelity, and “Sippy Cup” illustrates the dark events that occur in the Cry Baby character’s family after the façade comes crashing down. On top of the interesting themes of Cry Baby, Martinez’s songs are ridiculously catchy, with upbeat tunes and memorable lyrics. Melanie Martinez is a great choice of musician for anyone looking for a heavily-themed album and sugary yet brutally honest electropop.
Caelan Cheshire – Tori Kelly
What Caelan had to say: Although you just missed her concerts in Texas, take the time to check out Tori Kelly and her music, especially her newest album, Unbreakable Smile. While she didn’t advance too far on American Idol, Tori’s bright, clear voice accrued plenty of YouTube followers, which led to her first self-made album. This launched her back into the spotlight, and she quickly landed a record deal. Because girl’s got skills.
You’ve probably heard her catchy songs on the radio, such as “Nobody Love” and “Should’ve Been Us,” but what you may not know is that Tori’s pipes can belt out a serious whistle note. That’s right, I said whistle. What is that, exactly? Watch this clip to find out.
Just as peppy, bright, and bouncy as her luscious locks, Tori’s music is sure to put you in a good mood.
Cassidy Nelson – Halsey
What Cassidy had to say: In case you haven’t heard of her yet, Halsey released her debut album as a concept album in August of 2015. This is something many artists don’t do anymore. Halsey created an entirely new, futuristic, dystopian place, with sound, known as the Badlands. Performing for the first time at Coachella this past weekend and bringing out her longtime idol Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco as her special guest, to serenading Good Morning America alongside Justin Bieber for their collab “The Feeling” off of Purpose, or selling out her first headlining show at the infamous Madison Square Garden within one day, Halsey is a new artist and a new force to be reckoned with. She showed us the inner workings of her mind and the demons and challenges she faces, and half way through the album, you can feel and hear the change from her realization that it is possible to leave the confines of one’s own mind and escape. She helps give fans the courage to leave their own version of their Badlands as well. It’s a defense mechanism, it’s an escape – somewhere else we can go.
The song that got me hooked on Halsey was off of her Room 93 EP called “Empty Gold” for its unsuspecting beat drops that absolutely blew me away and reignited my love for music. Badlands being such a well thought out concept that explores various states and emotions, it’s hard to pick just one song that I would say is my favorite. But if you force my hand, I’ll tell you to listen to “Gasoline” and after I’d ask you one question: “Are you insane like me?”
Kirby Koonse – The Growlers
What Kirbie had to say: The Growlers are a California band that formed in 2006. I’m currently obsessed with them and have their best songs on repeat. They have toured with The Black Keys, Dr.Dog, Night Beats, and others with that similar sound. If I had to assign them a category I don’t think I could choose between Surf Music and Garage Rock. When The Consequence of Sound described the sound that is The Growlers, they said, “It’s like lying on a hammock, hanging between two palm trees and ripping some doobage.” If you take the time to listen to them, I would suggest listening to “One Million Lovers,” “Going Gets Tough,” or “Humdrum Blues.”
Morgan Crider – Disturbed
What Morgan had to say: My favorite artist currently is the Disturbed. Mainly I am super into the cover of “Sound of Silence” right now and their new album Immortalized. I think I’m a little late to the party on liking them but I’m glad I got here. The current band members are vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are a heavy metal band with amazing vocals and least to say their cover of “Sound of Silence” is haunting. Other great songs on the album are “The Light” and “The Vengeful One.” This is the bands first album in five years after being on hiatus. I am not usually a heavy metal kind of gal but I was happily surprised with their songs. “Sound of Silence” is my favorite though because I am a sucker for 60’s era music.
And there you go! We hope you enjoyed reading about our favorite artists and hopefully discovered some new music to pump in your headphones during your walk to class! Now, get to groovin’ and movin’!