Lil Nas X’s smash single “Old Town Road” has risen as a cultural phoenix that ignited the weirdest parts of the internet, personifying the cowboy emoji and igniting an inescapable “yee-haw boi” energy that has lead the meme empire to its climax.
Concertos for two pianos and orchestra are somewhat rare, maybe because it seems like such overkill. The conventional piano concerto stages a dialogue (or a competition, or a fight) between the orchestra and the soloist, which can usually nearly match, or at least analogize for the orchestra in power and scope.
Circa Waves impresses with their extension into darker moments, weaving between guitar driven, upbeat energy into dark and soft moments which cross-examine the link between our environment and our integrity.
After releasing their excellent album Nothing Feels Natural, it was hard to imagine where Priests would take their sound. The band masterfully demonstrated their post-punk chops, but that genre seems to have its limitations.