Press play on the year’s biggest country album and you might wonder if you’re listening to a country album at all. Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road is the genre’s only release to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart this year and enjoyed the biggest debut streaming week ever for a country album, with … More »
The short list for the Polaris Music Prize, the annual award given to the best Canadian album of the year, has just been released. This year’s nominees include PUP’s Morbid Stuff, Jessie Reyez’s Being Human In Public, Marie Davidson’s Working Class Woman, Shad’s A Short Story About A War, Snotty Nose Rez Kids’ Trapline, Elisapie’s … More »
“Hey young people – you’re getting older every second. It’s what we do. One day someone will tell you to stop and you’ll be all like ‘fuck you’ just like Madonna.” That was former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes on Twitter the night of the Billboard Music Awards. Madonna and Colombian reggaeton star … More »
Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma is a fantastic movie, but it doesn’t exactly seem like the type of film that would lend itself to the celebrity soundtrack treatment. But that’s exactly what Music Inspired By The Film Roma is: a collection of notables contributing songs that they say were inspired by the movie. I’m sure some of … More »
Y’all wanna hear something crazy? I’ve been writing this weekly pop column for five whole years now. It seems like just yesterday that I published the inaugural installment explaining why The Week In Pop would be a good addition to the Stereogum portfolio. As we approach the precipice of 2019, I’m fairly certain … More »
For once, Vince Staples wasn’t sure what to say. Five days after dropping another incredible collection of songs, the Long Beach rapper and reigning Twitter MVP logged into his account and wrote, “I was about to tell y’all FM! not an album but I don’t even know what an album is anymore so … More »
Genre-defiant LA duo THEY. have a new EP called Fireside coming this month, and it’s shaping up to be pretty good. The group’s sound errs on the side of R&B, but as explained upon the release of lead single “What I Know Now,” they’ve been known to venture all over the stylistic map. More »
THEY. dropped the music video for their Wiz Khalifa-assisted single “What I Know Now,” closely followed by a brand new collaboration with Jessie Reyez, “Broken.” The new visual is sure to set the tone for the duo’s highly anticipated upcoming Fireside EP, set to land on November 9. The impending project will reportedly feature contributions from Jeremih, Gallant, Vic Mensa, and Ty Dolla $ign.
The “What I Know Now” visual, directed by Amber Park, succeeds in bringing an array of concentrated elements from an entire era of music to the here and now. The horizontal grain from the handheld digital camcorders of yesteryear show a dark, grungy, visceral, live set reminiscent of the 90s — the compression effect on the guitar and chains hanging from the stage add to this end. The editing on the video, however, is something digital artists of that time could only dream of.
Sonically, “What I Know Now” remains contemporary. The LA-duo sing catchy hooks through subtle autotune and the presence of Wiz Khalifa’s high energy, status, and experience bring the message of the performance to light — they’re rock stars, they’re high profile, and they’re clearly confident about what they’re about to release.
The pace changes considerably on the EP’s second offering, “Broken” featuring emerging pop force Jessie Reyez. The smooth, heartbreak-inspired collaboration points to a well-rounded collection underway on Fireside, and certainly highlights the complements between Reyez’ infectious vocals and THEY.’s sleek R&B-influenced sound.