Ba-dee-ya dancin’ in September! New Music Friday rolls into September with a Glimpse of Fall playlist for cooler cozy nights. Songwriters Dermot Kennedy, Billy Raffoul, and Dean Lewis round out the sweeter sides, while The Wonder Years, Dwain Brown, and Nina Nesbitt bring the spice. This playlist is the perfect soundtrack for breaking out the fall decor.
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New Music Friday: Glimpse of Fall Highlights
// “Kiss Me” by Dermot Kennedy //-Singer-songwriter/Pop
Dermot Kennedy’s fourth single from upcoming album Sonder, “Kiss Me,” resonates a similar poppy sound to hit “Something to Someone.” “So, I let this night in my lungs, you’re all that I want to breathe,” revels Kennedy in eloquent artistry. In true Dermot fashion, the songwriter captures the feeling of fleeting memories flashing by like billboards on a highway. Sonder has a new release date of November 4th, pre-order the album here.
// “Better” by Billy Raffoul //-Singer-songwriter/Alternative
Canadian singer-songwriter Billy Raffoul drops “Better,” his first solo single in the last two years, this week. Raffoul has one of the most identifiable voices, one you may recognize from music featured on This Is Us. “Better” follows his debut album International Hotel in 2020. The single is an acoustic charmer with endearing lyrics, “I wanna make you smile, wanna put you back together, you’ve been hurt before, I wanna love you better.”
// “I Should Be a Bird” by Nina Nesbitt //-Pop
Scottish pop singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt released her long-awaited third album, Älskar (“love” in Swedish), today. Nesbitt’s vocals shine on soothing downside track, “I Should Be a Bird.” At 28, Nina embraces vulnerability and carrying the weight of a relationship on “I Should Be a Bird.” Her more mature sound and writing defines the back-and-forth battle between giving it all and letting it go. Check out the rest of Älskar and listen to the album here.
// “Fatherhood” by Dwain Brown //-Hip-hop/Rap
Londoner Dwain Brown is a poet and spoken word rap artist. Brown’s newest single, “Fatherhood,” delves into the struggles of parenthood with a positive hopeful spin. His words reverb alluringly and draw the listener in closely to reveal his story. Dwain Brown paints a picture of his childhood to growing into his role of a father in a beautifully written, insatiably catchy single.
Pennsylvania pop-punk band The Wonder Years are set to release their SEVENTH album, The Hum Goes On Forever September 22nd. TWY bring the heat on single “Old Friends Like Lost Teeth,” combining trademark pop-punk guitars and angsty lyrics. The chorus rings high, “But oh, I wanna build, wanna build you back from memory, something that can stay, that can stay here when you go.” The title line, “Old Friends Like Lost Teeth,” gets heavier then fades to a hushed vocal on the final pre-chorus.
// “How Do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis //-Singer-songwriter
Dean Lewis always has the recipe for a good cry. “How Do I Say Goodbye” is a heartfelt tearjerker written about Lewis’s father being diagnosed with cancer. The artist’s story has a happy ending as his father is now in remission, but the song resonates with fans that may be facing the same journey. “How Do I Say Goodbye” puts words to a situation that often feels too emotional to vocalize.
Check out all of these songs and more on our New Music Friday playlists below