Lorde - "Green Light"
YES. Lorde has come out with her first single in 4 years, and it's about heartbreak. I've been listening to this song pretty much on repeat since it came out yesterday at 2 pm. Lorde admits she is not used to writing about the topics of love, therefore, I praise her even more for writing a song that probably didn't come naturally to her. "Green Light" is an indication of how mature Lorde has gotten with her music. She's taking risks, which has led her in a direction that none of us saw her going in. In the song, Lorde is anticipating a green light so she can pick up her stuff from an ex and attempt to move on. The melodies are bright and uplifting with a tempo that will force you to get up and dance. I can go on and on about how much I love this song, but you should just listen for yourself.
London Grammar - "Wasting My Young Years"
I just saw London Grammar last night at The Good Room in Brooklyn. In anticipation for the show, I brushed up on all of the British trio's songs, old and new. "Wasting My Young Years" is one of the band's more upbeat songs, and it's not that upbeat. It is gorgeous though. Singer Hannah Reid delivers the song so beautifully I almost forget where I am when I'm listening. Her dreamy vocals grow louder into the chorus, with lyrics like, "Maybe I'm wasting my young years." And those high notes!? I'm just constantly impressed by this band. Oh, and seeing them live was a game-changer, so I strongly suggest going to their next show.
MUNA - "End Of Desire"
MUNA released a brand new album in early February and there isn't one song on the album that I dont like. "End Of Desire" is my favorite (right now). The song consists of 80's pop melodies paired with romantic vocals. It's that song that you can listen to whenever and wherever. Whether you're on a long-ass commute to work, or you're at a bar, dancing on a table, this song will make you feel 100.
Lorde - "Tennis Court"
After Lorde's new single, "Green Light" came out yesterday afternoon
, I decided to go back and reminisce on her debut album last night. It's a perfect mix of coolness and warmth while Lorde's voice in this track is innocent with a slight grittiness. Pure Heroine
is great album but I have a good feeling her upcoming Melodrama
will show us she isnt a 16-year-old anymore.
Noname - "Sunny Duet (ft. The Mind)"
Chicago rapper and Chance The Rapper's good friend, Noname (aka Fatima Warner), released her debut album, Telefone
, last year and this sunny, optimistic and chilled-out track is one of the many hits on it. It has a fluttery, R&B vibe that you listen to while sitting on your stoop in the summer.
Portugal. The Man - "Feel It Still"
I'm really, really into this song by Portugal. The Man. It's super upbeat, happy and has such a good retro feel to it. They tone down the psychedelic rock a bit and show us that Portugal. The Man's sound may be changing a bit. It also tells us that a new Portugal. The Man album might be coming out in the near future.
Sharon Van Etten - "The End of the World"
Sharon Van Etten covered Skeeter Davis' classic hit "The End of the World" for Amazon's hit series The Man in the High Castle
and it's stunning. She keeps that 60s feel alive but adds her own "Sharon twang" to it with slide guitars and her delicate voice. I've been waiting for a new album for quite some time, but hearing her do a song with a full orchestra might be even better...
The Districts - "Ordinary Day"
This is another band I've been waiting on... Not so patiently. Their lyrics are like poetry (although we hate comparing lyrics to poetry
) but let's be real: "picking through lilacs, covered in gold and kicking through the bellyache"
...That's some fucking Shakespeare shit.
Toothless - "Sisyphus"
If you're a fan of Bombay Bicycle Club and you're just as sad about their indefinite hiatus as I am, then you should listen to Toothless. This is the side project of BBC bassist Ed Nash
and it sounds very
similar, probably because almost every BBC member had something to do with it.