Crooked Colours - "Come Back To You"
I caught Crooked Colours last night at Elsewhere and they were so good. My love for dance music has been growing stronger and stronger, and their balanced combo of guitar and sweet vocals and floor-shaking bass drops feels so good.
James Bay - "Pink Lemonade"
I'm really digging James Bay's new sound. This song is so high energy and melodically gorgeous, it gets me pretty pumped up.
The Born Love - "Tempest"
I'm super obsessed with this song from songwriting/production duo Aron and Kevin, who go by the stage name The Born Love. Their new single "Tempest" sounds like summer and is getting me super hyped for their EP on March 30th.
Pouya - "Aftershock"
Pouya's Five Five is shaping up to be one of the most pleasant surprises and best releases of 2018 thus far. It's got OG vibes with modern hip-hop stylings and reps South Florida well.
The Saddest Landscape - "The Temptation That Is You"
No shame in my game, I'm back on my skramz jams.
Fat Creeps - "Having So Much Fun"
Fat Creeps soundtracked one of the best periods of my life, and while winter is still hanging around I listen to this track with fond memories of summer and hopes for warmer days soon.
Charli XCX - "Track 10"
All pop music should be this weird. The closing track on Charli XCX's Pop 2 mixtape is full of bold, downright strange production choices and they all pay off. It would be pretty easy for Charli XCX to fall into typical pop star territory and play it safe with every new release. Thankfully she's been doing the exact opposite and pushing herself to experiment with new sounds and different collaborators every time she hits the studio.
Sufjan Stevens - "The Predatory Wasp of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us"
On the back of Sufjan's tragically too short performance at the Oscars, I've been diving into this back-catalogue yet again. It's impossible to decide between Illinois and Carrie & Lowell for my favorite Sufjan album, but Illinois was my first experience of his music so I always end up back there. "The Predatory Wasp of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us" - a typically catchy song title - is my current highlight from that record.
Frankie Cosmos - "Fool"
With her new album rapidly approaching I've been falling back into the twee world of Frankie Cosmos. "Fool", from her 2016 album Next Thing, is a quintessential Frankie Cosmos track - irreverent lyricism, whispery vocals and lo-fi instrumentation. "Your name is a triangle/your heart is a square" is a prime example of Greta Kline's lyrical wit, wrapping up big feelings in simple words.
Pup - "DVP"
This song should be every punk's party anthem. "3 beers and I'm so fucked up. Get drunk and I can't shut up," is probably the most relatable chorus I have ever heard. Plus, Pup always has the best music videos. The video for this song features all your favorite old video games with lyrics flying across the screen.
Hurry - "Oh Whitney"
A classic Hurry song, "Oh Whitney" is the perfect song for anyone crushing. This band has such talent and deserves more recognition. They recently released a new album called Every Little Thought. It's a beautiful album and to listen to their growth is so much fun.
Sorority Noise - "A Portrait of"
Last week Sorority Noise rearranged their most recent album You're Not As _____ As You Think. This is such a raw emotional album, and it's probably one of my favorites. To hear the new arrangements is another religious experience. I love this band so much, however after this tour they will be taking an indefinite break.