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Best Emerging Indie Artists: Summer 2023 Wrap-Up

Did you find your song of the summer? Do you have a list of your favorite albums of 2023 so far? Maybe you caught onto Del Water Gap if you watched The Summer I Turned Pretty. Or if you followed along with the New Music Friday trends, you probably checked out Olivia Rodrigo, The National, and Morgan Wallen. If you’re still searching for some of the best emerging indie artists of the year, stay tuned for a breakdown of new music discoveries. Our summer 2023 wrap-up will put some new artists on your radar as we head into spooky season.

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Best Emerging Indie Artists Summer 2023

Amanda Cross: Folk/Acoustic/Alt-Country

Amanda Cross’s music blends several genres, from folk to Americana, country, and rock. Her summer single “Desert Rose” has a haunting aspect that undoubtedly captures the atmosphere of the desert. The song comes to a powerful height, demonstrating Amanda’s vocal range and talent. “Desert Rose” sparks a similar feel to “The River” by Daisy Jones & The Six. Amanda Cross followed this single with “Tennesee,” a more stripped-down folk ballad.

ANI: Soul pop

ANI is a soul-pop artist whose music is pure, calming, and heartfelt. Her single, “Miss U,” is an easy-listening earworm and a perfect addition to any chill-out playlist. The bassline on this track drives the song but pauses for the listener to focus on the vocals and lyrics. The chorus is memorable and soothing as it echoes in your head. ANI most recently released “Waiting Game,” which features more of her soulful vocals and sultry sound.

Lucius Arthur: Pop/Rock/Punk

Lucius Arthur is a pop-rock/punk artist from the U.K. His summer single, “Bad Trip,” proved to be a success for his audience. “Bad Trip” creeps into your head and instantly has you singing along in an angsty way. The vocals are inviting and unique, calling upon fans of Måneskin or The Struts.

Lucius recently followed “Bad Trip” with “Scarlet Tears,” a 90s-inspired single with a guitar style similar to Radiohead. He shows an array of emotions in his voice and a wide vocal range to keep the atmosphere captivating. After hearing these tracks, fans should be enthralled with the surprises in Lucius Arthur’s music.

Luther Clayton: Folk/Acoustic/Pop

Luther Clayton is an emerging singer-songwriter from the U.K. His recent single, “It’s Amazing,” showcases his songwriting talent and acoustic influences. The slow-building progression of this song keeps listeners eager to hear the story unfold. Moreover, the lyrics are eloquently written and delivered by Luther’s unmistakable vocals. You can hear musical inspiration from Luther’s influences, Ben Howard, Bon Iver, and David Gray. “It’s Amazing” is a heartbreaking track with an unexpected yet relatable ending.

Elijah Delgado: Indie rock/Singer-songwriter

Elijah Delgado’s music is for fans of Gary Clark Jr., John Mayer, Young the Giant, or Paulo Nutini. His latest single, “Pipe Dream,” draws listeners in with a minimal introduction focusing on the vocals and lyrics. “Pipe Dream” has many layers that play to Delgado’s depth and ability to blend genres. The structure of this song continues to give as it builds to a culminating high.

Best Emerging Indie Artists Summer 2023

Del Water Gap: Indie pop

Del Water Gap (Samuel Holden Jaffe) is the most recognized artist on this list. His music became more prevalent with the second season of The Summer I Turned Pretty. His infectious singles, “All We Ever Do Is Talk,” “Losing You,” and “Coping On Unemployment” have infinite plays.

As a follow-up to his 2021 debut, Del Water Gap released his sophomore LP I Miss You Already + I Haven’t Left Yet. This album includes indie pop bops that will carry you into the end of the year. Standout tracks apart from the singles include “NFU” and “Glitter & Honey.” Del Water Gap’s second album is certainly gearing up to be a contender for AOTY.

Edgar Everyone: Electropop

Edgar Everyone is a French artist living in L.A. His most recent single, “Time is a nonlinear joke,” merges electronic, pop, dance, and funk. His style of music would resonate with fans of Tame Impala, Gorillaz, or Thundercat. “Time is a nonlinear joke” is psychedelic, melodic, and particularly transcendent. This track makes a great addition to any festival or concert pump-up playlist.

Cati Landry: Indie pop/Dream pop

Cati Landry is a Canadian singer-songwriter who fuses indie, alt, and dream pop sounds. Her latest track, “Mind’s Eye,” is undeniably memorable and melodic. The chorus flawlessly achieves the goal of being catchy within the first few seconds. The combination of romanticism alongside poetic lyrics encourages you to dig deeper. Cati’s vocals seem to float as they carry the atmosphere of this song. “Mind’s Eye” is full of dreamy melodies and longing expressions that will stick in your head.

LiketheAstronaut: Alternative

LiketheAstronaut is a new project from John Glenn of the band Stellar Young. Together with Dave Parker (Weerd Science producer), Josh Eppard (Coheed & Cambria drummer), and Kyle Hatch (Stellar Young guitarist), they released their debut EP. The EP, Moments Before, covers grief, new life, and reflection presented in an organic blend of soundscapes.

