If I made a list of music producers I would love to work/learn/intern with, Joel Little would be high on the list. I can’t say I’ve heard all his productions…I’ve been looking, but it’s slightly hard because a lot of his stuff is New Zealand based and not released (as far as I’m aware) in America. Regardless, everything I’ve heard so far is absolutely phenomenal.
You may be familiar with Little’s work as he’s the mastermind behind Lorde, having cowritten and produced her album Pure Heroine, her EP The Love Club EP, and her Hunger Games hit “Yellow Flicker Beat.” From what I have heard, I think his other work is also mind-blowing. Little also cowrote/produced Broods’ album Evergreen which is just as great as Pure Heroine. I heard a snippet of the song he did with Sam Smith, which I was impressed with because I wasn’t sure how he would mix his style with Smith’s. He has a great way of creating beats and this electric energy within his songs that is so different and refreshing.
My love of Joel Little’s work has gotten to the point that I know anything he works on is going to be amazing, so when he tweeted out yesterday that a song that he worked on with Elliphant – “Where is Home” – is out, I instantly downloaded it. And it’s currently on repeat and stuck in my head.
I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, but I think this means that Lorde is working on her second studio album; I can’t wait. Pure Heroine has become one of my most listened to and favorite albums because the beats and production is so different, so I’m really in need of her follow up album. I read an interview where Lorde confirmed she has started work on her second album, but it is a departure from Pure Heroine in that it’s very different.
If she’s going to continue to work with Joel Little, as it seems evident by the tweet above, then her next album is going to be stellar. I own three albums (Pure Heroine, Lorde’s Love Club – EP, and Evergreen by Broods) Little co-wrote and produced and his production is unique and mind blowing (I’ve been trying to find more music he has produced, but so far I can only get my hands on Lorde and Broods). He creates incredible beats and his minimalistic approach paradoxically creates a fully and whole sound. As a musician, it would be an honor to just be able to observe how he works in the studio, let alone begin able to write/record/produce a song with him.
In the meantime, I’m going to spend time dancing around to Lorde’s music and pray we get some news on her new album as soon as possible. If you haven’t listened to Pure Heroine, I enthusiastically encourage you to, it is awesome. If you’re a Lorde fan such as myself, I would also suggest you take a listen to Broods’ album Evergreen. If you’re like me and you’ve been listening to both albums on repeat, sit tight because I have a feeling we’re getting a new album from Lorde very soon. Fingers crossed!
It’s been a while since I posted a playlist, and I’m not entirely sure anyone has actually listened to any of them besides myself, but I thought it be fun to post what kind of stuff I’ve been listening to lately. When I started tweeting out #PhillipsSongOfTheDay with a song title (it’s been a while, forgive me), I started keeping keeping a list of those songs (which you can peruse here). It’s been interesting to see how my taste in music/listening patterns have changed over time; it seemed to reflect what I was going through in life. Recently, I’ve been getting into alternative and some indie rock music (which is something I never thought I’d get into). I mean, the playlist below doesn’t really portray that because there are still some big pop numbers in there, but I think it does show my slow transition into the alternative taste.
If you’re like me, you’re obsessed with Lorde’s music and can’t stop listening to Pure Heroine and The Love Club EP. When she released “Yellow Flicker Beat” from the new Hunger Games Soundtrack, I was overjoyed because we finally had new Lorde music. BUT IT ISN’T ENOUGH. I find Lorde’s music irresistible from her clever, deep lyrics to her husky, almost standoffish (I know that’s not the right word, forgive me) voice to the incredible beats made by producer Joel Little.
Then I realized, maybe the key wasn’t waiting for new music by Lorde, but looking for more music produced by Joel Little. This is not to suggest Lorde could be replaced, but hey if he produced both Pure Heroine and The Love Club EP, he has to hold some of the magic.
So I did some research and stumbled upon this group named Broods, which he also co-wrote and produced the whole album (#yay). I listened to it on Spotify, and I am an instant fan. Their music is not the same as Lorde, but it holds the same spirit of just being so insanely clever and incredible. I think I’m becoming a fan of Joel Little and hope one day to work with him or just be able to see him work because so far his work is outstanding.
Take a listen to Evergreen, the Broods’ new album, you will not be sorry:
"Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve." – JK Rowling