The Alphabet // March Edition
yoooooooooo u up?
You may be asking yourselves, "Hey Emma, what happened to February? Did you lose it along with your phone this weekend?" and to that I say, touché. I decided to do away with the whole previous month thing and focus on the month ahead. Because at the end of the day, looking forward is a lot more fun than looking back.
This month's edition of The Alphabet features a lot of my present favorites channeling sounds of the past. Everything from tone, style, and instrumentation has me feeling nostalgic. Delicate Steve's "Winners" belongs on a Blue Oyster Colt album, and The 1975's cover of "By Your Side" is surely what a Sade and Francis and The Lights collab would look like. Every time I listen to The M Machine's "Voyeur", I'm reminded of an 80s coming-of-age film featuring the new wave sounds of Tears For Fears. My comparisons are not meant to diminish the originality of these artists, but instead they are meant to highlight one of the reasons I love music: songwriting that evokes emotion is timeless.
Speaking of brilliant songwriting, the much anticipated debut album from Sampha was released last month to great fanfare. I for one have been a fan of his since the early days so I couldn't wait to hear his finished body of work. This album deals with a lot - loss, regret, rediscovery. Process features everything from heart-wrenching ballads to thumping bass lines and percussive 808s. It's nothing short of genius and if there's anything you listen to from this month's edition, it needs to be this.
P.S. special shoutout to my girl EKM for the incredible artwork. More of that to come!