Top 20 Songs for November 5-11, 2017

1. HIGHWAY TUNE – Greta Van Fleet (2)
2. SO TIED UP – Cold War Kids ft. Bishop Briggs (1)
3. LOVING YOU IS SO EASY – Wide Eyed Boy (4)
4. SUIT AND JACKET – Judah & the Lion (3)
5. SIT NEXT TO ME – Foster the People (7)
6. HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs (5)
7. WALK ON WATER – 30 Seconds to Mars (8)
8. THE SKY IS A NEIGHBORHOOD – Foo Fighters (10)
9. WITHOUT YOU – Disciples of Babylon (12)
10. LITTLE ONE – Highly Suspect (6)
12. THE MAN – The Killers (9) 20th week on list
13. UNFORGETTABLE – French Montana, Swae Lee (11)
14. KINKY – Oli Barton & the Movement (16)
15. I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST – Tears For Fears (17)
16. NO ROOTS – Alice Merton (18)
17. UP ALL NIGHT – Beck (14)
18. THUNDER – Imagine Dragons (19)
19. LAY ME DOWN – Candid (20)

VERIS – Single Review: “Devil in the Details”

Devil in the Details

Boston duo VERIS are quickly establishing themselves as one the most exciting new acts of 2017. Comprised of singer/songwriter/ guitarist AJ Edwards and songwriter/drummer Mark Hylander, VERIS released their fantastic debut single “Opening Night” in June, which I reviewed. Now they’re back with a seductive new single “Devil in the Details.



The song is darker and more musically complex than the bouncy, upbeat “Opening Night.” This time around, VERIS incorporates trap and hip-hop beats, as well as eerily beautiful synthesized instrumentals and altered vocals to create a mysterious and sultry track. The song opens with a gentle synth, then a throbbing bass line enters as AJ fervently sings of being unable to resist the temptress who has him spellbound with desire:

Pull me closer, lock the door and turn the lights off
I don’t want to dive in deeper, but you know I can’t give it up
Test the water, feel my way across your current
Swimming never came this easy, and I know I can’t give it up
You’re the devil in the details

Sexual tension builds as layers of soaring instruments are added along with a recurring shrieking otherworldly vocal that disturbs the rapturous mood, perhaps startling the singer back to reality? AJ’s vocals are backed by a deeper vocal in the chorus, adding to the overall sense of mystery. It’s an amazing song.


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VERIS – Single Review: “Opening Night”

I love when I hear a song for the first time and am instantly hooked. Such was the case when I first listened to “Opening Night” by VERIS, after they reached out to me with their debut track. Hailing from Boston, VERIS is singer/songwriter/ guitarist AJ Edwards and songwriter/drummer Mark Hylander, and they’ve got one of the hottest feel-good songs of the summer! It’s a bouncy, catchy romp that aims straight for the hips, and even the dullest wallflower cannot escape its infectious dance beat. The instrumentals are first-rate, and AJ’s delightful vocals convey a strong sense of optimism that makes the track all the more enjoyable.

Photo by Elevin Studios

The exuberant track was written by Edwards and Hylander, and is essentially a love song about living life to the fullest, savoring every moment like it’s opening night:

Take a bow when the curtain rises.
We’re alive and living like it’s opening night. 
We live through dark and golden ages.
Break a leg on center stages like opening night.

“Opening Night” was produced by Bleu, engineered by Ducky Carlisle, mixed by David Spreng, Bleu & Ducky, and mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, with assistance from Maria Rice. The lyric video was produced by Umesh Gallage, and features footage from a 30’s movie musical that I can’t identify, but is the perfect accompaniment to the track.

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