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Corinne Bailey Rae - Jersey Girl
Corinne Bailey Rae - Jersey Girl

Corinne Bailey Rae - Jersey Girl


"Don't you know that all my dreams come true when I'm walkin' down the street with you?" Corinne Bailey Rae's dreamy revamp of Tom Waits' "Jersey Girl" is made of the same stuff Old Hollywood love was built on. The British soul singer is part of the upcoming Come On Up To The House: Women Sing Waits, Tom Waits cover album featuring names like Aimee Mann, Phoebe Bridgers and The Wild Reeds. For her part, Bailey Rae picked the 1980 hit that was on Waits' Heartattack And Vine album. In an interview, she explained that she loves how the song expresses so clearly "the rush of first love" and "the thrill of finding the one in a crowd of many.” The song, which was already memorable to those of us who have been in love with our own Jersey girl, gains a new life with Bailey Rae's sweet and captivating voice and allows a whole new set of feelings to settle in the hearts of the listeners. After all, "Nothin' else matters in this whole wide world, when you're in love with a jersey girl." Come On Up To The House: Women Sing Waits comes out on November 22.

Giulia Santana on October 1, 2019
​Kirsten Izer - One Year

​Kirsten Izer - One Year


Brooklyn-based Kirsten Izer’s debut single of 2019, “One Year,” is a raw and evocative exploration of toxic love and lingering loss. The minimal arrangement consists only of a hazy electric guitar and Izer’s cool, smoky vocals, but its intimacy is what makes it powerful. Her sound’s moody, grunge-rock center relies on the emotion in her delivery, and Izer doesn’t disappoint. Dreamy layering effects amplify her impressive vocal range, drifting from dark and angst-ridden to light and ethereal quickly and easily. The lyrics, gripping and relatable, make plain the pain and longing of the instrumentation: “It’s our one year anni / But you don’t love me / You were never one for vulnerability.” The stripped arrangement allows you to focus on the lyrics, honest and heartbreaking, and lose yourself in the song’s lush dreamscape of sounds. “One Year” is hauntingly lovely.

Britnee Meiser on September 23, 2019
Soccer Mommy - Lucy

Soccer Mommy - Lucy


Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison explores her dark side with new single “lucy.” The title nods to the devil himself, but instead of admiring the evil as she has in the past, Allison seems warier this time as she sings “He'll touch you and burn you / And break you down to your core / Succumbing to evil / I thought I was something more.” The guitar on this track is a little sharper and off-kilter than what we have heard from Soccer Mommy in the past, but it still fits within the sound they’ve cultivated. Allison’s slightly disinterested tone pairs well with with the chorus as she somberly begs, “oh lucy please / quit taunting me.” It sounds like she may have already given into lucy albeit reluctantly. “Lucy” is the perfect next step in Soccer Mommy’s constant progression towards a heavier sound.

Corey Bates on September 20, 2019
Jelani Aryeh - The Garden

Jelani Aryeh - The Garden


Hop in the car, roll the windows down, and be transported back to warmer summer days with Jelani Aryeh’s new track “The Garden.” With the perfect blend of R&B and bedroom pop, this dreamy tune will have you hooked and wanting to hear more from the San Diego artist, whose musical influences include BROCKHAMPTON, Frank Ocean, Rex Orange County and Childish Gambino. His heartfelt lyrics, refined electronic production and catchy hooks make it hard to believe Aryeh is not yet 20 years old. Since the release of his debut EP Suburban Destinesia in 2017, Aryeh has dropped multiple singles, all of which have the same alternative suburban-pop vibe that is unique to his sound. If you love his music as much as we do, catch Jelani Aryeh live at Chelsea Music Hall on Thursday, September 26 alongside beabadoobee, Gabriel Black and KennyHoopla.

Dana Schwartz on September 20, 2019
ST.MARTiiNS - My Girl

ST.MARTiiNS - My Girl


“My Girl,” the newest single from Scotland-based indie-pop duo ST.MARTiiNS, is easygoing and smooth. With a catchy melody and a nice, breezy groove, the track is the definition of chill vibes. Muffled percussion helps the song feel comfortable and close, reminiscent of loose dancing in a tight space with somebody you love. A psychedelic bass sets the beat while cool, wavy guitars lower the lights, casting the arrangement in a dreamy, atmospheric glow. Clear production accentuates vocalist Katie Lynch’s unique, velvety vocals as she sings about the ups and downs of female friendships. “My girl” is luscious and fun—the perfect track to help you transition from summer to fall.

