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Andrew Bird By Danielle Marrufo, Music Fuse Columnist Have you ever had a moment where the song you’re listening to perfectly matches your mood and everything surrounding you? In his brand new album entitled “Echolocations: Canyon”, Andrew Bird explores the idea of a perfect moment. This album, released Feb. 3, 2015, includes seven tracks, of what this writer can only describe as intense emotion, as Andrew Bird exemplifies his talents through violin improvisation. In previous songs such as Armchairs, Bird recorded in a studio setting. Partnering with Tyler Manson, a filmmaker, this duo created a short film series that couples visual and performing art. His current album was recorded entirely outdoors in the Coyote Gulch Canyons of Utah. While listening to the various tracks, you can hear how Bird is playing with the echoes that the canyon creates. In fact, Bird experimented with various keys and recorded the entire album in C sharp in order to create the most acoustic reverberation throughout the canyon. He also incorporates natural sounds of water flow and birds chirping …

Music Fuse

By Danielle Marrufo, Contributing Writer Have you heard the saying that history repeats itself? So if history repeats itself, does music, being a part of history, repeat itself? A recent song by Nicki Manaj entitled Anaconda uses similar lyrics and beats that were originally heard in Sir. Mixalot’s Baby Got Back. This seems to be a common theme that the Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay and even Justin Timblerlake have gotten into. These artists have put a modern spin on the oldies. Sticking with this idea, there are some female artists that have contributed to creating original songs that have been influenced by founding genres of music like soul and jazz. Iyeoka along with Noora Noor are two female artists that have paved new paths, incorporating the sounds of musical pioneer women like Etta James, Nina Simone, Billy Holiday and Aretha Franklin. The songs listed below exemplify these artists and the soul they bring to the table, along with their unique collaboration, lyrics and resonant melodies. Iyeoka’s newest album, SAY YES, expresses her diversity as both …