Jun 14, 2019

The Hopeless Fountain Kingdom that fills with hope

I did not expect to find an album like that of Halsey's Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, at the moment when pop is characterized more by its concern and urgency to sell songs as attractive as possible to the large audience of disposable music and, to create videos that are sometimes pretexts to hide the bad of the songs and thereby boost their sales. Pleasing at all costs and, just looking at the money, is what has made this genre undesirable for many artists who have the need to express everything they have inside the soul with the purest honesty and artistically translate all your concerns. I have always believed that there is no problem with musical genres, the problem is when we put aside the essence that gave life, to focus only on the commercial. Of course, the record industry has a great responsibility in this, however, artists and the public also have responsibility. The artists, because they succumb to the threat of not being massively disseminated and because money is really a great temptation for conformist minds, and thus have ended many careers that promised to be great. The public, because throughout history it does not punish bad quality, on the contrary, it awards it by buying really bad albums or by attending concerts by artists who do not deserve it just because there is nothing else to do on the weekend. And if there is nothing else, it is because the public does not demand it, does not reject everything that does not comply with a minimum standard of quality and honesty. Fortunately, there are exceptions. And I think that one of the elements that has greatly favored the emergence of real jewels and that the public begins to understand that there are excellent manufacturing options, in addition to sending a strong message to record labels and producers to do things with higher quality, are social networks. The variety that is presented there is very good, good, regular, bad and very bad; and that's perfect because the thermometer that these audiences mean is the guide for all those involved in the music business, to guide their work. In addition, many of the options are completely independent and have found a way of life without having to depend on the record labels and all their restrictions, and that has favored the creative process free and uncompromising, has rewarded the artist to continue working on their art without having to do anything else to pay their expenses, which would invariably affect the quality of their music. The effect caused by this, fortunately, is that the industry has been forced to seek or train artists who meet these new demands of the public to not be left behind and disappear, so more and more record labels open their doors to artists that maybe a few years ago, when they monopolized everything we could see and hear, it would have been impossible. This is how I understand the emergence of artists like Halsey.

Written by @JorgeDiaz from Electro Arpegio
May 10, 2019

Halsey Battles Through The Dark, Desolate Badlands To Create One Of The Most Important Alternative Pop Records Of The Decade

Let me get this out of the way right off the bat. Halsey changed my life. I think she’s one of the greatest artists out there in the world right now. She’s probably my favorite… or second, only behind the flawless alternative pop goddess Lorde. When Badlands was released, I saw music differently. My life was different. I had never heard anything like it before, and I had never felt so close to so many songs on a single record. There was no way of knowing what I was getting into at the time. I just thought that there was this cool new alternative chick that I couldn’t wait to share with all of my friends. I remember purchasing Badlands at Target before work the day it came out, and the rest was history. One of my favorite things about the Badlands era was one of the promotional videos from YouTube that was posted a few weeks before the release. It was basically an album trailer for Badlands, and it was a great way to get potential new fans excited. It played out like a movie trailer, with Halsey’s hauntingly calming voice, narrating over very well shot scenes of a city and a desolate wasteland believed to be the Badlands. That’s probably why I connected so strongly to this album. It has a story to tell — a full story from start to finish. As a writer, hoping to become an author in the future, I love to create and make up stories. I even thought up an entire trilogy based on this album. I’m not kidding, Badlands affected me so greatly. The exact words I would tell people whenever discussing the album would be “I’m not the same person that I was before listening to Badlands.” And it’s true. I think I changed so much, and I’m grateful for that change. It’s given me perspective and it’s let me see the world — especially music and art — in a new and exciting way. I’m not sure if the story that I created in my mind about Badlands will ever exist on the shelves, but I am sure that I’m not the only fan to be inspired.

May 10, 2019

How A Sad Love Story Turns Into An Award-Winning Single

It's no secret that most artists are inspired by real-life experiences and the biggest inspiration comes when they are hurt or just sad. As far as you probably know, one of the most popular pop-artists Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, known profesionally as Halsey, had been in romantic relationship with American rapper Gerald Earl Gillum (or simply G-Eazy) and, although it all started as ideal love story (something we call 'goals' nowadays) it didn't turn out to be that perfect after all. Magic sometimes turns into tragic but this time - it turned into Without Me which is still pretty magical, if you ask me! This song clearly means a lot to Halsey and the fact that definitely separates it from other songs she has ever written or will ever write is that this one doesn't belong to any album, it's just a single. She said : "This song is not attached to an album. It's a standalone record." When she was asked is the song about her relationship with G-Eazy, she replied : "It's about my life and the relationship that the world has watched so closely and so vehemently like, in the past year and a half ." Artists like Halsey usually don't get enough private space or ability to keep something to themselves, especially when it comes to love relationship, like this one so it didn't took long for the world to realize what actually happened there - between two of them. She also mentioned that single "Without Me" represents the rawest thing she has ever made - just her feelings transfered into lyrics. Often is forgotten singers and public people are also just human beings, who feel, who get hurt and who heal afterwards. We'll talk about her healing later but what made her feel so hurt that she wrote that amazing but yet so heartbreaking lyrics? Why did they even break up?

Written by @vildanasuta from Living Like V

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