March 2014

Emily King - Seven

Artist: Emily King
Album: Seven

It was the beginning of 2012 and I was going through a pretty crappy break-up with the same guy I had had an on-and-off relationship with for about 3 years (I know, I should have seen it coming).

So to make myself feel better I promised that this time around I wouldn’t cry. For most of that period I was walking around with suppressed emotions, “I refuse to feel anything ever again,” I told myself. “Emotions are for the weak!”

A friend of mine had recently dropped a gang load of music in my laptop and as I put all the new music into my iPod, a particular album cover caught my attention

It had a woman on the cover. Her back turned, her face looking over her left shoulder at something behind her. Her eyes are hidden by the word SEVEN - splashed across the image of her in a bold, thick font

It sparked my curiosity – PLUS seven is my favourite number. So, on my way to campus. I superficially decided to listen to the album just because it had a cool cover!

“….I just don’t understand, they say love is compromise. Where does that leave us?”

And no, the tears didn’t start there. The tears started pouring down my face when she sang:

“I Just can’t stay around, with all your foolish games, its like a miracle how I made it this far”

I have never felt a song speak to me the way “Down” did.

“ You keep pulling me down down down down down, lower than I’ve ever known”

All the way to college I cried and cried but not in a sad way, rather in a way that was liberating.

And that’s exactly how I would describe this EP – Liberating. She tells stories that are honest, to the point, sweet and unbelievably relatable. Along with the light hearted melodies and a killer voice to boot – this EP is human. Knowing that you are human is liberating.

So, that’s how my love affair with Emily King’s Seven started. Each song in its own way allowed me to feel again freely. The lightness of songs such as “Ever After” “Sides” and “Every Part” restores hope in what you think may have been broken. The honesty in “Down” and “Georgia” helps you patch up old wounds. The familiarity in “No More Room” is inspiring and encouraging, while the message in “Radio” sums up why I love this EP so much.

- Ziya

Macy Gray - The ID

Artist: Macy Gray:
Album: The I.D

Here’s to the funky ones. The ones who wear funny hats and fancy pants. The ones who act “unnormal” and speak “strizange”. The ones who never dance, but always boogie. This is who, in my opinion, Macy Gray makes music for –“The Crazy Ones.” And her second studio album, The I.D, is no different.

As with most, my first introduction to Macy was through her hit single, “I try” off her debut album, On How Life Is. But it was only when she asked me to “express what is taboo in me and share my freak with the rest of the world” on Sexual Revolution, that I was lured into Macy’s wacky, colourful imagination.

The ID is a fusion of Funk, Neo-soul, Hip Hop and Rock. A party-flavourful offering that never fails to get me busting a move or four – but also balanced out with a number of slow to mid tempo songs like Sweet Baby ft. Erykah Badu, Gimme All Your Lovin’ or I Will Kill You, Forgiveness and Freak Like Me.

There is so much to Macy’s sound, that it’s only after moving past the album’s theatrical beats and her flamboyant style and iconic raspy voice, that I found 14 beautifully written stories of love, rejection, happiness, sex and even crime. Honest emotions and ideas that are real to all humans – some so real, that one might need a strong bottle of something to voice. The ID is a personal classic in my book. It has a timeless sound and feel that’s cross-pollinated with different times, cultures and genres.

It’s a unique glimpse into a manic-depressive who knows pain well enough to celebrate happiness – listen to Hay Young World and Oblivion and you’ll know.
To sum it up in her own words, The ID is “hot like hot wings with hot chocolate in hell” – Relating To A Psychopath.

- Jonas