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Jhameel-“Walls Down”

Just when you thought Jhameel would settle down for a minute after his “Are You Free” EP, he comes back with another track reflecting on his recent work. “Walls Down” has this almost somber feel, but probably more of this relaxed, contemplative feel. This is not the type of ‘chill’ where I mean you just sit down with some buds and just hang, but more like sit and just think. That’s what I like about this track, it’s just something I can listen to and just kick back and think. The beat is not overly poppy and in your face, which is what we usually get with Jhameel, but just relaxed. So the beat is a nice change of pace. The song is just nice to listen to.

Now about the lyrics. They actually say a lot. They mean much to me because I feel like they fit into how my life is currently going. I live a life that is constantly in flux and I don’t really let much get to me; I just kind of brush it off to the side. But listening to the actual lyrics, makes sense to me, the feeling that everything that I have put off is coming up. Just that feeling of holding things in and not letting things go anywhere. Not really sure how to put it in words, but the meaning of the song just kind of speaks to me. The words will make sense to the people in which the words apply to their life.

LYRICS:

i spent a long time running from heartache so 
i can’t believe that it caught up to me now 
i kept it all to myself and i paid the toll 
i feel its force taking all of my walls down

i spent a long time running from feeling bold 
i can’t believe that it’s all up to me now 
i kept it all my head so my heart is cold 
i feel its burn taking all of our walls down

and it’s coming to get you too 
taking all of your walls down 
and it’s coming to me too 
taking all of our walls down

i spent a long time running away 
i feel a force taking over 
it’s been too long and i’m ready to pay 
i feel its force taking

For once, Jhameel is actually just putting his track onto itunes to be bought. He’s been gracious enough to allow all of us to download his music for free, for so long, so we should do him a favor and buy this song. It’s worth it; A good listen and effort by Jhameel.

Buy on itunes here!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/are-you-free-ep/id532830078

The other tracks on his “Are You Free” EP

Week One: “Are You Free”

Week Two: “Shadow of a Man”

Week Three: “A Maiden Calling”

Week Four: “The Long Run”

Week Five: “Let’s Run Away”

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Matt & Kim’s Latest Masterpiece-“Let’s Go”

Matt-Kim-Lets-Go

Hot damn! Guess who is backkkkkkkkkkk??? Here comes Matt & Kim, the poppy duo from Brooklyn, New York. After their fantastic effort on their ‘SideWalks’ album, a year and a half later, they’re releasing their fresh, new track “Let’s Go”. And I can say, this is probably my favorite track by them. Their new album, ‘Lighting’, that comes out this fall should be gooooood. Giving us a little preview with “Let’s Go”, definitely has signs pointing to a freaking awesome album. Thinking that Matt & Kim have already gotten to the peak of their sound, I saw this song and wasn’t expecting a killer track like “Daylight” or “Cameras” had been, but giving it a listen…already my favorite song by them. I have said that a lot in the past regarding their songs, but this one is legitimately their best effort.

Usually hitting us up with insanely poppy beats up in your face, this one is actually a bit more chill. While maintaining their poppy sound, I actually think they have grown a lot. Listening to their starting songs and comparing to “Let’s Go” really shows their development as a band. Going beyond the expectations of critics who said they would forever be a raw, unclean type of noise, “let’s Go” really shows that they know what they’re doing now. The beat to this song is catchy as fuck. Seriously. I can’t single anything out, but the drums, and the synths flow together perfectly to make a chill, peaceful sound. I especially enjoy the bongos in the background though, they’re pretty damn fresh and make a nice B-Boy beat too haha. Matt ‘s singing has actually gotten a lot better and if I am not mistaken, Kim provides her own as well. This is pretty significant, you don’t hear her often! The meaning of pretty much all Matt & Kim songs have been about not really caring and just living life to it’s fullest extent, which I have always appreciated. Check them out for yourself! Also it is pretty cool to note that the song was featured on the new Sony Xperia Ion smart phone. First day song is released and already featured on a commercial? Pretty good!

