Soundclouds of the Underground: Sorry, Not Sorry Edition
With an infinite number of websites dedicated to hosting tunes for the laptop-wielding masses, music truly lives online. However, the web’s bottomless pit of blogs isn’t the only place to troll for mp3 treasures-some of the newest and most exciting (Internet-friendly) artists can be sought out via Soundcloud, the online stage that allows musicians to promote and distribute music around the world. In this weekly column, Internet sleuth Christopher Klimovski goes into the depths of the music-sharing site.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so how many words does a song represent? There are certainly circumstances in life where songs act as vessels to deliver a message—be it one of love, heartbreak, or apology—when the proper words escape us. This week, instead of focusing on a specific genre, we hone in on those two words that can mean so much: “I’m sorry.”
Hooliganradguitar5: “I’m Sorry”
Who: New York-based rapper Hooliganradguitar5 not only has a unique name, but also a unique look. Sporting lighters hanging from each ear, facial tattoos, and a mean mug, Hooliganradguitar5 remains open about vulnerabilities, as evidenced in both his lyrical flow and self-professed mission statement. He notes: “I create music for the people going through shit that have no voice.”
The Song: HRD5’s track “I’m Sorry” is wrought with emotive lyrics and there’s a raw edge heard in his voice that helps convey his apologies for his actions. With a beat that takes influences from both trap and grime, the audio ebbs back and forth, allowing HRD5’s pseudo-apology to shine.
Current Project: To stay up to date with Hooliganradguitar5’s movements and latest drops, follow him on Twitter.
Joey Pecoraro: “I’m So Sorry”
Who: Michigan beat maker Joey Pecoraro creates music based on his ever-changing moods, finding inspiration in a multitude of genres, including classical and contemporary as well as film scores. Plus, one of the greatest parts about Pecoraro is the fact that he’s still in college.
The Song: The synth and percussion fuelled track, “I’m So Sorry,” conveys emotion without the need of overt lyrical expression. It starts with a woman sobbing and progresses into something beautifully melodic. Both hypnotic and fluid, this track is the perfect accompaniment for an apologetic reflection on one’s life and actions therein.
Current Project: To stay up to date with Joey Pecoraro, follow him on Twitter.
Infinite H ft. Swings and Champagne: “Sorry (Sorry I’m Busy)”
Who: Infinite H is a sub-group of the well known K-pop band Infinite. The duo, Jang Dongwoo and Hoya, began performing their tracks while touring with Infinite, and after being well received throughout South Korea and Japan, the pair officially became a separate act in 2013.
The Song: “Sorry (Sorry I’m Busy)” is an upbeat track aimed at the lovers who refuse to allow boys into their personal space. Carrying both Eastern and Western influences, the Korean rap on this track has a strong lyrical flow, perceivable across language barriers.
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