This Week in Music: Strange Talk’s “Young Hearts”

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Yesterday, Australian band Strange Talk released the song “Young Hearts” as part of the pre-order package for their new album Cast Away.

I remember hearing the song “Climbing Walls” in a YouTube commercial and falling in love with the band instantly afterwards. However, as I listened to the entire Strange Talk EP, I soon realized that each song was either a complete hit or a complete miss.

It took me a while to grasp what it is that I like about “Young Hearts.” At first I was very unimpressed. But there’s something about the song’s mixture light synth, electric guitar, and xylophone in the verses and hook that make my young heart do a little dance when I hear it.

The melody of the lyrics is also very childish and fun. It’s one of those melodies that can easily be hummed without realizing it.

The song is about letting go and letting your “young heart” guide you. I’m sure many can relate to the parts about going to school, breaking the rules, and realizing that before you can walk you have to learn to crawl.

The most controversial lyric in the song happens to be my favorite. For the hook they sing:

Grown ups,
What do they know?
Living by the stories on the radio
Bad news,
On the TV,
Headlines a made up reality.

The implications are that adults will never truly understand the “symptoms of the times” because it isn’t their time. Their time has long gone. They’ve lived, they’ve learned, and they just don’t want to see us make the same mistakes that they did. Adults forget that the only way we’ll learn is by making our own mistakes that turn into memories and great stories to tell our grandchildren.

The one thing I absolutely cannot stand about this song is the chorus of “na na”s in place of what should just be an instrumental break. After every chorus I feel the urge choke whoever came up with the idea to add that bit to the song.

Pre-order Cast Away to get “Young Hearts” and five other songs, and check out the band on Spotify!

Spring 2013 Playlist

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Spring is finally here! Time for some spring cleaning, and what better thing to do while cleaning? Blast some music! Here are 10 songs you can clean-up, or embellish, your playlist with, just in time for spring:

1. Hummingbird Heartbeat, Katy Perry: What’s spring without the birds? Katy Perry gives us the birds, the bees, and a little bit of romance in this track from her album Teenage Dream. It’ll make you feel rejuvenated, I assure you!

2. Climbing Walls, Strange Talk: This Australian band will get you in the swing of spring with this danceable tune. The music video is amazing as well. I urge you to check it out. The bright colors and energetic dancers are sure to get you in the mood for the good weather!

3. Birds, Emiliana Torrini: I heard this song for the first time in the commercial for Azzaro Chrome. Her voice is amazing! She’ll capture you with the first line “Let’s stay awake/ And listen to the dark”. Perfect for those spring nights when you can’t seem to fall asleep.

4. The Suburbs, Mr. Little Jeans: This song is originally by Arcade Fire, but Mr. Little Jean’s version of it is so much better for it’s spring-like, fluttering vibe. The lyrics are a bit dark, though, if you’re into that kind of thing.

5. Maldita Primavera, Yuridia: This Hispanic song is about falling in love in the spring, with a twist. It happens every spring, making it a “Damned Spring”, as the title would translate to in English.

6. Sweater Weather, The Neighbourhood: Sweater weather indeed! This song is a bit sensual, adding to the coziness of spring weather.

7. Big Jet Plane, Angus and Julia Stone: This song by Australian sibling duo Angus and Julia Stone will get you in the mood for some long car rides with the top down, wind in your hair and all.

8. Burn, Madi Diaz: I heard this song in the Pretty Little Liars episode “Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Inferno”. This heartfelt ballad is full of longing and passion. Madi’s voice is just perfect.

9. All Eyes on You, St. Lucia: This song hit my ear for the first time when I saw the Victoria’s Secret commercial it was featured in. The beat of this song is an amazing combination of sweet guitar chords and subtle drums.

10. Walking on a Dream, Empire of the Sun: Saving the best for last, this song is just amazing beyond words. If you have a convertible, please blast this song with the top down as you cruise down the road. It’ll change your life, I swear!

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I hope you have a Happy First Day of Spring! Enjoy the wonderful weather in the weeks to come!