Welcome to What’s the Buzz, 25YL’s feature where members of our staff provide you with recommendations on a weekly basis. In our internet age, there is so much out there to think about watching, reading, listening to, etc., that it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, filter out the noise, or find those diamonds in the rough. But have no fear! We’re here to help you do that thing I just described with three different metaphors. Each week a rotating cast of writers will offer their recommendations based on things they have discovered. They won’t always be new to the world, but they’ll be new to us, or we hope new to you. This week, Derrick Gravener is listening to Trophies from Greyson Chance, Hawk Ripjaw rediscovers Comedy Central’s Corporate, and Christopher Pilbeam checks out Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Greyson Chance, Trophies
Derrick: Greyson Chance returns with Trophies—an eight-track EP that delivers queer, summer, pop bops, and slow-tempo reflections on his past year filled with love and imposter syndrome.
A far cry from his humble beginnings as a viral child star singing Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” at a talent show in 2010, Chance finds a maturity and a cohesiveness that’s a bit more understated than his 2019 album portraits. It’s a quieter album influenced by introspective teenage dreams, a new relationship in his life, and a lot of quarantine what ifs.
“Nobody” is a put-the-top-down, summer jam that is #hotgirlsummer certified, and is the perfect post-lockdown, Tinder-swiping jam.
But goddamn, I could use a little company
Your hands, like the way they feel all over me
Quicksand, pull me under, I don’t need to breathe
On the flipside, its sister song, “Clothes” is an end-of-the-night, driving home alone reflection on what could have been, filled with tender regret.
Time and time, the way it goes
Tear the house down, burn the clothes
Cry until it gets too old
You, where you’re supposed to be
Me, caring endlessly
It’s an EP that you can put on in the background and dance along to in the beginning, but ultimately may end up crying to by the last verse of “Clothes.” It’s a perfect end-of-pride-month month EP: happy on the surface, but ultimately dealing with something deeper when the partying ends.