By Ryan Ross
Every now and then, it’s nice to listen to music that doesn’t have an underlying message or an intricate theme, the type of music that allows you to simply sit back and listen without forcing you to think about what the artist meant by writing it. A delicate balance must be maintained- too much simplicity means the song is in danger of being ignored; too much complexity and the listener has no choice but to analyze what they’re hearing. In my mind, contemplation is for the winter months- the best time to peruse the intricacies of a band like Radiohead is when it’s cold and there’s nothing to do but be alone with your thoughts. But with summer rapidly approaching, something lighthearted and fun is in order; with that, I urge you to check out the tUnE-yArDs’ “Gangsta”.
The song begins with a blaring police siren that transitions into one of the more obnoxious harmonies in recent memory; fortunately, it’s quickly replaced by what can best be described as a kick-ass beat that’s both simple and endlessly entertaining. There are no in-depth lyrics here, no overwrought emotional treatises- just a straightforward party jam that’s guaranteed to firmly entrench itself in your head for the upcoming months. Bring on the summer.
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