Sunday, 22 April 2018

BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 22/04/2018: Ariana Grande, Empress Of, Janelle Monae and more...




Ariana Grande pulls her own face off in her new music video and Janelle Monae sings about vaginas. This week has it all…

THE BEST:

‘Sooner’ – Soft Science


Shoegazey guitars, dreamy vocals and groovy bass come together in this new shiny single from Californian indie act Soft Science. Most of these dreampop/shoegaze/dreamgaze/postgaze bands (I’m not sure what the correct genre label is here) rely on atmosphere over catchiness, but this single feels both atmospheric and immediately catchy.

 ‘Bad Faith’ – Dove House


These Brighton lads have one of the more exciting sounds I’ve heard in indie rock recently. ‘Bad Faith’ comes off their new EP Teeth and is a stripped back mix of groovy bass, punchy drums and a explosion of guitar during the chorus, topped with slick and infectious vocals.  

 ‘Trust Me Baby/In Dreams’ – Empress Of


LA artist Lorely Rodriguez (AKA Empress Of) is back with some more sophisticated electropop, this time featuring bilingual lyrics that switch between English and Spanish. Unlike her previous material which has all been self-produced, this tracks sees her teaming up with beatsmith Cole MGN – although it still feels distinctly like her type of production.

‘No Tears Left To Cry’ - Ariana Grande


‘No Tears Left To Cry’ is a response to the tragic bombing that took place at Ariana’s Manchester concert last year. I was expecting a mournful slow ballad – but this single is anything but. Spiky synth chords and uptempo drums kick in and make way for a defiantly feelgood dance-pop anthem about recovering and staying positive, topped off with an infectious hook ‘so I’m picking it up, I’m picking it up/I’m loving, I’m living, I’m picking it up’. It comes accompanied by a trippy music video, which sees Ariana dancing atop skyscrapers in a Blade-Runner-esque metropolis and pulling off her face.

THE WORST:

‘PYNK’ – Janelle Monae


I don’t really have an issue with the subject matter and imagery, but for someone’s whose music is usually so eclectic in sound this feels very generic. If it wasn’t about vaginas, it could be a Fifth Harmony song.

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