“A Part” is the lead single from this project, which holds a scope of deeper emotions masked by upbeat elements. “Slumber Still” is a favorite from the EP that pulls in every direction of life when you explore the lyrics. “Slumber Still” has layers of despair, vulnerability, and hope. The contrast of the ethereal instrumentals and significantly personal lyrics will have you listening repeatedly.

PRIMOVERE: Indie pop/Altnernative

PRIMOVERE is an 8-piece Italian group that combines influences of indie pop, post-rock, new wave, and classical music. Their two most recent singles, “Funeral” and “Dopamine,” both hit with an abundance of emotions.

On “Funeral,” a glimpse of hope shines in the chorus of a mostly subdued and melancholic track. The song starts soft and focused, gradually building to a more amplified sound. The feelings of “Funeral” pierce the audience both musically and lyrically. “Dopamine” follows a similar suit, with flawless vocals and a clearly communicated message. The style of PRIMOVERE echoes the likes of The National with their ability to evoke a goosebump feeling from a ‘never-before-heard’ song.


Other best emerging indie artists of the summer include Holly Humberstone, Babe Rainbow, Shak SYrn, Anthony Ortiz, Nation of Language, and Cannons. All of these artists and more are featured in a selection of playlists below.

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Emerging Female Artists

Emerging Indie Female Artists Summer 2023

It’s no secret that more and more women are dominating the music industry and finding unique ways to get their voices heard. This month, we’ve received countless buzz-worthy submissions from emerging indie female artists all over the globe. This post highlights some phenomenal women to watch for the summer in the independent music scene.

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Emerging Indie Female Artists

ALBA

ALBA is a French pop artist who released her most recent EP, Le bon sens, on July 5th. Her polarizing two-single project, “Oh! Chéri !” and “Oui chérie ?” shows a relationship from both sides (chéri/chérie) with two different production styles.

The first, “Oh! Chéri !” depicts a frustrated partner singing, “dis-moi pourquoi avec toi, c’est toujours comme ça ? Les promesses vaines, ta mauvaise foi* !” While the visual is in color, the song stays in a melancholic realm of doubt, unanswered questions, and exasperation. In contrast, “Oui chérie ?” is a more upbeat, synth-pop track responding to all the questions. “J’ai jamais menti. Je vois bien le problème, mais moi, j’ai rien promis**.” ALBA portrays this “couldn’t care less” side of the story in a black & white video accompanied by violins and a Latin influence.

*Tell me why it’s always the same with you? Your vain promises and bad faith.

**I never lied. I can see the problem, but I didn’t promise anything.

Amelie Lucille

Emerging Indie Female Artists

Amelie Lucille’s latest single, “Mess,” will have you questioning whether you are listening to Billie Eilish, Nina Nesbitt, or Olivia Rodrigo. The NYC indie-folk artist released her self-titled debut EP on June 15th. At the young age of 14, she already sets herself apart with her classic influences ranging from Björk to Lana Del Rey. Her pure vocals and tone highlight her “old soul” mentality. “Mess” is one of seven tracks on her EP. The single is well-polished, exquisitely written, and perfectly delivered. Within seconds of listening to this track, you won’t believe your ears. Furthermore, Amelie Lucille emulates raw talent and poise and is undoubtedly an artist to watch in the indie scene.

Ferielle

Emerging Indie Female Artists

Parisian pop artist Ferielle shares singles “JAMAIS” and “JETER UN SORT” on her debut EP l’eau qui dort. Her voice is sublime and rich, often compared to the likes of Maggie Rogers or King Princess in her musical style. You may recognize her 2022 single, “dis-moi on où va,” from season 3 of Emily in Paris. Her voice is undoubtedly recognizable, soft, and ethereal. The catchy melodies in “dis-moi où on va” and “JAMAIS” linger in your head, even if you don’t speak French. Her music transports you to a lighthearted rom-com movie you idolized in the 90s.

Hello Sister

Emerging Indie Female Artists

Pop-punk sister trio, Hello Sister, is on a kick to follow the path of the Jonas Brothers but in the musical style of Avril Lavigne or Paramore. The Orlando, Florida sisters previously appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2021. This year, the pop-rock teens shared a catalog of singles, including “Invisible Girl,” “Lately,” “Things You Never Said,” and “tragic.” “Invisible Girl” shows a softer, more emotional side to the group, while “Lately” brings on Avril-esque teenage angst. Their songs are incredibly catchy and memorable, staying with you even after one listen. The lyrics relate to teenagers going through similar growing pains in relationships, friendships, life, and love. Above all, Hello Sister demonstrates a knack for blending genres with their charismatic flair.

Kaÿcie

Kaÿcie is a Franco-American artist born in France known for her folk/pop indie style. Her single, “MOON,” is an innovative blend of indie, pop, folk, and acoustic styles. A haunting twangy guitar rings out in the introduction, encouraging the listener to stay alert. Kaÿcie’s folky vocals lure you in and draw you to the chorus, encompassed by rock-esque guitars as it builds. It’s alluring, earthy, serene, and thought-provoking.

