Category Archives: monotony monday

PCP: Knight Artorias

Monotony Monday #28 – More Man than Manus

I wasn’t joking about being consumed by the Abyss. This is such a good boss fight and this track is just so heartbreaking.

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PCP: William Fitzsimmons

Monotony Monday #25 – More Melon-choly

Sweet as a Persimmon, Full of Emotional Dig Ins

The short of it: He’s got a voice like a flower dying in the growing cold and lyrics much better than that simile. 

I originally discovered William Fitzsimmons through an old site that was the equivalent to StumbleUpon for indie music. The first track I heard was his cover of Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” (acoustic covers of pop/hit songs was still a fresh idea at the time).
It was delightful and I gave it a heart or scrobble or whatever, meaning more of his stuff popped up in my feed. This led to some new favorites and a whole new way to complement my teen melancholy.
The entire album, that cover aside, is just beautiful. Derivatives is a weird place to start with Fitzsimmons, being that it’s remixes and redos. Fitzsimmons has this incredibly personal method of storytelling, allowing his breathy, gentle voice to trail on these vulnerable moments as the songs either build to a crescendo or fall into an echo.
But that doesn’t mean Derivatives isn’t a great start anyway. “You Still Hurt Me” is probably the biggest winner, and it’s the most indicative of his style.
Of course, “Goodmorning (Pink Ganter Remix)” offers a genuinely good way to wake up with this catchy little synth under Fitzsimmons’ gentle voice.
But like I said, there’s a lot of pain and hurt in his songs. The album Goodnight, from front to back, is all songs for feeling worse in all the right ways. “Everything Has Changed” creates this pit in your heart for a family you’ll never know and that Fitzsimmons will never see again. “You Broke My Heart” forces you to follow the cracks that follow a broken family.
I think I need to go lay down in the shower after revisiting all of this.

 

PCP: Bang Bang

Monotony Monday #24 – More Memories

Bang Bang for Your Buck

The short of it: It’s just a dope track with a sweet sample. 

Young Buck’s life has been pretty rough the past few years. IRS raids, shootings, prison, and property auctions are just a few of the hardships he’s faced.

That list doesn’t even include his exile from and eventual rejoining of G-Unit. Of course, that’s a whole issue besides the beef– he’s a dude best known for being a part of 50 Cent’s crew. He isn’t a well-known name anymore in today’s waves of Soundcloud and social media rappers, and, for the most part, he’s a forgotten part of the early aughts scene.

And it’s a damn shame because he made some dope music.

The sample of Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang” makes a beautiful hook and those little strings just make this track hit that sweet, moody spot. Buck delivers with this serious, unhappy tone that compliments the almost sad brags that make up the reality of a life that can end with a single bang.

PCP: Ramin Djawadi’s “Paint It Black”

Monotony Monday #23 – Morphing Maniacal Melodies

A Fresh Coat of Paint It Black

The short of itWestworld manage to reinvigorate one of the most tired covers out there by pairing it with near perfect choreography. 

So I just started watching Westworld (guess what’s coming up for WW #23) and holy smokes, cowboy. It’s hard to turn off, partially because of its captivating performances and stories and partially because I accidentally kicked the remote out of reach.

Point is, it’s really good. Some of the scenes are just so masterfully composed that I keep replaying them in my head. The foremost scene that’s been on a loop in my brain is the heist scene.

Everything is just so radical. The quick spins during gunfire, the sweet lines, and, most of all, that kickass rendition of “Paint It Black.”

Let’s be honest though, it’s a song with one too many covers.

From the good,

to the okay,

to the no-one-asked-for-this version.

Point being, this song is very easy to screw up in its application. It’s pretty tired as a song itself; hell, there’s basically an entire game based on the song.

So when the heist scene rolls up and those woodwinds and horns start swelling, damnit, it makes sense that it costs $40,000 a day to stay in Westworld. Rodrigo Santoro’s handsomely scarred face and killer black outfit make him the outlaw of everyone’s dreams, especially when backed by Djawadi’s composing. Everything in this scene just works so well. It’s got me unironically humming that “dun dun dun dun dun dun” every second I’m not watching Westworld.

