Album(s) of the Week:
Women in Music, Pt. III – HAIM
Epic, longer, more personal and lyrically driven, HAIM’s impressive third studio album is perhaps their strongest yet. It adopts a sound largely driven by soft rock nostalgia of the late twentieth century and the indie alternative of Vampire Weekend, largely thanks to the help of co-writer and producer Rostam Batmanglij. Inspired by love, pain, and loneliness, Women in Music, Pt. III is another success for the best trio in the game today.
For fans of: Vampire Weekend, The Japanese House, King Princess
Everything’s Strange Here – G-Eazy
A complete departure from the sound that made him a household name, G-Eazy’s breakup project Everything’s Strange Here is a raw, cathartic collection of breakup songs. Experimental and intentionally imperfect, the song shows the rapper shifting lanes to a more alternative sound. He sing speaks in a languid tone, letting his pure emotion drive the project. Halfway through, he moves forward with a new flame, not completely breaking free of his exasperated nature. It’s an interesting project from start to finish, and gives insight to the artistic ambition of the once one trick pony.
For fans of: Vacationer, Hoodie Allen, Ty Dolla $ign
Single(s): of the Week:
“Girlfriend” – Charlie Puth
On “Girlfriend,” singer-songwriter Charlie Puth continues the 80s inspired pop sound that made up much of his last studio album. This track specifically evokes the sounds of many pop contemporaries, most immediately Carly Rae Jepsen. The lyrics about a bubbling love that isn’t quite established is effortlessly reflected in the restrained production that builds but doesn’t quite climax. “Girlfriend” is a summer ready pop jam.
For fans of: Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Hailee Steinfeld
“Chicken Tenders” – Dominic Fike
Dominic Fike’s latest one-off begins with what sounds like a Coldplay song before hopping into the sound the hitmaker has continued to craft over the last year or so. If not complete pop, its more niche audience will spend the rest of the summer vibing to the track in cars, beaches and happy hours.
For fans of: BROCKHAMPTON, Ryan Beatty, Toro y Moi
“want u back” – joan
Continuing down the indie pop road is joan with their latest bop “want u back.” More energetic than many of their previous clichéd tracks, the single is an impressively urgent plea to get back with a lover. “want u back” is slight, fun, and catchy.
For fans of: The 1975, Walk the Moon, A R I Z O N A