New Music Spring

New Music Emerging Now: Spring Fever

If you want to catch up on the best new music releases this spring, look no further than our New Music Emerging Now: Spring Fever playlists. As always, this past season has unlimited music to discover from your favorite indie, pop, singer-songwriter, and alternative artists. Strong album releases came this month from Ed Sheeran, The National, and Joy Oladokun. Hot new spring singles included drops from Babe Rainbow, The Japanese House, Anderson Hao, and Diving at Dawn. Take a deep dive into our New Music Spring playlists below as the holiday weekend kicks off into summer.

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New Music Emerging Now // Spring Albums & EPs

Ed Sheeran--Subtract // Singer-songwriter

Ed Sheeran shares an emotional diary of personal turmoil in relationships and professional life on -Subtract. The preliminary concept of Subtract was always acoustic and stripped down, but recent events in his private life tragically lined up with the theme. Sheeran sought instrumentals from Aaron Dessner of The National to channel some of Subtract’s more profound, intimate moments. Sheeran processes the loss of best friend Jamal Edwards and touches on grief, depression, and uncertainty. He pens his deepest, darkest songs with “Salt Water,” “Sycamore,” and “Borderline.” “Life Goes On” relates to grieving the loss of his friend while the world spins on with the daily grind.

In contrast, “Dusty” is the perfect parent-child track about listening to records and being carefree in a moment of childhood innocence. The song is squeezed between heavier tracks, bringing sunshine as Sheeran recounts a shared morning ritual with his oldest daughter. Subtract lulls to a close with a Celtic-inspired tune, “The Hills of Aberfeldy,” written with Foy Vance, to give a solemn and yearning end to a primarily heartbreaking album.

Joy Oladokun-Proof of Life // Singer-songwriter/Folk

Joy Oladokun delivers Proof of Life, a stepping-out for the upcoming artist. The album sends an uplifting message to those going through “Changes,” trying to remain hopeful and working on self-improvement. Standout tracks that convey the message of the album include “Taking Things For Granted,” “Somebody Like Me,” and “Trying.” On these tracks, Oladokun longs for acceptance and understanding while challenging herself to be unbothered by opinions.

The range of artists on this album flaunts Oladokun’s genre-crossing flair. The Nashville-local singer is opening for Noah Kahan on his headlining tour, who is featured on “We’re All Gonna Die.” Other emotive collaborations on Proof of Life feature Mt. Joy, Chris Stapleton, Manchester Orchestra, and Maxo Kream. “Sweet Symphony” ft. Chris Stapleton accentuates the soulfulness of the two artists’ voices. Proof of Life is soul-searching, eloquent, and introspective, often sounding like pages of a musical diary.

The National-First Two Pages of Frankenstein // Alternative

Excerpt by Kate Freeman@what.kate.listens.to

The National’s most recent LP almost didn’t happen. Twins Aaron and Bryce Dessner crafted their signature undulating instrumental pieces, while lead singer Matt Berninger struggled to pen lyrics due to depression and writer’s block. Thankfully, two things helped spark Berninger’s return to form: his wife and lyric collaborator Carin Besser using the phrase “your mind is not your friend;” and picking up a copy of Frankenstein from the bookshelf. The lonely, desolate setting of the book’s opening felt relatable at the time. It was an appropriate starting point for the characteristically melancholy band’s ninth album. 

First Two Pages of Frankenstein sees The National shed their earlier angular guitar sounds and harshness in favor of more delicate tracks, perfect for their vulnerable yet wry lyrics. The album is arguably their heaviest emotionally, but to counteract this, it is also their shortest in over ten years. In the standout lead single, “Tropic Morning News,” Berninger proclaims, “There’s nothing stopping me now from saying all of the painful parts out loud.” 

The album features three collabs that are any indie fan’s dream – Sufjan Stevens, Phoebe Bridgers, and Taylor Swift. The most notable, “The Alcott” with Swift, earns her a writing credit and gives fans another heart-wrenching duet following “Coney Island” from evermore.

Frankenstein is relatable yet elusive, with glimpses of joy between waves of sorrow. Perhaps the exception is closer “Send For Me,” where Berninger stops looking inward and offers sincere kindness—a hopeful close to the album and the beginning of a new chapter for our favorite sad dad band.