Her recent single, “Young Hearts,” showcases her superb vocal ability, soft indie folk style, and poetic lyricism. The chorus soars over a harmony of “My young heart is old, for my love is bold, and your fire’s beauty to behold.” Kaÿcie’s songwriting shines brightly on this track as she uses imagery to describe how her youth has dwindled, revealing an older, wiser, more poised version of herself in love.

Micaela Kleinsmith

Micaela Kleinsmith is a South African country artist and the first winner of the Apple TV+ series My Kind of Country. The series, executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Kacey Musgraves, features coaches from the country music scene. Orville Peck scouted and coached Micaela on the show, leading her to victory. Micaela dazzled her audience with hit singles like “If I Die Young,” “Need You Now,” and “Good Kisser.” The soulful artist shared her original songs “Stupid Love” and “Butterfly” while on the show.

Micaela’s recent EP Butterfly includes her most popular single, “Raise This Cup,” a dance-worthy country drinking song. In contrast, a softer side reflects in her latest release, “Over You,” with Rudi Simon & Marcel Aquila. “Over You” spotlights her rich vocals on a surprising dance track showing her depth outside of the country music world.

Naya

Emerging Indie Female Singers

French singer-songwriter Naya shared her single, “vaguémo,” a melancholic dream-pop tune. The gloomy lyrics create a somber and sorrowful atmosphere around her mesmerizing vocals. Her voice is unique and memorable after a few seconds, setting her apart from many artists in this genre. The chorus draws listeners into a trancelike state as her voice rings out, “comme une tempête qui souffle dans ta tête, et tout le flot, tout le flot de cette vague émo*.”

Naya’s hypnotic vocals and distinctive style put her in line with the likes of Holly Humberstone, Gracie Abrams, and Beach House. Most recently, Naya opened for The 1975 at the gorgeous L’Olympia music hall in Paris.

*Like a storm blowing in your head, and all the flood, all the flood of this emo wave.

Sarah Lake

Emerging Indie Female Artists

Nashville country artist and former American Idol top 20 contestant, Sarah Lake, has had success lately with her single, “Good to Be Gone.” She released two versions of the track; a radio single and an acoustic version. Sarah co-wrote “Good to Be Gone” with Songland finalist Alyssa Newton. The song is produced by her husband and Grammy Nominated producer Ernie Lake. Sarah’s voice sounds flawless in this summer breakup track, especially on the acoustic version. The lyrics and storytelling aspect put you directly into the singer’s shoes. “Good to Be Gone” is an immediate earworm stuck in your head for days.

Sarah recently released a collaborative single with Lucas Grabeel entitled “Back to You.” She follows this with her brand-new track, “To Alabama,” a love song to Alabama, a peaceful place to escape. The single is a writing collaboration with the Nashville country rock group Everette.

tiger del flor

Emerging Indie Female Musicians

Emerging indie pop artist tiger del flor drops an ‘in-your-face’ grunge-inspired single, “shut up and kiss me!” You may recognize the singer from the popular reality series Love Island, USA (Season 4). Del flor makes a bang with “shut up and kiss me!” combining pop, punk, and grunge elements. She pays homage to fellow Seattle legends Nirvana, Hole, and Mudhoney, some of the groups she grew up listening to. “Shut up and kiss me!” is melodic, edgy, seductive, and nostalgic; it creeps into your ears and echos in your brain. tiger del flor is gearing up to release her debut EP see me in hell.

Discover these incredible Emerging Indie Female Artists and so many others on our “New Music Emerging Now” playlists for the season.

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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

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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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February Albums

Alluring February Albums You Don’t Want to Miss

February albums bring on the heartbreak, angst, and vulnerability of 2023. SYML and Raye kicked off the month with The Day My Father Died and My 21st Century Blues, respectively. The long-awaited return of Paramore arrives with This Is Why. On-the-rise Dublin band Inhaler drops Cuts & Bruises, and Gorillaz raise the bar with Cracker Island at the end of the month. Listen to these February albums and more on our February Heartbreakers playlist.

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Raye’s debut album, My 21st Century Blues, is a fusion of the British singer-songwriter’s work after her departure from Polydor Records. Raye kicked off this album with her first Number 1 single, “Escapism,” with 070 Shake. As an independent artist, Raye tackles her most personal inner struggles. Song titles like “Body Dysmorphia” and “Environmental Anxiety” speak for themselves as the album weaves through a diary-like journey. Raye intertwines genres of pop, R&B, gospel, funk, and soul on this candid composition of 15 tracks. Apart from “Escapism,” our favorites include “Oscar Winning Tears” and “The Thrill Is Gone.”

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Singer-songwriter SYML (sim-ul) captivates fans with his sophomore album, The Day My Father Died. The album takes a sensitive topic to the forefront as the solo artist discusses the loss of his father. Several songs, including the title track, are surprisingly upbeat as the songsmith faces grief and pays homage to his father. Songs like “Sweet Home” and “Corduroy” call out feelings of Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver as they weep across the arrangement.

