Budapest – George Ezra

Alright, now this is some modern music I don’t mind! 😀 Quite refreshing. George Ezra caught my attention with his voice and the lyrics and song titles. I mean, Budapest, I’ve been there (technically, too young to remember it though) so I was intrigued and pleasantly surprised by this song. His voice has a blue-sy, folk sound too it. It reminds me of the blues/folk influence in Dire Straits seen in one of my earlier posts. I wonder if he was inspired by them in any way, being from UK and all. Seems like the blues and folk style had a big influence on UK music, even today. Maybe in the whole indie music movement as well. In an interview with him though, his regular talking voice sounds completely different. I always get surprised by the differences between a singer’s regular voice and singing voice. Especially his singing voice sounds like that of a much older man! Anyways, he also has a song called “Barcelona”; going international, eh George?  Apparently, he came up with Budapest around the time of Eurovision and traveling Europe, so there can certainly be inspiration there. Overall, I’m feeling a bit more hopeful about modern popular music and my generation too. Yeah, they’re a bit hedonistic and materialistic sometimes, but also more accepting and more concerned about the environment too! Anyways, lyrics –

Budapest

My house in Budapest
My, my hidden treasure chest
Golden grand piano
My beautiful Castillo

You
Ooh, you
Ooh, I’d leave it all

My acres of a land
That I’ve achieved
It may be hard for you to
Stop and believe

But for you
Ooh, you
Ooh, I’d leave it all

Ooh, for you
Ooh, you
Ooh, I’d leave it all

And give me one good reason
Why I should never make a change
Baby if you hold me
Then all of this will go away

My many artifacts
The list goes on
If you just say the words
I, I’ll up and run

Oh, to you
Ooh, you
Ooh, I’d leave it all

Oh, to you
Ooh, oh
Ooh, I’d leave it all

And give me one good reason
Why I should never make a change
Baby if you hold me
Then all of this will go away

Give me one good reason
Why I should never make a change
Baby if you hold me
Then all of this will go away

My friends and family
They don’t understand
They fear they’d lose so much
If you take my hand

But, for you
Ooh, you
Ooh, I’d lose it all

Oh, for you
Ooh, you
Ooh, I’d lose it all

And give me one good reason
Why I should never make a change
Baby if you hold me
Then all of this will go away

Give me one good reason
Why I should never make a change
Baby if you hold me
Then all of this will go away

My house in Budapest
My, my hidden treasure chest
Golden grand piano
My beautiful Castillo

You
Ooh, you
Ooh, I’d leave it all

Oh, for you
Ooh, you
Ooh, I’d leave it all

Comments? 🙂 ❤ And any recommendations of singers/bands/songs similar to George Ezra and this?

Fleure – Autechre

I discovered this album and style of music recently, completely different from what I’m used to as I haven’t listened to music sans words much before. But this- listening to it, it’s like- the music feels as though it is crawling into my mind as I hear it. Totally cerebral and personal, rather than the emotion of hearing someone’s voice and words in a song. It induces an exciting peaceful state of sorts. It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, for sure. Some might view it as empty and stupid. But everyone hears differently, right?

This song, Fleure, is the first song on this 2 hr. album, Exai, from the duo Autechre from UK. Autechre seems to be quite a successful group in their genre. Released in 2013, it is their 11th album, in their long career since the 80s’. It falls into the genre of electronica and what is deemed “intelligent dance music (IDM)”. That label as “intelligent” might rub some the wrong way as it might sound insulting to other styles, but it makes sense given the nature and intent of the music. It has some industrial hip hop sounds as well. And it is quite artistic, a complex combination of rhythms and sounds, so it might fall into art techno too.

This music reminds me of the geometric art of the Suprematist movement in early 20th century Russia. It has a similar aesthetic and idea. In Suprematism, the art does not depict an object or subject. The abstract, or even basic, shapes and colors, and their composition, is what evokes feeling in the viewer. Rather than their feeling being influenced by the artist’s intent or any unconscious real-life associations they make or have to an object or subject that they see in the painting. The viewer’s experience of the art is pure and personal this way. No interpretation of the artist’s intent or meaning is necessary in this kind of art, as there exists no direct symbolism or representation in it. It is quite liberating.

This music is similar to that style of art in the sense that since there are no words, there is no explicit intent or meaning of feeling being communicated. It doesn’t have to be experienced as romantic or fun or sad or anything, as there are no words to force these feelings and associations on us as listeners in this. It is relaxing in this way, as we get to feel as much as we’re capable and want to, while still being unpredictable enough to keep us exploring it and it’s effect on us.

I hope this makes sense. Maybe it won’t to some people. This is just my interpretation of the music and its style. It could be completely wrong. As I said in the beginning, I have no prior experience listening to electronic music or music sans words before this. Also I have no technical experience with music either, I’m just a casual listener, so there could be a lot of musical terms and ideas that I’m missing or unaware of that play a role in this. Either way, I hope you enjoy it, but it’s ok if you don’t. Comments, opinions, recommendations? 🙂

Also, what is fun to do when listening to this kind of music on Youtube, is using the speed setting to slow it down or speed it up a notch. 😀

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