Vancouver artist Aridonis releases his latest Alt-Pop offering ‘Hard Mode’. Known for his DIY ethos, Aridonis self-produces all of his own music allowing him not to be tethered to one particular genre, Expect to hear timid bedroom pop to dancey indie rock throughout his catalogue. Following on from a slew of previous singles ‘Hard Mode’ looks to expand Aridonis’ unique sound further whilst bearing honest commentaries on his life. If you're a fan of the tracks below, be sure to check out Aridonis' new single featured at the end of this piece.
1. Fell in Love with a girl - The White Stripes
"This song is one of my top favourite songs of all time, it’s so catchy, so simple, and so short. It tells its story in 2 minutes and does such a good job that I always listen to it twice."
2. Way With Words - Bahamas
"This song combines slick RnB flavoured bass and guitars with this dead simple Tom Petty style drum beat, that’s just dripping with the proverbial sauce. The nearly reverbless production makes it feel like the rhythm section is just bouncing along, both weightless and super thicc at the same time. Not to mention the super engaging writing and vocal hooks."
3. Out of Touch - Hall and Oates
"In any list of my favourite songs, whether it’s my favourite 80’s Pop, or not, there will always be a Hall and Oates song. Non-negotiable. You know the song, you know why it’s great, I will elaborate no further."
4. Die young - Sylvan Esso
"I live for the sentiment of the song. “I was gonna die young, now I gotta wait for you.” So romantic, yet so classically Doomer Millenial. Smack dab in the middle of my vibe. The production is so wide open and inviting sounding."
5. Strange Overtones - David Byrne and Brian Eno
"I actually found out about this track when Spotify put the Whitney cover of it in my Discover Weekly playlist, and I was listening to it out loud at work, and someone more knowledgeable than me asked, “Is this a David Byrne cover?” And I’m so glad they did. The texture of it is just so comforting to me. I love when a song uses the same chord progression and bassline the whole time, with different elements coming in and out, balancing on this knife-edge of monotony and genius, and this song nails it."
Check out 'Hard Mode' by Aridonis