What We're Listening To This Week 11/1/18

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“SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK” - Joji

Ever since his debut EP, In Tongues, Joji has been pumping out singles to be featured on his new album BALLADS 1, which dropped on October 26. Of all of these singles, “SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK” includes what I think was the next step Joji needed to transition from a mumble-singer to a true vocalist. Joji specializes in music for what I like to call “sad boi hours,” (we’ve all been there). During said sad boi hours, when your heart gets torn out of you, there are three possible reactions: mope, cry or scream. On “SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK,” Joji does both. The song’s most iconic lyric comes in the contrastingly loud chorus, “You should be with him, I can’t compete.” Joji himself said it best in an interview with Genius, “You could be looking at a picture of Ariana Grande dating Pete Davidson (RIP) and you’re like, ‘Yeah, you should be with him, I can’t compete.’” For Joji to put a lyric of that caliber into the hook of a single speaks to his talent as an up-and-coming artist, since the best lyrics transcend circumstance and relationships.

~Henrique DaMour

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Greater Boston Podcast (Season 3)

Greater Boston is an audio drama currently in its third season with a bi-monthly release schedule. It’s a fiction podcast that follows an extensive cast of characters who live in the city of Boston in an alternate reality, but to say more would spoil some of the series’ unbelievable twists and turns. The podcast manages to expertly juggle multiple plotlines and weave them into one coherent, surprisingly-tight narrative while developing countless vividly-realized characters. The series also functions as a sweet love letter to Boston, tying real interviews with Bostonians and specific references to Bostonian culture into each episode, thereby establishing the presence and personality of the city. You can listen to the whole series for free on any podcast app or online at greatbostonshow.com. So if you’re interested, go for it! Allow the series to take you on an unpredictable rollercoaster ride.

~Claire Pak

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“Waterfalls” - Luke Christopher

“Waterfalls,” one of the best singles off Luke Christopher’s debut album TMRWFRVR, is an evocative track that expresses Christopher’s conception of love and personal regrets. His lines in verse two encompass the song’s central concern as he reflects on how he valued physical gifts over quality time spent with his person: “First class to Paris, it’s just you and the wine/ Told you I would be there, couldn’t find you the time/ I told myself that I gave you my all/ But wasn’t there when you needed me most”. The track draws you in for a three-minute-and-18-second emotional experience that puts you right in Christopher’s feelings and showcases his unique style and versatility as an artist.

~Ryan Coleman

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Parcels - Parcels

After two short EPs, Australian nu-disco band Parcels released their eponymous debut album last month. If you hear any track off of this album, it’s hard not to compare their sound to Daft Punk—the parallels between Parcels and Random Access Memories are endless. Both albums draw heavily from groups like Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Chic, The Bee Gees, etc. While deriving musical inspiration from the seventies is nothing new, Parcels set themselves apart by building an album that is genuinely fun to listen to. Punchy drums and bubbly basslines serve as the instrumental backbone for the majority of the project while the Australian crooners deliver dense harmonies and gorgeous hooks. The album’s closing track, complete with full production credits and narrated by Berlin rapper Dean Dawson, adds to its cinematic quality. In an age where revivalist albums can often feel uninspired, Parcels find a way to make disco sound necessary again.

~John Martin

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