Highlights of the album include a Fleetwood Mac meets James Bay style track, “Laughing at the Storm,” and heart-pouring “Baby Don’t Lie.” The Day My Father Died is produced by Phil Ek, known for his work with Fleet Foxes, Vance Joy, and Band of Horses. If you are a fan of any artists above, you’ll quickly fall in love with this staggering record.

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Your favorite early 2000s bands are back and delivering albums for fans to relive their black nail polish and Warped Tour days. The glorious concept about Paramore’s timing with This Is Why is that, along with their fanbase, the band has matured and blessed us with emo songs for adults in their twenties and thirties. If you weren’t sold on the sound from “This Is Why,” try “Running Out of Time” or “You First” for a guaranteed serotonin-boosting flashback. This Is Why chews over topics from depression and isolation to anxiety and uncertainty. Paramore combines post-punk, subtleties from Hayley’s solo work, and riveting lyrics at the right level to make the album shine.

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Dublin band Inhaler releases their sophomore album, Cuts & Bruises, our favorite album from this list. Leading with three anthemic singles, Cuts & Bruises has countless alternative rock fans joining in on the listening party. The band’s third single, “If You’re Gonna Break My Heart,” is making headway worldwide on emerging artist playlists and top music magazines. Inspired by seeing different bands at festivals and touring America, Inhaler emulates Kings of Leon, Sam Fender, and The Strokes. Cuts & Bruises undoubtedly brings Inhaler to the forefront of the alt-rock scene.

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Gorillaz gear up for the festival season with their eighth studio album, Cracker Island. After hearing five released tracks from the star-studded record, fans revel in an innovative genre-shifting album. Noteworthy highs include “Silent Running,” a dreamlike electro-earworm, and “New Gold,” a smooth hip-hop-infused dance bop. Artists featured on Cracker Island include Thundercat, Stevie Nicks, Beck, Tame Impala and Bootie Brown, Adeleye Omotayo, and Bad Bunny.  Cracker Island rounds out a spectacular second month of 2023 new music releases. 


For more alluring February albums, including new releases from Pierce the Veil, Kelela, and Shania Twain, check out our February Heartbreakers playlists.

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Emerging Now 2023 Playlist: Kick Winter Blues

As music fans gathered their end-of-the-year lists for 2022, January came whirling in with several surprising announcements for 2023. Boygenius will release their debut full-length album on March 31st, the harmonizing sister trio, JOSEPH, returns, and The Murder Capital released a sophomore record already at the top of the charts. Luckily, we kept our eyes peeled for any goosebump-inducing tracks and compiled the antidote for the winter blues. Our Emerging Now 2023 Playlist: Kick Winter Blues has something for everyone this chilly season. Keep an eye out for album releases to follow some of these intriguing singles.

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Album Releases from our Emerging Now 2023 Playlist:

// January //

Gabrielle Aplin-Phosphorescent: January 6th (available on vinyl HERE*)

Margo Price-Strays: January 13th (available on vinyl HERE)

The Murder Capital-Gigi’s Recovery: January 20th (available on vinyl HERE)

The Arcs-Electrophonic Chronic: January 27th (available on vinyl HERE)

Elle King-Come Get Your Wife: January 27th (available on vinyl HERE)

Samia-Honey: January 27th (available on vinyl HERE)

SG Lewis-AudioLust & Higher Love: January 27th (available on vinyl HERE)

Sam Smith-Gloria: January 27th (available on vinyl HERE)

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// February //

SYML-The Day My Father Died: February 3rd (available on vinyl HERE)

Paramore-This Is Why: February 10th (available on vinyl HERE)

Inhaler-Cuts & Bruises: February 17th (available on vinyl HERE)

Gorillaz-Cracker Island: February 24th (available on vinyl HERE*)

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// March //

Daisy Jones & The Six-Aurora: March 3rd (available on vinyl HERE)

Fall Out Boy-So Much (For) Stardust: March 24th (available on vinyl HERE)

Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness-Tilt At The Wind No More: March 31st (physical release not yet announced)

boygenius-the record: March 31st (available on vinyl HERE)

// April //

JOSEPH-The Sun: April 28th (available on vinyl HERE)

The National-First Two Pages of Frankenstein: April 28th (available on vinyl HERE)

// May //

Dave Matthews Band-Walk Around the Moon: May 19th (available on vinyl HERE)


*POETRY DANS LA RUE strives to promote new and upcoming artists in the music scene worldwide. Our goal is to provide a platform for ‘on the rise’ artists and encourage fans to discover new music.

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Coachella 2023 Undercard

Coachella 2023 Undercard: Indie & Pop Spotlight

One common misconception about Coachella Music Festival is that fans rely on the headliners to make or break the lineup. You’ve heard by now that the 2023 headliners are Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK, and Frank Ocean. Regular festival attendees know that the Coachella undercard artists will consistently deliver and be full of surprises. If you’re attending the festival or streaming Couchella, you’ll want to know about these Coachella 2023 Undercard gems. This post spotlights some artists to watch in the indie and pop scenes.