LYRICS:

I was up in my head
For everything I said
A quarter million words
They’re all made with lead
I bought a megaphone
To use inside your home
Forgot the batteries
But that’s the old me

Shouting out
Of my windows
Rolled down
‘Cause I don’t care
Anymore
said I don’t care.

Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go
Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go

I’m standing on the top
Of a parking lot
I gave it all I had
Show me what you got
There’s some things I found
That make so much sound
All these words
I don’t need ’em now

Shouting out
Of my windows
Rolled down
‘Cause I don’t care
Anymore
said I don’t care.

Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go
(hey hey hey hey)
Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go

Say what you wanna say
Make it mean everything
oh, Say what you wanna say
Make it mean everything
Say what you wanna say
Make it mean everything
oh, Say what you wanna say

Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go
(hey hey hey hey)
Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go
(hey hey hey hey)
Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go

Say what you wanna say
Make it mean everything
oh, Say what you wanna say
Make it mean everything
Say what you wanna say
Make it mean everything
oh, Say what you wanna say

Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go

This song is hella good. Chill, but still poppy. Be careful though, it gets insanely catchy and really easy to continue to listen to. This comes at a perfect time too. Summer of 2012. This song epitomizes what I want for this summer. And I’ll make sure it happens, with this song in the back. 

Buy Let’s Go on itunes! It is worth it.

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Here It Is: Jhameel’s “Let’s Run Away”

Finally. The last track of this series. Not saying it as I’m glad it’s over, but waiting for what this series would bring. And I can say this has brought on some cool music this time around. Jhameel is definitely evolving as an artist. It takes guts to go beyond something that has given you so much success, but all the props to Jhameel because  here he is with this 5 track set, each with it’s own different sound. Not only is each one distinctly different from his past songs, but the lyrics and vibes have all been experimented with. It is so cool of him to go and try new things. It takes real guts to do something different. He went out and did it. And I can say I am glad he did. I have had a good time listening to how much he has changed, yet not at the same time. He’s maintained his pop roots. Jhameel? Respect, seriously.

His new track “Let’s Run Away” is the final installment and is Jhameel’s proclaimed favorite track of the set. I can understand why. Songs like this are what truly showcase the strength in his voice and the passion he has in his music. This beat is different from the others. Very repetitive, but it very nice, underlying the song, providing a solid base to work from. Jhameel really uses his voice to carry his song though. There is something awesome about this one in the way that he uses echos to bounce the beat and his lyrics. This one was very chill and just something that would be nice to listen to during some downtime and just hanging. The lyrical content follows a feeling or an urge that most people aspire to have often, so the cool part is how people can identify with the song. Although it is short, it hits all the points it needs to make. Everyone just wants to escape every now and then with someone they care about.  Although the beats of this song were not my favorite of the series, the lyrics were awesome.

LYRICS:

let’s run away 
i know a place

cause i’ve been high 
and i’ve been low 
and underneath 
where darkness goes 
it makes no sense 
so i don’t know 
it makes no sense 
but let’s just go 
oh darlin’

lay your head on mine we’re leaving 
everything behind chest beating 
i’m only there for you

 So Jhameel? Thank you so much for allowing us to follow the process of your development into a complete artist. I have enjoyed these past 5 weeks immensely and will be eagerly awaiting what will come next!

Week One: “Are You Free”

Week Two: “Shadow of a Man”

Week Three: “A Maiden Calling”

Week Four: “The Long Run”

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Just Can’t Stop- Jhameel’s New, Smooth “The Long Run”

The 4th installment of this 5 part series has come in super hot. This track is freaking awesome. After about 15 seconds in, I knew this one would be a good one. This one is my favorite of the 4 so far. Now there is something about this that is just…I don’t even know what to say, it’s just GOOD. The synths kicking in the back with the piano playing in the background set up this sweet pop sound. God damn Jhameel. Please slow down. This stuff is just too good. I have never followed a music series so closely before. I hate him for making it into a 5 part series and making everyone wait, but it was a brilliant choice. The break in between tracks gives people incentive to follow and stay up to date. They can then enjoy the tracks one by one. Just one problem for future reference Jhameel? Give us some time to fully immerse ourselves in each track haha

