It’s hard to believe that January is already coming to a close! New year’s eve only felt like yesterday. 2019 is a new year and that means new music trends! This month has seen lots of fresh sounds from many artists and of course, emerging artists as well. Here are the top 5 new songs that you need to add to your playlist.
Lost Frequency — The Swoons
The Swoons are back with a new band member and new music! After previously collaborating with artist Trevor Myall, they’ve decided to make him a permanent addition to the band. The strengths of “Lost Frequency” all stems from its creators. The song has a sort of contemporary R&B vibe set over a strong bass drum that reminds me a lot of a heartbeat, and the piano fills give so much colour and life to the song. The song also features the powerhouse vocals of TRANSVIOLET. I especially love the harmonies used in the vocals that are placed like easter eggs for the listener to find.
Into You — Julia Michaels
Inner Monologue Part One was an album that I’ve been very much looking forward to for a long time. I’ve always been a huge fan of Julia Michaels as a songwriter and an artist. “Into You” is one of those songs that I instantly related to, much like many of her other songs. My favourite lyric is from the chorus where she says, “So many birthdays that I missed so I don’t run right into you, but you know that’s what I wanna do.” She combines very acoustic-based instruments like a simple piano, later taken over by the guitar, and mashes it up with a more EDM beat. The chorus is big, explosive even. She goes full out into a call-and-response chant on the words “I wanna do.”
i’m so tired — Lauv & Troye Sivan
This is one collaboration that cannot be missed. In my opinion, the song draws much of its style from Troye Sivan and reminds me a lot of “My, My, My”, another song he released earlier last year. I love the effects used in this song from the distorted chorus on the vocals to the ‘whooshes’ in the background. For me, the song is a bit too repetitive but nevertheless, it has its shining moments.
Alaska — Maggie Rogers
I know that I’ve already raved about how good Maggie Rogers but “Alaska” is one of those songs that you absolutely need to listen to (even Pharell Williams says so). After the release of her album, she climbed the charts to №1on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart last week. This classic folk singer connects the listener with the natural plains that she grew up in by pairing it with a bouncy beat and body percussion.
100 Bad Days — AJR
The first time I heard this song, I almost cried because it was so beautiful. AJR has always been one of my favourite, if not my favourite band of all time. “100 Bad Days” is about being optimistic about better days to come because as their lyric goes, “100 bad days make 100 good stories, and that’s what makes you interesting at parties.” It’s deeply personal and a great message for young people these days. AJR has changed their sound quite a bit since their hit album, “The Click” and they’ve gone for even bigger and more complex. Particularly, the use of the harp and trumpet is greatly emphasized in the pre-chorus. At the beat drop, they decided to cut all the sounds except for a single pitch-shifted voice and an interesting clapping rhythm. It was both a bold and extremely smart choice. The chorus is filled with trumpet shots which is always a signature of AJR. I particularly liked that they kept the push-and-pull nature of their thick choruses. The bridge is particularly interesting as they used what I can only guess are clinking glasses with a synthesized melody. Overall, the song is a masterpiece and you should definitely go listen to it.