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5 Songs I Love w/ Darshae Kiér

Following the release of his new track "Activate", we caught up with Darshae Kiér to find out more about his musical influences.

1. Taylor Swift- Cruel Summer

"I feel like the song's brilliance lies in its unique falsettos, which add a layer of vulnerability and sensuality to the track, drawing me in and questioning my all falsetta prowess. But also those moments in life where it was okay to be vulnerable. What's particularly striking is the seamless transition into and out of different vocal ranges, effortlessly weaving together emotions of yearning and passion. It's cool and fuses elements of pop, synth, and Swift's signature storytelling, creating a sonic experience that is both exhilarating and emotionally resonant. I like it! Count me a fan of this one. #vulnerableisokay"

2. SZA-Snooze

"SZA's "Snooze" almost feels like it brilliantly embraces the nostalgic allure of early 2000s pop and R&B while simultaneously carving out its own unique identity. In my mind I think the song effortlessly captures the essence of that era, infusing it with a modern twist, resulting in a chill and refreshing vibe that sets it apart from traditional R&B tracks. It's cool to me because it isn't traditional R&B, which makes me a huge fan. I would offer, what makes "Snooze" truly innovative is its ability to break free from the confines of the genre, making room for slowed-down hip-hop vibes that add an extra layer of complexity and depth to the song. #newagevibes"

3. Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves- I Remember Everything

"This one is a little different but I love it! Zach Bryan's "I Remember Everything" is a deeply emotional and soulful masterpiece that strikes a chord with anyone who has experienced life's trials and tribulations. Growing up in foster care, I found solace in the storytelling of country music, and this song is a poignant reminder of its power. Zach's raw and introspective lyrics draw listeners into a world of memories and reflection. What makes "I Remember Everything" even more enchanting is the exquisite duet with Kacey Musgraves, where her entry into the song adds a cool and beautifully harmonious lift from the verse into the chorus, creating a sense of fullness and emotional depth that resonates long after the final note fades. This song brings back so many memories--those I can remember, anyway. #scrapbookmemories"

4. Luke Combs-Fast Car

"I mean, what is there to say, this is such a cool emotional song. The song "Fast Car" exudes cool vibes with every note, thanks in part to his distinctively raspy voice that carries the weight of the song's emotions. The track's ebb and flow create a dynamic listening experience, drawing the audience in with its gradual build-up, culminating in the fullness of the bridge and the chorus. When you get the audience, the rest is simply circumstantial. The song's emotional depth is palpable, making it a standout in Combs' repertoire. This one is simply on the mark. #gotme"

5. Dua Lipa- Houdini

"Absolutely love Dua Lipa's "Houdini"! It's pulsating with an infectious and energetic feel that keeps you moving. The track effortlessly channels the timeless vibe of the '70s and early '80s while infusing it with a modern edge reminiscent of today's EDM. With its irresistible rhythm and dynamic production, "Houdini" is an irresistible call to action, practically screaming, "Get on the dance floor now!" Lipa's ability to blend these influences seamlessly results in a track that's not just catchy but a euphoric invitation to let loose and move to the beat. I am a fan and it simply makes me want to dance. #onthedancefloor"


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