New Music Friday: 5/22/20

Album of the Week

The 1975 NOACF
Notes On A Conditional Form, Interscope Records

Notes On A Conditional Form – The 1975

Their fourth studio album, The 1975’s Notes On A Conditional Form is an epic, messy, politically charged juggernaut of technology and 90s rock. It’s an ambitious work that challenges the listener to think critically. Long, thoughtful, exploratory, and at times incredibly moving, Note On A Conditional Form adds another beautifully imperfect album to the alternative leaning pop group with grace.

For fans of: Tame Impala, joan, Bleachers

Song(s) of the Week

Open Up, RCA Records

“Open Up” – UMI

Her latest in a recent surge of single releases, “Open Up” may just be the best track put out by the R&B songstress yet. Telling the story of a realization that her lover is worth making herself vulnerable to, UMI bears her soul. Bouncy and lyrically resonant, the single show’s UMI continues to evolve and get one step closer to the stardom she’s destined to achieve.

For fans of: SZA, Sabrina Claudio, Omar Apollo


Free Porn Cheap Drugs, G-Eazy

“Free Porn Cheap Drugs” – G-Eazy

“Free Porn Cheap Drugs” is a complete departure from the past work of rapper G-Eazy.   Mysterious, haunting, and introspective, the single is a lyrically dark reset for an artist showing the world he’s more than his previous work.

For fans of: Imagine Dragons, Ty Dolla $ign
Lamb’s Wool, Foster the People

“Lamb’s Wool” – Foster the People

“Lamb’s Wool” is the best single Foster the People has put out in years. A blend of the accessible tunes on Torches and the electronica of Supermodel, “Lamb’s Wool” is a poignant indie tune. It marks a righteous return to form, using love as a tipping point for exploring the mind.

For fans of: Passion Pit, Two Door Cinema Club, Walk the Moon

Author: Kieran Sweeney

Writing about entertainment for the better part of a decade and consuming it twice as much, Kieran Sweeney is "the" pop culture aficionado. A connoisseur of the intersection of art and commercialism, the USC Annenberg graduate has earned his reputation as an empathetic and thoughtful writer. His resume includes USC's The Daily Trojan, USC Viterbi News, and personal assistance for publicity and marketing companies from Drill Down Media to This Fiction. His intersectional experience in the industry points to his wit and unfiltered thoughts on the latest project in entertainment

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