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What We’re Listening to This Weekend:

Okay, so we’ve actually been listening to this album for two weeks straight. If you’ve been following me across all social media platforms, then you know that I’ve been anticipating this album since before the year even started. I first heard Khalid’s “Location” while watching a choreography piece. Soon after that, my radar was turned on for every single release he had. I couldn’t help, but be impressed by the 19-year old who I knew was just going to blow up. Usually, when we’re doing an album review of some sort, I share with you my favorite songs, but if I’m being super honest here – every song is a gem. Listen to it from start to finish starting with “American Teen” because I think in this order, it really sets you up to get to know who Khalid truly is. Each song goes back and forth between varying tempos and beats as if there’s not a whole lot of consistency. But it’s actually perfect. Every song left me wanting more and when I got to “Shot Down,” which is my favorite song off of the album, I didn’t want it to end. It’s amazing how quickly time passes when you’re listening to this album all the way through.

The other day, I was checking out his tour dates and noticed that Washington State University had booked him for a couple weeks from now. *applause* Whoever is running their events programming there knew what they were doing and it’s likely they booked this nearly six months ago, which means even then they were able to predict how successful Khalid was going to be. Those students are very lucky. This really made me miss what I used to do. I’m so excited for Khalid and can’t wait to follow along on his journey like the little fan girl that I am currently.

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Song of the Day

Alina Baraz ft. Khalid – Electric

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Khalid – Saved Documentary

I spent 90 minutes straight listening to Khalid’s latest single “Shot Down” last night. I was getting ready for bed and since I couldn’t figure out the repeat/loop on my Spotify app from my phone, I would restart the song every time I got down to the last 5 seconds. This isn’t out of character for me. When I get wrapped up in a song, it becomes obsessive. Each time it is played it sounds a little bit different to me. Each time it is played, it seems like the track keeps getting shorter and shorter and I have to restart more often. I’ve been like this since I was a kid. No one in my immediate family has ever been like this towards music the way I have been and sometimes it’s scary, but I actually think it’s kind of funny and interesting. I felt like I was examining every part of this song – every rift and verse and every beat that would make it into a choreography piece that I was dreaming up. I had a busy Monday ahead of me and instead of going to bed early, we listened to this track until 1:30 AM. I woke up this morning feeling more tired than I should be, but we’re still listening to Khalid.

I was first introduced to Khalid this past summer with “Location.” I had watched someone’s video of a piece they choreographed to the song and I couldn’t get it out of my head. Who was this guy? I needed to know more about this voice – and it’s funny for me to write this line because I used to feel this way about artists all the time when I was working more closely with music. I would ramble on and on about an artist or a band that those around me did not care about. Bless those that had the patience to listen. As time went on, more and more of his tracks were released and I loved each one a little bit more than the last. Then The Fader released this documentary on him and about how March 3rd was going to change this 18 year old kid’s life. I believe it. I haven’t been this excited about a debut album in a long time and 2017 has brought us some good albums already with Syd and Sampha in the last week.

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