LORDE: LORDE. LORDE. And let’s say it one more time. LORDE.
This New Zealander is finally getting the recognition she deserves—I just heard her hit “Royals” played on the speakers in Durfee’s, so we know she is destined for greatness. Also, since she is only 17, maybe we can even convince her to come to Yale for real (and then watch in amusement as all the a cappella groups fight for her).
Kishi Bashi: For three reasons: 1. He seems really chill and wouldn’t try to be a diva (I see you, Macklemore) 2. His song “Bright Whites” is like fucking sunshine and 3. He recently performed at Royale (where a lot of Harvard students got to see him), so this would be like our official reclaiming of Bashi.
St. Lucia: Because their new single, Elevate, is dope. Also, they are currently touring with Two Door Cinema Club, and we could, like, do a 2-for-1 deal or something?
Haim: This group of three sisters are not only master harmonizers (a la the Von Trap family), but also have some very catchy jams. They are going to be HUGE, so let’s be hipsters and get them first. Full disclosure: I have been playing “The Wire” non-stop as I try to bench press.
This is a throw-back pick, but for the sake of appeasing all the R&B fans out there, I say we try hard for R. Kelly. Yeah, I know, there has been some bad rumors about the “smell of his sheets” (…again, I see you, Macklemore). But he’s a living legend nonetheless. “Ignition Remix” has been my suite’s default pregame song this fall, so even if he isn’t seriously considered, he is still worth the listen. WARNING: Be prepared to be transported back to your early 2000s glory days.
And, for a bonus pick:
…this one goes out to all the dreamers.