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Coachella 2023 Undercard: Alternative/Indie Picks

// Alex G // Alternative/Indie

FOR FANS OF: Turnover, Big Thief, Elliott Smith, The Martinis

Alex G is a solo indie rock artist repping the east coast and Philadelphia, PA. As a DIY singer-songwriter and producer, Alex G recorded his first EIGHT albums in-home. His most recent album, God Save the Animals, brought him to the forefront of the indie rock music scene in 2022. One stream of “Runner” or “No Bitterness,” and you’ll see what the hype is all about.

// The Breeders // Alternative rock

FOR FANS OF: Pixies, Nirvana, DEHD, Courtney Barnett

The Breeders are a band formed in 1989 by former singer and bassist of PIXIES (!!), Kim Deal. The Breeders bring the nostalgic 90s grunge rock back to the Coachella Valley in 2023. Kim Deal holds down one of the legacy acts of Coachella 2023 alongside iconic Blondie. For a blast from the past, if you’re over 30, start with “Cannonball.” The Breeders released All Nerve, their fifth studio album, in 2018. Recommended tracks include “Wait in the Car” and “Spacewoman.”

// boygenius // Alternative/Indie

FOR FANS OF: Conor Oberst, Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Clairo

The best-kept-secret supergroup, boygenius, will leave everyone misty-eyed as they take the stage for a Saturday evening Coachella serenade. For those that don’t know, boygenius is the indie rock group formed by Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus. Many music fans will recognize the cover of their self-titled EP released in 2018. While the three iconic women have gone on to release chart-topping solo albums, boygenius announced the release of their debut album on March 31st! Three new songs are currently available from the upcoming album, the record.

// Ethel Cain // Alternative/Indie

FOR FANS OF: Maggie Rogers, Caroline Polacheck, Lana Del Rey, Fiona Apple, Paula Cole

If you have yet to hear Ethel Cain’s debut album, Preacher’s Daughter (2022), don’t let it slip under your radar any longer. Cain’s sultry voice, similar to Lana Del Rey, will lead you through this masterful memoir of 13 tracks, some culminating as long as nine minutes of pure Americana storytelling. Start with the emotive single “American Teenager,” and you’ll recall Paula Cole in “I Don’t Want to Wait” and Maggie Rogers in “That’s Where I Am.” Coachella or not, download this album and add her to your list of artists to watch.

// MUNA // Alternative/Indie

FOR FANS OF: HAIM, The Chicks, King Princess, Rina Sawayama, The 1975

Hot off of their third studio album, trio MUNA is a top group to see on the Polo Grounds. MUNA’s stage presence will instantly draw you in and make you their “Number One Fan” after a few indie pop dance anthems (i.e., “Number One Fan,” “Solid,” and “No Idea”). For fans of a more twangy ballad-type song, check out “Good News (Ya-Ya Song),” “Taken,” or “Kind of Girl.” Fans are secretly hoping for an extra appearance by Phoebe Bridgers Coachella weekend for “Silk Chiffon.”

// The Murder Capital // Alternative/Post-punk

FOR FANS OF: Yard Act, Fontaines D.C., Black Country, New Road, Shame

Dublin-native five-piece, The Murder Capital, came to the scene in 2018 with the hit single “More or Less,” followed by their debut album, When I Have Fears. If you’re looking for the band to follow in the likes of Yard Act or Shame from previous Coachella lineups, The Murder Capital seals this spot for the post-punk scene. DORK magazine recently featured the band as a cover story ahead of their sophomore release, Gigi’s Recovery, out this Friday, January 20th. See “Return My Head” and “Only Good Things” for a quick introduction to their music.

// Snail Mail // Alternative/Indie

FOR FANS OF: Soccer Mommy, Clairo, Julien Baker, Mitski, Trespassers Williams

Solo female indie rock artist, Snail Mail, returns for her second Coachella in 2023. Releasing her sophomore album, Valentine, in 2021 brought her front and center to many audiophile turntables. Some quintessential tracks from her career include “Thinning,” “The 2nd Most Beautiful Girl In The World,” “Pristine,” “Speaking Terms,” “Valentine,” and “Light Blue.”

// Wet Leg // Indie rock

FOR FANS OF: The Ting Tings, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tegan and Sara, Wolf Alice

One of the most shared albums of 2022 leads Wet Leg to a perfect spot for a major festival performance. The British indie rock pair may have the most viral and instant stardom debut record of 2022. “Chaise Longue” and “Wet Dream” rose to the top of the charts and accompanied many an Instagram Reel and TikTok this past year. For further desert vibe listening, press play on “Too Late Now” and “Angelica.”

