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. Barcelona - Jack & Jack
Pop duo Jack & Jack kicked off 2019 with the release of their latest album, A Good Friend is Nice, and the single Barcelona. The Nebraska natives, have been releasing music since their popularity started gaining back in 2014, on the Vine app (R.I.P.). And they have truly, only gotten better with time.
With Barcelona, the men tell a story of a missed connection with a Spanish lover. After spending a night with her, names and information were not exchanged, and now they are hoping to find her once again. The melody is comprised of mostly, a heavy bass line and loud, on-theme horns. All this, while the backbeat, is a simple drum kit and steel drum. Both sing and there is even a rap verse near the end; essentially, rap-sing to their lost, Mrs. Barcelona.
Jack Gilinsky starts off with the first verse, setting up the story, and does a little wishful thinking:
“Is it too late to find you, are you out there?
I can only imagine how hard it would be to find a one night stand across the world, but I can appreciate them for trying. Sounds like a movie script, if anything! Then, Jack Johnson raps verse two; throwing in some Spain references and noting on his departure from it:
“Girl, I hope you feel the same
Johnson is more realistic about the hook up, but is still hopeful that he will end up with Mrs. Barcelona. Good luck.
All in all, Barcelona is a pop smash, by way of calculation: cute boys, an amazing production, and catchy lyrics. We can only predict, that Jack & Jack are going to make some major moves in 2019.
2. Low Key - Ally Brooke feat. Tyga
Ally Brooke finally released her debut single, and it features rapper, Tyga, who is commonly featured in pop records. Low Key, is a catchy song about how Brooke is a catch, and a guy in the club should get to know her, in more ways than one. It’s a modern mix of heady pop, chopped with classic Latin dance music.
Ally Brooke, of the once together group of Fifth Harmony, has yet to release her own album cycle, until now. While the song does not really showcase her voice in its full, she does it justice. The track is a nice introduction to what we may come to expect from her now, solo career.
The melody here, is a rich mix of R&B beats and the tempo is predominately Latin influenced. The lyrics are conveyed in a sexy way, while still keeping things somewhat PG-13. In the first verse, Brooke's hints at the relationship being quiet for now; sneaking around, to keep it low key:
“I see you looking at my body very closely
We understand the need to keep things quiet, especially at first; don’t need everyone in your business when it comes to a new lover. Now, do you? Tyga adds his verse near the end of the song, reiterating Brooke's point of secrecy, but with much more innuendo embedded into his part. I think it's safe to say, the addition of his rap feature is sure to get some radio and nightclub play.
In whole, Low Key is a danceable track, both to appreciate and applaud. While it has a sound that is overly familiar to today’s pop world, it still has something within it that allows it stand. No yawns, here. But what we are most excited about, is to officially be on the lookout for Brooke’s next future singles, potential EP's and debut album. And you should be, too!
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.