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Nora’s Infinite Playlist: Episode 2

Father John Misty: Mr. Tillman 

“There’s a few outstanding charges just before we check you in.
Let’s see here, you left your passport in the mini fridge” 

The most complex and oddly mysterious man in music is back with his song “Mr. Tillman.” Father John Misty, more formally known as Josh Tillman, is notorious for his eccentric lyrics and motives for his songs. His most prominent motive is heard clearly in his third and newest studio album, Pure Comedy, as it demonstrates his crippled relationship with society. This album, while commendable and one of my favorites, was greatly criticized for his choice in lyrics towards society. After leaving the band Fleet Foxes, one could say he really found his identity and one thing that I think is most adored about him is the utter intimacy and sort of nakedness to his lyrics and songs.  Also, they are just plain weird and incomprehensible to a generic and straightforward kind of mind; this song is a great example of that. It’s about a noisy and troubled hotel guest that causes a lot of problems for the hotel, like: “You left your passport in the mini fridge.” Not much else be said about this guy, so without further ado here is Father John Misty with “Mr. Tillman.” 

Frank Ocean: Moon River 

Possibly one of the most famous and critically-acclaimed songs in history, “Moon River” has been recently taken under the artistry of Frank Ocean. Originally performed by Audrey Hepburn, the song has been covered by a wide range of artists including Aretha Franklin, The Killers, and Elton John, just to name a few. The technical and emotional detail added to the record portrays the sentimental value of the iconic song about two people in love, which is appropriate because it was released just after Valentine’s Day. His wispy and passionate voice delivers the slice of romanticism that can’t be found in a box of chocolates or bouquet of flowers. So, here’s the love song I didn’t think I could fall more in love with: “Moon River” covered by Frank Ocean.  

The Neighborhood: Void 

The Neighborhood recently announced their third album that is to be released on March 9th with one of the headlining songs on the album: “Void.” The song encompasses the traditional sound of the band and the intimate lyrics of the lead singer Jesse Rutherford. Along with this song, selected hits from their recent EP’s Hard and To Imagine will appear on the album. Lastly, the most recent release of their song “Nervous” is their last stop until they release the whole album. If this album is comparable at all to their last album, Wiped Out, then we all have a reason to be excited. The band climbed instant success with their song “Sweater Weather” and almost six years later, here is The Neighborhood with “Nervous.” 

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