MUSIC

Get in to Lena Stone's 'Personal Space'

The pop-country singer is beginning her year by opening up.

Photo by Logen Christopher

Lena Stone is a singer-songwriter who knows how to let you in.

Her production style is fun and unpretentious, her vocal quality is easy and welcoming, and her lyrics make you feel like you're old friends catching up. Over the last few years, she's been steadily releasing quality material and courting favor in the pop-country community. Her past offerings have been strong, setting her up for a 2020 where the wider world will celebrate her the way she deserves. That celebration is geared to begin with her latest single, "Personal Space."

As a lightly fuzzed guitar is plucked in a staccato rhythm, layered against scattered drums and claps, Stone starts to share details of her life; uncomfortable truths, odd quirks, and intimate secrets. Then the chorus hits, and the meter changes, moving to a soothing new plane. Lyrically, Stone invites the subject of her song into her personal space, letting them witness the tapestry of who she is.

As the song progresses, we see a picture of closeness unfold that's fun and relatable, all cuddling on the couch in baggy sweatshirts. It's the kind of love that most of us can reasonably aspire to, free from the glitzed up glamor of Hollywood romance.

"Personal Space" is joyous and comforting, like a warm blanket on a chilly day. Ultimately, the song is about intimacy, and most importantly, it expresses the wonderful feeling of finding someone who you don't mind letting in—the kind of person who you want to see you without makeup, defense, or pretense. It's about the power of vulnerability between two people who value each other. Add it to your Valentine's Day playlist, play it for your special person, and watch the sparks start to fly.

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FILM

Stop Putting Jared Leto in Movies

Morbius is going to suck.

Sony

There's a big problem with the trailer for Morbius, Sony's upcoming Marvel outing that is definitely not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe even though it has Michael Keaton reprising his role as Vulture (please let us keep our license, Disney!).

See if you can spot it.

MORBIUS - Teaser Trailer www.youtube.com

If you answered, "Sampling Beethoven's 'Für Elise' to line up with blue-tinted action shots is the absolute lowest effort, brain-dead attempt to signify 'gothic vampire movie' in the entire history of movie trailers," you're correct, but that's still not the biggest problem with Morbius. No, the biggest problem is that Morbius is played by Jared Leto.

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MUSIC

Lena Stone's October

After her EP dropped earlier this year, she's back to welcome in the Autumn!

Lena Stone released an EP at the end of Spring that seemed to kick off the Summer...

Like Vivaldi and Glazunov, that seasonal theme continues to be prominent in her work. Her latest single, "October," directly heralds the cooling of the year, as it tells the story of a love recently ended. In her truest form, she channels heartbreak in to melancholy, using the titular month as inspiration for her imagery. All of it coalesces into a product which could soothe a sunburnt soul, and make the world feel right again.

Gentle starlight synth swirls seem to fill the air as the track starts. It feels like oxygen moving in slow-motion. The guitar joins, and the heartbeat of the drums brings us back into real time. Violins, synth pulses, and electric guitar seem to fly around you as the song progresses, Lena's voice steering the piece like a ship through clouds. She sings of October, the year getting colder and love leaving. You feel the metaphor in your heart and in your skin, as if the song itself is commanding the season to change. By the end of the track you're ready to reach for a sweater and watch leaves change color. Its story of love lost is transcendentally simple, and leaves the listener reflective, wondering where the year went, and remembering same in sepia tones.

Stone's sound has hit a strong stride this year; her songwriting simple, but robust, and her musical composition varied, interesting, and engaging. You could be forgiven for not recognizing this as country pop just from listening. This track is country in the same way that the more poppy Shania Twain catalogue is country, and you'd be hard-pressed to be disdainful of a comparison to the best-selling female country artist of all time. Alongside Stone's other fare, this will fit in wonderfully. As you put together your playlist for the fall road trip, you definitely want to put this one on there.

"October" is a wonderful track, exhibiting all facets of Stone's talent at their best. Few singers in her camp write music that feels like it could turn the mood of a room in a moment. Put this on at a party, and Turn Down for What could have been playing immediately prior, regardless, your guests would all spontaneously put down their shot glasses and be ready for hot cocoa and a camp-fire. That is the power it has.

There's no better time than now to jump on board the Lena Stone train. She's an artist on top of her game, making music that you can listen to again and again without fatigue. "October" is a perfect entry point to her work, and you owe it to yourself to see just how far down the iceberg goes. Start listening to Lena Stone now, and enjoy the benefits for the rest of your life. Or at least for an October or so.

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Thomas Burns Scully is a Popdust contributor, and also an award-winning actor, playwright, and musician. In his spare time he writes and designs escape rooms. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



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