Coachella 2023 Undercard: Pop Picks

// Angèle // Pop

FOR FANS OF: Louane, Roméo Elvis, Dua Lipa, Stromae, Charli XCX, Coeur de Pirate

Coachella’s 2023 lineup is more global than ever, and fans are pleased to see Belgian-French-speaking pop queen Angèle just below the top of this year’s lineup. Angèle is known for her catchy breakout single “Tout oublier,” featuring her rap artist brother, Roméo Elvis. She even broke Stromae’s record for the most weeks at the top of the Belgian singles charts. Angèle also took a political stance with her statement song, “Balance ton quoi,” about the #metoo movement in France (#balancetonporc). The pop singer released her second studio album, Nonante-Cinq, in 2021. Add “Bruxelles je t’aime” and “Libre” to your Coachella pump-up playlist.

// Cannons // Indie pop

FOR FANS OF: DRAMA, Oh Wonder, Litany, Dua Lipa, The Knocks

L.A. three-piece indie pop band Cannons makes scenic dream pop tunes to soundtrack your Coachella 2023 weekend. The band’s most recent album, Fever Dream, is full of breezy highs like “Hurricane” and “Come Alive.” For a more downtempo track, be on the lookout for “Lightning” to hit the Polo Grounds at golden hour. Furthermore, the 2019 single “Fire for You” is a sweet summer earworm to add to any vacation-type playlist.

// Christine and the Queens // Pop

FOR FANS OF: Stromae, HAIM, Years & Years, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Kate Bush

Christine and the Queens is back for his third Coachella performance. For those that don’t know, Christine and the Queens is a solo French singer and songwriter who got their big break from the massive hit “Tilted” (English) or “Christine” (French) in 2015. Since his debut album, Chaleur humaine, the pop artist has released Chris (2018) and, most recently, Redcar les adorables étoiles (2022). Chris blends English and French lyrics with pop influences of both cultures in standout tracks “People I’ve Been Sad,” “Doesn’t Matter,” and “rien dire.” The innovative artist also sings on tracks with Charli XCX and 070 Shake, which may call for special guest performances in the desert.

// Sasha Alex Sloan // Pop

FOR FANS OF: Julia Michaels, FLETCHER, Chelsea Cutler, Nina Nesbitt, Lauv

Sasha Alex Sloan, aka sadgirlsloan, has a reputation for writing sad songs about personal anecdotes in her life. From growing up as an Only Child (2020 debut album) to struggling with an eating disorder and anxiety, Sasha pens beautifully written and highly relatable tracks. “Lie” is an empathetic breakup song with a pop backtrack, while “Is It Just Me?” is a compilation of wildly accurate unpopular opinions. Sasha’s sophomore album, I Blame The World (2022), continues the cynical songwriting with the title track preaching, “Can’t see the silver in the lines, can’t make the best of a bad time.” Other noteworthy songs to add are “New Normal” and her ever-popular encore track, “Dancing With Your Ghost.”

// TV Girl // Pop

FOR FANS OF: SALES, Wallows, Polo & Pan, Jordana

The L.A.-based pop trio, TV Girl, has recently gotten more social media attention, primarily due to the TikTok craze. Single “Not Allowed” from their 2016 album, Who Really Cares, has brought the band to the forefront of the teen-charged app. However, our interest is not in TikTok but their indie pop style on the 2014 French Exit album. “Lovers Rock” and “Birds Don’t Sing” are whimsical throwbacks to a time of a more simple creator-consumer culture.


Check out these indie and pop artists, plus many more, on our multi-genre Coachella 2023 Undercard playlists below.

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Top Albums of 2022

Ranking Our Top Albums of 2022

POETRY DANS LA RUE explored 50 of this year’s hottest albums (see AOTY Contenders Playlist) and narrowed them down to 15 Top Albums of 2022. Don’t pay TOO much attention to the order because this year was massive for music releases! One commonality between these albums is the impeccable songwriting from these artists across the board.

Did any of these albums make your list? Check out our Top 15 Albums of 2022 and Honorable Mentions in the full breakdown below.

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// 10 // Beatopia by beabadoobee

Rounding out our top 10 Albums of 2022 is Beatopia, the sophomore album by London alternative singer-songwriter beabadoobee. Beatopia is a lighter, more serene album from her debut Fake It Flowers. Bea holds fast to her ’90s-Esque female pop rock style on the hit single “Talk” yet goes more coffeehouse acoustic for “The Perfect Pair.” Matty Healy also makes some guest appearances with songwriting credits on this album. “Pictures of Us” echoes a sonic background similar to the likes of The Cure; Matty pens one of his signature metaphors “She reminded me that God starts with a capital, but I don’t think I could do it all,” as Bea’s voice murmurs unwavering as the track comes to a height.

// 9 // MUNA by MUNA

Indie pop threesome MUNA is at an all-time high with the band’s third studio album. MUNA is soft and vulnerable yet airy and captivating. Opening track “Silk Chiffon” ft. Phoebe Bridgers became somewhat of a feminine anthem of 2022. Other songwriting peaks include the inner dialogue ballad “Kind of Girl,” synth-pop tune “Runner’s High,” and the sultry track “No Idea.”

