New Music Friday is jam-packed with album drops, new singles, and endless playlists. Finding it difficult to keep up with your favorite artists? This week, we play catch up for you, sifting through noteworthy LPs and emerging tracks over the past few months. Scroll through to discover new artists and check out our weekly New Music Emerging Now playlists for more curated content!
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British singer-songwriter James Bay dropped his third album, Leap, and is soaring to the top of the UK charts (competing for #1 with Monsieur Styles). For those unfamiliar with Bay, he brings intricate and poetic lyrics together with big guitar sounds and powerful raspy vocals. An artist who simply lights the place on fire when performing live, Bay’s third album is flawlessly laced with all of his signature songwriting melodies and lyrics. Leap brings massive tunes such as “Brilliant Still,” “Silent Love,” “One Life,” “Right Now,” and “Give Me the Reason.”
Fans of Springsteen, Petty, Dylan, Clapton, and Marvin Gaye keep your ears peeled for hints of the most influential songs of their time. “Give Me the Reason” focuses on Bay’s dramatic vocal range, drawing you in from the first track of the album. “One Life” is a tear-inducing ‘pour your heart out’ wedding song, while “Silent Love” embraces vulnerability in moments of uncertainly in a new relationship. Bay uses a lustrous falsetto in “Right Now” to induce longing romantic glances, and “Brilliant Still” is a charming reminder of everlasting admiration.
Alternative indie artist beabadoobee drops her dreamlike sophomore album Beatopia today. Standout contrasting singles “Talk” and “See You Soon” eerily creep into your mind and leave lasting earworms. “Talk” sings sweet guitars alongside 90’s-esque pop punk lyrics, while “See You Soon” echos cosmic sounds and purified vocal wonders.
Deeper cuts include “Perfect Pair” and “You’re Here That’s the Thing,” both tunes evoking sounds of a Parisian style jazz café. “Ripples” is more downtempo accompanied by peaceful strings, paired with sincere lyrics and pure vocals.
Aussie natives The Faim dropped their sophomore album TALK TALK last Friday and we are head over heels! While the entirety of the album is meshed with soaring rhythms and vocals, standout tracks include “Life in a Cinema,” “Flowers,” “Me Because of You,” and “Jealous Love.”
“Flowers” whispers of ‘listen to me’ vocals on the intro, leading to a massive build-up bridge and jump-inducing anthemic chorus. “Me Because of You” merges retro pop with funky guitars and a soaring chorus with full vocal range on display. “Jealous Love” builds quintessential Young the Giant-type drums in an outpour of heartfelt lyrics. To round off the album, “ERA” feels like a wistful, yet hopeful coda to a cohesive soundtrack for The Faim.
Indie rock band Out of Service of Philly put out emo blended, guitar heavy, The Ground Beneath Me this June. Out of Service combines the qualities of emo, rock, indie, and grudge, developing a sound that music fans search for over the recent years. The Ground Beneath Me includes guest vocals from Taking Back Sunday (John Nolan), All Get Out (Nathan Hussey), and Emery.
Start to finish, the album includes nods to all your favorite emo bands of the early 2000’s. Hawthorne Heights style guitar tones resound in “A Moment Trapped in Time” ft. Emery, followed by a Brand New reminiscent “Offshore” vocal. “Offshore” starts off hushed vocals, a slow build to bridge, and a full-on rock out chorus. “What You See” ft. John Nolan gives the album depth, culminating in a thundering outro of classic TBS vocals.
Out of Service generates emo music in a realm where *new* bands of this caliber are few and far between.
Philly area singer-songwriter Justin Kerecz launched an ‘easy feelin’ track entitled “California” this past week. “California” paints a perfect western escape with a blend of folky vocals, bluesy guitars, and nods to timeless Gram Parsons tunes. Kerecz creates the right amount of twang, nostalgia, and endearment to wind you down a back road on summer nights.
After nearly a decade hiatus, Georgia pop punk band Cartel is back with a new nostalgic single “17.” “17” possesses distinctive elements of fan-favorite tracks “Honestly” and “Say Anything (Else),” staying true to the early 2000’s draw of the band. Moreover, the single is polished and reflective with mature vocals, signature guitars, and pensive lyrics. Will Pugh’s voice echoes the likes of Jimmy Eat World in soft songs like “555.” Cartel joins Dashboard Confessional and Andrew McMahon on their ‘Hello Gone Days‘ tour August 16-27.
Poetic Philadelphia based singer-songwriter Fiona McHugh debuted Just Passing Through (EP) this past May. “Dolly” showcases elegant lyricism sprinkled with the vocal angst and conviction of an Alanis Morissette or Fiona Apple song. McHugh’s voice is undeniably unique. We will keep an eye on her upcoming endeavors.
New York’s duo of Matt Conolly and William O’Connor, Wilmah, released hopeful pop track “Saturday Morning Cartoons” this week. “Saturday Morning” combines dance-inducing instrumentation and production with eager lyrics and a captivatingly catchy chorus. Wilmah continues to have an effortless ability to produce and generate invigorating pop songs for the times.
Check out all of these songs and more on our New Music Emerging Now playlists below