This week we're covering Lorde, Kylie Minogue, X Ambassadors, and more!

"Solar Power" - Lorde

Released: June 10, 2021

Album: Upcoming 

Highlights:

  • Creative arrangement of musical pieces, making you question what genre you're listening to
  • Haunting background vocals interweaving with Lorde's verses
  • The quiet restraint brimming with tension and triumph

Standout Lyrics: "My cheeks in high colour, overripe peaches / No shirt, no shoes, only my features / My boy behind me, he's taking pictures / Lead the boys and girls onto the beaches / Come one, come all, I'll tell you my secrets"

 

"My Own Monster" - X Ambassadors

Released: June 11, 2021

Album: Upcoming

Highlights:

  • Incredibly eerie but poetic lyrics underlined with darker meaning that will make you ponder
  • Upbeat percussion hitting the same, grinding rhythm throughout the entire song
  • Vocals distorted and echoing at multiple points, especially right before the chorus, sounding like they're fading entirely

Standout Lyrics: "Something dangerous is waking up inside of me / It's been creeping its way into my psychology / Keeping me up all night, this voice inside it tortures me / But it's slowly starting to pique my curiosity"

 

"Marry the Night" - Kylie Minogue

Released: June 11, 2021

Album: Born This Way cover remastered

Highlights:

  • Night-and-day difference between first verse pace with chorus, going from 2 to 12
  • Fast-paced, electronic jams during chorus with hints of disco
  • The quiet restraint in synths and DJ beats allow Minogue's vocals to shine during the verses

Standout Lyrics: "I'm gonna marry the night / I'm not gonna cry anymore / I'm gonna marry the night / Leave nothing on these streets to explore"

 

"already there" - Jasmine Thompson

Released: June 10, 2021

Album: all of the above EP

Highlights:

  • The bright vibe to the song, like the sense of spring and awakening
  • Thompson's breathy, clear vocals gliding over the music
  • The layering of multiple choruses, with one echoing in the background behind Thompson's 

Standout Lyrics: "Got a job at a dead-end place / I was happy just gettin' paid / Started smokin' ten years too late / Didn't know life could change that way / When we met in the bar right when your friends were leavin' / Stay 'til last orders, talkin' 'til 3 a.m / Asked me to meet you at Bloomsbury Square"

 

"Sober" - Gavin James

Released: June 11, 2021

Album: Single

Highlights:

  • Appropriate imagery of comparing the feeling of being in love to being intoxicated
  • The fast, almost frantic piano pace that feels like it is building to something dangerous
  • The breathtaking pace and range James uses between verses and chorus

Standout Lyrics: "No good at stayin' / No good at lettin' go / Barely survivin' / Through all these highs and lows / Caught in a dead-end / Where did we begin?"

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