Return of the Reverb

Ever since hearing Haim’s freshman album, I’ve been noticing a trend in indie/pop music. It is sounding a lot more 80’s–and it’s great! It became more evident when modern pop princess Taylor Swift released her first solo-pop album, 1989, where some of the songs are appropriately 80’s sounding.

Anyway, since then I’ve been on a hunt for new 80’s sounding songs because I have been listening to 80s music nonstop for years now and I’ve overused my 80’s pop playlists.  I just wasn’t sure how to look for modern 80’s sounding music and what to type in Google… until this Vox video came along.

The more you know…


And suddenly, everything makes sense! All of these songs I totally jam to and make me happy all have the reverb (and goddamn, we have Phil Collins to thank for it). That snappy snare drum is one of the most defining 80’s sound and I am all over it and so glad it’s back.

If you aren’t familiar with the new(-ish) Vox series, get on it because it’s great. I believe it started from deep-dives into rap trends and it is so interesting! At the end of this episode, they provided a great Spotify playlist of both old and new songs with gated reverb. But because I’m excited about this, I’m here to add some more of my personal favorites.

  1. Only When You Leave by Spandau Ballet
  2. Gold by Spandau Ballet
  3. Don’t You Want Me by Human League
  4. Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
  5. Love Somebody by St. Lucia
  6. Falling, The Wire, If I Could Change Your Mind, and Don’t Save Me by Haim




The Black Keys – Little Black Submarines

I like this song.


The Black Keys are one of my all-time favorite bands. I really really liked their older albums (The Big Come Up, Thickfreakness, and Rubber Factory are top picks, all having been released by 2004) with their more raw, unrefined style.  As their sound evolved into a more refined quality and digital effects, I found myself less interested in their new music. I was definitely one of those “WHY DID THEY HAVE TO SELL OUT?!” fans.

Only recently have a started to appreciate and enjoy some of their newer music (the posted song was released about 3.5 years ago, so not exactly their newest stuff). I can see why they changed their sound, and I can finally hear that the old Black Keys rawness is still the heartbeat of their music, albeit now covered up with fancy effects. I can dig it.

Justin Bieber – Purpose

Alright. I’m jumping the bandwagon. But I can’t help it!

So after debating with some friends what’s the best song out of the album, I decided to rank my favorites. Here it is.

Disclaimer: You’ll probably notice that the list is very RnB centered. I like RnB.

No Sense (ft. Travis $cott)

Favorite song out of this whole album. I listen to this in repeat almost everyday. Reason 1, it’s the perfect song to dance to. Reason 2, the dance video to this song is AMAZING (please watch!). Their outfits are so reminiscent of 90s RnB. And Reason 3, it sounds like a Beyonce song.

Mark My Words

Great first track! I love songs that don’t rely too much of instruments. It’s a great acoustic RnB song and it really showcase The Biebs voice. FR, the guy can sing.


So fun to dance to. This song automatically puts me in a sunny and happy mood. Another great dance video (thanks to ReQuest Crew, again).

No Pressure (ft. Big Sean)

Love the acoustic background. Didn’t like this song at first but ended up liking it after the first 5 listens.

We Are

Reminds me of a Justin Timberlake song from FutureSex/LoveSounds.


The chorus is really catchy. “Can we… We keep… Keep each other company”


These aren’t the only songs I like on the album, but they are the ones I go to first.

P.S. Kudos to JBiebs for having all these dancers perform and create his music videos. He’s gets extra cool points for helping smaller artists out! Way to go!



Bad Self Portraits

It’s been 25 years,  I should be good at something

I first heard of Lake Street Dive Last year on Ask Me Another. Heard them perform  “You Go Down Smooth” and as soon as Rachel Price started singing I was like, “OOOOHHHHH! What’s this!?” But I never followed up and looked the band up. Anyway, over the summer this year, I re-listened to that same episode and remembered to finally look the song up then fast forward the past month where I decided to listen to the album.

Boy oh boy oh boy, I’ve been listening to this non-stop. And now, I’m on a crusade to spread the work of LSD to everybody because frankly, I can’t believe they’re not as well known as they ought to be.

LSD is a quartet of graduates from the New England Conservatory where they first became friends. Honestly, they’re all so lovable. I don’t know them personally but I’ve seen interviews and live performances and they seem like pretty chill people to hang out with. Every year for the past 3 years, they’ve been releasing fun, awesome Halloween videos and this year they did a cover of Bohemian Rhapsody and it is hilarious.

But enough about me fangirling. If you’re into 60’s Rockabilly Soul then definitely give this band a try.

Gateway Songs: “Bad Self Portraits”, “Seventeen”, “Use Me Up”, “You Go Down Smooth”, “Bobby Tanqueray”, “Rental Love”

Sorry, that’s like half of their album.

Here’s videos of them performing live! Just so you can see how awesomely talented these artists are.