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Five newish songs, at least one of which is really amazing

Posted by Popjustice on Nov 26 2014 at about 16:38


Samantha Jade is a former X Factor Australia ‘champ’ and she chucked this perky, Meghan Trainor colour palette-stealing video, for new single ‘Sweet Talk’, on YouTube a few days ago. Popstars in the UK don’t release this sort of music very often but it’s a jolly little number, don’t you agree?

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This is ‘Lips Like Wine’ by TIO. They’re from Canada. “We make music,” they say in an email that they probably sent to everyone, “from a self feeding wellspring of churning, purple and black waves which says; “you could sit there, or stand, but we are invoking THE invitation, it is open, swaying and dropping. Movement and memory are the goal, together, lips like wine”.”

Coincidentally we gather that’s exactly what Cheryl had in mind with ‘Crazy Stupid Love’.

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You might know Karin Park as one of the names behind Margaret Berger’s still-amazing ‘I Feed You My Love’. You may not care what she’s done before and you may simply want to enjoy this dark and delicious gloompop belter in its own right. That is your choice and, however you choose to proceed, we do not wish to stand in your way.

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A few people have been in touch (thanks chaps) about this new single from Stockholm Syndrome, that amazing girlband (now a duo) who we wrote about a few times in the past, and whose incredible ‘Pretty Girl’ somehow ended up on a Cheryl Cole hairstuff advert back in April. ‘Kalabalik’ isn’t exactly a classic, but it makes for breathtaking listening all the same.

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Ekkah are called Rebekah and Rebecca (amazing), their new EP’s out this week and this is the best song on it. It’s quite likeable, even if – presumably intentionally – it’s largely uneventful. (You don’t want to scare off the blogs, do you?) Ekkah are managed by the same team as Plan B, Tom Odell and Jess Glynne so don’t expect them to turn into Mini Viva any time soon but they should keep you happy if you find JUCE a bit on the exciting side.

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Here’s Mini Viva.

What. A. Banger.

Why you really keep mishearing that Taylor Swift lyric

Posted by Popjustice on Nov 25 2014 at about 13:50


There’s an interesting piece on about ‘Blank Space’, the Taylor Swift song that recently broke a chart record but would have broken at least one other record (‘MOST AMAZING SINGLE EVER RELEASED’) if it had been ‘Style’.

Anyway, the interesting piece concerns something we all know exists but rarely acknowledge in public: the fact that in ‘Blank Space’ the line “long list of ex-lovers” sounds so much like “lonely Starbucks lovers” that many people think Taylor’s actually singing about a coffee emporium-based romance scenario.

According to our notes from the album playback we, too, made that mistake when we first heard the song. In fact a portion cut from our 1,989 word album review (in order to get it down to 1,989 words) says this:

Lady Gaga declared that ‘ARTPOP’ would provide what she described as a ‘reverse Warholian expedition’, but with considerably less fanfare Taylor offers a few expeditions of her own: a reverse Sondheimian expedition with ‘Out Of The Woods’, a reverse Orwellian expedition with privacy banger ‘I Know Places’, and an espresso-fuelled Shakespearean expedition with ‘Blank Space’, in which the ‘star-crossed lovers’ you so often find in pop lyrics somehow end up in Starbucks.

It is just as well we chopped that bit out because as well as being a terrible piece of writing it was also wrong about the Starbucks bit.

So why does everyone hear the line incorrectly when, once you know what she’s singing, it’s totally obvious what she’s been a-warbling all along?

Well, the interesting piece goes into all sorts of things. According to a linguist quoted in the article, misheard lyrics are mostly about what you think you’re going to hear. The interesting piece explains that part of your understanding comes from what you’re actually hearing, and the rest comes from “our minds — from our expectations, in other words”.

What the interesting piece doesn’t explain is why anyone would actually expect to hear ‘Starbucks lovers’ in a Taylor Swift song. ‘Starbucks lovers’ is not, as they say on the internet, ‘a thing’.

But ‘star crossed lovers’ is a thing. It’s a thing from a Shakespeare romp called Romeo & Juliet, which was a love story, which inspired a love song, which was called ‘Love Story’, which was by Taylor Swift.

If you are listening to a Taylor Swift song you are subconsciously expecting something to do with Romeo & Juliet.