Biig Piig’s “American Beauty” is a track laced with a collection of teen Americana sounds, and leads to a beautifully nostalgic feeling.
We all love Easter eggs — the pop culture phenomenon of seeing references in media to other media or callback to other moments. “American Beauty” is filled with sonic Easter eggs — sounds reminiscent of a young America, soft soulful guitars, a tracking drum track that literally sounds like an intro theme, and a narrative that hits with the perfect amount of nostalgia and new age.
It’s a soft-rock hit that evolves its retro sounds into something palatable for the current alt youth aesthetic makes us all want to fall in love and watch the planes at the San Fran Airport. Are you in?
I have always loved Jose Gonzales, not only because they were my first dip into the world of indie-folk, but also because I can never listen to a Gonzales song without feeling some version of immense calm.
“Visions” is, in the purest of words, a holistic and spiritual experience, everything about this song is earthy, natural, and untouched by the new age of production. Jose Gonzales has always been a purveyor of pure sounds – whether sad, uplifting, honest, or loving. “Visions” is comforting…immensely so. It is the literal sound you’d hear when looking out over your porch into the wilderness.
This song is a soft hug, a reassuring word, and an immensely enthralling experience that doesn’t disappoint, it doesn’t mislead, and like most Gonzales songs it teaches us in a very calm, collected, and powerfully comforting way about the power of just breathing in peace and quiet.
Very few songs out there really advocate for, and explain, anxiety in a comprehensible and beautiful way.
What Sufjan Stevens has done with “Tell Me You Love Me” is something quite special. Making use of a crescendoing vocal track that overlays itself continuously with building vocals and instruments, they create an indie rock track that feels like a Christopher Nolan soundtrack.
What this song does so amazingly, for me, is that it touches on that melancholic detachment that comes with anxiety when asking people to just be present, whether it be a loved one, a friend, or a family member.
Its flowing vocals create a wail and cry for help that builds into one of my favorite moments of music in 2021 so far!