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. Nothing Breaks Like a Heart - Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus
Two huge hitmakers, singer Miley Cyrus and producer Mark Ronson, team up for a pop masterpiece, by the title “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart”. While this is the first time we have heard a pop infused track from Mrs. Cyrus in awhile, it also happens to be the lead single for Robson’s newest album (of which name is yet to be released).
The record starts with an almost Bee Gees cord progression of Stayin’ Alive; strings of violin and a country twang filled guitar riff. Layered underneath, is a soft beat that keeps the song afloat, and it is topped off with Miley’s sultry vocals. The lyrics are also strong enough, to hit you right in the feels; Cyrus sharing a heartbreaking experience, that most of us have probably felt at least once in our lives.
The song begins with the chorus, Miley singing,
“This world can hurt you
And continues, with an explanation for the broken heart; the betrayal.
“I heard you on the phone last night
The burning house analogy might be about the fact that Miley and her husband Liam Hemsworth’s house burned down in the recent Woosley fire, that devastated Malibu and the surrounding areas. If it’s not, ironically and rather unfortunately, it might seem to resonate with the singer’s home life.
With a lead single like this, we are very eager to hear what other music Mark Ronson has up his sleeve, for the soon to come work. We hope that it carries a mash up between genres, similar to this sound. Just reminisce on, Uptown Funk; a classic sound, reinvented to become a smash record.
2. It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You) - The 1975
The hit UK band, The 1975 came back on the scene, earlier this year with a few singles, and have finally released their latest album: A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. The reviews are hot, but don’t just take our word for it! The band has announced, that there is a second half of the work to be released in the beginning of 2019. Yes, a whole second album!
The fifth single from the album is titled, “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)”. It is a sad-romantic song, where the singer is dealing with the loss of a significant other. The melody is a simple beat; one with a high pitched electric guitar and heavy background vocals. The visuals portray the lead singer in a constant dream, where he has no clue what is going on. He goes from being scared to performing, to observing a dance between two other people, and back to performing. It’s a well done video and may take a few views to figure it all out.
The lyrics tell the story of loss using a character by the name of ‘Danny’, in how he and the singer, have the same issues going on. They talk about, how the lack of their partner has changed their entire life:
“Danny ran into some complications
The chorus goes:
“And all I do is sit and think about you
It is very sad and probably not the most healthy way to cope with a break up; but go off, dudes. While the rest of the album has a similar sound profile, not all tracks are about the same subject. We recommend giving the other following tracks a close listen, as well: TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME, Love It If We Made It, and Sincerity Is Scary.
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From the lens of an 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 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 design oriented degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art of the few, to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for just over a decade, from commercial retail visual management to corporate level ghost writing and consulting. Now, in this exact moment, T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent urban California lifestyle based fashion movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.