This Week’s Music: Sam Smith, Post Malone And Twin Shadow

We highlight pop, hip hop and indie music

Screenshot via Post Malone/Youtube

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 Sam Smith’s latest tearjerker, another Post Malone drone and Twin Shadow’s experimental EP. Check them out!

Pop

Sam Smith – Fire On Fire

Sam Smith is back with “Fire On Fire,” the official song of the new Netflix mini-series “Watership Down.” The show, based on Richard Adams’ beloved children’s novel, tells the story of a group of adorable bunnies that are forced to leave their home due to humans’ development plans. They make their way onto Watership Down, a warren that’s supposed to be safe, and encounter all sorts of dangers along the way. “Fire On Fire” is fittingly sad and melancholic, thus a perfect vehicle for Smith’s vocals and powerful lyrics which grab you by the throat at the most unexpected of times. The song is filled with poeticism, metaphors and vivid images that make it a stand out among Smith’s ouevre, especially when you compare it to his work on other movie scores. Keep a tissue nearby. Or a box.

Hip Hop

Post Malone – Wow.

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Post Malone’s “Wow.” is a trippy song with an even trippier Christmas themed video. That’s about it for compliments. It’s an okay couple of minutes, if only a little empty and bro-ish, but I don’t think that matters when it comes to how many views and listens the song will acquire. “Wow.” is yet another one of Post Malone’s anthems that discuss money, alcohol and girls, showing off just how wrong people were when they didn’t believe in his success. It would be sort of inspiring if I hadn’t heard it before or if it were done in a different style, but I have and from the same singer. No matter how much talent and followers Post Malone has, it’s a shame that he only has one song to sing.

Indie

Twin Shadow – Broken Horses

Twin Shadow is one of the most interesting rising artists, having worked with HAIM and Rainsford on his previous album. “Broken Horses” was released in an EP that features two different versions of the same song, the Santo Domingo and the Port Antonio edit, while also including their instrumental counterparts. Both versions are very similar, with slightly different vibes. The Santo Domingo edit is the most interesting and fun of the two, leaning heavily on it’s Caribbean and Reggaeton-like rhythms. You can listen to the full EP on Spotify.

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