Comments from Eugenia

I agree, this is a much better video than any of these posted above.
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August 19, 2016 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
I don't know... I'm not impressed with either of the two new songs. It seems that their new major label contract has sexified them and pop-ified them.
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July 28, 2016 on Phantogram – “Run Run Blood”
Since Stereogum got sold, they mostly promote are non-indie or indie-sounding music. I mean, all these plain, boring pop songs each week hurt my ears.
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July 15, 2016 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Do some research first to see what I'm talking about. The style itself has specific rules that makes artworks similar, not that the artists actively and consciously steal.
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May 28, 2016 on Skrillex & Justin Bieber Respond To White Hinterland’s “Sorry” Lawsuit
I'm an indie music lover (and I despise the Bieb's music), but White Hinderland is on the wrong here. Just because two things sound similar, or even nearly the same, doesn't mean that one stole from the other. Skrillex clearly showed on his video both his thought and editing process, and it just happened to sound similar. I'm an artist myself (collage surreal art) and there are about 500 another collage artists on instagram. If you sit down and you browse our work, you will find massive similarities, not only in the general ideas (e.g. vintage people looking out to space is very common in collage), but also in composition and overall look & feel. That doesn't mean that we steal from each other. It just means that vintage pop collage has similar constructs where few combinations "make sense", so when different people are creating with it, they end up with the same-looking artwork. This is way more common in pop music, where there are way more than 500 musicians in the world. It is in fact, bound to happen very often! So jumping the gun as WH did here, is a bit narrow-minded IMHO. Sure, sure, others might have made millions after suing big artists, so she might have a chance legally-speaking, but that doesn't mean that this similarity here wasn't purely coincidental. In fact, I'd find it completely stupid for Skrillex to start "Sorry" with a riff so close to one he knows already exists. Plus, the Biebs' label had enough money to license that riff if it needed. There was absolutely no reason for Skrillex to risk "stealing". The risks outweighed the benefits. So no, I don't believe that this riff was stolen. It is just one more case of pieces of artworks that make sense a certain way only, and so eventually ppl end up with the same ideas to solve a particular problem. Exactly because they make sense at that time. Same goes for art, for patent-ridden software (before I was a visual artist, I was a programmer), and a lot of other stuff.
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May 27, 2016 on Skrillex & Justin Bieber Respond To White Hinterland’s “Sorry” Lawsuit
This might be the first time I agree with you on the first choice song. :)
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May 27, 2016 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Regarding the Coldplay video: the various ideas shown in the video are the same ones that collage artists have been using for the last 5 years. Do a google search on artists like myself (Eugenia Loli), Sammy Slabbinck, Joe Webb, Beth Hoeckel, Sarah Eisenhlor, Ben Giles, and many more. That style you see in that video, was lifted from our vintage collage style. The directors gave credit to some of us on their personal Vimeo page btw (so at least it was somewhat acknowledged).
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May 20, 2016 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
Because I'm not a native English speaker, most of the time I black out the lyrics of pretty much any non-clearly-speaking song. So judging only the music on this, I don't find anything interesting in it. For me, it has no hooks at all. It's just blah-blah blah as far as I can tell. I'm not trolling btw, that's just my opinion not only on this album, but pretty much most music these days. I don't have a favorite for 2016 yet, only M83 came close with a few of his songs from the new album (because of the reverb, I don't have to listen to highly mixed singing, it blends in, making the music enjoyable for me).
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April 26, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Beyoncé Lemonade
I loved "boo-hoo". But this one has the vocals mixed too high up, without any reverb. It sounds weird to me because of that, too "clean" for its own good. Also, the style is close to that new wave pop from the early '80s that hasn't survived well in the decades (sounds old). The reverb would have helped that situation, making it sound as if we're revisiting that style through a distortion lens, rather than simply recreating what wasn't already hugely popular at the time.
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April 25, 2016 on Nite Jewel – “Kiss The Screen”
Rihanna's video was more beautiful than any video here (color grading, cinematography etc), but I found it painfully self-indulged. What was the point of the violence and exaggerated lifestyle exactly? Same about her previous video btw, where she tortures people. I just don't identify with that style of music/videos/life. I personally liked better the MK & Becky Hill video. I found it more fun, but it doesn't have replay value.
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April 22, 2016 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
My favorite song on this album as of yet!!!
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April 4, 2016 on M83 – “Go!” (Feat. Steve Vai & Mai Lan)
This is the kind of music I actually like, and I have sorely missed on Stereogum and Pitchfork in the last year or two. I dislike a lot the kind of bands that get promoted these days on Stereogum, which are either a lot of commercial pop, or punk rock bands. I want atmosphere instead.
