AN EXCLUSIVE WEEKLY COLUMN BY ITEM MAGAZINE, OFFERING AN ARRAY OF NEWLY SELECTED UNDERGROUND & MAINSTREAM MUSIC TO BRING MUSE TO YOUR MONDAYS (AND THE REST OF THE WEEK, TOO!)
BY CONTRIBUTOR TRE FLOREZ
1. After the Storm - Kali Uchis feat Tyler, The Creator & Bootsy Collins
Kali Uchis’ hit single is an inspirational, feel good track with a groovy vibe. After the Storm is the third single from her album titled, "Isolation", and it follows the same sound as her previous singles. Kali promotes both self-love and self-inspiration:
“So if you need a hero
She continues on by reminding listeners that the sun does always come out again, especially after the storm. Kali’s soft and sultry voice over the 70’s era sounding music, is addictive and Tyler’s verse accompanies it very well. The duo make this track feel very complete, together.
2. My My My! - Troye Sivan
Troye Sivan is back with an upbeat and catchy dance song, My My My! With a similar sound to that of his older work -- My My My! has a synthy, poppy and upbeat sound. His voice is smooth and the lyrics speak of a budding relationship. Troye clearly wants to keep the romance going and stop runnin’ from the connection that is clearly there.
“Let’s stop runnin’ from love, runnin’ from love,
3. Feel the Love Go - Franz Ferdinand
UK Pop-Punk band Franz Ferdinand, released a single titled, Feel the Love Go, from their forthcoming fifth album, "Always Ascending". The single is their fist since their collaborative work with the band Sparks back in 2015 - titled FFS (Franz Ferdinand + Sparks). The second released track from Always Ascending is also groovy; featuring a blissful saxophone throughout. The track has a matching tempo and the lyrics are interesting; they can be interpreted in many ways.
“See, see the things that you’re doing
Which — to me — means that people do things not for themselves, but for societies acceptance. The lyrics also say to give both friends and enemies positive thoughts:
“Think of a friend
While they seem less punk this time around, this song inspires us to be ready for the latest work from Franz.Keep a look out for Always Ascending hitting early this year.
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.