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The Indiecision Five at 5 is our attempt at sharing our musical tastes with you, and showcasing music from around the world. Each weekday at 5pm sharp, one NH7 writer or staffer will bring you five songs he/she is listening to on the day. Features writer Siddhant Mehta brings it back today. Check it.
1. Coleen Green – ‘Heavy Shit’
Yay! A girl that seems to be singing a punk rock song! Coleen Green has a slightly unusual approach to the entire thing with her vocals hanging around behind the chugging guitar riffs. It isn’t overtly angsty or irreverent but it’s a whole lot better than what a lot of other women are doing with regards to punk rock (Sandi Thom shouldn’t get to say the word “punk”). Also, Green talks about “heavy shit” on her mind but doesn’t bore us to death with endless mundane details, which means the song ends after a respectable 2 minutes and 15 seconds.
2. Jimi Hendrix – ‘Somewhere’
Now I know what you’re thinking, but this is a new release from the old master. While it is somewhat awesome to imagine Jimi Hendrix’s reanimated corpse rise up out of the grave and grab a guitar, the reality is that the album People, Hell and Angels is previously unreleased material from Hendrix’s recording sessions in 1968 and 1969. ‘Somewhere’ is definitely the single that stands out from the new releases and it encapsulates everything people come to expect from a Jimi Hendrix song. This is one satisfying trip down memory lane.
3. Depeche Mode – ‘Heaven’
Since we’re already in memory lane, let’s see what Depeche Mode are up to. The British electronica act has been either influential or irrelevant, depending on which side of the fence you sit on, but they’re still going strong and ‘Heaven’ is a good example of their continued evolution. It’s very easy for bands/artists to stick what they know but Depeche Mode have gone ahead and showed that they’ve learned new tricks. ‘Heaven’ consists of high levels of production where each of the layers overlap at various points. This is a contrast to the more cut-and-dry instrumental parts that characterized ’80s new wave which people associate with Depeche Mode.
4. Joey Bada$$ – ‘Wendy N Becky’ ft. Chance the Rapper
The remarkable diversity that hip-hop producers bring to the recording studio these days cannot be overestimated. Producer Thelonius Martin puts together an unorthodox arrangement for Joey Bada$$ to go ahead and attack his issue. The entire song is backed by a mellow sax loop and a simple beat which seems too sophisticated for the ludicrous and simply explicit lyrics that Bada$$ uses. Somehow it works and Bada$$ goes on to tell us a whole lot about what he wants Wendy and Becky to do. Definitely not fun for all the family but the song is pretty charming in it’s own gauche way.
5. Dualist Inquiry – ‘Specter’
This single lit up my twitter timeline all of yesterday and from what I’ve seen so far, a lot of friends and co-workers were terribly excited about the first release off of Dualist Inquiry’s latest album Doppelganger. ‘Specter’ is definitely a case of Sahej Bakshi picking up where he left off in his Dualism EP but adding to it the two years of experience he has gathered along the way. The song has definitely been meticulously produced and has a lot of glitch hop elements in it. If this is a sign on things to come with regards to Doppelganger, then we’ve could have one of the biggest albums of 2013 in our hands as early as mid-March!
Check out previous editions of Five at 5 here, and stay tuned for more picks from NH7, Monday through Friday.