Looking down under, we’ve found a new singer worth following. “Like a Lie” was our first introduction to New Zealand-born, Australian-based singer Helen Corry- who collaborated with Jetski Safari on that playfully ironic yet meaningful song. Her soulful emotive voice is both deep and youthful at the same time; imagine a cross between Joss Stone and Miriam Bryant for the contrast. Her new single “Time” goes a different direction – similar to her debut single “Divide” – melding modern indie rock and classic synth-pop for a fresh sound that highlights her engaging vocal presence. It’s a bit subtle at first, but if you listen to it a few times, the chorus is going to ingrain itself into your head and you will find yourself singing along to the “we’re running out of time” line as it repeats. As this song starts to grow, there is probably going to be a lot of comparisons to fellow Kiwi singer Lorde because of similar tonal vocal qualities and the darkly analytical perspective of her lyrics, but they are clearly two distinct artists who both deserve a spot in your digital music player. Watch out for Helen’s forth coming collaborations with Music Allstars, Feenixpawl, and an uplifting pop dance song with Jetski Safari/Jupiter Project (“With You”).
The greatest thing about music that references modern trends is the variety of ways the lyrics – and the impact – can be.? In 1999 Destiny’s Child released their hit “Bug-A-Boo” which mentioned pagers, AOL, and MCI, proving that technology trends we rely on for daily things can go away as quickly as, well, Destiny’s Child.? Meanwhile, in “Like A Lie,” Jetski Safari and, more specifically, Helen Corry put today’s popular technology trends under the microscope for a tongue-in-cheek view of dependence on things such as Twitter and hashtags, Facebook, and statuses.? She eats at home to save money to spend it on looking good for her pictures (probably selfies).? These things, coupled with the need to be seen, yield a protagonist who follows what her apps tell her to do and, when faced with the task of having a conversation with an actual person, what she says sounds fake.? “A quick update on Twitter trends”, she sings, “I don’t know what this means but let’s pretend!”? Layer this internal struggle with becoming irrelevant over a twinkling dance track and you’ve got a rather poignant piece that, ironically, won’t ever get properly discovered without the use of the technologies it scrutinizes.? So, because you’re told, love this track and share it through Twitter and Facebook.