With political tensions rising over Brexit, Trump, and Kim Jong Un, distractions sound pretty good. Music can uplift moods, while lyrics entertain us and rhythm encourages us to dance. Below is a selection of bands that is will easily distract you from whatever you are worrying about (at least temporarily) and put a smile on your face.
1. The Internet
LA-based band, The Internet offers smooth lyrics and vibes that pull you into the moment. Syd, the main vocalist, has an amazing voice, with a soft edge that couples well with the lyrics.
I’m in like, she’s in love
She gave in, I gave up
Can we just live in the moment?
– Girl, The Internet
Another Californian, Anderson .Paak is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and drummer. He is amazingly skilled (as seen in the NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert link). His smile, his rhythm, his songs are fantastic. They’ll certainly have you smiling and wondering what you were so worried about before.
But you leave it all in the back of your head
All in the palm of my hand
Ain’t nobody holding you back
Don’t it feel like it’s been far too long, girl?
– Heart Don’t Stand A Chance, Anderson .Paak
I’ve written about Tank and the Bangas before, but I couldn’t resist adding them in this list. They are an amazing group, producing music that is smart and rhythmic. Hailing from New Orleans, their influences range from soul, poetry, hip hop, and much more.
Maybe we can go to the store
And buy your ass a clue
I heard they’ve got some honesty on sale (maybe we can buy him two)
– Boxes and Squares, Tank and the Bangas
Pop songs are American Hayley Kiyoko’s specialty. With lyrics that kick-ass and rhythms that lift your mood instantly, Kiyoko is a gem in an overly pop saturated industry. Her videos are fun and often tackle sexuality, especially “Girls Like Girls” and “Gravel To Tempo”.
We’ve gone down every list
Stuck but I have got to begin to resist
Caught up with the fact that life will be dark
But can we handle being kids?
– Gravel to Tempo, Hayley Kiyoko
Wildly talented, Donald Glover’s alter ego, Childish Gambino, is a mix of hip-hop, rap and funk. His voice is astounding, with lyrics that strike close to trending topics. His latest album, “Awaken My Love!”, is a mindfield of brilliant songs that are difficult to choose a favourite from.
So insecure, no one’s perfect
We spend it, with no shame
We blow that, like Coltrane
We in here, like Rogain
Or leave it, like Cobain
– 3005, Childish Gambino
6. Arcade Fire
Hailing from Canada, Arcade Fire mix psychedelic rock with indie pop. They are definitely one to disappear with, their songs easily drawing you out of your worries and into their world, with trance-like lyrics and soft voices.
If this is heaven
I need something more
Just a place to be alone
‘Cause you’re my home
– Reflektor, Arcade Fire
English duo, Honne, has laid-back vibes. Soft voices coupled with the low-key electronic rhythms make this band perfect for those times when you need some “me” time.
I know it’s in there somewhere
Your love for me is out there
I can hear it calling
Where’s your sense of belonging?
We could be getting frisky girl
Till three o’clock in the morning
– 3am, Honne