Every once in a while, you come across a band whose music feels like it has been a part of your listening lexicon forever. Nashville-based Reality Something — whose heart and soul are singer/guitarist Elena Franklin and singer/producer/guitarist Kingsley Brock, accompanied by drummer Ethan Pace and bassist Davis Haley — is one of those bands.
From the first moment the industrial grind of their newest single, “Dirty Money,” gives way to Franklin’s siren-like voice, the music grooves magically as if you’ve never not known them. In fact, I’ve loved Reality Something forever, even if they only released their first album in 2018, and I just recently discovered them through this song submitted to Music To.
The dual vocals of Franklin and Brock warn of the seductive temptations and ultimate futility of using materialism to define yourself. It’s a hook-fueled alt-pop-rock piece that’s as sexy as it is fierce, and it’s sure to have you singing along in your Mustang as if you’ve known the lyrics all along.
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About the Curator - Jane Asylum
When my mother wasn’t walking around the house belting out early 60s’ girl-band lyrics, she was collecting compilation albums, specifically from K-Tel. She may not have had the most refined taste, but she enjoyed variety, or at least that’s what I recall. I poured over them all, preferring some sounds to others. And when I found the perfect song, I’d play it over and over until ready to perform my latest theatrical dance incarnation.
With my family all gathered on floral grey sofas in our basement apartment, I’d set the vinyl on the turntable of a brown fibreboard stereo and not-so-carefully lower the needle. It would pop, screech, and crackle before any music spilled from the weaved-wheat speakers. My toes would press, lift, and sweep through the blue-green shag carpet, my arms would flail, and the music would bass and treble through my soul.
I’m no longer that 6-year-old doing private-audience interpretive dance routines, but my passion remains just as intense. I have no special superpowers as a curator — just my love of sounds and lyrics that transport, transform, move, and make your body groove.
15 November 2021
When you adore a band and practically everything they’ve done, it can be a bit difficult to decide on one single track to feature on a playlist, but “Drive Your Car” became a no-brainer.
13 October 2021
English band Free’s “I’m a Mover” is music to my ears, and it’s the track I want to listen to while driving my pony on a stretch of cracked grey highway over green hills.
13 September 2021
Any track from this band would pair well with Chuck Berry’s “My Mustang Ford,” but I want to drive into a more or less psychedelic blues and garage rock direction. This makes “Lying Eyes” the perfect fit.