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- Harry Styles – “Matilda”
- Gracie Abrams- “21”
- Suki Waterhouse – “Beautiful”
“Matilda” is one of the few slow songs on Styles’ new album “Harry’s House.” In an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music, Styles mentioned how this song was inspired by someone he met in his life, but was also heavily influenced by Roald Dahl’s book “Matilda.” The song has a fairly simple guitar instrumental, but it’s Styles’ lyrics and vocals that are deeply striking.
“21” is taken from Abrams’ 2020 “minor” version, where she details her experiences before becoming an adult. This particular song is about an ex-partner who celebrated her 21st birthday where Abrams wasn’t present and she started going in circles because of it. The lyrics tell a great story of being too locked up in your head.
Waterhouse is best known for her acting and modeling work, but she also does music occasionally. “Good look” describes being blind to someone’s lies because of lust, intimacy and attractiveness. The song has a slow but punchy drum beat and Waterhouse’s vocals have a background vocal effect which together make for a cool sound.
The choices of Laqes
- Beyoncé – “It Hurts”
- Hozier – “Take Me to Church”
- Fleetwood Mac – “Gypsy”
Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts” was released in 2014. Beyoncé teamed up with Sia and Ammo with help from Rihanna, Katy Perry and Britney Spears to write this song. The central message behind “Pretty Hurts” is to educate others about the pressure women face to achieve physical perfection.
Irish soloist Andrew Hozier-Byrne’s song “Take Me to Church” topped the charts on iTunes in 2013. Hozier’s inspiration stems from a breakup he went through, as well as influences from atheist writer Christopher Hitchens. “Take Me to Church” metaphorically compares Hozier’s love to religion. The song communicates the process of going through death and rebirth after grief.
The free-spirited song “Gypsy” by Fleetwood Mac was released on their album “Mirage” in 1982. The recording took place at Studio LE CHÂTEAU located in France. Fleetwood Mac lead singer Stevie Nicks dedicated “Gypsy” to her late friend Robin Anderson. The essence of Nicks’ song is to get fearless with his personality, to dance freely, and to embrace the wonders of life.
- Yo La Tengo – “Season of the Shark”
- Vacation – “At Home”
- Car Seat Headrest – “Sober to Death”
“Season of the Shark” is a song you should immediately add to this summer playlist. The song is the fourth track from the indie band’s 2003 album “Summer Sun”. Meaning can be taken in more than one way, in fact, in different ways. All in all, the singer is letting someone know that he will always be there for the person in his life. It can be taken as a friendship song or as a love song.
Vacations, an alternative indie band from Australia, talks about what feels like a day at home. The lyrics describe wishing that they weren’t lazy, but had nowhere to be, and kept talking about how tired they were despite not having done much all day. If you’ve ever spent a relaxing day at home and felt guilty, like you have to do something at all times, you’ll understand these lyrics.
Indie-rock band Car Seat Headrest discuss and address how the lead singer and his love struggle with similar mental health issues. The lead singer throughout the song comforts them by repeating and telling them, “Don’t worry / You and I won’t be alone anymore.”