Here's a new good song: "Good Girls" by Lany. I don't think these guys are capable of doing a bad song. They have mastered the art of stripped down synth-fueled throwback pop. "ILYSB" was my third-favorite song of 2014 (although they apparently just finally released a video for it a couple weeks ago. "Walk Away" was my 80th favorite song of that year (2014). "Someone Else" was my 13th favorite song of 2015. "Where The Hell Are My Friends" was my 42nd favorite song of 2016. So that's a great track record, considering I'm song loyal and not band loyal. "Good Girls" is another great offering. Enjoy!
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Here's a new good song: "You Won't Know Where You Stand" by Aquilo. These guys are just incredible songwriters; I'm consistently amazed by how likable their releases are. They have an exceptional sense of what's beautiful and catchy. Their haunting ballad "I Gave It All" was my 17th favorite song of 2014. Their faster song "Good Girl" was my 28th favorite song of 2015. And I very much enjoyed "So Close To Magic" earlier this year. All those videos are great, too. They should be huge. Enjoy!
Posted by John at 1:08 PM
Here's a new good song: "Stay My Love" by Una Healy f/ Sam Palladio. It's a simple but touching and well-executed acoustic guitar duet. Thank you to LuisMa for exposing me to it. Enjoy!
Posted by John at 1:00 PM
Here's a new good song: "Green Light" by Lorde. I liked her two big hits from a few years ago, "Royals" and "Team." They were my 63rd and 69th favorite songs of 2013 and 2014 respectively. But I think this new one is actually better. The piano arrangement is brave and effective. Enjoy!
Posted by John at 12:56 PM
Here's a new good song: "Kids On The Street" by Of Verona. It's very similar to "Cool Kids" by Echosmith, in both musical style and lyrical themes. It's good. Enjoy!
Posted by John at 12:52 PM
Here's a new good song: "I'm Betta" by Bell Biv DeVoe. This groundbreaking R&B trio resurfaced a few months ago with the decent "Run." I think "I'm Betta" is a little betta, but both are solid in a throwback kind of way. Whenever I see old-school R&B groups release new material, which happens quite a bit, I always wonder ... Why? There's a 0% chance these will be popular because the public's taste has changed. So I don't know why "I'm Betta" exists, but here it is. Enjoy!
Posted by John at 12:51 PM
Here's a new good song: "Some Kinda Wonderful" by Betty Who. This Australian singer, who for some reason doesn't seem to have an Australian accent during the speaking part of this video, has had one of the most consistent marketing pushes on iTunes I can recall. And yet she remains obscure and unknown in the United States. Her 2014 song "All Of You," which originally was credited to Peter Thomas featuring Betty Who but later was credited solely to her, was one of my favorite tracks of the year (but certainly not one of my favorite videos; yeesh). I haven't been particularly fond of her subsequent output, but "Some Kinda Wonderful" is a fun track. Enjoy!
Posted by John at 12:48 PM
Here's a new good song: "Crying On The Bathroom Floor" by Muna. This all-female "dark pop" trio is one of my favorite acts to emerge in the past 12 months. I loved their previous singles "Loudspeaker," "So Special" and "I Know A Place." This one is darker but also fantastic. Enjoy!
Posted by John at 12:40 PM