// 8 // Surrender by Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers shakes things up on her second studio album, Surrender. The singer-songwriter brings a delightful contrast from her debut album and pushes her vocal limits with “Horses” and “Overdrive.” Surrender is the pivot in an artist’s career where you see them feel entirely in charge of their artistic decisions, breaking out of the box and letting loose.

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//7 // Sonder by Dermot Kennedy

Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy reaches massive heights with his sophomore album Sonder. Kennedy, who started his career while busking the streets of Dublin, brings the contrast of intimacy and mainstream pop on the 11-track LP. Longtime fans of Dermot bask in deeper emotional tracks like “Innocence and Sadness” and “Dreamer,” while newcomers may enjoy more pop-like tunes such as “Kiss Me” and “Something to Someone.”

// 6 // Multitude by Stromae

Belgian worldwide pop star Stromae FINALLY returned in 2022 with his third album, Multitude. After a long hiatus from the music industry, Stromae released “Santé,” a lead single with a TikTok trending dance to go with it. Stromae, inverse for “Maestro,” is a talented singer-songwriter and an all-around theatrical artist and producer. Stromae has a knack for taking a song such as “Enfers” and concealing a more profound message with the contrast of upbeat music. His music videos and stage performances take performative art to the next level. Multitude saw much success in North America this year at Coachella, and his headline shows.

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// 5 // Midnights by Taylor Swift

After pouring out her most intimate diary entries on sister albums folklore and evermore, T. Swift is back with a stadium anthem-worthy album. Midnights is precisely the right direction Taylor needed to take for her return to the stage. Pop ballads like “Bejeweled,” “Karma,” and “Anti-Hero” bring back the reputation vibes that fans may have been missing. For the *always in your feels fans* there are a few tracks to get you down (see “You’re On Your Own Kid” and “Bigger Than the Whole Sky”). Taylor’s clever to-the-beat songwriting rings high on “Maroon,” “The burgundy on my T-shirt when you splashed your wine into me / And how the blood rushed into my cheeks, so scarlet, it was (maroon).”

// 4 // Leap by James Bay

James Bay’s third studio album, Leap, combines elements from his critically acclaimed debut album Chaos and the Calm and the more synth-pop sophomore album Electric Light. The British singer-songwriter tells stories of love, growth, and personal reflection with a voice full of emotion. Bay’s songwriting shines on the beautifully penned wedding song “One Life.” Other standout songs include “Nowhere Left to Go,” “Right Now,” “Brilliant Still,” and “Give Me the Reason.”

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// 3 // Harry’s House by Harry Styles

Everyone lived in Harry’s House in 2022, including half of New York, Dallas, and L.A., for about fifteen nights a piece. Harry crafted the soundtrack of the year by debuting “As It Was” shortly before his Coachella headline set in April. Harry’s House hits hard with dance-pop on “Cinema,” empathy on “Matilda,” and funky soul on “Music for a Sushi Restaurant.” Harry is on top of the pop star world, and this album further solidified his spot for global stardom.

// 2 // Being Funny In A Foreign Language by The 1975

The 1975 stuns longtime and newbie fans in their 5th studio album, Being Funny In A Foreign Language. The Manchester band of 20 years has written their most cohesive CONCISE album, consolidating their musical artwork into eleven flawless and heartfelt tracks. The stripped-back production works wonders on audiences of all ages, especially on songs like “All I Need to Hear” and “When We Are Together.” Lyrically, 90% of the album takes a step back on some of Matty Healy’s most poetic monologues, making it easier to digest and sing along. If you’re looking for an overly indulgent and experimental track, that would be the lead single “Part of the Band.”

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// 1 // Stick Season by Noah Kahan

Stick Season by Noah Kahan delivers lyrically, emotionally, and vocally track after track. Noah’s songwriting is at an all-time high as he paints pictures of melancholic dark winter nights in New England. This album will make listeners feel as though they are experiencing synesthesia in how Kahan weaves through the film-like images of his past and present. Top tracks include “Stick Season,” “All My Love,” “Come Over,” “Growing Sideways,” and “Everywhere, Everything.” Noah’s Stick Season tour is growing by the hour. He has upgraded several venues to accommodate more fans BEFORE the tickets even go on sale. “It’s the season of the sticks!”

// Honorable Mentions // Top Albums of 2022

Älskar by Nina Nesbitt, Autofiction by Suede, The Hum Goes On Forever by The Wonder Years, Lavender Days by Caamp, Tell Me That It’s Over by Wallows, and Bronco by Orville Peck

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New Music Friday

New Music Friday: Flames of Fall

Things have never been hotter in the music industry, and we are here to keep you in the loop! New Music Friday is back with a collaborative fall playlist. POETRY DANS LA RUE curates Flames of Fall; highly anticipated tracks from The 1975, Noah Kahan, and Blink-182 mixed with undiscovered tracks from around the world to spice up your music taste.

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New Music Friday: Fall Playlist

// “Harlot” by FABER //-Rock

FABER brings the heat and the vengeance on her latest single, “Harlot.” The single is bold and full of fury, yet comes out on top with the ‘take that’ type of comeback. The London rocker spices up her game with crystal-clear lyrics detailing an awry relationship. “Harlot” showcases FABER’s ability to draw her audience in and make them genuinely feel her story.

