Club Joya – Starmelon
I’m not going to lie. My attention span, much like that of my contemporaries, does not extend past a mere 2-3 seconds. I started listening to the slow unfolding of Starmelon. But, before too long, I was taken with Club Joya’s artwork for this single. It looks remarkable! It’s like a collage made by someone high on caffeine, nursing an affection for Kenneth Anger, and working as a night-shift security guard.
The music itself is a tad more polite than that. It glitters and shines like indie-rock taking cues from its more lysergically-excited psychedelic brethren. Soulful vocals muse about the destructive potential of unrequited love over a slow instrumental pattern.
Starmelon is the kind of song that reveals itself on multiple listens. It’s late-night music for those not necessarily courting sweet dreams.
Paul Weinfield – Greed Is King Of Our Souls
There’s certainly a tradition of folk songs to use animals as metaphors for people’s personalities. Usually, they describe some of the worst characteristics found in humans. Perhaps, this is merely an age-old strategy to discuss these topics without hurting anyone’s feelings.
Either way, the high-principled fairy story of Greed is king of our souls is delivered in a convincing and alluring manner by singer Paul Weinfield. The truth, the singer seems to feel, is that few do anything for righteous reasons, but rather to satisfy a burning desire that drives them.
It takes great writing and performance abilities to make this script remain interesting for the full duration of the song, but Weinfield pulls it off. It’s the kind of composition that most of the classic singer-songwriters would be happy to have written.