The latest round of Emerge is here and this month, we have ten brand new rising acts competing for your ears!
Meet the Artists!
Bastille, Lorde, Tom Odell, The 1975, CHVRCHES, Mount Kimbie, C2C, Olafur Arnalds, Drop City Yacht Club and The Black Angels – the competition is fierce with these great acts! Do you have a favourite? Be sure to support them with listens, stars and social media shout outs. Each week, Emerge pare the field down based on your listening behavior, until only one act emerges as the best of the latest trending music.
We asked the artists Does the perfect song exist? Who has come closest? and here are their interesting responses. Read on and be sure to vote for your fave in Emerge!
“I don’t think it does as your taste changes so much throughout your life. But recently I’ve had Bad Religion by Frank Ocean lodged in my brain and the new James Blake album is brilliant too. I just love music, I buy and listen to a lot of new stuff, I don’t tend to dwell on old things.”
“Oh, well, the first thing that came into my head was a Lou Reed track, something like Perfect Day or Heroin – they’re both close to perfect because they have this complete honesty, which sounds clichéd, but Lou Reed is putting his entire soul on the line here, that’s something everyone can relate to. Everyone likes honesty that almost makes you cringe a little bit; Lou Reed taught me that unflinching honesty is a very powerful tool in song writing.”
“I think Bob Dylan’s ‘Blowing in the Wind’ maybe? But I think perfection is not something that can be reached in music, and neither should strived for.”
“Whoa that’s a bit of a serious question innit?! I suppose you have to think about the idea that perfection is only achievable in a frame of imperfection; therefore the idea of perfection being diluted slightly by whatever process it has to go through in order to be created. But I dunno, there’s some pretty fucking good songs. For me; ‘Isn’t she lovely’ by Stevie Wonder and ‘Only You’ by Yazoo have come closest. Actually now i think of it there’s loads of songs I’d love to say. ‘She’s out of my life’ by Michael Jackson – ‘I can’t make you love me’ by Bonnie Raitt”.
“Music is a really subjective thing, so I suppose the perfect song for one person might not fit everyone. I think folks like Elliott Smith and Leonard Cohen have come pretty close.”
“Not that I’m aware of. ‘Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.’ (Dali)”
“It’s hard to talk about one and only “perfect” song. I would say that it’s easier to find songs that are perfectly matching with precise moments in life.
I (Dj Greem) could list a few, for instance :
· “One more chance” of the Jackson 5 for partying
· “How does it feel” from D’Angelo to make love
· ”Bohemian Rhapsody” from Queen if you’re gonna go nuts with your buddies and so on….”
“Yes. Actually I believe that when you listen to a song and you feel like it couldn’t have been written or recorded any other way it is perfect. So in a way countless songs are perfect, the rest is a matter of taste.”
Drop City Yacht Club
“No song is perfect. If we had to choose one, Michael Jackson ”Remember the Time”. At the time the production was state-of-the art which is always to be expected from MJ. This was the type of record that you feel cool when you listening to it. Like, play it in the car when you’re riding with a chick and let MJ handle the rest, then dance your ass off. Not to mention the CLASSIC video with all the dope celebrity cameos (Magic Johnson as the Pharoe’s body guard), state-of-the art computer graphics, and the dope Egyptian dance moves. C’mon? MJ is the greatest.”
The Black Angels
“It does not exist. Closest song is “you are my sunshine” by Mississippi John Hurt. Or the sound of my mothers heart beat in the womb.”