“Mood” hitmaker 24kGoldn’s first offering of 2021 is “3,2,1,” in which a catchy guitar riff soundtracks a tale of being lied to in a relationship. “3,2,1” isn’t as immediately sunny as “Mood,” but it’s certainly cool to see more of a rock side from the breakout star.
Best Frenz, “Better Moments”
Sir Sly’s Jason Suwito and Joywave’s Daniel Armbruster also perform together as Best Frenz, and “Better Moments,” a new addition to their 2020 debut EP 30% Off!, is what it feels like to be wrapped in a warm blanket on a snowy day. That instrumental breakdown!
Sweet Crude, “Under New Moons”
New Orleans group Sweet Crude unveiled a few songs in celebration of Mardi Gras, and the vibes on “Under New Moons” are, as they say, immaculate. “Tours? Nope. Money? Broke. Launch a blitz of bilingual bangers in 2021 because we can? Putain ouais (hell yeah, and pardon our Louisiana French),” says singer Sam Craft in a release. “We remain dedicated as ever to creating new avenues to celebrate our Louisiana roots.”
Zara Larsson, “Look What You’ve Done”
Zara Larsson’s new album Poster Girl, due in March, is shaping up nicely: Steve Mac (Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato) produced “Look What You’ve Done,” which immediately lands as a disco-tinged delight. Larsson notes in a release: “I wanted to write about heartbreak, but in a way that was also empowering and positive…on this one I’m saying, ‘Just LOOK at what you’ve done — I’m shining! You look like a piece of s–t!” Amen, Zara.
Drew Sycamore, “45 Fahrenheit Girl”
Keep an eye on Danish-Welsh singer Drew Sycamore, who counts Amy Winehouse and Linda Perry as inspirations — and whose fantastic, danceable “45 Fahrenheit Girl” wouldn’t sound out of place on Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia.
Lil Huddy, “The Eulogy of You and Me”
After Travis Barker helped concoct pop-punk brilliance for Machine Gun Kelly on last year’s Tickets To My Downfall, the Blink-182 legend has provided a pop-punk assist to Lil Huddy, aka TikTok star Chase Hudson, whose “The Eulogy of You and Me” was produced by Barker and recalls the most undeniable sing-alongs of Warped Tour days of yore. Previous track “21st Century Vampire” hinted at Huddy’s potential, and his new single makes good on it.
Lava La Rue, “Magpie”
London native Lava La Rue pairs their interest in psych-rock and R&B with an innate understanding of pop craft, as demonstrated on the just-released Butter-Fly EP. As such, its lead track, “Magpie,” boasts an immediately charming melody before wandering off into unexpected rhythms.
Dempsey Hope, “Autumn”
Dempsey Hope’s new single unfolds like a stream of consciousness, each line addressing some new insecurity, sense of self and general outlook on the world. It’s the type of song that requires a strong personality to keep the listener engaged, and Hope, whose vocal delivery possesses a happy-go-lucky ease, makes it work.
Anie Delgado, “Dancing While the World is On Fire”
Great song title for the past year, huh? Fortunately, Cuban-American singer-songwriter Anie Delgado’s new single offers more than a pandemic-approved name, as the newcomer addresses the urgency of climate change action while the tempo picks up during the chorus of the track, which will benefit the environmental organization Zero Hour.
Still Woozy, “Rocky”
Even if Sven Gamsky didn’t literally sing “I just, I just… DREAM” in the hook to “Rocky,” the song could be described as high-quality dream-pop: the Portland-based artist sighs and shimmies over the synthesizers and doubled vocals, recalling artists like Phoenix and Miike Snow with his self-assured bounce.
Source: News | Billboard