Sunday, June 4, 2017

New Good Song: "Stay," Zedd f/ Alessia Cara 6.4.17

Here's a new good song: "Stay" by Zedd f/ Alessia Cara. I hadn't yet cared for Cara's output and am still on the fence about whether I like her singing style, but this collaboration works well; I especially appreciate that Zedd keeps pushing his sound forward so that the audience gets something unexpected each time. Enjoy!

New Good Song: "Ruin," So Below 6.4.17

Here's a new good song: "Ruin" by So Below. It's dark, emotional, look-over-your-shoulder Pop. Enjoy!

New Good Song: "Dancing With The Other Girls," Theme Park 6.4.17

Here's a new good song: "Dancing With The Other Girls" by Theme Park. It's got a nice Dance flavor that's blooming from Adult Alternative roots. Enjoy!

New Good Song: "Bread Alone," Lorne 6.4.17

Here's a new good song: "Bread Alone" by Lorne. This is an emotional ballad that lays it on pretty thick but is still very touching and beautifully written. As a pianist, I'm a sucker for piano in general, especially in this style. Great vocal here, too. Enjoy!

New Good Song: "Swalla," Jason Derulo f/ Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign 6.4.17

Here's a new good song: "Swalla" by Jason Derulo f/ Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign. I choose to pretend he's not referring to his semen. Enjoy!

New Good Song: "Heavy," Oh Wonder 6.4.17

Here's a new good song: "Heavy" by Oh Wonder. This duo was responsible for one of my favorite songs of the year thus far, "Ultralife." Both that song and this latest, "Heavy," have absolutely beautiful and unexpected chord progressions and melodic turns, and I really enjoy the use of the male and female vocals simultaneously. I think they've found themselves a new fan in me. Enjoy!

New Good Song: "All Day All Night," Sivik 6.4.17

Here's a new good song: "All Day All Night" by Sivik. This guy had a great track in 2015 called "U Got," which was my 33rd favorite song of that year. "All Day All Night" is similar in style; a sort of funky, Michael Jackson-inspired mishmash of Blue Eyed Soul and EDM. Enjoy!

New Good Song: "Want You Back," Haim 6.4.17

Here's a new good song: "Want You Back" by Haim. Reminds me of Muna, another all-girl group that I adore, but it's a little sunnier in its production, somewhat similar to Poema or even The Triplets from eons ago.

New Good Song: "Forget Me Not," Jennifer Paige 6.4.17

Here's a new good song: "Forget Me Not" by Jennifer Paige, the person who sang that great song "Crush" 20 years ago. I was surprised then that her career didn't take off because she's a talented vocalist. "Forget Me Not" is more Alternative and edgy than "Crush" but succeeds on its own terms. Enjoy!

 

New Good Song: "Cold Hard Truth," Nelly Furtado 6.4.17

Here's a new good song: "Cold Hard Truth" by Nelly Furtado. This track is off Furtado's latest ignored flop The Ride, which I eagerly mined trying to find anything to get excited about, and "Cold Hard Truth" is the best in the bunch. Furtado released two of my favorite songs of 2001, and one of my favorite of 2006 (playlists below), but also has, over the years, released some aggressively grating garbage. Her voice is an acquired taste; when used on a good track, it's pleasant enough, but when on a bad track (like "Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)", it's unbearable. "Cold Hard Truth" seems to exist outside time and place; it's not really retro, but it's not really futuristic, and it's certainly not very contemporary. But it's a nice effort. Enjoy!




New Good Song: "Moon," Krrum 6.4.17

Here's a new good song: "Moon" by Krrum. This one is a grower; it's been on my playlist for a couple months, sort of languishing in the latter half, but I've come to like it more and more. Enjoy!

New Good Song: "Despacito," Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f/ Justin Bieber 6.4.17

Here's a new good song: "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f/ Justin Bieber. (The video below accompanies the original version of the song and doesn't feature Justin Bieber). I realize this isn't new; it's actually No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been for a few weeks. But I wanted to acknowledge it anyway. My soulmate in Love of '90s Music, LuisMa, publishes a countdown video of his 100 favorite songs every week, and this track (the original) has been on there for about four months and is currently sitting at No. 1. When I first heard it, pre-Justin, I sort of dismissed it as sounding too similar to other Spanish-language tracks and moved on. But I noticed that each week, when I'd watch LuisMa's countdown video, I kind of dug this song more than I thought I should. Eventually I started listening to the whole track, and looking up the translated lyrics, and thought, "You know, I actually like this song," even though I don't speak Spanish. Two milliseconds later, they released the Justin Bieber remix, and now it's a smash in the U.S. So clearly there's something special about this track. Also, Luis Fonsi's arms are fun to look at in the video. Enjoy!

