Posts Tagged ‘Feist’

Charley says VIDEO! Renée – Dum Dum Dum

March 14, 2012

It’s always brilliant to see people you know make it in music. I don’t think Renée Sys knows who I am, but she went to the same high school I did. When she graduated a couple of years before me, she went on to be a bit of a school legend. The story was that when studying at film school she’d been working for a prestigious drama series, “De Parelvissers” if I remember correctly. Someone at this high school made it in the entertainment industry! She’s made it big! THERE IS HOPE FOR ALL OF US!

Now Renée is once again in the spotlight proving that if you’ve got the goods to back it up, anything is possible.

She has released her debut album “Extending Playground“, which you can discover in its entirety over on Soundcloud. Lead single “Dum Dum Dum” sets the tone for what can best be described as intimate pop. Think Scandinavian girl songwriters’ music to listen to by the fireplace. Except Belgian. Although, it has to be said, Renée wrote the song when she spent time abroad in Finland.

Her talent has drawn comparisons to the likes of Feist and her music has been picked up by influential radio station Studio Brussel and late night talkshow De Laatste Show, to name just a couple.

You too should discover Renée as her songs prove to be both heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time with lines as “Here’s what I wanted to say on this odd Valentine’s Day, it’s been 274 hours that we’ve been apart…”

“Dum Dum Dum” by Renée is available on iTunes.
Her album “Extending Playground” is available for streaming on Soundcloud and for download on iTunes.

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Charley says LIST! 4 Songs I Have The Hills To Thank For

March 26, 2010

It may not have come as a surprise that MTV’s semi-scripted reality show ‘The Hills’ got cancelled, but there’s no denying that for years it brought the drama, the gossip, the quotes (“YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID!”) and… the music.

Especially the earlier seasons were like a weekly half an hour ‘what’s hot in music’ overview, so I felt that an appropriate goodbye to this show would be for me to list 4 songs, off the top of my head, that may not have been in my life if it weren’t for ‘The Hills’.


What: Garrison Starr – Beautiful In Los Angeles
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKH6yRjiyQM
When: S01 E10: Lauren has to choose whether she spends the summer with Jason or accepts an internship in Paris. This song is played while we see her driving through the streets of L.A. Is she heading for the airport or Jason’s summer house?
Lyrics: “Are you still beautiful in Los Angeles? It’s been so long, I can’t handle it…”
What I love about it: The sad lyrics over the anthemic instrumental that soars towards the end of the chorus.


What: Feist – Secret Heart
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvO0_E_NpAI
When: S01 E03: Jason calls Lauren to let her know he’s in town. This song is played when the both of them meet up on a sunny boardwalk terrace.
Lyrics: “Secret heart, what are you made of? What are you so afraid of? Could it be three simple words…”
What I love about it: No more than the opening lines of this song were played, but in an instant it managed to perfectly capture the essence of the moment. Feist went on to have hits with the likes of ‘1234‘ and ‘My Moon My Man‘.


What: Garrison Starr – Wonderful Thing
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnP2qj9Z7sc
When: S02 E02
Lyrics: “I hate love, really do. Never works out quite the way I want it to…”
What I love about it: I don’t remember exactly what scene this was used in, but I do remember how the frustrated cry of the opening lines immediately caught my attention.


What: Amanda Rogers – The End
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/be/album/daily-news/id343098249
When: S02 E06: Lauren and Heidi get into a major fight over Spencer. This song is played as Heidi walks out of the apartment.
Lyrics: “Did you really think you’re right this time? Look what you’ve done to me, we’ll meet the end someday…”
What I love about it: Beautiful piano ballad from which The Hills manages to once again single out just the right words that seem like they were written especially for the scene.