 

PCP: rockstar

Monotony Monday #22 – Malone Moan

‘Cause we all just wanna be big rockstars  And live in hilltop houses, drivin’ 15 cars

The short of it: Post Malone’s sing-songy success works with Savage’s savage sonnets.

I’m not the biggest fan of Post Malone or 21 Savage, although I’ve definitely come around on Savage after his cold delivery finally clicked with me.

So when this track dropped, I clicked on it out of idle curiosity at best.

And damn.

These two young stars are, well, rockstars. Post Malone’s faded, singiness on the hook is catchy as hell and serves as a perfect lead-in to 21 Savage’s follow up. While he may have gotten famous off of his flat, cold delivery, he does a brilliant job replicating Malone’s melody. It makes his braggadocious verse just the right amount of coy and threatening.

PCP: Before the Storm OST

Monotony Monday #21 – Moody Maybae

Life is Strange, Music is Strong

The short of it: Capable of bringing your heart to its knees with just a chord, this soundtrack is hella good.

I’m not shy about the fact that Life is Strange is my favorite game (or that Dark Souls is my second). Life is Strange brought me on this incredible journey of love and loss with the single question of “If you could go back, would you?”

Before the Storm continues its atmosphere, with teens facing these problems so much larger than themselves, while dealing with all the social and emotional pressures of becoming an adult.

Daughter is wonderful. They were great on the original Life is Strange as part of the soundtrack, and their work with Before the Storm as the soundtrack is amazing.

From Daughter’s ambient title screen track to the kickass (but fictional) Pisshead, this soundtrack is damn near impeccable. It perfectly recreates the atmospheric moodiness of the original while adding in a bit of a punk edge for Chloe.

I can’t tell if it’s a good thing or not that this music instantly puts me into this weird funk, but it’s not gonna stop me from having it on a (time) loop.

PCP: Joyce Manor

Monotony Monday #20 – Maybe Manor

Ode to Joyce

The short of it: Well, they are the short of it.

Joyce Manor is an emo indie rock outfit with four albums under their belt, giving them a total run time of about 80 minutes. Every album ends up just around 20 minutes, meaning they managed to cram a whole lot of music in a surprisingly small amount of time.

The result is a discography full of songs as catchy as they are short. None of them ever overstay their welcome, even if a few end suddenly. “Heart Tattoo” off their third album is pretty decent example of what to expect: a frantic instrumental with a passionate poem, with a crazy catchy chorus to infect the listener in the song’s brief runtime.

Punchy and poignant, they manage to balance a good amount of emotions in their little runtime. From the nostalgic melancholy (“In the Army Now”) to melancholic nostalgia (“Beach Community”).

Simply put, they’re a joy.

Ce manor.

PCP: Last Podcast on the Left

Monotony Monday #19 – Macabre Mysteries

Last on the Left, First in My Heart

The short of it: It’s a podcast that can be as difficult to get into as it is to listen– disturbing subject matter and nerdy shock jocks work well once you get used to it. 

Last Podcast on the Left delivers this breakneck pace of facts, jokes, and anecdotes that satisfies and terrifies.

It’s exactly what I wanted from a taboo podcast. As much as I enjoy My Favorite Murder, it’s a far softer approach that’s more gentle curiousity than fact-driven fascination. MFM gives a normal person’s perspective on a murder or mystery, whereas LPOTL is this total evaluation of what and why happened.

The best comparison I can think of is the difference between The Adventure Zone and the Glass Cannon Podcast– the kind enthusiasm of The Adventure Zone is touching, but the confidence and knowledge in the Glass Cannon make it a more thorough understanding of its topic.

More importantly though, their seemingly callous sense of humor betrays their true humanity. Their jokes and goofs turn the terrors of society into these laughable losers. Serial killers become nerds that got caught because they’re dumb. Kidnappers are idiots that are too lonely to function. The boogie men are just boogers. They don’t deserve deification or anything. They’re not inhuman monsters that are too brilliant to avoid. They’re broken shells that deserve to be laughed at, which is exactly what LPOTL gets us to do.