Music of 2017

Inca un an a trecut, si cu toate schimbarile din exterior, aproape am ajuns la concluzia ca solutia e sa nu te opui. Cu cat arunci mai putini bolovani in rau, cu atat navigarea va fi mai usoara, nu ? Problema ar putea fi ca nimeni nu gandeste asa, desi majoritatea spun ca isi doresc o viata fara griji, de fapt sunt dependenti(e) de drama.

E din ce in mai ciudat, cu fiecare an care trece, sunt din ce in ce mai multe piese care imi starnesc amintiri frumoase. Pentru ca sunt atat de preocupat de ce e “nou”, piesele ajung sa fie neascultate relativ repede, o data ce ies din playlist si din player. Daca ar fi sa ma uit peste cele 5000 de piese adunate pana anul trecut, m-as putea opri la fiecare a treia si sa ma gandesc ca trebuie neaparat sa o ascult ( nu o sa fac asta, pentru ca experimentul ar dura 4 zile 🙂 ).

In 2017 am inceput sa folosesc playlisturile din youtube. E mai simplu, in functie de mood, ascult cel care se potriveste. De asemenea, am inceput sa urmaresc mai multe canale care prezinta topurile de afara ( suprinzator de multe piese decente s-ar fi pierdut altfel). Si trebuie sa mai mentionez inca un canal, Soundeo, absolut genial in tot ce inseamna muzica house. La mixul acesta se adauga, bineinteles, BBC Radio 1, in continuare sursa numarul unu de muzica noua de calitate.

Acestea fiind spuse, let’s get down to business. In 2017, revenirile lui St Vincent, PVRIS, London Grammar si HAIM au fost memorabile. Lorde si a ei “Melodrama” a fost o continuare perfecta, asteptata 4 ani. Mi-a placut absolut tot ce a scos Halsey ( singurul artist cu 3 piese in top 100 ). Alte nume familiare, Everything Everything, Enter Shikari, Tonight Alive, Paramore si Marmozets au scos materiale care nu puteau fi ignorate. La capitolul muzica electronica, trebuie evidentiati High Contrast, Four Tet, Dimension si nou-venitii Bicep. Pentru curatirea sufletului, doctorul a prescris in 2017 pe aceleasi Lana del Rey si Jessie Ware, de data asta cu un pic de Cigarettes After Sex.

2017 a insemnat breakthrough-ul mult asteptat pentru Dua Lipa si Camila Cabello. Da, e nevoie de artisti noi mereu, acum ca Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift si Katy Perry sunt de cealalta parte a apogeului, cu ultimele lor “releasuri”.

Un alt breakthrough, de data asta suprinzator, a fost Post Malone. Aduce rap-ul undeva mai aproape de a putea fi ascultat la radio, si asta nu poate fi decat bine.

Nou venitii pentru 2018 pot fi Sigrid si Lauv. Amandoi corespund cu ce ar trebui sa fie un popstar in ziua de azi. Si cateva nume si mai putin cunoscute, eventual nou veniti pentru 2020 : Two Feet, Echos si Superorganism.

Si inca niste mentiuni : Guilty pleasure a fost Migos – Bad and Boujee, cel mai bun album “PVRIS – All we know of heaven, all we need of hell”, iar cel mai bun video, de departe, The Killers – The Man.

100 Halsey – Eyes Closed
99 Anteros – Drunk
98 Kasabian – You’re in love with a psycho
97 Two Feet – Love is a bitch
96 Architects – Doomsday
95 Ariana Grande – Everyday
94 Martin Garrix – Scared to be lonely
93 Lady Gaga – Million Reasons
92 Chase & Status – This Moment
91 Wolf Alice – Beautifully Unconventional
90 Machineheart – Speak in tongues
89 Taylor Swift – Look what you made me do
88 Burak Yeter – Tuesday
87 Weslee – Bathwater
86 Royal Blood – I only lie when I love you
85 Sigrid – Strangers
84 Selena Gomez – Fetish
83 Carly R Jepsen – Cut to the feeling
82 Gorgon City – Primal Call
81 Alma – Chasing Highs
80 They – Dante’s Creek
79 Rae Morris – Do It
78 London Grammar – Big Picture
77 Joe Goddard – Music is the answer
76 The Big Moon – Formidable
75 Sub Focus – Don’t you feel it ft. Alma
74 Paramore – Hard Times
73 Justin Bieber – Friends
72 Ed Sheeran – Shape of you
71 Rat Boy – Laidback
70 Dimension – UK
69 Lorde – Homemade Dynamite
68 Toddla T – Magnet ft. Andrea Martin
67 Kygo – This Town
66 Everything Everything – Night of the long knives
65 Marmozets – Habits
64 Taylor Swift – Ready for it
63 Camelphat – Cola
62 Chainsmokers – Paris
61 Miguel – Skywalker
60 SMNM – Baby Girl
59 Sad Puppy – Flamakae Baby
58 Fall Out Boy – Champion
57 Bicep – Vale
56 Sigrid – Don’t kill my vibe
55 Tonight Alive – Temple
54 Camila Cabello – Havana
53 Royal Blood – Lights Out
52 Rae Sremmurd – Black Beatles
51 Jax Jones – You don’t know me ft. Raye
50 Migos – Bad and Boujee
49 Linkin Park – Talking to myself
48 Disciples – On my mind
47 Sean Paul – No Lie ft. Dua Lipa
46 Lauv – Breathe
45 Mabel – Finders Keepers
44 Arcade Fire – Signs of Life
43 Wiley – Speakerbox
42 Janee – What are you doing here
41 Liam Gallagher – Wall of Glass
40 St Vincent – New York
39 Ibeyi – I wanna be like you
38 Frances and the Lights – May I have this dance
37 Halsey – Now or Never
36 Imagine Dragons – Thunder
35 Superorganism – Something for your MIND
34 Zedd – Stay ft. Alessia Cara
33 King – Police
32 Drake ft Giggs – KMT
31 St Vincent – Pills
30 Bad Sounds – Meat on my bones
29 Cigarettes after sex – Affection
28 Kelela – LMK
27 Future – Mask Off
26 DJ Shadow – Systematic ft. Nas
25 Lana del Rey – Lust for life ft. The Weeknd
24 Maroon 5 – Cold ft. Future
23 Post Malone – Rockstar ft. 21 Savage
22 Lorde – Green Light
21 Jessie Ware – Alone
20 PVRIS – Heaven
19 London Grammar – Rooting for you
18 Kendrick Lamar – Humble
17 Krewella – Be There
16 Echos – Say It
15 Charlie Puth – Attention
14 Halsey – Bad at love
13 High Contrast – Shotgun Mouthwash
12 Post Malone – Congratulations ft. Quavo
11 Death from Above – Freeze Me

