Weekly Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7dTOyH2GJr0zN4tZpnp4kF?si=gdJJPr5ST7eoOwon5No-cw
- Bedroom – “In My Head”
- Vampire Weekend – “Hannah Hunt”
- Nicolette Larson – “Lotta Love”
Dream pop artist Bedroom, real name Noah Kittinger, created a catchy hit with “In My Head.” The lyrics of the song are about battling anxiety or depression that becomes all-consuming and overwhelming for an individual. Although the lyrics are sad, the sound of the song itself has an upbeat beat. The lyrics and sound make an interesting combination because of that. If you like dream pop, you will like this song.
Vampire Weekend is one of the best indie rock bands. “Hannah Hunt” is one of the band’s slowest songs that showcases vocalist Ezra Koenig’s truly unique voice. The lyrics of the song are about a relationship that begins like a fairy tale that ends up ending. Fun fact: If you’re a fan of “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” then you know who Rashida Jones is. Koenig and Jones are married and have one child together.
“Lotta Love” comes from Nicolette Larson’s 1978 album “Nicolette” and is one of Larson’s most popular songs. The song has a mellow ’70s-sounding track. The real star of the show is Larson; her voice is soft, strong and captivating.
- Rag’n’Bone Man – “Grace”
- AURORA – “Through the eyes of a child”
- You Me At Six – “Take the World”
Rag’n’Bone Man is known for his deep baritone voice, and “Grace” showcases his soothing vocals beautifully. The song describes that moment when you just know you made a big mistake that you don’t know how to get back from and the pain that comes with it. However, through this pain, you can find the strength to do better and find humility.
AURORA’s “Through the Eyes of a Child” explains how everything is better through the eyes of a child. The older you get, the more your view changes and is distorted by the world. She wishes she could go back to innocence and see everything from a childlike point of view. The lyrics have a rather sad tone and the song ends with “Please don’t leave me here…”
“Take on the World” sounds like an anthem with powerful lyrics and upbeat music. It’s a statement from one person to another: “Even if the world isn’t always fair and times get tough, I’ll be there with you to help make it a better place.” The world won’t always have sunshine, sometimes there’s a storm and that’s OK.
- Madeline The Person – “As a Child”
- Taylor Swift – “Tell Me Why (Taylor’s Version)”
- Hozier – “Do I”
Madeline The Person is a singer-songwriter from Houston, Texas, and “As a Child” is her debut single released in March of last year. With a guitar ballad taking up most of the song, Madeline describes losing a parent as a child and wanting to talk to them, but only being able to do so through a song. She also explains how when you lose someone so young, you go back to your childhood.
“Tell Me Why” was originally released in 2008, but was re-released on “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” last year. Swift describes the development of feelings for someone who doesn’t know what they want and the frustration that ensues. As this is a re-recorded version, we hear Swift’s mature vocals on a 13-year-old track, but with the same funky, country beat.
In “Would That I”, Hozier describes his past romances as trees he used for shelter, but a new love came in as fire and burned them all down. With an instrument that has beautiful, airy backing vocals, you get a sense of how Hozier felt with someone who felt like trees blowing in the wind.
- LAUNDRY DAY – “FRIENDS”
- Lil Durk, Gunna – “What Happened To Virgil”
- Jack Harlow – “First Class”
“FRIENDS” might be one of the most perfect songs to listen to in the summer. The song simply has a beautiful melody and was featured in the third season finale of the Netflix series “On My Block.” The song is about nostalgic memories and the beauty of friendship. The lyrics are about strong bonds with friends and how friendship will always bring people together.
“What Happened To Virgil” is another hit song by Chicago rapper Lil Durk. It has a catchy beat with fast lyrics that still have substance. The song pays tribute to the late Virgil Abloh, fashion designer and founder of clothing brand Off-White. The lyrics highlight the accomplishments and legacy of Virgil Abloh, but can also relate to anyone who has lost a close friend.
Jack Harlow was a rising star in the industry and one of his last songs, “First Class”, was a hit with fans. “First Class” contains excerpts from “Glamorous” by Fergie and Ludacris. Jack Harlow implements the samples perfectly and adds his own spin and lyrics to create a catchy hit that is sure to be played all summer long.