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Watson’s Music Video For Emo-Punk Inspired Single “DROWNING” Is Unfiltered And Hilarious

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With a catalogue that travels from alternative dark pop to bass booming trap bangers – Watson’s music is fresh and unconventional, pushing boundaries with each release. Today, the American recording artist releases his newest single DROWNING – the angsty underbelly of toxicity coming undone. The emo-punk inspired track is an ode to being crushed by cupid’s sledgehammer and finding not all is lost after.

 

The music video release, directed by Raymond Galvan, is a hilarious spoof of music shows in the era of 90s MTV – featuring Watson as the reporter of music talk show Punk Pastures interviewing all-girl punk group The Watsons. As the interview unfolds into a cringey question montage, the music video leads into a special The Watsons performance of DROWNINGand a cameo appearance of his OnlyFans exclusive Billy Mays inspired infomercial, James Brown.”

When discussing the track, Watson shares:

I made this song in the middle of a party – you can hear it in the background at the beginning. So – like the song – though dark, you can feel the good times in the vibe of it all.” – Watson

Watson is the sub-ego of an automation currently operating as an American recording artist. Born in Los Angeles of Hatian descent, his diverse musical palate is always on display; Watson touches all genres including a mix of Eclectic SadBoi Pop, Sex Rap, Future RnB, Internet Alternative and Post-Pop Indie. Through modern engineering, Watson has pioneered a revolutionary method of melody. In June 2020, the newly-independent artist released his debut EP titled Hallelujah, I’m Free. The EP’s viral single Dance Alone” became an instant Tik-Tok sensation, launching himself in the reign of Complex UK, Billboard, and Wonderland Magazine. Watson will be releasing a plethora of new music this year, including two releases each month for the entirety of Summer 2021.

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‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’: How Courtney Barnett Bears It All & ‘Turns It Into Art’

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Although comparing artists to each other commonly brings up complaints among artists and critics alike (there will never be a new Beatles!) there are certain situations where this side-by-side is unavoidable. Like when Patti Smith invited Australian punk-folk-rocker Courtney Barnett up on stage last April at Melbourne’s Festival Hall. Whether it’s the hair, the fact that Smith is one of Barnett’s favorite artists, or the way both women write with such a sharp wit (one that recognizes its shortcomings, and doesn’t take itself too seriously,) there’s something strikingly similar about these two voices–especially on Barnett’s most recent release, Tell Me How You Really Feel.  

There’s an underlying kinetic energy present on this album–one that drives the tracks through the storm, that relishes in the emotional swells instead of trying to avoid them. In the first verse of the first track, entitled “Hopelessness,” Barnett sets up expectations for the emotional work that this album is going to do: “No one is born to hate / We learn it somewhere along the way / Take your broken heart / Turn it into art / Can’t take it with you.” This track begins with an eerie slow burn, the powerful guitar licks picking up speed before they explode in a beautifully screeching finale—a pattern that can describe the album as a whole. Barnett has become known for strumming with her fingers rather than a pick, a technique she first developed on the acoustic guitar and later translated to her (lefty) electric guitar. Not only does this not hold her back, it seems to actually give her a sort of edge.

“No one is born to hate / We learn it somewhere along the way / Take your broken heart / Turn it into art / Can’t take it with you.”

Lead single “Nameless, Faceless” acts like scar tissue—showing Barnett dissecting her own theme and feeling the full extent of the pain before letting it go. The interaction between the verses (which all end in the repetition of “I’m real sorry / ‘Bout whatever happened to you,”) and the no-holds-barred chorus (“I wanna walk through the park in the dark / Men are scared that women will laugh at them / I wanna walk through the park in the dark / Women are scared that men will kill them”) is a negotiation of her reaction to this learned hate. This moment comes across as particularly Patti-esque, the deadpan critique of gender-power relations evoking memories of Smith’s poetry (think “seventh heaven.”)

After this, the soon-to-be-punk-anthem “I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch” snaps into place. It may not even be necessary to discuss how this song relates to Smith, who has been given the title “godmother of punk.”