10 Dua Lipa – New Rules
9 Four Tet – Two Thousand and Seventeen
8 HAIM – Right Now
7 Krewella – Team
6 The Killers – The Man
5 Sohn – Conrad
4 Banks – Underdog

3 St Vincent – Los Ageless
2 London Grammar – Non Believer
1 PVRIS – What’s wrong

Dupa cum se poate observa si nota pentru istoricii din vremurile viitoare, 2017 a fost, in partile cele mai importante, drama-free.
Sohn si al sau ‘Conrad’ m-a obsedat aproape un an intreg, ‘Underdog’ cu un mesaj inca si mai puternic, si Annie Clark cu un material ce nu poate fi denumit decat genial ( de pe care cu o greutate imensa am pus ‘Los Ageless’ doar pe 3 ).

Si apoi e London Grammar… ‘Rooting For You’ si ‘Big Picture’ sunt trase parca de pe un vinil Portishead. ‘Non Believer’ e inca si mai haunting. E continuarea fireasca a unui stil ce isi astepta vocea emblematica, si iata ca dupa Beth Gibbons vine randul lui Hannah Reid sa bantuie sufletele necredinciosilor. Abia astept sa ii vad anul viitor la Electric Castle.

Dar, peste toate, cu inca si mai multa forta si creativitate, vin PVRIS. La naiba cu “drama-free”, destul, ajunge 🙂 Piesa anului nu putea fi decat ‘What’s Wrong’. Acest stil primeaza pentru mine, trebuie sa te faca “atent” la melodie, la mesaj, si cu fiecare ascultare, sa deschida usi noi si nebanuite. Mesajul e simplu, in 2017, in pofida unei dorinte enorme sa inlatur drama din jurul meu, am continuat parca si mai acerb sa lupt intre contradictiile clasice de bine-rau si intuneric-lumina. Nu imi voi vinde niciodata sufletul vreuneia din cele 2 parti. In mijlocul contradictiei e locul unde ma simt cel mai bine.

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Playlist December 2017

Camila Cabello – OMG ft. Quavo
Clean Bandit – I Miss You feat. Julia Michaels
Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
Wilkinson & Dimension – Rush
Rae Morris – Atletico
Major Lazer & DJ Maphorisa – Particula
Tom Misch – Movie
Wiley – Call The Shots Ft Jme
Diplo – Get It Right (Feat. MØ)
George Fitzgerald – Burns
Pale Waves – New Years Eve

Next on the list … top 100

Playlist November 2017

Lauv – Easy love

THEY – Dante’s Creek

Suzi Wu – Taken Care Of

St Vincent – Pills

Hurts – Hold on to me

Marmozets – Habits

Gorgon City – Primal Call

Janee – What are you doing here

Tonight Alive – Temple

Billie Elish – Copycat

Taylor Swift – Ready for it

Playlist October 2017

Lorde – Homemade Dynamite

Two Feet – Love is a bitch

Sad Puppy – Flamakae Baby

Beck – Up all night

Kygo – This town

Rae Morris – Do It

Death From Above – Holy Books

Jessie Ware – Alone

Banks – Underdog

Charlie Puth – How Long

Ibeyi – I wanna be like you

Playlist September 2017

Bad Sounds – Living Alone
Camila Cabelo – Havana
Machinegun – Shelter
Kelela – LMK
The Killers – Run for cover
Halsey – Bad at love
Marmozets – Play
St Vincent – Los Ageless
Maroon 5 – What Lovers do
Post Malone – Rockstar
Weslee – Bathwater
Death From Above – Never swim alone

Playlist August 2017

London Grammar – Non Believer
Dua Lipa – New Rules
Four Tet – 2017
Frances & the Lights – May I Have This Dance
Lana del Rey – Summer Bummer
Linkin Park – Talking to Myself
Loyal – Reset in Colour
Arcade Fire – Signs of Life
St Vincent – New York
Selena Gomez – Fetish
Tourist – We Stayed Up All Night
Superorganism – Nobody Cares

Playlist July 2017

PVRIS – What’s Wrong

HAIM – Little of Your love

Lorde – Perfect Places

Fall out Boy – Champion

Rat Boy – Laidback

The Killers – The Man

Liam Gallagher – Wall of Glass

Sub Focus – Dont You Feel It

Of Mice and Men – Back to Me

Julia Michaels – Uh Huh

DJ Shadow – Systematic ft. Nas