AN EXCLUSIVE WEEKLY COLUMN BY ITEM MAGAZINE, OFFERING AN ARRAY OF NEWLY SELECTED UNDERGROUND & MAINSTREAM MUSIC TO BRING MUSE TO YOUR MONDAYS!
BY CONTRIBUTOR TRE FLOREZ
1. Subtle Thing - Marian Hill
Vocal-electro couple, Marian Hill, latest track titled, "Subtle Thing", is one of their best musical creations yet. The song has a similar feel to their 2017 hit “Down”, but includes more of a trap-cut beat than that previous work. Singer Samantha Gongol’s light and airy vocals sing the words gracefully, and parts of her voice are manipulated by producer Jeremy Lloyd, to be used as a novelty within the instrumental. The lyrics describe a new relationship or discovered attraction, of something that is becoming more. Subtle Thing has a - well - subtle meaning in the song, as in that slight look that someone gives you when its about to get nasty. Just take a listen to that sultry vocal tone.
“It's a subtle thing
Gongol later sings:
“I always see you when I'm out on the street
Subtle Thing, was also released in tandem with the announcement of their new tour under "UNUSUAL". With another hit this good, we cannot wait to hear what is to come next from the sensational duo in the coming years!
2. We Are… - Noah Cyrus feat MØ
Noah Cyrus has teamed up with pop singer MØ for the catchy “We Are...” single. The baby Cyrus’ latest, illustrates cultural values of today’s young adults, in a notably sarcastic way. The 18 year old somewhat mocks current society while still clearly buying into it:
“My life is great; I write then hit update
And in the chorus, she goes a bit further, by saying we don’t have any direction except to get the money:
We are fucked
While a bit less positive and more critical, We Are... is very upbeat in terms of something we can dance to; potentially even catchy enough to sing along with. Cyrus’ debut album, titled “NC-17”, is due to be released very soon with no official release date. Let’s all hope it’s a bit more concentrated than those few award show performances in 2017 that largely lacked the public interest.
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.