Top 30 Songs for April 21-27, 2019

1. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (3)
2. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (1)
3. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (4)
4. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (5)
5. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (7)
6. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (6)
7. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (2)
8. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (9)
9. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (10)
10. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (12)
11. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (15)
12. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (8)
13. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (16)
14. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (17)
15. EXITS – Foals (11)
16. TIME – Morosity (19)
17. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (20)
18. HURT – Oliver Tree (23)
19. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (21)
20. LO/HI – The Black Keys (22)
21. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (13)
22. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (14)
23. STILL FEEL – half alive (25)
24. GENERATION Y – Guide Dog (26)
25. MOVEMENT – Hozier (18)
26. BELOVED – Mumford & Sons (29)
27. SEVENTEEN – Sharon Van Etten (30)
28. PATIENCE – Tame Impala (N)
29. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (27)
30. CHANGE – The Revivalists (24)

Top 30 Songs for April 14-20, 2019

1. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (1)
2. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (2)
3. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (3)
4. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (5)
5. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (6)
6. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (7)
7. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (10)
8. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (4)
9. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (11)
10. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (12)
11. EXITS – Foals (13)
12. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (14)
13. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (8)
14. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (9)
15. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (17)
16. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (18)
17. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (21)
18. MOVEMENT – Hozier (15)
19. TIME – Morosity (20)
20. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (23)
21. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (24)
22. LO/HI – The Black Keys (26)
23. HURT – Oliver Tree (28)
24. CHANGE – The Revivalists (16)
25. STILL FEEL. – half alive (29)
26. GENERATION Y – Guide Dog (30)
27. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (22)
28. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (18) 20th week on chart
29. BELOVED – Mumford and Sons (N)
30. SEVENTEEN – Sharon Van Etten (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 7-13, 2019

1. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (1)
2. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (3)
3. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (4)
4. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (2)
5. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (6)
6. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (7)
7. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (9)
8. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (5)
9. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (10)
10. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (16)
11. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (13)
12. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (14)
13. EXITS – Foals (15)
14. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (17)
15. MOVEMENT – Hozier (12)
16. CHANGE – The Revivalists (8)
17. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (20)
18. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (21)
19. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (11) 19th week on chart
20. TIME – Morosity (24)
21. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (25)
22. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (19)
23. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (26)
24. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (27)
25. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (18)
26. LO/HI – The Black Keys (30)
27. SUNFLOWER – Post Malone & Swae Lee (23)
28. HURT – Oliver Tree (N)
29. STILL FEEL. – half alive (N)
30. GENERATION Y – Guide Dog (N)

Top 30 Songs for March 31-April 6, 2019

1. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (2)
2. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (1)
3. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (3)
4. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (9)
5. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (6)
6. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (7)
7. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (8)
8. CHANGE – The Revivalists (5)
9. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (13)
10. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (12)
11. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (4) 18th week on chart
12. MOVEMENT – Hozier (14)
13. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (15)
14. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (16)
15. EXITS – Foals (17)
16. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (18)
17. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (20)
18. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (11)
19. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (21)
20. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (22)
21. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (23)
22. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (10)
23. SUNFLOWER – Post Malone & Swae Lee (19)
24. TIME – Morosity (27)
25. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (28)
26. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (29)
27. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (30)
28. SALVATION – The Strumbellas (25)
29. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (24) 21st week on chart
30. LO/HI – The Black Keys (N)

Top 30 Songs for March 24-30, 2019

1. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (1)
2. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (3)
3. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (7)
4. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (2)
5. CHANGE – The Revivalists (6)
6. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (8)
7. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (9)
8. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (10)
9. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (11)
10. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (4)
11. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (5)
12. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (13)
13. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (15)
14. MOVEMENT – Hozier (16)
15. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (17)
16. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (18)
17. EXITS – Foals (19)
18. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (20)
19. SUNFLOWER – Post Malone & Swae Lee (12)
20. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (24)
21. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (23)
22. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (25)
23. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (26)
24. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (14) 20th week on chart
25. SALVATION – The Strumbellas (22)
26. WANDER – Vox Eagle with Pierre Fontaine (21) 20th week on chart
27. TIME – Morosity (30)
28. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (N)
29. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (N)
30. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (N)

KAROLINA ROSE – EP Review: “INVICTA”

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Falling in love with a song or artist the moment you first hear their music is among life’s greatest pleasures – certainly for me anyway. And that is precisely what I felt when I listened to the new EP INVICTA by Karolina Rose. Inspired by the music of artists such as Kate Bush, Debbie Harry, Florence Welch, The Cranberries, David Bowie and Madonna, the Brooklyn, New York-based singer/songwriter writes songs about her own experiences and presents them with beautiful commanding vocals.

