Derek Simpson – XING

Derek Simpson

XING


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Author:

Stacy Klein

Published:
Jun 04, 2021

Total plays:

168

Saved:
4 times

Sounds like:

SuperParka,
Blue Material,
Kowloon

Tags:

indie pop
,
dream pop
,
shoegaze

Why do we like this?

I’ve had a really awful cold this last week (no, it wasn’t Covid, don’t worry). I spent my days working from my bed, wrapped up in blankets, hot water bottle at my feet, entire medicine cabinet on my bedside table. It was shit, and I was miserable. But then, this song landed on my review list, and I suddenly felt a little bit better.

It’s lighthearted and playful, it’s easy to listen to, and just completely unobtrusive, in the best way. It was exactly what I needed to remind me that I would feel better eventually, and that as long as I could focus on the nice things around me, I wouldn’t get bogged down in my misery and congestion.

“XING” is kind of like a cross between dream pop and shoegaze, but it’s got some saucy as hell loops that make it a truly unique and textured offering. According to Simpson, the track is about gender and gender roles, and the freedom we should have to express our innermost truths:

“XING is my own attempt to carry a different conversation through, a lighter one that shines in celebration of androgny and a liberating playfulness that comes with the decision to remain outside of any specific definitions.”

Lyrics that stick:

Walkin’ off road, walkin’ to the edge of the skull

You walk wherever you want

No you don’t belong to nothin’, nothin’, nothin’

Sure as we kiss, surely we become

Spilled milk




Stacy Klein

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Blue Material – Statue In The Dark

Blue Material

Statue In The Dark


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Author:

Dylan Heneck

Published:
Dec 14, 2020

Total plays:

5,017

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76 times

Sounds like:

Unknown Mortal Orchestra,
MGMT

Tags:

indie pop
,
indie soul
,
mgmt

Why do we like this?

Whoa. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve left a review on the site. Life’s been busy and I’ve honestly struggled to find new music that I want to listen to over and over again. So much of what I’m hearing sounds kind of the same. It’s making me wonder if my eardrums have possibly morphed into their final, adult form.

It’s a DNA thing that I’m not going to get into. Much like dinosaur shaped pasta, everyones’ ear holes eventually find a last form, and that will define what kind of music you like to listen to. The phenomenon explains musical trends like Dad rock and Hair metal; the patrons of which apparently have eardrum perforations that are much more narrow than the average music listener; this according to one US study.

Anyways, in light of those cold, hard facts, not much music fits into my brain these days, with Blue Material being a consistent exception. “Statue In The Dark” is just the latest of a string of releases of his that I’ve found totally enjoyable, from the artist.

Thom Gillies is his birth name, and if he’s from Montreal. So, if you live there, and there’s an illegal underground event going on that he’s playing at, risk it. Go watch him live and after he’s done, shout his name, Thom, until he hears you. It should be worth it.




Dylan Heneck

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