Panic! At the Disco have brought out a new song and it’s called “Emperor’s New Clothes.”I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!!! Since the release of “Mona Lisa” back in 2011, I have not heard a peep from Brendon Urie and co. …until now!!! (Maybe I have been living under a rock). Therefore, when the DJ announced on the radio, that Panic! At the Disco (PATD) would be playing next. I assumed that I would be either singing along to “Mona Lisa” or my all time favourite, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” A brand-spanking, new song from PATD, was the last thing on my mind 🙂 “Emperor’s New Clothes” is a song you can really rock-out to because it is loud and punchy. Not to mention, I have missed the hypnotising sound of Brendon’s charismatic and charming voice, which is set on fire in the chorus. It seems “Emperor’s New Clothes” is close to becoming a joint favourite with “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” OR at least sharing the same podium (the more times I listen to it).
I think I first became aware of PATD in High School when bands like Gym Class Heroes and Fall Out Boy were also breaking out onto the scene. Fast forward to present day and it’s good to know that some of the bands I listened to as a teenager are still around. Not only are they still around but also continuing to make great music and songs that I can’t get enough of!!! Last year, Fall Out Boy made a huge comeback, much to the delight of their loyal fans and probably won over some new supporters in the process. Now that PATD have released a new album…all that is left now is for Gym Class Heroes to make their long-awaited return!!!
Grimes and Janelle Monae are both on a track together, which I think is INSANE (in a good way). The title of the song is called “Venus Fly” and listening to it is like drinking a can of Lucozade, it makes you feel so pumped and energised!!! As the song draws to an end you are left with the sound of a string instrument (possibly a violin?) , which is exactly what you need to help wind-down after the excitement and hyperactivity of the rest of the song. Please check out the video (below) and remember to turn the volume UP!!!
I admire these two artists on so many different levels. Not just for their incredible music but for their originality, talent and work-ethic!!! Janelle Monae creates empowering music and makes a conscious effort to convey important issues in her songs. Take the song Q.U.E.E.N. in which she talks about gender inequality, “She who writes the movie owns the script and the sequel; so why ain’t the stealing of my rights made illegal?” Watching her give it her absolute all at Glastonbury 2011 and hearing songs such as “Tightrope” and the emotive “Cold War” first ignited my interest in her. Dressed in a variety of tuxedoes, Monae’s trademark look is actually inspired by her parents, who both had occupations which required them to wear a uniform. Therefore as a tribute to them, she wears her very own black + white uniform .
At the helm of everything she produces is Grimes or Claire Boucher who is the epitome of a DIY artist. She is credited as being a singer-songwriter, producer and director. She does everything by herself. On Jools Holland she sang, mixed beats on the decks and played the keyboard. It was like watching a master-class in multi-tasking (which I suck at). I would love to say it looked easy but that would be a lie 🙂 Grimes must have a method to the madness!!! Like her image, her vocals are cute and sweet-sounding 🙂 often dyeing her hair bright colors and donning garish and glittery eye make-up. As a reference point think pixie/water-nymph/anime character!!!
What more can I say… these two artists have a clear vision of the music they want to put out and seem to be 100% in control. They both use their music and public image to do good and help others. Whether it is by using characters or personas E.g. Cindi Mayweather is the protagonist in Janelle Monae’s futuristic concept albums (Electric Lady). Or by sharing advice, Grimes enlightened us on her tips to Being a BOSS in the piece she wrote for Rookie Yearbook three.
To conclude, believe me when I say that Janelle Monae and Grimes are career-driven, intellectual and independent women who are out of this world!!!
Rae Morris first caught my attention when she performed a song for the Mahogany sessions. I forget the exact song she performed but what I can remember is that she was sat down playing a piano. The song that I know her best for is “Love Again”which featured on an advert for Boohoo (other ads are available). 🙂 For some reason, listening to “Love Again”summons an image of Rae running across a misty heath or moor for some reason. It has an eerie and mysterious vibe about it.
Her voice is in its own lane really, it is not a vocal you could easily imitate. Only hearing the studio-versions of her songs, one might think she can’t possibly execute those distinctive sounds LIVE!!!. But watching her live, definitely shuts up the cynics/skeptics/naysayers and proves that her voice is authentic rather than being invented in a studio.
Rae Morris has teamed up with Irish rapper, Rejjie Snow for his song “Blakkst Skin.” (Snow has been supporting Madonna on her Rebel Hearts Tour in the UK). On paper, Rejjie and Rae Morris seem to make an odd pairing, however I think the collaberation works because of the contrast! In the verses, Rejjie wraps over a “rat-a-tat drum” and electro-funk beat whilst the chorus is more stripped back, with Morris’ delicate vocals as the stand-alone feature. Her vocals have a folkie undertone and she can comfortably sing in a higher register. When she hits those higher notes, it sounds like she is howling to the moooon!!!