Born and raised in Philadelphia to Polish parents, Karolina graduated from the prestigious Wharton Business School and had a successful career on Wall Street, which she ultimately left to pursue her dream of making it as a full-time musician. (I can identify with her life-changing decision to leave behind a successful career for which she spent years of study, as I left my job as a city planner to own and operate a bed & breakfast inn.) She began writing songs on her acoustic guitar, and performing them in clubs in and around New York City, gradually building a loyal following. Realizing she needed to take her music to the next level, she teamed up with Grammy Award wining producer/engineer/mixer Andros Rodriguez (Madonna, Shakira, Florence + the Machine) for her debut EP INVICTA, which dropped on February 1st.

Speaking on the meanings behind the title and theme of INVICTA, Karolina explains: “The word ‘INVICTA’ means unconquered, and is found on the coat of arms of Warsaw (the city where my parents come from), so the title represents my strength and who I am. From quitting my job on Wall Street to having to navigate a brand new industry, there was a lot to learn on the journey towards INVICTA’s creation. Following your truth is not always the easy choice. And for that I call the record INVICTA; it is to say ‘I did it’ and I am ready to fight for what I love.”

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The EP kicks off with the anthemic “Crystal Gem“, a hopeful declaration of Karolina’s determination to pursue her dream, no matter the odds. Backed by shimmering synths and a driving dance beat, she confidently sings: “No one can stop me now, from doing what I want to do. How nice it would be, to be taken care of endlessly. ” The track sounds like a song Katy Perry could have sung, only better. “Love Crazy” is a sultry affair that speaks to how we throw caution and common sense out the window when the pangs of love hit us like a ton of bricks. The track features lush swirling synths and fluttering percussion, creating a beautiful backdrop for Karolina’s fervent vocals that convey the blind passion of falling madly in love, helpless to resist its siren call: “Love, it makes you do crazy things. / Nothing else matters.”

One of my favorite tracks is “Going to Berlin“, a fantastic dance pop anthem that tells the tale of a woman who overcomes heartbreak by going off and jet-setting the world’s greatest cities. Karolina explains: “The concept first came to me when I was hanging at the Russian baths in downtown Manhattan with a good friend discussing her growth and how much she’s changed. She had left an old love behind in Europe to move to NYC and fearlessly follow her dreams. She then, of course, went to Berlin…” I love the throbbing EDM beat and Karolina’s wonderful layered vocals, and this lyric is so good: “She was lip-smacking good. Hold her tight if he could. But he lost her. Regret seeps in. She’s not coming back.”

Downhill” is a slow, moody track filled with powerful sweeping synths and mesmerizing percussion. In an interview with webzine CelebMix, Karolina states that the lyrics speak to the “simultaneous feelings of excitement and fear when pursuing something entirely new and unknown.” She passionately sings “I’m on the edge, lost and found. Can you hear the screaming sounds? We reach the skies before we go downhill.”

A standout track is the sad but beautiful “Goodnight, Mr. Moon“, inspired by Karolina’s experiences of exploring grief through dreams and nightmares. On her Facebook page she explained: “I have suffered from nightmares for many years. I often have hallucinations when I sleep. I wake up and see things in my bedroom or projected onto the walls or something within my room takes a different shape and moves. The first verse of the song takes inspiration from one of my nightmares where I woke up and it literally looked as if the moon was projecting a spotlight onto my wall and it looked like a scene was playing out. It may sound magical, but it was quite frightening. I started coming up with the visualization of someone hallucinating in the middle of the night, bringing back their loved one by talking to Mr. Moon. She communicates with her lost love in the nighttime. She processes her grief through dreams. She thinks it’s real until the end of the song when she wakes up from the dream and knows it’s really time to say goodbye.

The dreamy synths, gentle percussion and her mix of soft and soaring vocals are a perfect match for the poignant lyrics: “How do I get it all back? All the pieces of my heart? How do I get it all back? All the pieces came apart. How do I get you back?

The final track “Move With Me” was actually Karolina’s very first single, which she released two years ago, in February 2017. The song has a wonderful throwback 80s New Wave vibe that’s become so popular again recently. I love the bouncy EDM beat that aims straight for the hips, along with the glittery techno synths that remind me of songs by A-ha and New Order. Karolina’s vocals exude seduction as she implores the object of her desire to quit wasting time and get busy loving her: “Check my pulse. Am I still alive? / Do you know you took me by surprise? Fragile, young love. What will be, will be. Move a little bit faster now. Go a little bit faster now. There’s no time to waste, so baby pick up the pace and move with me.

INVICTA is an outstanding EP that beautifully showcases the impressive songwriting and vocal talents of this very lovely artist. Every track is superb, making for a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. I want to give special thanks to fellow blogger Hasan Bayez of SheBOPS for recommending Karolina. Check out his great blog too!

To learn more about Karolina, check out her Website
Connect with her on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Stream her music on Spotify / Soundcloud / Apple Music
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