New Music Emerging Now // Spring Discoveries

Anderson Hao “GET a GRIP” // Acoustic/Pop

Anderson Hao is gearing up to release her debut EP featuring recent singles “GET a GRIP” (ft. Lance Redeker) and “SECOND RATE.” The artist’s soft vocals and poignant lyrics are similar to the style of beabadoobee, Gracie Abrams, or Olivia Rodrigo. Hao’s simplistic tone on “GET a GRIP” instantly lures listeners with, “You’ve got your guard up, I’ve got this nagging feeling, so I hide my neck for two weeks. The track weaves in subtle elements as Lance’s voice accentuates but never overpowers Anderson’s. It culminates to a sonic height with the duality of vocals and instrumentation at the end. Anderson’s knack for candid and straightforward songwriting radiates in every song she has released. Be on the lookout for her EP, What a Hard Winter, on May 31st.

Babe Rainbow “Super Ego” // Psych-pop

Australian band Babe Rainbow recently took the stage at Shaky Knees Fest in Atlanta with their newest single, “Super Ego.” The four-piece band is known for their signature throwback sounds, which dominate “Super Ego” as the stellar production drifts listeners into a daze. “Super Ego” brings all the psychedelic vibes similar to a 60’s chill jam. One line even brings to mind Steve Miller Band’s iconic “Fly Like An Eagle” as the vocals soar over “and we were looking back through your computer.” Stay tuned for their upcoming EP, Fresh As A Head of Lettuce, set for release on June 16th.

Christian James, Laith, & Annalee Beck “Useless” // Alternative

Raleigh artist Christian James drops a collab track with Annalee Beck and local NC producer Laith. The upbeat style and carefree production are juxtaposed with the melancholy lyrics of being “Useless.” “Useless” embodies waves of ocean tides in the introduction, seemingly washing away spring and kicking off summer. “Nothing sounds right / I was slow dancing on the white rug, spillin’ wine / I love the fact that I am useless,” Christian repeats each word perfectly on the beat.

Diving at Dawn “Playing Your Records” // Alternative

Diving at Dawn, the solo project of Pete Hobbs from The Boy Least Likely To, goes on a sentimental flashback of experiencing music on vinyl for the first time. Hobbs paints a vivid image of exploring his father’s record collection as a kid and creating a core memory of spinning vinyl. This track is a must-hear for any record collector who loves the crackle of an old LP. “Playing Your Records” has similar vocals to Beck on “Stratosphere” and a melange of music Hobbs grew up listening to (Pink Floyd, George Harrison, Wings). Some songs were meant to be pressed on vinyl, and this one emulates that exact notion.

Dylan Kelley “Wherever You Are” // Country

Breakup songs have existed for ages but always seem vindictive, overly emotional, or often cliché. Dylan Kelley’s new single “Wherever You Are” is an ode to an ex, wishing them well in whatever journey they pursue after the relationship ends. Dylan’s storytelling on this track is spot on and sends the message softly but clearly in the most endearing way. Country music fans will want to put “Wherever You Are” on repeat and, for once, look back fondly on an old flame.

The Japanese House “Sad to Breathe” & “Sunshine Baby” // Pop

The Japanese House, solo artist Amber Bain of Dirty Hit, returns with sensational singles “Sad to Breathe” and “Sunshine Baby.” The debut single, “Boyhood,” from her upcoming album, In the End It Always Does, marked her first release since 2020. “Sad to Breathe” is an acoustic, more stripped-back style single that accentuates her pure vocals. The lyrics cut deep on processing the end of a relationship, “I go to bed, and I’m cryin, ’cause it’s sad to breathe the air when you’re not there.” George Daniel, drummer of The 1975, adds his magic to the production with the signature chimes of piano similar to The Birthday Party or The Man Who Married a Robot.

“Sunshine Baby” captures the bittersweet qualities of a relationship when you don’t want a good thing to end. “Putting off the end, ’cause in the end it always does,” is contrasted by “sitting in the backseat, driving with my sunshine baby.” Amber’s voice and diction on this track embody her feelings. Matty Healy’s backing vocals and a smooth sax solo brighten up the song like a warm spring day. In the End It Always Does is set for release on June 30th.