New Good Song: "Mic Jack," Big Boi f/ Adam Levine 6.4.17

Here's a new good song: "Mic Jack" by Big Boi f/ Adam Levine. Big Boi is half of Outkast, and on his own he had a great song a few years ago featuring Kelly Rowland called "Mama Told Me." This new one, "Mic Jack," is similar in its throwback vibe, which is to say it harkens to a time when Hip-Hop was catchy and comfortable with Pop influences, as opposed to now, when it's an unbearable auto-tuned mish-mash of drug references against unpleasant Trip-Hop instrumentals. "Mic Jack" is tremendously refreshing by comparison. Enjoy!

Friday, May 5, 2017

New Good Song: "Bloodstain," Wrabel 5.5.17

Here's a new good song: "Bloodstain" by Wrabel, the fellow who brought us "Ten Feet Tall," my 23rd favorite new good song of 2014. This track is a vulnerable, transparent, confessional, woe-is-me EDM-type Pop song, with compelling production flairs. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

New Good Song: "Leave The Light On," Overcoats 4.23.17

Here's a new good song: "Leave The Light On" by Overcoats. This is a very weird little track, but for some reason I'm drawn to it and find myself listening to it over and over again, and always bobbing my head and, now, singing along. I think it would work even as an instrumental. Overcoats' delivery makes it seem like these women are saying something important, but I'm not sure what that is. Enjoy!

New Good Song: "High Ticket Attractions," The New Pornographers 4.23.17

Here's a new good song: "High Ticket Attractions" by The New Pornographers. I remember the first time I was aware of this group was eons ago (2003), when a high school kid I judged at a speech and debate tournament told me to listen to the song "End Of Medicine." I did, and it was not my taste. So I've maintained not a grudge per se, but more like an assumption I wouldn't like their music. However, here's "High Ticket Attractions," a terrific piece of songwriting with a blast-of-air video that all works together nicely. Enjoy!

New Good Song: "I Feel It Coming," The Weeknd f/ Daft Punk 4.23.17

Here's a new good song: "I Feel It Coming" by The Weeknd f/ Daft Punk. I realize I'm quite late to the party on this one, but I'm compelled to include it because only recently did I actually listen to the whole thing from start to finish, and suddenly a track I'd been lukewarm about is now one of my favorite songs out at the moment. It's ever-so-Michael Jackson and, compared to The Weeknd's other output, relatively tasteful. Really beautiful songwriting here, and pitch-perfect production. And great vocal performance, I have to admit. He's starting to win my over. Enjoy!

New Good Song: "Trouble," The Knocks f/ Absofacto 4.23.17

Here's a new good song: "Trouble" by The Knocks f/ Absofacto. It's a happy-sounding ditty with dark content, addressing the struggles faced by someone trapped in a prison of his own making. The Knocks were responsible for my 13th favorite song of 2014, "Classic" f/ Powers, a song they still play all the time at my gym even though I never hear it anywhere else. Both tracks are great; "Trouble" is sparser in its production and very effective in its own way. Enjoy!

New Good Song: "December Nights," Saskwatch 4.23.17

Here's a new good song: "December Nights" by Saskwatch. There's something very '90s about it, which I love. Reminds me a bit of Sneaker Pimps meets Lucious Jackson, or something? Anyway, it's all very cool., and not structurally formulaic at all, so it's a fun ride that's full of surprises. Enjoy!

New Good Song: "Ultralife," Oh Wonder 4.23.17

Here's a new good song: "Ultralife" by Oh Wonder, a British duo. Man, I love this. It's so charming and affirming, but not corny at all. The richer instrumentals in the second verse are absolutely tremendous. The part of this track from 1:01 to 1:36 (the basketball sequence in the video, which also is lovely) is my favorite. This is easily one of the best songs I've heard so far this year. Also, here's a kind of cool drum cover. Enjoy!