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February 15, 2016 on The Big Pink – “Beautiful Criminal”
I get what PC Music is trying to do (music that's only good for pre-teens, that at the same time feels to older people as if supposedly it has a deeper meaning below the surface). It's a good trick: humans do go for the mystery, they get enchanted trying to solve "the puzzle". But in reality, there's no puzzle. You get what you see, and nothing more. The mystery is all an illusion. As such, I find this type of "artistry" pretty terrible. I can't listen to this for more than 10 seconds before my head explodes.
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November 2, 2015 on Hannah Diamond – “Hi” Video
I like this one way better than Flesh.
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October 30, 2015 on Grimes – “Scream” (Feat. Aristophanes)
If chillwave is over, so is our otherworldly imagination as a species.
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October 26, 2015 on Grimes – “Flesh Without Blood / Life In The Vivid Dream” Video
I don't understand why you've been downvoted. This is indeed plain pop music, and it's not atmosphere-building/parallel universe-unveiling as some of her previous songs. I'm personally again disappointed, because ALL of the 2009-2011 artists that gave us huge atmospheric music (e.g. How to dress well, washed out, memory tapes etc), their subsequent music was just BLAH.
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October 26, 2015 on Grimes – “Flesh Without Blood / Life In The Vivid Dream” Video
Sorry, misread your comment. Based on her new single, it sounds plain pop to me.
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October 25, 2015 on Watch Grimes Debut New Songs At Beach Goth 4
Exactly my thoughts too. I heard the new song, and it's just pop. It's rather good pop, but it's still pop. Nothing awesomely otherworldy as her previous record.
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October 25, 2015 on Watch Grimes Debut New Songs At Beach Goth 4
I don't personally like this. This is plain pop to me. We've heard that kind of music from others before. Grimes was fresh when she was making music that was extremely otherworldy. It had a strong atmosphere, it kinda made you feel high, without having to smoke anything. It was music from another dimension (especially "Be a body"). This... this is pop. Better pop than most out there, but still pop. Nothing new to me. Nothing that takes me high in any way.
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October 25, 2015 on Watch A Preview Of Grimes’ “Flesh Without Blood” Video
I would not speak of "rip off". As a fellow artist (in the graphics field), similarities are inevitable among artists, especially in our time, where everyone and their dog has released online some form of art, and the market is saturated with it. Now, regarding the song itself, I find it to be old style. Indie pop from 2006. Nothing new and exciting and corner-turning to really to capture my attention.
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August 6, 2015 on The Most Serene Republic – “Ontario Morning” (Stereogum Premiere)
I'm Greek and I love seeing one good Greek band finally making interesting music. Unfortunately, while this track is still a thousand times better than the rest of the Greek music, it's a bit too abstract to stand out. The track is not as strong as it should be to make waves internationally. Their original songs from a few years ago had more interesting arrangements and undeniable hooks.
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June 3, 2015 on Keep Shelly In Athens – “Benighted” (Stereogum Premiere)
Not bad, but pretty underwhelming for something I'd expect of the Neon Indian genius as first "single".
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June 1, 2015 on Neon Indian – “Annie”
Love it! This is the kind of music I like and unfortunately there's not many big new names making such music anymore. It's just the old timers (from 2009 onwards that is). Glad to see some new blood on that genre.
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June 1, 2015 on Hibou – “Dissolve” (Stereogum Premiere)
She actually fell very gracefully, especially considering her high heels. Good reflexes on her part putting her left leg on the step below her too, to soften the fall. Any other woman, even 15 years younger than her, would have probably broken something. Extra points for her: the video showed that she was singing live too (since there was no singing when she fell, apart from backup vocals).
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February 25, 2015 on Watch Madonna Fall Off The Stage At The BRIT Awards
I like this very much. Please note that I always disliked Florence because of her voice overshadowing the music (it was mixed too high and it was too frequent for my musical tastes). This is exactly the type of mixing/music I like instead. The human voice being just a part of the whole piece, and not the center piece.
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February 10, 2015 on Florence + The Machine – “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” Video
I love the song. But then again, I almost never try to listen to the lyrics, because not being a native English speaker, is hard for me to make it up (a few times i might research a song later about it). So I usually ignore that part, and so if the actual beat/music is good, that's good for me. And this one rocks.
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October 20, 2014 on Ariel Pink – “Black Ballerina”
Agreed. None of the two singles released so far do it for me either.
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August 18, 2014 on Caribou – “Our Love”
I'm not feeling this. In their previous albums, particularly on 936, there was a strong atmosphere. The psychedelic element was high, and it moved the listener to another state of mind. This sample just don't it at all for me. It's not because it's not "dub", but it's simply because it's missing a strong, defined atmosphere. Too many vocals too, they strive for a more pop album, but this takes away what made them unique.
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August 18, 2014 on Peaking Lights – “Breakdown”