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Sometimes a song comes along that manages to perfectly convey how you feel at that moment. Right now, that song for me is “Lifted” by New Politics.
Tensions are rising
How much can I take?
Tensing my muscles, afraid I will break
The damage is done
I’m left with a choice
Live with the pain or live without no voice
Frontman David Boyd delivers these poignant lyrics with heartfelt emotion. He’s backed by tribal vocals that somehow manage to fit flawlessly in this pop-rock ballad. All in all, this song is nothing short of a tearjerker, and a relatable one at that.
Listen to “Lifted” below.
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I’ll have to admit, I joined the Troye Sivan bandwagon pretty late in the game, well after the release of Blue Neighbourhood, his debut album. And I’ll admit I became a fan of his music in a pretty bandwagon-y way, by falling in love with his hit single “Youth.” But Troye Sivan’s album is so much more than just one pop anthem. There are so many tracks to love.
One of my personal favorites, “Bite,” is my Song of the Week. “Bite” starts off with only hauntingly beautiful layers of Troye’s vocals, leading into a gorgeous synth-filled ballad packed with vivid imagery sure to give any listener chills. It’s a track I find myself coming back to again and again, constantly humming the tune in my head.
Check out “Bite” below.
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British band Kovic are back at it again with their newest single “Drown.” I’ve had this song on repeat ever since its release on Friday. Having seen Kovic open with this song all six nights of their last UK tour with Coasts, I’m instantly transported back to dancing in the front row with my friends every time I hear it. I have had the infectious chorus stuck in my head ever since the tour ended, so believe me when I say the release of “Drown” was a highly anticipated one for me.
“Drown” is also featured in the soundtrack for FIFA 18, quite an accomplishment for such a new band and certainly a testament to their talent.
Check “Drown” out below!
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I love it when a friend says “hey, check this artist out. I think you would love them!” and then you actually do love them. If it weren’t for the recommendation of a friend, I probably still wouldn’t have any idea who Saint Raymond is. But thankfully someone thought to suggest him to me.
I remember putting him on shuffle on Spotify to check him out and one song immediately grabbed my attention. That song was “I Want You.” I couldn’t get it out of my head for days. This song is a feel-good bop that’ll have you dancing in no time. It’s the perfect track to end the summer with.
Check out “I Want You” below!
I remember seeing Robert DeLong at two festivals back in May 2015. I had no idea who this dude was. I was there to see other bands at both fests. At the first festival, I didn’t quite know what to think of him. Two weeks later, I was completely captivated with him. I had had one of his songs stuck in my head that entire two weeks, and couldn’t find it anywhere online. That song was “Jealousy” and it hadn’t been released yet, and man was I glad to hear it again.
An earworm if there ever was one, “Jealousy” is one of those songs that you’ll have stuck in your head for weeks (literally). There’s no other way to listen to this song than loud. I remember the day it was finally released on Robert’s sophomore album, In The Cards. Pandora did an advanced stream of the album and I screamed when I realized I would get to hear it early. I listened to it probably ten times before checking out any of the other songs. Trust me, it’s that good.
Check out “Jealousy” below!
Back in May, I took my first ever trip overseas to England. After an overnight flight that landed at 5 am in Manchester, waiting 7 hours for a train, meeting up with a friend and grabbing a quick shower, I was hauled off into London to see Nothing But Thieves at Dingwalls. I had heard of them in passing, but never listened to them.
The show was sold out, the tiny venue completely packed. It was insanely hot, “hotter than the sun” according to the lead singer. At one point, my insanely sleep-deprived self started to fall over, my friend grabbing me to make sure I was okay. I insisted I was fine. This band was putting on such a captivating show that it was completely worth suffering the heat and the fatigue to watch it.
One song from their set stuck in my head more than any other. The chorus played on repeat in my head for days after the show. That song was “Trip Switch.” Let me assure you, as out of it as I was, this song had to be amazing to stick with me after the show. Real rock music is a rare find this day and age, and “Trip Switch” is a real as it gets. I am forever thankful to my friend for dragging my jet-lagged self to that show, because I left completely in love with Nothing But Thieves.
Check out “Trip Switch” below!
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PUBLIC. You might not be familiar with this band. I wasn’t either until a couple of weeks ago when I saw a surge of tweets about them due to them opening for twenty one pilots. I decided to check them out, and I fell in love with their music pretty quickly.
Out of all of their songs, “Little Raindrops” stuck out above the rest. To put it quite simply, it’s funky. It sounds like a jam straight out of the 70s. The groovy bass line will have you up and dancing in no time.
Check out “Little Raindrops” below.