Blue Rev, the new studio album released by Canadian indie and dream-pop band Alvvays, was always going to be a process to put together. This process was even more exacerbated by the many problems that all came together to stifle songwriting and recording. Thievery, flooding, COVID, and a whole new rhythm section swept away any hope of finishing their third album with any sort of speed, but despite all this, the record slaps.
The Backseat Lovers have been known for the songs that remind you of your first love, the bad boy, the most uncontrollable and unruly time of your life. On October 28, their music underwent a transformation through their latest release, a 10-track album, “Waiting to Spill.”
The mainstream music scene has been on fire recently, especially after Taylor Swift's Midnights was released this past Friday. Even more, stars are coming out to play, as Drake and 21 Savage announced a collaboration album titled Her Loss. This news went public after a video was posted to social media featuring the two artists, confirming previous speculations.
We like to think that the music coming out in 2022 is futuristic and the first of its kind, but that is only sometimes the case. Most songs on the radio today take inspiration from songs of the past. These inspirations can be found in countless ways; they can be found through the bass riffs of the songs, the lyrics themselves, or can even find inspiration from a whole decade. The 1980s, in particular, have greatly impacted the music we listen to today. The music of the '80s is taking over the pop charts, and it doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon.
Though his influence spans genres, inspiring artists like Bob Dylan, Kacey Musgraves, and even Roger Waters, public recognition of John Prine's name dwindles with each passing year. However, his timeless lyrics, effortless melodies, and unpretentious spirit have left an imprint on American music that will remain forever.