Lost Hearts “Night to Remember” // Rock

Lost Hearts brings pop-rock back to the forefront of the country-dominated city of Nashville. “Night to Remember” is a classic, catchy, live anthem. The lyrics on this single give listeners a glimpse of the mid-2000s. The simple concept of pining for someone that you can’t have rings out in a universal and memorable chorus. Lost Hearts have what it takes to command a stage and be the next big addition to rock tours around the US.


As May nears a close, we are still playing catch-up with new music this spring. Discover everything you see here and more on our New Music Emerging Now // Spring Fever playlists.

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New Music March

New Music March Moods Playlists

The music of March seemed endless as new albums arrived from Daisy Jones & the Six, Fall Out Boy, Miley Cyrus, and boygenius. Other notable news in the music scene came from Hozier, The Japanese House, and Ed Sheeran. This month, we dove into several mainstream albums, explored albums from new emerging artists, and spiced up our playlists with eclectic tunes from around the globe. Our “New Music Emerging Now: March Moods” playlists cover everything from R&B to Singer/Songwriter and French Pop to Alternative. A few new favorite discoveries include Blak Emoji, Eremos, Taali, and Annael. Explore all of these artists and more in our New Music March playlists below.

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New Music: March Albums & EPs

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Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus start their debut album as boygenius with two sonically polarizing tracks. “Without You Without Them” is a minimalistic harmonic vocal intro showcasing the three women’s raw voices. The album, entitled the record, leads into “$20” with boisterous guitars and an emotional climbing crescendo. As listeners weave through the group’s three artistic styles combined into one entity, they revel in the push and pull of rock-driven tunes and stripped-back hushed desires. Other highlights of the record include the guitar-driven “Satanist” opening with Baker’s edgy vocals followed by “We’re In Love,” which holds a nod to Taylor Swift’s “This Love.” Every song on the twelve-track LP coalesces as perfectly together as the voices of the supergroup. Rolling Stone, DIY, NME, and Dork all boast 5-star reviews for the 2023 debut from boygenius.

Daisy Jones & The Six-AURORA //

Daisy Jones & The Six is an interview-style novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The music-centered story, influenced partly by Fleetwood Mac, can also be compared to the film Almost Famous for music lovers. Daisy Jones & The Six finally comes to life with the Amazon Prime Video series starring Riley Keough and Sam Clafin. As the series unfolds, the songs on its soundtrack, AURORA, build emotional credibility and exposure. While this album may never touch the 70s classics, AURORA becomes a modern-day nostalgic masterpiece of its own. Songs like “More Fun to Miss,” “Look At Us Now,” and “The River” combine elements of longing, feminine influence, timeless 70s-sounding guitars, and band member banter. If this album hasn’t struck a chord with you, watch the series to see how each song unfolds and comes to life.

Fall Out Boy-So Much (For) Stardust //

Fall Out Boy returns with their eighth studio album, So Much (For) Stardust. The thirteen-track album may not emulate the angst of “A Little Less Sixteen Candles…” à la From Under the Cork Tree, but the Chicagoan band cohesively and succinctly generates a modern millennial gem. Leading with two stadium-charged singles led fans to believe this album was a return to form of sorts to earlier FOB days. So Much (For) Stardust does not disappoint, combining elements from their sound over the past two decades. The band delivers dance-worthy anthems, witty lyrics, and vibrant pop-rock tracks. Anyone who strayed from the Fall Out Boy path seems lured back under their spell for “Heaven, Iowa,” “Fake Out,” and “What A Time To Be Alive.”

Taali-taali //

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Taali soars high with her self-titled record this month. Taali, a veteran songsmith, took upon the challenge of crafting an album with the idea of removing autobiographical anecdotes. The album leads off with an instrumental strings piece, “Did We Die?” straight into “When the Dust Settles,” a minimal piano and vocal track that builds midway with a sense of urgency. Taali’s artistry shines through on the poppier floaty number “Anywhere” as she uses her voice to let the notes take flight. “Somewhere over Kansas” swoons listeners with stacked vocals, while “It Comes for You” adds an edgier side to the album with a poignant keyboard melody. Lyrically, the album explores “grief, wanderlust, self-discovery, and empowerment.” Taali exudes artistic flair and cohesiveness. This album is one for the decades.

