A NEW EXCLUSIVE WEEKLY COLUMN BY ITEM MAGAZINE.
By Contributors Sam Gagliardi and Joey Zamjahn
1. Boredom -Tyler, The Creator
Tyler, the Creator’s new album, Flower Boy, is unlike any of his previous albums. On this record, Tyler shows off a softer side to his usual sarcastic demeanor. As soon as we heard 'Boredom', we knew this was gonna be a summer jam. This song has a chill beat coupled with a good hook and it really captures that lazy summer vibe. Lyrically, this song captures that 'stuck inside with the air conditioner cranked all the way up, ignoring the outside life' kind of day.
2. Less Than -Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails have come out with a new album, Add Violence, and this is the first single off of it. The video is made in the style of a vintage video game and it really gives the viewer a nostalgic feel. The song starts off with an 80’s drum machine (in a very classic NIN fashion) which builds up into a bigger industrial sounding chorus. The thing that really grabs you is how simple yet impactful the lyrics are if you’re paying attention. They have a political message that seems to allude to what’s happening in our country right now and we are here for it! It seems that during these trying times of political warfare is when the best music comes out. Just listen.
3. Phoebe Bridgers - Motion Sickness
"Motion Sickness", is the first single from Phoebe Bridgers’ upcoming debut album, Stranger in the Alps. Though, it’s technically not the first single because her previous release, Killer EP, actually contains quite a few songs destined for the new drop.
But Phoebe Bridgers makes us sad in a really good way. Bridgers’ songwriting and lyrical style is raw and rare - tunes that will make one sit down and contemplate whether or not they want to get back up. Haunting melodies with simple, country-esque vibes help to lull the listener into a false sense of security. This music digs at you. And you will feel the feelings.
Despite all the pain and misery, Motion Sickness proves to be an unusually upbeat song for Bridgers - a surprisingly welcome addition to the artist’s track listing. This piece has an edge to it, with Bridgers’ sad ghost voice spilling out over what would normally be a happy sounding backing track. Bridgers’ debut album looks very promising, if not scary.
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a poet and freelance fashion writer, photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.