Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Kygo & Rita Ora – Carry On

It’s not very effective…


Katherine St Asaph: This Kygo song is different from regular Kygo songs. It’s like this Kygo song is in the top percentage of all Kygo songs.

Stephen Eisermann: I vividly remember when I was gifted Pokemon Blue. The game, despite being a marvel at the time, was pretty elementary in sound, graphics, and even playstyle, but it was so new and wonderful and fun. As I grew older, newer and newer versions of the game continued to release, all with the same-ish story and concept, but a few gimmicks thrown in throughout. To this day, there isn’t a generation of the game that I do not own, but what is most interesting to me is how each game, regardless of how invested I am at the start, becomes harder and harder to remain invested in. Sure, the graphics are nicer and the production sleeker, but when it boils down to it, there isn’t much variety to the games. Different Pokemon, I guess? That’s why I couldn’t help but cackle when I saw Kygo’s name attached to this soundtrack. Talk about polishing up and repackaging the same product – I haven’t heard variety from him in some time. And you know the common complaint that the new generation of Pokemon are progressively worse each time? Rita’s the new generation of Pokemon in this metaphor. 

Joshua Copperman: Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is fun, but often too bogged down in its human characters and plot to really embrace the chaotic implications of a Pokemon-filled world. The last third or so rectifies that issue, but it still pales in comparison to a more thoughtful, even more fun movie like Spider Man: Into The Spider-Verse. It’s probably not fair to compare the two tie-in songs, but if I hear “Sunflower,” I don’t think “oh great, Post Malone is on,” like I did back in August, I think of Miles Morales mumble-singing the song at his desk. When I hear “Carry On”, I don’t hear Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu or think of Ditto Coralining humans, I just hear Kygo doing “Rather Be.” Maybe the issue is that just like it’s not fair to hold the rest of Western animation to the standard of Spider-Verse, it’s not fair to hold every tie in song to that movie’s music cues either.

Will Adams: Are we really at the point where even a song from the soundtrack of a Pikachu movie can be this sedate? “Carry On” makes small gestures towards having a pulse, but it always ends clamped shut by a yawning vocal hook and reverb fog.

Alfred Soto: A shame Kygo already used the title “Remind Me to Forget”! Then again, copyright doesn’t protect titles. Go, Rita!

Scott Mildenhall: This is all very frenetic for a Kygo song, and possibly, too, for a song that initially sounds like it’s about grief, then romantic regret, but never Pikachu. The lyrical development that leads to the conclusion that this is actually about being dumped is an awkward one, because it shifts the song from poignant to pleading; presenting desperation as selflessness. Take that bridge out, and it would be easy to believe that this isn’t just the product of Kygo forgetting to empty his recycle bin.

Joshua Minsoo Kim: When Rita Ora sings that she’ll “carry on for you,” she does so with an aloofness that’s emblematic of her inability to emote in meaningful ways. Alongside Kygo’s mellow beat, though, it sounds a bit like exasperation, and the downscale piano chords suggest a need for deep rest. “Carry On” is an empty void–hollow sentiment that feels relatable in its emptiness. Songs as trite as this can sometimes be poignant because of their blandness… or maybe I’m just hurting myself in my confusion.

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3 Responses to “Kygo & Rita Ora – Carry On”

  1. Katherine wins.

  2. Also the video really emphasizes how discordant the material and the movie is. Like you’ve got images of Gengar flying around and Pikachu about to be chomped on by Charizard and this is what you’re purporting that sounds like??

  3. i’m just happy all my fav writers are here talking about pokemon