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As part of a special 'music diaries' week here on Third Outing, we are inviting various people from across the world of music to tell us their stories. First up it's Soft Pop trio Slumbers who are enchanting your stereo with sweet and relaxed sounds. But with such a particular sound, we asked the girls to choose THE songs which have influenced their latest EP Come Over out via Sports Day Records...
Sabrina - Answer by Tyler The Creator
"I love the lonely guitar riff in Answer, and how honest Tyler is in his lyrics. It inspired me to say whatever I feel like in songs and do whatever I want to in general, and to not care about what other people think about that. His whole album Wolf was probably a huge influence, with its mix of honesty and imagination. I was listening to him and Sufjan Stevens almost exclusively for a couple months when I wrote some of these songs we recorded, and I think you can kind of hear their influence in this. There's also kind of a shout out to Odd Future in one of the songs".
Emma - Close Your Eyes and Count to Ten by Grouplove
"It was influential for me and our band because it's the first song we ever played together in Sabrina’s spidery basement. They’re also one of the first bands we saw live together, back when we had to convince our parents to drive us into the city on a school night. I like the story it tells and the way it allows you to visualise something or get a new look on the world especially when you need a different view. Grouplove rocks and I will forever be enchanted by them".
Claire - I Make Boys Cry by Adult Mom
"It is observant and unapologetically honest. I admire the work of artists that utilise their need to express themselves to reveal truth and poke fun at ignorance. Every part of that song works together to support an important message. The tinge of humor and musical poise makes you want to listen again. When you do and you start to sing along you realize the song isn’t very up-lifting. Whether it comes off as profound, goofy, or sad I want to create and promote honest expression. I think Adult Mom is effective at doing so. This song specifically helped me to see the power of putting something disgusting, such as the dehumanisation of women, into a groove with an endearing and direct voice. It tricks you into facing an ugly reality, feeling bad and hopefully somewhat responsible for the future of the issue...
The line “how many times will I be the one to enlighten and never get anything” really shows the exhaustion of being a tokenised minority or simply being socially aware and having to navigate personal relationships with those less aware of social landscapes. Perhaps the song stems from a personal experience but it feels relatable and political. Adult Mom often creates music that comes off as beautiful when it’s actually quite tragic...