Today we have some new tunes for you, brought to you exclusively by our Artist of the Week, MIEARS! Keep reading to find out why she’s loving these tracks lately and check out the full playlist below!
James Blake – Love Me In Whatever Way: I love James Blake’s 2016 release, The Colour In Anything. I’ve listened to it quite often since it released. This particular song is my current favorite from the album. I love the simple, pulsing rhythm, and his use of vocal samples and loops. The carefully placed, gritty texture of his voice in some of the lines in the verses is what hooked me in. I feel the passion in his vocals and I can get totally lost in the chorus vocal melody and the warmth of the surrounding synths.
SOHN – Rennen: I love SOHN’s new album, Rennen, and my current favorite from the release is the title track, Rennen. This track is not as synth heavy as some of his others, but I like the stripped-down feel. The pre-chorus melody and lyrics practically rip my heart out. This song is extremely emotional and so relatable. I think we have all been desperate to let go of something before, but can’t quite make ourselves. This song has been on repeat for me lately.
London Grammar – Rooting For You: One of my most listened to albums is London Grammar’s If You Wait. I was super excited when I saw that they released a new song! I am hoping for a new album soon, and would love to see them live. Hannah’s voice is as haunting and gorgeous as ever, and the reverb drenched guitars always get the feels going. Their production is minimal, but it packs a lot of power and emotion.
The xx – Lips: This is my current favorite song off of their newest release, I See You. I think it embodies their classic sound and showcases the depth and development their production. I love the familiar, rhythmic, staccato guitar and the captivating vocal melodies in this song. This album will be on repeat for me.
Pronoun – Til Your Legs Give Up (Ben Hobbs remix): This already-solid track from Pronoun was reworked by Ben Hobbs into a tune that I love even more in its remixed form. Ben Hobbs did an amazing job in giving the song a new (very catchy and danceable) life, while still leaving Pronoun’s deep, sultry voice some room to breathe and be showcased. I’m really loving the combination of these two artists’ visions on this remix.
Psychic Twin – Stop In Time: There are so many great things I could say about Psychic Twin. I learned of her music just last weekend, and I have not stopped listening. If I could pick a favorite song from her 2016 release, Strange Diary, it would be Stop In Time. The bass pulsing at the opening of the song is like a roadmap for my emotions, and in the first moment that her vocal melody emerges, an eye-closing, chill inducing moment ensues. I love how the song builds from the intro into the first beat drop and develops throughout. I’ve probably listened to it 100 times this week.
KING – The Greatest: the synth and chill vibes on this song are off the chart. I love the smooth vocal melodies, surrounded by synth-heavy production. These self-produced women are incredible, and I am super excited to dig into KING’s catalogue and listen to more of their music after recently discovering this song.
MUNA – Crying On The Bathroom Floor: This dark and synth-laced track is a perfect song to drown your sorrows in. Pulsing rhythms, plenty of synths, and a strong female vocal are usually a recipe for a playlist-worthy song for me. This song, though it seems to be written from a dark perspective, is a reminder to love yourself first. Crying On The Bathroom Floor is a song that is easy for me to connect and empathize with.
Psychic Twin – Strangers: Since I am currently in obsession-mode over Psychic Twin, I am including another track, Strangers, from Strange Diary on this playlist. Strangers is such a strong track. From the arpeggiated synth in the intro that collapses into breathy angelic vocals in verse one, to the sparkling synth accents that occur throughout, this repeat-worthy song is one of my current favorites. Lyrically, I love the idea of reconnecting with someone through action, as words can sometimes get lost in translation.
Shy Girls – Why I Love: Shy Girls’ dreamy bedroom R&B style is easy to get lost in, and he’s just as smooth and rich live as he is through your earbuds. I was lucky to catch him live in Houston back in 2015. I am loving his new album, Salt, and so far I am digging Why I Love, the most. I love the reflective lyrics and the questions that they provoke in my mind.