This week’s column highlights pop and indie music, with Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, Grimes and Metronomy.
This Week’s Music is a weekly column that discusses the weeks’ best, worst, and most interesting songs. We try to select songs of different artists and genres to keep things interesting and to please a variety of music fans.
This week’s column features Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey’s super awaited collaboration, Metronomy’s “Wedding Bells,” and Grimes’ latest weird single.
Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey – Don’t Call Me Angel
Ariana, Miley and Lana have all had an incredibly successful year in terms of music and notoriety, releasing albums, having dramatic break ups and being some of the most revered celebrities in the world. If someone was going to release a song that follows Destiny’s Child’s “Independent Women,” it had to be something this big and dramatic. “Don’t Call Me Angel” is a strange song that leads to some fun results. While Ariana and Miley are a partnership that makes sense on the surface, Del Rey’s subdued presence adds a shimmer of mystique that fits the theme and song. It also helps that she’s just released one of the year’s most acclaimed records.
Grimes and i_o – Violence
Grimes, as usual, is creepy as hell. Also, as usual, her rhythms are a blast, with a rich sound production that results in a trance-like anthem. Lyrically, “Violence” appears to be about an abusive relationship, but knowing Grimes it could be about politics, the weather or an ant. In a now deleted Instagram post she explained that each song on her upcoming album “will be a different embodiment of human extinction as depicted through a pop star Demonology.” Grimes is a weird one, but at least she’s interesting.
Metronomy – Wedding Bells
“Wedding Bells” is a part of Metronomy’s “Forever,” the British band’s most recent album. Six records in and Metronomy continues to cultivate their own type of sound, mixing rock, disco, and electronic music. With “Wedding Bells” they’ve achieved a wedding song that’s surprisingly playful and unromantic. Although it rapidly grows repetitive, it’s a fun addition into the band’s long and successful oeuvre.