New Music Friday: 6/26/20

Album(s) of the Week:

WIMPIII, Columbia Records
WIMPIII, Columbia Records

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, RCA Records

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, Atlantic Records:Rumson Records
Girlfriend, Atlantic Records/Rumson Records

“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, Columbia Records
Chicken Tenders, Columbia Records

“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, Photo Finish Records
want u back, Photo Finish Records

“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


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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