When we first wrote about Reese Lansangan almost three years ago, we never had the idea we would be seeing her everywhere. But now, indeed, she is: after the release of her debut full-length Arigato, Internet! she’s a ubiquitous presence – you might have seen her on television, or her work on magazines, or photos of her in stores, or maybe heard her music while on hold at Sky Cable. She even wrote a wedding song for Bossing and Poleng! Now, the multi-hyphenate (rolled into one convenient sushi, in her words) shares the five songs she can’t live without – and in her picks, a sense of wonder permeates.
In comparison to What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, Regina Spektor goes for subtlety in her new record Remember Us to Life. It may lack the upbeat and energetic elements of most tracks in the previous record, but this gives more leeway for Regina’s storytelling and playful falsettos. Since most of the tracks are delicately simple, few songs stand out: “Grand Hotel” may sound like something a preschool teacher would compose but with interestingly odd lyrics, “Black And White” is pure nostalgia trapped in a song, and obviously the LSS-inducing track “Bleeding Heart”. Never, never mind, bleeding heart, bleeding heart. Never, never mind your bleeding heart. Regina is definitely one of the songwriters who never run out of stories to tell. | 4/5
Here we go again: the earthings! Fantasy Festival is back, with five stages of live performances that’s all just happening in our heads. Today, friend of the blog Allene Allanigue plays with a psychological metaphor with her five acts.
By now we know well enough not to expect anything groundbreaking from Regina Spektor. And that is not a jibe against the singer songwriter: her quirkiness and knack for a morose pop song are in full force in her newest release. “Small Town Moon” starts comfortably, and the next few tracks gets you feeling good, but then she shifts gears with “How” – you’d easily call this your traditional epic 70s-style ballad, with a Spektor twist, and it actually sounds good. And then she continues: the grim “Ballad of a Politician”, the grimmer “Open”, and the fun mouth-trumpet ending to “The Party”. It’s like she’s never been so alive – and yet nothing’s really changed, oddly. | 4/5