Revisiting Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Emotion”

Let’s go back to 2015: Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Left Shark is all over the internet, people were debating over the blue/white dress, Adele released her first song in ages, everyone was laughing over Drake’s moves in the Hotline Bling video, and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” was overplayed on the radio. “I Really Like You” is just one out of Jepsen’s songs in her 2015 album, Emotion—a very overlooked and underappreciated work of modern pop.

Tunes from Southern Lord Records: A Playlist

Southern Lord is a record label founded in the US in 1998 by Greg Anderson of Goatsnake fame. It is notable of releasing groundbreaking albums under a wide spectre of genres ranging from black metal, doom, extreme metal, to hardcore punk. Initially, the label intended to specialize in the experimental metal scene, precisely revolving around doom metal, stoner rock, and drone metal subgenres, but the label then expanded in variety and included artists from the black metal, hardcore punk, and crust punk subgenres as their rosters. Some of the most notable artists on the label include Sunn O))), Sleep, Pelican, Earth, and Goatsnake. This playlist is contributor Ralka Skjerseth’s personal selection of some of the finest tunes from the label.

The Nostalgia Series, vol. 2: Pulp’s “Common People”

There’s something about Pulp’s “Common People” that still rings in the ears of modern listeners. And maybe it’s more relevant than ever now that change is ringing in the ears of every modern citizen—whether it is calling from the inside or echoing of other people’s voices for change. This spawns a significant wave of activism and its various methods.

Playlist: Emo Time

Emo is a rock genre portrayed by an emphasis on emotional expression, sometimes through confessional lyrics. It was a subgenre of punk rock music that appeared in Washington, DC in the mid-1980s. Often, the singers of these bands would sing about depression, drug use, and societal problems.

Lee Hi and Code Kunst Are Back with XI

Code Kunst isn’t an unfamiliar name to those who follow the K-R&B and K-indie scene – and so is Lee Hi, the owner of one of the most exceptional, unique voices in K-pop. The two have collaborated once again, releasing the R&B, soul rock-influenced “XI” as a follow up to their 2017 collab “X.”