Ed Sheeran Creates the Perfect Duet

Ed Sheeran is a musical genius. I don’t know how else to phrase it. “Perfect” is one of the remarkable singles off Ed Sheeran’s latest album “Divide.” If you love that song as much as I do, you’re probably wondering how it could possibly get any better.

Let me tell you. “Perfect” as a duet with Beyoncé… (YES, Beyoncé) is exactly how it could get better.

Ed Sheeran left social media behind for about a year to focus on himself, only to return with more remarkable music compiled in “Divide.” “Perfect” is the epitome of what every girl hopes to hear from their significant other, or at least something close to it. There is such sincere, deep emotion in each line; this is a common theme within Ed Sheeran’s music. He is truly devoted to his music and the results always prove to be phenomenal.

The duet is sculpted to perfectly illustrate the underlying emotions from each singer. Their voices complement each other incredibly well. The harmonies are breath-taking. I didn’t realize I needed to hear Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran singing together until this release.

Little did we know, he’s been waiting to release the duet for nearly two months. What else could Ed be holding out on for us? He dished all the details about working with Beyoncé in an interview with Keltie Knight.

His hard work continues to pay off and working with Beyoncé is just another treat for all of us Ed Sheeran lovers.  According to the Official Charts, if the duet remains at Number 1, this will be Ed’s fourth song at the top of the charts.

What will Ed surprise us with next? Whatever it may be, I’m sure we won’t be disappointed.

I hope you enjoy this perfect duet as much as I do.

All puns were intended throughout the making of this blog post.

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It’s All It’s Cracked Up To Be

After releasing their first self-titled EP in 2006, Fleet Foxes quickly swept the indie folk scene. It wasn’t until 2008 when they released their second EP “Sun Giant” did the band start to make a greater impact in the indie music world.

After their 2011 release “Helplessness Blues,” the band’s then drummer and now superstar extraordinaire Josh Tillman a.k.a. Father John Misty decided to leave. Fleet Foxes then went into hibernation not too soon after.

Fronted by Robin Pecknold, who sings and plays guitar, along with now permanent members, Skyler Skjelset (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Casey Wescott (keyboards), Christian Wargo (bass guitar) and Morgan Henderson (upright bass, woodwinds, violin, percussion), Fleet Foxes have risen out of their hiatus with a new piece of artistry titled “Crack-Up.”

This album works to be something separate from prior releases, but still holds true to the band’s indie folk roots. With tracks like “Third of May / Ōdaigahara,” the wave of instrumentation washes over with a driving piano and bass lines that carry Pecknold’s voice and remind listeners what Fleet Foxes are all about. The song is like the ebb and flow of waves on a shore. Moments of nothing but an acoustic guitar and whisper-like vocals cut to the same driving guitars and percussion.

Other notable tracks include “Fool’s Errand,” an eerily upbeat rhythm that crescendos into a love song driven by Robin’s drawn-out lyrics. Although past albums were as genuine and raw, this album’s lyrics stand out as even more emotionally charged. When the hard hitting music subsides and it’s just Pecknold’s voice, this album has something more intimate.

If you’re already a fan of Fleet Foxes, dive right in to this album and don’t look back. If you’re looking for an album to sink your teeth into and want to find your new favorite band please be sure to give Fleets Foxes’ newest effort “Crack-Up” a wholehearted listen.

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How I Saw The xx at The Observatory

After tickets for The xx show at The Observatory sold out in 20 minutes, I found myself at a loss. A friend and I had been wanting to see them for awhile now, so when the weekend of Sept. 23 approache, we were determined to finally make it happen.

For those of you who do not know who The xx are, think back to Project X. That’s right. In addition to the movie’s famed “Heads Will Roll” A- Trak remix, The xx’s “Intro” was used to close out the film. The band consists of three members: Romy, Jamie and Oliver. Together, the three of them create sweet, sweet indie pop sounds.

As we stood between the bar and the entrance to The Observatory, my friend and I had to painfully hear songs such as  “I Dare You” and “Say Something Loving” through the walls. We couldn’t take it anymore. So, we did what any self-respecting fan would do – we just snuck in.

I am not writing this in hopes that you will sneak into Observatory shows or give you a “how to” guide – that is not my intention. But, desperate times call for desperate measures. With the help of an old yellow receipt in my purse, some tape and a heck of a lot of confidence, my friend and I flashed our makeshift wristbands and booked it into the crowd. We were in, SUCCESS.

After hearing songs such as “VCR “and “Shelter,” we were hooked. The performance was amazing thus far, but then the Jamie xx solo happened. Jamie not only played his hit song, “Loud Places,” with his bandmates, but continued on as he freestyled his way to his new remix of the group’s song, “On Hold.” The crowd went absolutely nuts when Jamie’s bandmates then came out to perform the full song.

I have been to many shows, but I have never witnessed a crowd like that one. It was truly amazing to be part of something so magical – applause and cheers went on for 3-5 minutes at a time. It was evident that although small, the venue was packed with loyal fans who could not contain their love for the British trio. If you ever get the chance, even if you are not familiar with The xx, I 100 percent recommend seeing them play anyways (buy a ticket).

KCR College Radio does not endorse unpaid entrance into shows.

It’s The 1975 at SDSU

If you haven’t heard of The 1975, they’re a pop rock band from Manchester, England. The group consists of Matty Healy as the lead vocalist, Adam Hann on lead guitar, Ross MacDonald on bass, and George Daniel on drums. Their first album, “The 1975,” debuted in 2013. Their second album, “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It,” was released in 2016, and they’re still promoting it. Both albums topped the U.S. and U.K. Billboard 200, and this year they won the Brit Award for Best British Group.

The 1975 performed at the Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater, right on campus, last fall semester. Getting to see my favorite band live for the first time was one of the most incredible and memorable experiences of my freshman year here at SDSU. Their setlist had a mixture of songs from both of their albums. They played my favorite song from each album: “Girls,” from “The 1975,” and “Loving Someone,” from their most recent album. My favorite part about this concert (besides Matty’s English accent) was how simple it was – it was just about The 1975, their music and the people.

If you haven’t had the chance to go to the Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater, the smaller venue makes any performance more intimate, and any seat you’re assigned is a pretty good one! They’re coming back this month on Tuesday, April 25th, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see them again. If you haven’t already, make sure you snag a ticket!

Featured Image by Rafia Rehman.