I’m the first to admit, I don’t speak music. I can tell you about bands just fine, but if you want a technical description of a song, break down instruments and such – I am not your girl.
However, I do know what I like.
First up – The Controversy. Once upon a time, I was on Twitter and I was bored. I searched, music. I don’t even remember what I searched, but it led me to The Controversy. To my delight their music was on iTunes (if I buy a song on iTunes then I am in love with that song and we will be friends for life) so I acquired Real. I played it on repeat many a time, hooked on the lyrics and the vocals.
This was in perhaps 2012, and now I would like to bring us to now.
Don’t Count On Me is the latest release, showing a dreamy progression from Real. Still within the pop genre, each song speaks honestly and simply; I have never put on their music and ground my teeth at manufactured pop like I might with mega-famous bands or singers. There’s the mysterious Inside My Robot’s Mind, a short piece purely of instrumentals, which I find is complemented by the haunting mystery of Spanish-lyric Luna. I find the music to be behind the vocals, complementing them instead of competing with them.
My favourite tracks are Queen of Chinatown, the message of which is “do what you want to”. It isn’t a happy song, but its message is always there in the background, and there manages to be a lot of power in four short minutes – and Neon Sign, a tale of never seeing what was before you until it’s too late. I daresay I’ve had Neon Sign playing a lot when I’m writing, because it’s beautifully honest – not brutal, but the kind where you follow along and remember your own experience like this.
The Controversy brings a refreshing change from Top-40 music, both in lyrics and music, and their songs mean all the more for it.