Iceage – You're Nothing

On their sophomore album You’re Nothing, Danish punk-rock group Iceage once again wows audiences with their ambition. Iceage creates an album that has the perfect ratio of noise and poignant lyrics. All of the songs are under three minutes, which makes them even more powerful pieces of punk. The opening track “Ecstasy” starts out strong, building to a breakdown where Elias Bender Rønnenfelt shouts “pressure, pressure / I can’t take this pressure,” which resonates even after the song has ended. Like their last album New Brigade, the guitar is impeccable, expertly giving off the punk rock vibe without feeling like your ears are being attacked.

“Awake” starts out with an upbeat guitar rhythm, bringing me back to the early 1990s. This song is the epitome of “lo-fi punk” with definite punk elements, but distortion to make the songs seem less harsh. At one point in the song, Rønnenfelt performs a bout of spoken word, which causes the audience to take a moment and really try to understand what he is saying.

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Purity Ring- "Grammy"

Meagan James and Corin Roddick, otherwise known as the musical phenomenon Purity Ring, have done it again. Covering Soulja Boy’s “Grammy” off his album The Deandre Way, Purity Ring takes the song to a new level. Roddick’s previously expressed love for hip-hop has led him to create exciting new beats that bring a slightly upbeat tone to very melancholy lyrics. Meagan’s vocals bring the cover full-circle, changing Soulja Boy’s sharp lyrics into a sweet and innocent reflection on the restlessness of the rap game. The track is extremely catchy, and perfect to listen to while walking to class. Purity Ring previously featured up-and-coming hip-hop artist Danny Brown in their single “Belispeak II,” which was another great success. Perhaps Purity Ring should look into covering more hip-hop artists, because their electro-pop sound is a perfect fit. Check out “Grammy” below and download it here.