Who's hyped for our Online O-Week Party?
Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Banoffee leads the Collarts O-Week lineup, slated to perform an hour of hits from her catalogue of fizzy alt-pop offerings.
Her debut album Look At Us Now Dad has been critically praised, bringing together her electro-pop sound in one sweet package. Before jumping on the virtual stage tomorrow, Banoffee shares her fave tracks on rotation right now, featuring Lorde, Kacey Musgraves, The Kid Laroi and more. Check out the full playlist below.
BUNNY IS A RIDER
This song is perfectly simple - barely any lyrics, same motifs. I chose this because it's what happens when you pay attention to detail. If every detail is perfect you don't need many things in a song to make it great.
This song is a great example of how stories can make songs stick. This is obviously a pop song but using country and folk techniques to make it something you want to listen to again and again because it's like asking our parents to tell the story of when they met. A good story can carry a song a long way.
I'm a sucker for a big change. The bridge/outro in this song is what made this a smash in my opinion. Often when I'm writing a song and there's a part that I love that just doesn't seem to fit, I use it as an outro or as an interlude. I bet they did that here.
I put this in because in electronic music we're always trying to make the new sound. However, Laurie has done it all. Kanye will never do something Laurie didn't lead him to. As one of the most influential women in electronic music, this song is her most known and something I listen to often to remind myself that weird music can still make a splash.
ETHEL CAIN, WICCA PHASE SPRINGS ETERNAL
God's Country (FEAT. WICCA PHASE SPRINGS ETERNAL)
Another beautifully eloquent song. The poetry in these lyrics are highlighted by such poetic instrumentation. When I make a record, I feel tempted to make everything up-tempo, this song reminds me to slow it down. Has light and shade, the reverb in this song creates so much space and it's wonderful to ease anxiety during lockdown.
BLADEE, MECHATOK, OKLOU
Rainbow - make it double Oklou Mix
The OG 'rainbow' is a track I listen to quite a lot and DJ a lot. It used synths as percussion and just has a great feel to it whilst still keeping it simple. Oklou comes in and makes it a whole new ball game. I love the mix of these three and the different textures that come from each.
This is one of my all-time favourite songs. The lyrics are so perfect and relatable and I love how messy it is whilst still having a groove that works to dance to. Tirzah and Micachu (who produced this track) use a lot of organic sounds and it's so well mixed that it works out to be this scratchy, mushy perfect soup. Sometimes when I'm stuck, I remember that computer sounds always sound the same and to go out and field record.
THE KID LAROI
STAY (WITH JUSTIN BIEBER)
I put this in because pop doesn't have to be an eye roll. I really hate to like Justin Bieber, but damn this song is so perfectly done. The addictive rhythm of the chorus is just insane, you can barely take a breath but you just have to sing along. Everyone I know loves to hate this song or vice versa. Songs that split the room are really important. Some of you are going to be so confused as to why this is on my list, but I truly think this song is one of the best-written pop songs of the year. Pop is like a science, it taps into things we don't understand, and wow - now suddenly I'm listening to Justin Bieber.
Love is a wild thing
Another lyrical song, this track for me could be any genre. Just like Taylor Swift so perfectly achieved with her OG country songs that then turned pop. When a song is well written it could be metal, pop, folk, emo whatever you want. Kacey Musgraves is so big because she appeals to us all, her songs can jump into you no matter where you are. Good lyrics and a strong melody will do that.
A lot of you will remember Shouse from 5/6 years ago. They made this song with a bunch of friends and it's been bouncing around the underground scene for a long time. These boys didn't care about being famous, they make music because they love it. In fact, Jack still doesn't want to quit his teaching job despite this being the number dance hit in the world right now. I put this in because good music is good music, it doesn't matter if 5 people hear it or the entire world. If you make something and you know it's good, be proud of it.