Australian singer Sia has taken quite an interesting approach to how she’s chosen to present herself for her sixth album 1000 Forms Of Fear.
In an industry so focused on looks, style and image – and the subsequent criticism that follows – the shy singer has purposely made herself absent in nearly every aspect of the album’s rollout. Instead, in her place is a blonde wig of the same style as her signature haircut that makes up the album cover.
Birdy entered my radar with Just A Game from the first Hunger Games soundtrack in 2012, but it wasn’t until her cover of Bon Iver‘s Skinny Love reached my ears earlier this year that she really caught my attention.
That song originally appears on her debut album released three years ago, where it was also her first single in the UK (reaching #17). It was given similar treatment for her North American introduction, albeit strange considering it’s a three year old piano-ballad cover from an album loaded with more suitable-for-radio tracks.
The days are still chilly even though summer is just around the corner. And with the warm weather, beaches and lemonade comes the music. Summer is the best time of year for songs to leave a lasting impression on people because of the tendency to connect the music to memories that last a lifetime. For many people, the association is with the biggest hits of that season.
Here’s the list of this summer’s likely soundtrack. These songs will likely reach the point of over-saturation by the beginning of July but in ten years time, just may be fond parts of the memory of 2014.
It’s a new year and that means a new selection of new music to look forward to. As every online news and information blog wraps up the best of 2013 with a list of what’s coming out in 2014, I’m following suit, if only because this year already has a selection of albums on the horizon that I have my eyes on.