Sounds of Spring

By Juliette Puplava

It’s spring time, so it is time to try something new and restart, including your music playlist for spring. Here are some new music choices you might enjoy on that four hour plane ride or that eight hour drive with your younger sibling to Disneyland… I mean that lovely car ride with family bonding.

  1. Viktoria Modesta

Viktoria Modesta was born in Latvia and moved to the United Kingdom when she was just twelve. During her growing up years, she was in and out of hospitals due to a medical complication with her leg that she had since birth . At age twenty, she had a voluntary below- the-knee amputation. She was already a musician, holding the title of Best Unsigned Artist, and by 2009, she did a collaborative piece with Nick Hodges. On December 12, 2014, she did another collaboration with Channel 4 for the Born Risky Campaign. The song is called Prototype, and it concentrates on the aspect of how beauty is portrayed in this society and how she first Amputee Popstar.

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  1.  Paul Van Haver – Stromae

If you are a fan of hip-hop or electronic music genres, you might like this Belgian Singer-Songwriter by the name of Stromae. He recently partnered with Lorde in the making of Mockingjay: Part 1. His music is very risky with topics of gender equality, growing up fatherless, and parents’ standards of growing up. Just a warning, but his music is in Belgian and French. However, he does offer subtitles on videos, and websites do have translations.

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  1. Pentatonix

Grammy holding Acappella group Pentatonix is quickly gaining fame. They have five albums and countless singles. The group in made up of five members: Scott Hoying, MItch Grassi, Kirsti Maldonado, Avi Kaplan, Kevin Olusola. Their music can vary from covers to original ideas, and they are currently on tour.

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  1. Superfruit

Superfruit is a sub-group from Pentatonix that occasionally does covers and mashups on their Youtube Channel. The two-boy group of Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi adds a personal spin to their music.

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  1.  Sia

The party girl who swang from chandeliers released her album 1000 Forms of Fear last year. The album shows the Australian singer/songwriter’s talent and vocal diversity. Her videos also show what a creative mind can be like in bad and good times. Her album has a very dark undertone with smooth pop to very fast-paced club music

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  1. Menace Beach

This group debuted in 2012 with two main members, Ryan Needham and Liza Violet. The band often changes, shuffling through various members, and this causes beautiful freestyle creativity. They fall into indie-rock  genre, and their style reflects old video editing techniques; they have that nineties rock aesthetic going for them.

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  1.  Tahliah Debrett Barnett or FKA Twigs

The girl from “kinda the middle of nowhere” is making ripples in music industry. Her soft raspy voice is complemented by her loud style, and she was discovered when she was back up dancer for Jessie J in Pricetag. She falls into the electronic/trip hop/experimental genre of music, and her style over all is very outgoing.

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  1. Lykke Li

Swedish soprano Li Lykke Timotej Svensson was exposed to the arts by her parents because her mother was a photographer and her dad was a musician for Dag Vag. Her style is a blend of music elements such as cellos, violins, African drums, and synthesizers. She fits into the indie pop genre. Her visual image is very modern-Tumblr-hipster.

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  1.  Twenty One Pilots

Duos are rare to come by, but this Ohio duo is making their mark in alternative rock. They released two songs on Soundcloud in 2010, one an original called “Time To Say Goodbye” and the other a cover of “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri. In 2010-2011, they released their Regional at Best and got a signed contract to Fueled By Ramen. The duo says the purpose of their music is “to make people think,” and they cover ideas that we don’t always think about, such as what it would be like to drive without music for a whole day.

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  1. George Ezra

This hidden folk artist became huge with his single Budapest when it reached the top ten in multiple countries.  Even though he debuted in 2013, the English singer-songwriter has a Sunday drive feel that makes you smile. His music typically gives a classic folk feel that warm your heart.

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Links:

1)http://www.viktoriamodesta.com/about/

2)http://www.timeout.com/newyork/music/meet-stromae-the-most-famous-pop-star-youve-never-heard-of

3)http://ptxofficial.com/bio

4) http://ptxofficial.com/bio

5.)http://www.mtv.com/artists/sia/biography/

6)http://www.stereogum.com/tag/menace-beach/

7)http://www.justjared.com/tags/fka-twigs/

8.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lykke_Li

9.) http://www.twentyonepilots.com/about

10.)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Ezra

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