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Does this peculiar girl who sounds similar to Lorde and Lana Del Ray look familiar to you? If you have been an avid viewer of The Voice US, then you may remember Melanie Martinez from Team Adam Levine.

With the release of her first dark-pop single, Dollhouse, US Magazine is already dubbing her as the singing reality show’s first breakout star. From her haunting sound, artistry and originality; this is the type of talent lacking in the music industry these days. (P/s: The mv was written by Martinez herself)

In her Dollhouse music video, Martinez dresses up as a demented doll, singing about a family that look picture perfect on the surface, but in reality they couldn’t be more dysfunctional. Remember Bree Van Dee Kamp from Desperate Housewives?

Hey girl, look at my mom, she's got it going on. Ha, you're blinded by her jewellery. When you turn your back she pulls out a flask and forgets his infidelity,” she sings; exposing her well-dressed mum as a drunk. Cate Blanchett’s award-winning performance in the acclaim Blue Jasmine immediately comes to mind.

Dad is having an affair with a slut, while her brother is smoking pot. Yet she has to “smile for the picture. Everyone thinks that we’re perfect, please don’t let them look through the curtains.” Pretty demented huh?

This depiction of a family full of secrets is brutally honest. Having encountered my fair share of plastic people, and being pressured to be “perfect” in the eyes of society made watching Dollhouse very relatable.

 

Photo credit: Warner Music

Lady Gaga has just premiered her new song Venus a few hours ago. Co-written by the Applause singer with the help of DJ White Shadow, Hugo Leclercq, Dino Zisis, Nick Monson and Sun Ra, the song was expected to serve as the second official single but was replaced by the R-Kelly-assisted track Do What U Want.

Our quick verdict.

We dodged a bullet. Thank god Do What U Want stopped the Birth of Venus.

I like the melody during the chorus, which sounds like it could have been on an Abba album from the early 80s. And that is pretty much the only redeeming feature of this - every other aspect is kinda terrible. The song comes across as a self-parody at times.

God bless the executives at Interscope for stepping in.

 

Photo credit: Interscope Records

Justin Bieber has just released an acoustic album full of popular songs from his 2012 smash Believe. The original album was met with mixed perceptions, some critics praising his new and more mature sound with others doubting his transfer into a more electronic and dance infused musical style.

One of the singles off of the original album As Long As You Love Me has been redone beautifully in an acoustic fashion. The original version is choppy, and distracts the listener from the actual musical masterpiece through the overuse of dubstep and electronic infused beats. By stripping it done to the essence of the song, Bieber successfully conveys raw emotion while singing simply over an acoustic guitar.

It seems as though the young pop sensation is crying out to be loved, or wanted by someone who he just can't convince to give him a chance. This can lead us to speculate as to whether this new, more emotional version is inspired by his recent break up with fellow young starlet Selena Gomez. The two were rumored to have broken up due to infidelity on Bieber's part, with Gomez breaking things off.

Clear any previous judgments towards the Canadian singer and have a listen to the beautifully bare version of the massively popular song below!

Single Review: Trick - BPM

By Solihin Aug 05, 2012

"Yeah, uh yeeeeeeeeeeah uh uh come on come on" (it literally reads that on the lyric video) just might not be the best introduction to a song. Or maybe Trick’s vying to be the next Skrillex of lyrics?

The local pop duo who describes their sound as “a mix of sweet saccharine Pop and the urban swag of Hip Hop/Rap” has just released their latest single entitled BPM. Wait; did they just say “swag” in an actual sentence? And what’s a BPM?

Well it couldn’t be Business Process Management so it probably stands for Beats Per Minute. Trick’s off to a shaky start using a fact that some might not be too familiar with. Ok fine, the title of the song is rather trivial but then comes in the introductory electronic-ish track with the above “lyrics” and then Marc Lian chimes in “Shawty messing with my BPM”. Tell me again how “shawty” is a term of endearment.

Any hope that BPM might just be a good local song has vanished there and then.  From the start, it’s obvious that Trick is attempting to emulate a very Top 40 sound which apparently leads to mainstream success. I’ll give them this, they did indeed manage to copy the catchiness, repetitiveness therefore annoyingness of a typical Top 40 song like, I don’t know, say, Baby by Bieber? I mean really? “My B, my B, my B P M”? Piece of advise; try not to write songs that sound as if you have the vocabulary of a ten year-old.

And you really wouldn’t want me to even start poking holes in their grammar, that’d just be mean.  “Sweet saccharine Pop?” I don’t think so. This song is definitely not “in the right tempo” for me.  But hey, you just might like ridiculous pop music unlike me, so what the hell?

You may check out the lyric video of BPM lyric video below.

 

Home-grown producer Kevin Leong aka Veck, has been cooking up some tunes in the form of 123 and it sounds really rad.

My musical tastes barely skim the surface of the electronic/electro pop/anything- to-do-with-computers-making-sounds genre. But an open mind doesn’t do (much) harm.

If I were to describe 123 in a few words, I’d say that it’s really bright song.  The synth-heavy song is accompanied with the vocals of Marc Lian from local band Quick Quick Danger. Marc’s rather high-pitched voice complements nicely with the sharp  and catchy synths that hold my attention.

The song is definitely party-friendly with its cheery lyrics like “Lady luck is on my side / No I can’t lose tonight” and I wouldn’t be too surprised if it managed to squirm its way to local mainstream airwaves. Lyrically, it isn’t too repetitive to be boring either. All in all, 123 is a guiltily infectious song and it definitely holds potential if the right amount of exposure was given.

123 (ft. Marc Lian) and its official music video will be available on iTunes and YouTube respectively on 11 July. Check out Veck on Facebook.