CommRadio Weekly Playlist: April 28
The CommRadio Weekly Playlist—here, members of the arts and entertainment department write about the songs that dominated their playlists during the week and what makes them so good.
“nj” by Chelsea Cutler
Chelsea Cutler has been one of my favorite up-and-coming artists. I have been following her ever since I heard her duet with Jeremy Zucker, “you were good to me.”
“nj” is a song from Cutler’s debut album, “How to Be Human,” and it is one of the album highlights for me. The song sees Cutler failing to let go of a relationship, and each line details the memories that Cutler and her partner created.
She begins each verse with the line, “Is it over? Does it have to be over?” In the chorus, she apologizes over and over again before it reaches the climax where she sings, “It’s not over/It doesn’t have to be over.”
I love this song because of how detailed and how brutally honest it is. Cutler chose to let her voice be front and center in this song instead of her signature EDM/pop sound. She has such an ache in her voice that exudes so much pain and vulnerability, especially when she uses her falsetto. —Jimmy Lu
“The Princess and the Clock” by Kero Kero Bonito
“The Princess and the Clock” by Kero Kero Bonito is a fun and exhilarating electronic pop experience that newcomers to this band will come to love.
Originally released as a single, this beautiful track is included in the group’s recently released EP, “Civilisation II.”
Sarah Bonito’s soft, whispery voice perfectly complements the playfulness of the electronic beats and synths in the background.
It’s really an amazing thing to see KKB’s distinct style—presumably influenced by both J-pop and other electronic artists that band members Gus Lobban and Jamie Bulled have referenced in interviews—develop over the years, as the earlier releases of “Bonito Generation” and “Time ‘n’ Place” show their struggle to find their sound.
This song and their newest project will not disappoint those who are fans of KKB, indie pop, or any other kind of electronic music. —Jon Mead
“Will You Be There” by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson, in my opinion, has a bunch of hidden gems throughout his discography. I could go on and on about the King of Pop.
The song that I have on repeat this week is “Will You Be There” from his 1991 album “Dangerous.”
Around the time this album was released, Jackson was accused of child molestation. “Will You Be There” is a song in which Jackson is asking for support and understanding. Despite the meaning that he meant, it is a sweet song.
I love this song because of its progression. It begins with a short orchestral part before transitioning into a simple beat with a piano, shakers and harmonies. Slowly but surely, the piano and harmonies get bigger and bigger.
In my mind, I see this progression in the music as progression with support. The alliance gets larger and larger. That is a beautiful thing, and so is this song.
If you have never heard of this song, give it a listen. It is highly underrated. —Emily McGlynn
“Rise” by The Glitch Mob, Mako and The World Alive for “League of Legends”
While I don’t play “League of Legends,” Riot Games has created some really good songs to go along with its game.
While “Warriors” by Imagine Dragons is great, the one song that has dominated my playlist is “Rise.” It is a fast, adrenaline-pumping song that is perfect for both gaming and working out, literally prompting you to rise.
The bass is killer, and the chorus is both capturing and thrilling—not to mention it’s a lot of fun to listen to as well. “Rise” is a great motivator for those Monday mornings (or any morning) where you need just a little lyrical kick to help take on the week.
You don’t need to be a player of “League of Legends” to enjoy this one, considering I didn’t even realize its origin when I started listening to it. I definitely recommend checking this one out! —Colton Pleslusky
Jimmy (Chien-Hsing) Lu is a senior majoring in telecommunications. To contact him, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Mead is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email email@example.com.
Emily McGlynn is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact her, email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colton Pleslusky is a junior majoring in telecommunications. To contact him, email email@example.com.
About the Contributors
Jimmy (Chien-Hsing) Lu
Senior / Telecommunications
Fourth-Year / Telecommunications
Third-year / Broadcast Journalism