Opinion: The Beauty of Track Order

Seeing as I have listened to Radiohead’s -‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ on repeat for the last 24 hours I am currently hearing it without headphones, so I might be going a tad nuts, what follows is a little disjointed.

In a time where musicians create albums just as a vehicle for their hit singles *cough VIEWS*. Here you have a band who has sculpted each of their albums with such care.

They saved this song for 21 years until it got a studio recording. Ending the album perfectly ‘True Love Waits’ is gut punching when taken with the rest of the album. That would not have been the case if the song was released at the back end of any other Radiohead album.

Sitting at just under an hour the album feels as grand as 3-hour symphony at points, but with Thom Yorke’s minimalist and dark and strange lyrics (that are his most human and relatable to date) it feels constrained under a common feeling/sounds/vibes/theme *cough lacking in music today.*

Just wanted to say I was in awe at this track, in particular, it fit so perfect as the ending of this album and that the band had the patience to save it for such an emotionally charged album just makes it that much more satisfying for music lovers.


Upcoming Artist Profile: Kacy Hill

Upcoming Artist Profile: Kacy Hill of Kanye’s G.O.O.D Music label

In September of last year, Kacy Hill, former American Apparel model hailing from Phoenix, left performing as a back-up dancer on Kanye West’s Yeezus tour to begin pursuing her music career. Soon after leaving the tour, she released her first single “Experience” a dreamy up-tempo electronic beat accompanied by Hill’s dark and sensual vocals locking the listener in from beginning to end. Coming off the buzz of that release, the previous employer Kanye signed her to his G.O.O.D Music label.

Now 21 and recently contributing a vocal feature on fellow G.O.O.D Music artist Travis Scott’s well-reviewed debut album Rodeo this year, Hill released her first project Bloo -EP earlier this week. Consisting of three new tacks and two remixes from DJ’s Yung Gud and Bodhi, Hill described the collection in a recent Fader interview as “a calm introduction to what I would like to accomplish musically.”

Fans of artists like James Blake, FKA Twigs, and CHVRCHES will find many similarities in production on the track “Foreign Fields” with a stripped back rework of Blake’s “Wilhelm Scream”. Vocally, Hill softly weaves deceivingly simple lyrics throughout the rise and fall of a haunting synth. The highlight of the project is “Arm’s length”, a powerfully empowering ballet where Hill sings from the point of view of a lover who is fed up from being strung along in a relationship. She delivers each line of the chorus with such force that it leaves the lyrics ringing in the listeners’ ears “You can’t love me this way/You can’t keep me in chains.”  

If you are looking for a new and upcoming female artist, give Kacy Hill a listen. You can find a download and stream of Bloo – EP on her website http://www.kacyhill.com/



Curation and hurt feelings

As the newsroom shrinks and the role of the media is being downplayed to the public, curation journalism is an important tool for a journalist to tell their narratives.

“the organizing of information filed by reporters into a deliverable package for readers.” – Barbara Iverson

When you gather all the fragments of the news into one space it allows people to better understand the content in a specialized and important order. We live in a truly global world where there is no more isolation of events/stories that go on in other countries. A reporter could tell a story about a small town in Egypt while writing it in Boston. With all these stories being told constantly from all over the world reports have a responsibility to curate public info and “media” it from the source to their readers. But who can help story telling journalism shift into a more curation mindset?

Those in big newsrooms should turn to their sport writers for help with curation. Where sport reports still pursue larger narrative stories, a big part of their job is to summarize how games play out. They have been packaging curated media for years. When someone missed their favorite team play, hearing the score isn’t enough they look to sites like Bleacher Report & House of Highlights , to see the big plays and a deeper score breakdown. When readers are in a rush, they what to understand the narrative of a story without having to dig through the full story and piecing it together themselves.

In curation journalism that is the role the journalist must take. However, if there is one thing that journalists should look out for when curating the media is to stay unbiased. It can be really easy while summarizing important events to give more coverage to one side then another. This should be avoided, the common thread between curators is that they are viewed as trustworthy sources of information and they can not jeopardize that trust.