Violaine-Rose Rouge-EP //

Chanson française artist Violaine discloses a lyrical journey on her recent Rose Rouge EP. “Toute Petite” is a soft, heartfelt ballad about dealing with negative self-dialogue. Her poetic French lines roll off the tongue on “Juillet” with lyrics like “de nos errances, ivresses dense, je n’ai pas de regret…même si mon cœur n’est pas étanche, je veux rêver…” The second half of the EP picks up with “Oxygène,” a poppy confession of love, and the seductive closing track, “La Partie.” “La Partie” combines infectious beats with Violaine’s sultry vocals, leading to a satisfying instrumental fadeout.

New Music: March Discoveries

Annael “J’accuse” //

French pop singer Annael caught us off guard with his self-aware single “J’accuse.” On “J’accuse,” Annael blends genres with elements of dance and pop and a stylistic aura similar to the likes of Stromae. The diction and elocution of this song are beautifully executed. “J’accuse” creates a sonic loop of transcending sounds that echo a summer music festival. The track digs deeper, however, on self-criticism as Annael shares on Instagram, “Chaque personne à un côté sombre qu’elle doit apprivoiser. C’est un challenge au quotidien, de vivre avec ses défauts et d’y faire face*.”
*Every person has a dark side that they have to tame. It’s an everyday challenge to live with your faults and to face them.

Blak Emoji “Last Night Lost” //

Electro-R&B artist and producer Blak Emoji hypnotizes fans with the remastered single “Last Night Lost.” The vibrating electro beats meshed with luscious falsetto vocals immediately grasp and enthrall listeners. Seductive lyrics creep into your head and resonate with the catchy beats and chorus. “Last Night Lost” is a sweet addition to any going-out playlist.

Caroline Larke “Horses” //

Caroline Larke introduces us to her single “Horses,” and we fell for every detail in this song. “Horses” is a stunner on the first listen, with vocals soaring over open space. The track’s lyricism, delivery, and musical progression resound with perfect execution. The folk-style acoustic song paints a picture of serenity and loyalty. Stylistic decisions on vocal elocution echo Billie Eilish in “When the Party’s Over.” “Horses” invites you to channel your inner zen and surrender to your full potential.

Christine and the Queens “To be honest” //

Christine and the Queens announced “To be honest” as the first single off his upcoming album, PARANOIA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE. “To be honest” is yet another masterful melange of sounds surrounded by the striking vocals of Christine and the Queens. The ever-present combination of mixing French and English lyrics and creating transcending sounds prevails in this lead single. The three-part LP is due out on June 9th, 2023.

Eremos “Ghost On the River” //

In mid-March, Athens, Georgia, rock band Eremos released the mesmerizing single “Ghost On the River.” The delivery on this track, from the vocals to the lyrics and the emotion behind it, speaks volumes to listeners. Written with minimal production and drawing inspiration from blues, indie folk, rock, and country, Eremos hits every note with “Ghost On the River.” “Ghost On the River” is a timeless song that will have you belting out the words right along with it. The alluring and unique vocals only strengthen as the track continues. A captivating guitar arrangement, emotion-evoking opening vocals, memorable singalong chorus, and a properly placed guitar solo make this song perpetually superb.

Lucky Iris “23” //

Lucky Iris is an alt-pop duo from Leeds, U.K. After a period of writing and developing their sound, the band is gearing up to release their new EP, ‘maybe i’m too much.’ “23” is the first serotonin-boosting single from the upcoming summer EP. The production on “23” takes listeners on a sonic nostalgia journey; it’s truly the “frisson” type experience that many music fans often search for in a song. From what we’ve heard, “23” represents the beginning of a new creative era for the young duo.

Sophia Patsalides “Beautiful Ghost” //

Female Cypriot artist Sophia Patsalides, a new music discovery on Groover, landed on our March playlist with “Beautiful Ghost.” The single has a captivating intro, and the vocals are phenomenal. The buildup in this song and the recurring loop from the opening easily make it a breathtaking earworm. Sophia’s pop and R&B style on “Beautiful Ghost” solidifies our interest in the new emerging artist.


March was a massive month for new releases, so check out the full “New Music Emerging Now: March Moods” playlists below.

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