So giving a little about the beat already, it really does pull you in. I didn’t even realize I was bobbing my head as soon as I heard it until they started getting deeper. The synths mixed with the piano and snare bumps make this real smooth beat. Definitely different from his other tracks so far in this installment. I’m not sure if Jhameel means to change up the sound each track, but it has done pretty fucking awesome so far. The first week “Are You Free” provided us with a heavy synth, rock sound. Second gave us “Shadow of a Man”, a fast paced and dark sounding song. And then the third week gave us the chill sounds of “A Maiden Calling”. Now this week gives us this smooth, head bobbing beat. Nice stuff. I’ve already raved about what an amazing singer he is and how versatile he is (Listen to each week’s track. Each one is distinctly different), but there was actually an instance in this song that I head something that I have not heard from him before. Around the 2:25 mark, his voice gets higher pitched and I am honestly surprised his voice does not crack. Damn good. Also I’m digging the little yelps here and there. Now about the lyrics, each week has it’s different story and meaning. This week brings up the notion of a great relationship that doesn’t have the ability to sustain itself in the long run. Then it follows into narrator leaving the significant other while acknowledging the great times.

LYRICS

it was a good time darlin’ 
we didn’t need nobody else 
but for the long run darlin’ 
you’re gonna find somebody else

it was a good time darlin’ 
and it’s a shame it ended fast 
but for the long run darlin’ 
good things can never last

and momma said son you know 
take it slow 
you’re gonna hurt somebody 
and poppa said son you know 
feel the flow 
you gotta leave somebody

and i said hey girl you know i’m not good at makin’ petty talk 
i’m leavin’ in the mornin’ 
i hope you know 
you were a good one baby 
hey girl you know i’m not good good at makin’ sweet talk 
i’m leavin’ in the mornin’ 
i hope you know 
you were the best i ever had

oh hey girl i know it’s bad 
i’ve been like this since three years past 
my baby left me 
oh hey girl i know it’s rough 
pushin’ your chance in the game of love 
your baby left you

This whole series is so good. I don’t want it to end. But I guess all good things come to an end right? Last track coming up next Tuesday. Heads up! Jhameel, once again, I bow to you. Don’t ever stop.

Week One: “Are You Free”

Week Two: “Shadow of a Man”

Week Three: “A Maiden Calling”

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Introductions + Ed Sheeran

Right now you’re probably wondering what I mean by ‘introductions’. Well, I’m not here to introduce a band (yet), I’m here to introduce myself. My name’s Susie Yankou and this is my very first post on Life After Nirvana! There are a few things you should know about me if we’re going to be friends (which we are):

1. I’m Canadian. What’s up.

2. I’m a music addict. I grew up singing and writing songs and have since picked up guitar, piano and trumpet. Being a singer/songwriter myself, I love discovering new music, creating music, seeing live music… You get the idea.

3. I love pop. There are a lot of guys that contribute to this site who have the lo-down on awesome indie/alternative/rock/metal/any other genre, but as long as it’s catchy, I like it. Pop music is where it’s at. That being said, I am a lover of all genres, so you can expect more than your typical top 40 pop updates from me!

4. I have a weird obsession with British music. I will literally browse the BBC music charts every week to see what’s hot in the UK and listen to all of the songs that I haven’t heard of. You can expect a lot of updates on British artists, because they have so much good stuff going on over there.

That’s all you need to know for now. I think this officially makes us friends. And to kick off our friendship and prove that I’m not all talk, let me share with you one of my favourite British artists out there right now.

His name is Ed Sheeran, and his style is the perfect blend of acoustic, pop and hip-hop music. His debut album “+” has been massive in the UK and now he’s touring North America opening for Snow Patrol, trying to make a name for himself over here. “+” is due out on June 12th in US, but the entire thing is available online, since it was released in Britain in the fall.

One of my favourite tracks off of the album is a super-catchy tune called Drunk. It’s got a great hook, and some fantastic wordplay in the lyrics. Give it a listen!