5 Songs… Lauren Denitzio (Worriers)
In der Rubrik „5 Songs” erzählen uns Musiker von Songs, die einen großen Einfluss auf ihr musikalisches Schaffen hatten bzw. haben. Nach Hip Hopper Romano ist heute Lauren Denitzio von der New Yorker Punkband Worriers an der Reihe. Ihr neues Album „Survival Pop“ erschien Ende September 2017.
Neko Case – Furnace Room Lullabye
Neko Case is one of my favorite artists and this song specifically always stands out to me as a modern classic. Her voice is just out of this world and it makes this song so heartbreaking to listen to, but in the best way. Her attitude and approach to her career is something I really admire and I feel like you can start to hear the rock singer in her despite this being maybe more of a country song at heart.
John K Samson – Fellow Traveler
I remember when someone sent me a link to this song and it was instantly a favorite, really exemplifying John’s songwriting and his ability to craft stories from other people’s point of view. This is a song about the day that Anthony Blunt was revealed to be a Soviet spy and it’s amazing to me how he can open up that perspective and make it something the listener can connect to. There’s a full band version on his latest record but even when I listen to this solo version it sounds huge to me!
The Clash – Clampdown
This song always stands out to me because it’s one of the first political punk songs I think I ever heard, and had to kind of decipher what it was trying to say about conformity and economics. The military beat to it and the way they use their lyrics as slogans is all so intentional and specific and I think it really influenced the way I think about arranging and writing songs with that kind of message. This is classic The Clash and Joe Strummer which I completely fell in love with as a teenager.
Hop Along – Waitress
Frances Quinlan is one of my favorite singers and their most recent album “Painted Shut” is an amazingly well crafted record. Bittersweet songs are always my favorite and this one really stood out to me in the way it syncopates the rhythm under her vocals, really pulling at anxiety and it feels like you should be driving somewhere upset to it. I can put myself in such a specific place and time with it, it’s perfect.
Bloc Party – This Modern Love
This song keeps finding its way back on to playlists year after year and I love the way it sits in this weird space between soft indie song and dance track. On this record specifically I think the layering that they use to structure and arrange songs is really beautiful and I love how this song builds somewhat slowly. I just really like the way this songs plays with melodic hooks between the vocals and guitar and creates this really bittersweet mood.