Welcome back for another day of April Antics (June Jubilee) and today we are cutting down the last few remaining songs to the Final Four stage as we enter the Division finals for the White and Black Divisions.
As always, If at any stage you want to see the whole bracket, just pop over here and see how the tournament is progressing.
If you also click on the song name in the matchup, you can be taken to the song, so feel free to tell me how wrong I am in the comments!
Kicking off the days action is quite a tight matchup between two of my favorite bands. Second Seeded It’s Nice To Be Alive has had a relatively easy run to the Finals, beating out One More Time (Daft Punk), Next Year (Two Door Cinema Club) and White Winter Hymnal (Fleet Foxes). North Carolina has also had a pretty easy run, getting past 3005 (Childish Gambino), Welcome Home, Son (Radical Face) and How Can You Really (Foxygen) to book its place in the finals.
Jumping into the songs themselves, its easy to see why they are both here. It’s Nice To Be Alive is a wondrously happy song, with its upbeat tempo and melodies causing them to drift through your head for days afterwards. The lyrics also do their part to put you well at ease, with a relaxing main chorus doing its part to tell you not to stress, and also being sneaky enough to sneak a few swears into the song here and there. North Carolina is also a relaxing song, albeit for very different reasons. With a lyrical aim about yearning for a place seemingly no longer available to the singer (although lets face it, the state North Carolina is still very much a place) the lyrics slot right into place with the relaxing Americana tone the song pushes for. Adding strings and dynamics into the mix also add to the feel of the song, making it an essential driving song due to the nature of the lyrics and the feel of the music.
Heading into the impact of the songs, both have had a pretty major input on my life. It’s Nice To Be Alive has been a constant song I find myself returning to ever since first hearing it in 2012, as it reminds me often to look at the simpler pleasures in life and take enjoyment out of them. With a reassuring tone, this song is one that puts my mind at ease unlike many others. However, North Carolina has the distinction of being the first song I found on my own that I truly loved, and it will always hold that special memory for me of randomly uncovering it online and falling in love with a band on the other side of the world that I will never see live. This one is too close to call, but I am going to have to give it to North Carolina, the song that I cant turn off once it starts. Winner – North Carolina
Here Are All the results of the White Division:
Round of 16
#23 Don’t Cry (Adam Merrin) vs #42 How Can You Really(Foxygen)
#2 It’s Nice To Be Alive (Ball Park Music) vs #31 Next Year (Two Door Cinema Club)
#15 White Winter Hymnal (Fleet Foxes) vs #18 Let Her Go (Passenger)
#7 North Carolina (Little Chief) vs #39 Welcome Home Son (Radical Face)
#55 Spanway Hits (Flake Music) vs #42 How Can You Really (Foxygen)
#2 It’s Nice To Be Alive (Ball Park Music) vs #15 White Winter Hymnal (Fleet Foxes)
#7 North Carolina (Little Chief) vs #42 How Can You Really (Foxygen)
#2 It’s Nice To Be Alive (Ball Park Music) vs #7 North Carolina (Little Chief)
Another extremely tough matchup, both of these songs had difficult runs to the Final. Real Estate took out Red Eyes (The War On Drugs), See Me Now (The Kooks) and If You Wanna Stay (The Griswolds) to book its place in the Final, while Best For You took out Hurts Like Heaven (Coldplay), Rollercoaster (Bleachers) and bracket surprise Saint Joan (Husky) to make their spot in the Final.
Both songs are extremely dear to my heart and both some of the bands’ best works. Real Estate is easily Boy & Bear’s most underrated work, mixing a memorable guitar riff with a slight synth backdrop and a relaxing tone throughout to make a song that instantly puts you at ease. The lyrics also do their part, mixing the real with the surreal to craft a loving tune that is easy to sing along to. But Best For You is a whole other beast. The song is a slow drifting rainfall of relaxation that combines the piano with the addition of strings to make a song that is vastly different to their most well known tracks. The lyrics express real emotion about love and the desire to do right by someone else. With the combination of all of these factors, the track is one of their better ones and a perfect way to end their one and only album.
Going to impact both of these relate around driving when applying it to me. Real Estate is one of those songs that instantly takes me back to the final days of my schooling, when driving by myself to and from HSC exams and singing this with the windows rolled down while cruising along the open road. Every time I hear it I can see myself in my car making the trip every day and getting happier and happier that the end of school was near. Best For You is another song based around driving, but it did not come into effect until I moved to University. Every time I am driving home there is a long and winding road that really feels like a place out of an indie movie directed by Zach Braff. The track is an essential play everytime I drive along it and It now has the memory forever attached to it. But I am going to have to give this to Real Estate. The song has a much more meaningful memory to me and one I will not easily forget. Winner – Real Estate
Here are the results from the Black Division:
Round of 16
#3 Real Estate (Boy & Bear) vs #30 See Me Now (The Kooks)
#14 If You Wanna Stay (The Griswolds) vs #46 Two Way Street (Kimbra)
#6 Best For You (Morning Runner) vs #38 Rollercoaster (Bleachers)
#54 Saint Joan (Husky) vs #43 Schoolboy (Grouplove)
#3 Real Estate (Boy & Bear) vs #14 If You Wanna Stay (The Griswolds)
#6 Best For You (Morning Runner) vs #54 Saint Joan (Husky)
#3 Real Estate (Boy & Bear) vs #6 Best For You (Morning Runner)
And with that, Day 8 of April Antics is in the books! Join us tomorrow for the Final Four! Here is the 2nd matchup of the two:
#7 North Carolina (Little Chief) vs #3 Real Estate (Boy & Bear)