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BY CONTRIBUTOR TRE FLOREZ
Reasons - Cautious Clay
Brooklyn-based rising artist, Cautious Clay, had an awesome 2018; gaining more notice and releasing a beautiful seven track EP titled, Blood Type (and an accompanied remix version). Following that work up, with a four track EP called, Resonance. And if that wasn’t enough, he has just released another single this week: Reasons.
The sound is much different than what we have become used to hearing from Clay, within his rising year. Reasons is short, barely over two minutes in length track, and has a much stronger, electric presence, than other music he has released thus far. It has a fast-paced hi-hat beat with electronic synthesized tones, alongside Clay’s silky smooth voice; truly making it, just as dreamy as the previous work.
As with all of his other music, Cautious Clay has a direct hand on the production and writing of the song; giving it his own personal touch. The lyrics seem to tell of how Clay feels currently, while he is becoming more known.
The first verse reads:
“Drama in my life on purpose
‘You look hella broke in the comments’ looks to be coming from having more notoriety and money. The chorus continues:
“I did it all for the no
If all continues to go well, this very may well be the first single from his first full length album. With very little to go off of, we have an eye on his twitter, watch on his SoundCloud, and are continuing to document his development as a musician. If this is the first track you have noticed of Cautious Clay, then we recommend you checking out his entire EP, Blood Type; of which we partly covered in MUZEMONDAZE Week 21 entry, here.
Closer - Astrid S
Swiftly rising Norwegian pop ‘it girl’, Astrid S, has also had a successful 2018 debut. She is gaining about five million listeners on a monthly average and signed on to tour alongside Years & Years, through their UK stadium tour. She has recently released her second single of the year, the very airy and sensual single, Closer.
The track starts off, where it is mostly built by guitar and vocals. Closer has a beautiful melody consisting of an acoustic guitar and a slight back bass; even a snapping undertow beat in the chorus. Astrid has a light, crisp and clean voice, not going out of one range here, and is slightly hypnotizing in nature.
The lyrics speak of a forbidden love, with Astrid hooking up with a taken man. She wants to have him to herself and for him to tell the other woman, but he does not want to. In verse two, the story becomes quite clear:
“I think we both know that you should tell her
Then, in the pre-chorus:
“What can I do
Not to judge, but maybe you should have just avoided this situation all together, Astrid. *insert side eye emoji.
We are not completely aware of the title of Astrid’s upcoming Album, but it should be released in early 2019, considering her EP titled, Party's Over, came out in the summer of 2017. We are keeping a look out for the music video to Closer, but for now, feel free to listen to the audio below.
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.