// “Central London” by Jodie Mellor //-Pop

Self-proclaimed “professional bedroom singer” Jodie Mellor gushes about love on her latest single, “Central London.” The Bristol-based singer-songwriter conveys her message of overcoming personal anxieties to show her love for her partner. Mellor sings, “I would drive through central London for you,” in a reassuring proclamation of her feelings. “Central London” may expose Mellor’s anxieties, but it also highlights her vocal and lyrical talents. The song paints the perfect picture of a selfless type of love.

// “All My Love” by Noah Kahan //-Folk

New England folk singer-songwriter Noah Kahan releases his third studio album today. “All My Love” is the third track on Stick Season, following his two lyrically flawless singles. Keeping the folky, fall feeling of longing and isolation, Kahan writes better than ever: “I’m sayin’ too much, but you know how it gets out here. No winter coat could keep out all the cold of your atmosphere.” “All My Love” is a respectful, mature break-up song for the season of change.

// “Necromancing” by Justin Kerecz //-Rock

We are very much here for Justin Kerecz’s latest chilling single, “Necromancing,” a Tom Petty-inspired track for the spooky season. Petty-esque guitars and a chorus of “oooo oooo” add just enough heartland sounds to this autumn tune. Also drawing influences from Butch Walker, Ghost, and Warren Zevon, “Necromancing” is the perfect eerie addition to your Halloween playlist.

// “At the Pool” by Lioba //-Pop

Germany-native artist Lioba released her latest single, “At the Pool,” defining her new alternative pop sound. “At the Pool” explores a melancholic Lorde-type concept of transforming bubblegum pop into intoxicating synthy waves. Lioba demonstrates magnetic allure on this track, weaving through airy vocals to a deeper range on the outro.


Check out all of these songs and more on our New Music Friday Fall Playlists

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Women of September

New Music: Women of September Playlist

It’s mid-September, and 2022 is quickly fading away. Within the last few weeks, artists and record labels have seemingly rained down with new music releases. This week, we focus on new tracks from some influential female artists in our New Music: Women of September playlist. New to the blog artists Wyldest, Yazmin Lacey, and merci, mercy bring a fresh sound, while fan favorites Bella Rose and Bonnie Kemplay continue to drop hit after hit.

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New Music: Women of September Playlist

// “Drinks and Dreams” by Bella Rose //-Pop

Bella Rose releases heavenly new single, “Drinks and Dreams,” her third solo track of the year. The Nashville pop artist is formerly known for the indie pop band, The Young Something. Recently, Bella Rose and former band member Alex Bonyata continued to write and produce songs together for Bella’s solo career. “Drinks and Dreams” is pure pop, with strikingly flawless vocals and fresh production. Bella’s vocal style, songwriting, and charm form the perfect combination of a rising female pop star.

// “Pieces” by Yazmin Lacey //-Contemporary R&B

Singer-songwriter Yazmin Lacey of Nottingham, UK, shares the stunning single “Pieces” this month. “Pieces” is the first single from the artist since 2020. Soft, sultry, jazzy, and vulnerable, “Pieces” showcases Yazmin’s artistry and songwriting expertise. Smooth brass instrumentals complement the simplicity of the concentrated vocals, leaving an ominous outro. We can picture this track spinning sweetly on a 7″ vinyl, soundtracking colder evenings to come.

// “Inky Road” by Wyldest //-Indie rock

“Inky Road” is the final track from Feed the Flowers Nightmares, the latest album from British indie artist Wyldest. The closing song reflects on twists and turns like a winding road leading to the relief of being home. “Rolling, I can’t believe, we’re free, I’m home,” Wyldest muses on “Inky Road” as the song seems weightless and optimistic. Check out Feed the Flowers Nightmares in full for the complete journey of her latest project.

// “Into You” by merci, mercy //-Alternative

Australian alternative artist merci, mercy amps up our Women of September playlist with her latest single, “Into You.” Surrounded in bright colored florals on the cover art, “Into You” is a poppy, break-up track with a catchy yet bitter chorus. “Into You” is the opening track of merci, mercy’s new EP is it me, or is it you? which debuts September 30th. Upbeat pop synths play in contrast to heartbreak and self-reflective lyrics on this colorful track.

// “Static” by Bonnie Kemplay //-Singer-songwriter

Dirty Hit artist of Edinburgh, UK, is building her debut EP with a chain of recent singles, the latest “Static,” out this week. On Kemplay’s third single, the alternative singer coins her songwriting style with soft tones and heavier guitars. It is impossible not to draw a comparison between her label mate, beabadoobee, on “Static.” Although similar, major credit goes to Kemplay for her guitar skills and songwriting. “Static” reflects a feeling of hopelessness and uncertainty at a difficult moment during her career. Running out of things to say, running out of things to do, the 6-song EP will debut November 14th.


Check out all of these songs and more on our New Music: Women of September Playlists

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