Loving The New Album By Boy: Mutual Friends!!

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

BOY_MG_7468_by-Benedikt-SchnermannSo I’m sure that many of you already know that iTunes offers a weekly free song they call the “Single of the Week.”  It’s a great way to sample and discover new bands without paying for anything.  I try to remember to download every week’s free single; sometimes I love it, other times I hate it, as is always typical with free stuff.  But every once in a while the Single of the Week inspires me to check out the rest of the artist’s music.  That was the case with the single “Little Numbers” from the duo Boy.

It was actually a little hard to find any information on Boy as neither their Facebook nor website has a bio section.  Luckily the group’s record company Gronland Records and allmusic.com put up bio pages for them.  They were formed by Swiss singer Valeska Steiner and German musician Sonja Glass in 2007 in Hamburg, Germany.  Neither are boys though, so the group name is still a bit of a mystery.  After growing popularity in Europe for the past few years the group brought their debut album, Mutual Friends, to the US in February of this year.

boy-mutual-friendsThe album is available for digital download on iTunes and Amazon for $7.99, or for two dollars more you can order the physical CD off Amazon.  The iTunes digital version gives you one extra song, the acoustic version of “Little Numbers,” for the same price.  But the physical CD gives you both that song and the acoustic version of “Oh Boy.”  If you’re a digital person, iTunes is the way to go.  But if you really want that extra song enough to pay the two-dollar difference plus shipping (if you’re not an Amazon Prime member) then more power to you.

I went the iTunes route and can’t stop listening to “Waitress,” “Little Numbers,” “Drive Darling,” and “Boris.”  The rest of the album is good as well but these songs have earned places on my Weekly Faves playlist on my iPhone.  “Little Numbers” was the perfect Single of the Week to release.  It hooks listeners with its catchy lyrics and playful piano use; it drew me in and made me feel like I could relate to this group’s music.

BOYAccording to the record label bio, their songs are autobiographical.  “Drive Darling” is about Valeska leaving behind her friends and family in Switzerland.  I can definitely feel the sadness of leaving loved ones behind, but there is also a joy in the song for the road ahead.  “Waitress” captures the feeling of every writer, actor, musician, or creative person stuck in a dead-end job waiting for their break.

“Boris” has an almost hypnotic effect.  The song starts with the synchronized vocals from both group members while the lyrics portray an attempted seduction and the singer’s resistance to the seducer.  I think that Boy has created an enjoyable and interesting mix of emotions and stories in the songs of this album.  They are definitely worth checking out.

photoKeep Learning Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

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