Courtney Barnett is not a carbon copy of Patti Smith, but she is doing the same legwork. She’s unabashedly intelligent, unafraid of addressing herself and her shortcomings, and fully prepared to go against the conventions that usually relegate singer-songwriters to Adult Top 40 stations and movie soundtracks. Through her lyricism and performances, she is embarking on an important project: carrying Smith’s energy forward to a new generation of listeners, who are eager to listen and learn. At the very least, they are kindred spirits–something I, as a young woman, can’t help but be very thankful for.

 

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‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’: How Courtney Barnett Bears It All & ‘Turns It Into Art’: Featured image courtesy of Courtney Barnett

Elektrix Love: The Marriage of Punk Princesses and Cardio Bunnies

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Rocker chic meets yogi in the fashion-forward trends of local L.A. brand, Elektrix Love. Not only is their brand serving up some punk princess pulchritude to standout in a sea of standard black leggings, but they are also committed to ethical and sustainable manufacturing processes. Their light-weight material is made from recycled plastic bottles and they use only L.A. manufacturers to support their business. I was shocked to find out that each pair of leggings from this brand recycles 29 water bottles and their printing process is done entirely without the use of water. Finally, a brand that lets you feel good about a shopping splurge and we are calling it Elektrix Love: The marriage of punk princesses and cardio bunnies.
 

The brand was established in 2015 when designer and founder, Katie Tomasetta, wanted to introduce the rebellious spirit of rock and roll in the athletic leggings she saw worn by so many people. The brand even has its own hashtag: #yogapunk on the website that perfectly sums up what Tomasetta set out to achieve with Elektrix Love. Below are just a few examples of her fun and funky designs that show that a true trendsetter pushes boundaries and is never afraid to stand out in a crowd—or a yoga studio.

We love the Whisper Voltage Pants ($50.00)—especially their high waistband that guarantees a comfy and flattering fit. The combination of feathers and skulls and the multitude of colors makes this a guaranteed standout piece in your wardrobe.

These are the Punker Voltage Pants ($50) and a personal favorite of mine. Harley Quinn goes to pilates class, or at least that’s the image that comes to mind when I see this alternative designs. The girl who wears these pants is environmentally conscious, fiercely independent, and most of all kick-ass.

These Luminance Voltage Pants ($50) are made to look like lace with chain link details, roses, and lightening bolt elements intertwined. I love how they pair these leggings with combat boots to complete the look, and these leggings, in particular, strike me as something you could wear to the gym or to a Friday night movie with friends. The lace brings in an element of romance and femininity that balances out the edgier elements, achieving a bold, yet flirty quality.

Shop the collection at www.elektrixlove.com.

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Elektrix Love: The Marriage of Punk Princesses and Cardio Bunnies: Photographs courtesy of  Katie Tomasetta; Featured photo Courtesy of  Katie Tomasetta

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Goes Punk

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The early 1970s gave birth to the punk style and way of life, characterized by its dark, edgy, and do-it-yourself trends. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is currently highlighting the trend and its aesthetic to show the influences it has had on fashions, past and present, in the exhibition, “Punk: Chaos to Couture.”

The exhibit is organized into seven galleries designed to provide a multisensory experience for viewers with animated clothing, music videos, and audio techniques from several time periods. Each of these galleries serves to tell the story of the punk trend and its origins in London and New York, as well as highlight the ways in which it has impacted the high fashion trends that have become so popular today.

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The showcase features one hundred  designs for both males and females that show the convergence of the punk “do-it-yourself” trend and the couture “made-to-measure” motto. It examines the materials, techniques and embellishments of both the punk style itself and the manner in which it is incorporated into current high fashion designs. The exhibition highlights the presence of the punk aesthetic in modern fashions in highlighting its characteristic  “do-it-yourself” themes such as Hardware, Bricolage, Graffiti and Agitprop, and Destroy, which are represented in one of the galleries.

Expect to be dazzled by the international fashions of today that keep the punk trend alive! The exhibit runs now through August 14th. Don’t miss the chance to release your inner punk and learn about fashion while doing so.
 
Feature Image and Post Photos Courtesy of www.metmuseum.org