Everyone wants to know what type of music their favorite artists listen to and you can find out just that right here, right now. Here is an insight to the tunes of Andy Milad, lead singer for Wayne Szalinski.
I haven’t “just heard” anything per say. I have this tendency to purchase new music and then attach myself to it for absurd periods of time. The end of January/early February showered me with four great releases, that I’ve been hooked on. Toro y Moi’s “Anything in Return” and “126.96.36.199.0” by TTNG were both released on January 22nd. Darwin Deez and Frontier Ruckus released “Songs for Imaginative People” and “Eternity of Dimming” respectively in the first week of February.
Toro y Moi has long been a staple of mine; it’s so very danceable. The R&B influence is particularly charming. I have mixed feelings about “Eternity of Dimming” but it’s probably the strongest of the four releases I’ve mentioned. It’s early in 2013, even so, regardless of whatever else is released, “Eternity of Dimming” deserves to be named one of the best albums of the year. I’ve found myself particularly affectionate towards “Thermostat” and “Birthday Girl.” The lyricism of Matthew Milia is remarkably impressive, and rather intimidating. Especially when you consider that he’s an MSU alumnus.
Most recently I’ve been groovin’ to King Krule and Darwin Deez. It’s taken me awhile to get into “Songs for Imaginative People” but I’ve finally done it. Darwin Deez is redefining the boundaries of indie-pop, mixing his electric guitar with programmed electronics. His lyrics are fairly hilarious at times; the lightheartedness is a much needed reprieve. King Krule (formerly known as Zoo Kid) is roughly my age–maybe even younger, which also proves to be horrifyingly intimidating. This kid is making incredible music, it has a wonderful vibe to it, and the jazz/bluesy influence is something I can identify with strongly. King Krule has probably been my favorite upcoming artist of the year; he seems to be blowing up and he definitely deserves serious recognition.
To be honest though, I’ve been returning to some childhood staples lately, John Mayer in particular. There’s an art to pop music that is so deliciously unfathomable. Room for Squares and Continuum will always have a place in my heart. I’ve been learning so much from playing his songs–the jazz chords he uses are absolutely unreal. I’m returning to my childhood love of jazz and it’s quite exciting.
I won’t even bother to talk about Radiohead–I know Andrew will. They’re an incredibly inspirational force. Nude, off In Rainbows, is probably my favorite song of all time although; it’ll always be contested by Knives Out, from Amnesiac. I can never quite decide between the two. Look at me, accidentally talking about Radiohead, when I said I wouldn’t.
Sufjan Stevens’ 2010 album “The Age of Adz” was also incredibly impactful on me. It’s been some time since I listened to it; it’s such an incredibly exhaustive experience emotionally. “I Want to Be Well” is among the best songs ever made IMHO. People always talk about how a song got them through a tough time emotionally. “I Want to Be Well” sort of, smashed me to the floor and left me feeling rather helpless, but at least I had the companionship of the song. I’ve developed a rather complicated relationship with the tune, I suppose. Anathallo, The Smiths, Breathe Owl Breathe, all incredible artists, two from Michigan. It might be my personal bias, but we have some really amazing music coming out of the state at the moment.
I just have to pause a moment and talk about Jens Lekman, whom I haven’t mentioned yet. He has a number of great albums, but “I Know What Love Isn’t” was unquestionably my favorite album of 2012. He’s perhaps one of the best lyricists in the musical world and his songwriting embraces a simplicity that is rather liberating. The album as a collective piece promotes this beautiful aesthetic embrace of sadness that I couldn’t help but fall in love with. While “Night Falls Over Kortedala” is probably poppier and contains more hits, it doesn’t have the strength that “I Know What Love isn’t” does as a collective piece. My favorite song off the album is “She Just Don’t Want to Be With You Anymore.” What a terrifyingly true sentiment! Sometimes the greatest beauty can be found in simplicity. I’m listening to it again now and it’s just as heartbreaking as it was when I first heard it. Here’s a link to my last.fm if you have any questions. You can see every song I’ve listened to since I arrived at Michigan State. I’m capable of some transparency.
Written by Michelai Graham