By Michelle Embleton | May 11th, 2011
I envy lyrical geniuses. There are certain musicians who have a remarkable way with words, and their songs are brilliant because they’re pure poetry — poetry with a beat. Whatever the genre may be, I’ve always been the type of person who listens to the words and then the rhythm when I first hear a song. I think it says a lot about the artist and their music, and their ability to find the right instruments to compliment the lyrics is just as crucial.
So for this week’s Fresh Meat round-up, I’m featuring some talented new submissions that first caught my attention because of their wordplay. Each artist, equally talented in their own genre, has found the perfect balance of making the instruments heard without overpowering their song’s meaning. Although vocals and instruments can make or break a good tune, to me the lyrics are just as essential.
This week’s playlist highlights everything from hip hop and calming acoustics to unique instruments and layered indietronic… and anything in between. Though there are a variety of sounds, the powerful lyrics in each song are the general common ground for this round-up!