Britnee Meiser on September 20, 2019
Charli XCX - Official

Charli XCX - Official


While known for her futuristic production and stories of extravagant parties, British pop aficionado Charli XCX reaches new heights on "Official," a love letter to the person you're with when the party's over. She seems embarrassed to broach the idea of going official, toeing the line of hope and fear. "Look at us, isn't it obvious?" she asks: though she shouldn't have to, for someone as bold and brash as Charli, showing her emotional side is a terrifying concept. "Is it so dangerous? Is it so complicated?" Simple keys and a luminescent synth build in the chorus put her fragile vocals at the forefront, with the touch of autotune acting as a final barrier to protect her from feeling fully exposed. The song's earnest bridge is its highlight, as she insists, "Maybe the sky might not always be blue / All of my wishes will never come true / It doesn't matter 'cause I’m here with you." Long-time collaborator A.G. Cook pushed to have it on her new record—Charli assumed people would hate it and that they'd be like, 'Why is she doing that?'" While it seemed Charli XCX could only shake up pop conventions by getting weirder, stripping things back turned out to be the most gratifying surprise of all.

Ysabella Monton on September 19, 2019
Bad Daughter - I’m Too Much

Bad Daughter - I’m Too Much


Florida native Sierra Kay, known for her previous work in bands like Neaux and VersaEmerge, has spent the last few years on a quest for self-exploration. During her travels from NYC to Tennessee, Sierra has been creating a collection of hyper-personal songs about the inevitable heartaches of being a restless and rowdy woman who won’t settle down. These songs have morphed into Sierra’s new project, Bad Daughter. The band’s first single, the free-spirited and bittersweet “I’m Too Much” offers a glimpse at what this new endeavor will bring. The song toes the line between dreamy Americana and earthy folk with Sierra’s crystalline vocals and earnest, self-deprecating lyrics front and center. With one foot planted in the realm of indie rock and the other in the world of alt-country, Bad Daughter should be on everyone’s radar this coming year.

Alessandra Rincon on September 19, 2019
Frames - House Show

Frames - House Show


“House Show’ by Frames is meant for windows-down, hair-blowing driving. A bubble gum beat perfectly complements her soft, poppy voice. Underneath the lovely vocals, understated but powerful guitar strums lead the song along. Though maintaining the same love-stricken lyrics, Frames’s most recent release has a more upbeat, bubbly vibe than her past songs. Her most recent of just three songs, “House Show” is crazy catchy. Having recently joined Philly independent label Know Hope Records, we can expect—and desperately hope—for more releases.

Caroline Peacock on September 18, 2019
The Evening Attraction - Something Bout It

The Evening Attraction - Something Bout It


Chicago rock band, The Evening Attraction dropped a timeless tune influenced by the classic ballads of Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison. "It's hidden in the details of the universe / I read it in the story of a lovers curse / Your beauty is the magic of a God's design / Spend a million years just trying to make you mine". It's often hard to explain the powerful love you feel for another person. This is the story that inspired vocalist, Miles Malin's croons in "Something Bout It". Beyond the romance, the single features memorable harmonies, an irresistibly groovy bassline and a majestic string section from Ohmme's Macie Stewart. This the best yet from The Evening Attraction.

Sophia Theofanos on September 18, 2019
Murielle - Felt Cute (Might Delete Later)

Murielle - Felt Cute (Might Delete Later)


NYC-based singer-songwriter Murielle is choosing to put herself first with "Felt Cute (Might Delete Later)," a self-love hymn she describes as her "reclamation." By invoking a meme in the title typically used to shame confident women on social media, Murielle reclaims the joke for herself, shattering the notion that women should be humble or coy about their looks. Featuring cadenced production by Swami Sound, the track fuses world music with pop-R&B synths and atmospheric elements, such as birds chirping to mimic the start of a new day, one that has her "feeling some type of way." Ambient harmonies further the anthemic quality of the song, as she makes a simple, yet revolutionary choice to "give her [ego] a twirl" even if she "didn't get laid / No, I didn't get paid." The music video features Murielle in various rooms of an empty building with a group of double-duty background dancers and admirers. The satisfaction of asserting her confidence, "Something that I worked for," is a feeling well-earned.

Ysabella Monton on September 18, 2019
Babeheaven - It Nan

Babeheaven - It Nan


"It Nan" is the latest single from the London group Babeheaven. The dreamy guitar intro is immediately transcendent. "It Nan" tells a story before we even hear the lyrics. "Every time I look a little deeper / five feet down I follow you," the tone to Nancy Andersen's vocal is slightly haunting, reminiscent of an old soul like Billie Holiday. The most unexpected yet somewhat nostalgic aspect of the track is the percussive beat that drops a quarter way through the song. It is the union of all of these elements that makes the sound of Babeheaven uniquely their own.

Sophia Theofanos on September 17, 2019

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