SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK
HOLLY HUMBERSTONE | PLEASE DON'T LEAVE JUST YET
Rising indie-pop sensation Hollie Humberstone has linked up with The 1975’s Matty Healy for her new single, "Please Don’t Leave Just Yet." In addition, she has announced the release of her second EP. "The Walls Are Way Too Thin" dropping on November 1st, and will serve as the follow-up to 2020’s "Falling Asleep At The Wheel" EP. Of the EP, she added: “This EP represents a feeling of being lost. It’s the kind of loss that makes you question who you are and where you belong. So lost that someone might need to find you again because you can’t find yourself. That’s how it felt to move to Liverpool, then London, and be in transit between cities and never settling.” The 1975 singer Matty Healy provides backup vocals on the track, which he wrote alongside Humberstone, and the production of ‘Please Don’t Leave Just Yet’ sounds identical to his band. The track isn’t reinventing the wheel, and the influence of Bon Iver is still rumbling on as everyone continues to replicate his textured sound. Earlier this year, Holly Humberstone shared the singles ‘Haunted House’ and ‘The Walls Are Way Too Thin.’
BLACKBEAR | @ MY WORST
Matthew Tyler Musto, professionally known as Blackbear, has dropped a new single titled "@ My Worst" with an accompanying cinematic music video. The track and visual include confessional lyrics, characteristically well-produced beats and conflicting emotions at a costume party. The new song is the latest to come from the artist’s forthcoming EP, Misery Lake, released on Aug. 13 via Alamo/Columbia Records; the EP also features his previously released single “u love u” (feat. Tate McRae). In addition to his new EP, blackbear is also scheduled to go on a U.S. tour starting fall 2021, where he will support Maroon 5. The collaboration between the two is a long time coming. blackbear guested on Maroon 5’s album "Jordi," where he featured on “Echo” and co-wrote and co-produced “Beautiful Mistakes.” Since 2020, the singer has featured in collaborations with All Time Low and Machine Gun Kelly. It’s Blackbear’s versatility and ability to create chart-topping tracks regardless of the genre that catapulted him into two award nominations in 2021.
NELLY | HIGH HORSE (FEAT. BRELAND & BLANCO BROWN
Rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, investor Nelly has released a new single called "High Horse" and teams up with Breland & Blanco Brown. Nelly has been teasing the release of a Country project for quite some time now. Last October, he reunited with Florida Georgia Line for the single "Lil Bit" (which was recently certified platinum) and spoke on his Heartland project, saying it will showcase his “ability to defy genres and blend his classic sound with the true heartbeat of country music.” “I hope it opens people’s eyes up as far as some of those minds that might’ve been closed to having the idea of Black folk being in-country as much as possible, so to speak, and continues to grow,” Nelly said. “But then also inviting more Black artists that are into the country. Because I don’t know if they know, but we’re everywhere! Do you know what I’m saying?… So, I mean, yeah, man, you want to invite more because you’ve got to understand – It’s been a long time.”
BRYCE VINE | MISS YOU A LITTLE (FEAT. LONELYTHEBAND)
Pop and hip-hop artist Bryce Vine has shared a new song and music video, “Miss You A Little,” featuring Lovelytheband. The track is joined with an Alice in Wonderland-themed music video. About the track, he commented, “‘Miss You A Little’ is a song about what we all go through in the aftermath of breaking up. It’s that period of romanticizing the past through rose-coloured glasses, but the reality of it is that maybe some of those memories weren’t all we thought they were. All that sad boy shit aside; it turns out ‘miss you a little’ really works as a good thing to name your tour after a year of no shows.” Bryce will be heading out on tour next week on his “Miss You A Little Tour” with support from Blanco Brown. The tour starts on August 11th in Cleveland, OH and continues across major cities, ending on October 15 in San Diego. He kicked off his career in music in 2011 when he auditioned for "The Glee Project. A year later, he signed with record label Kiva House Lambroza and released an EP titled "Lazy Fair."
JOAN | WAITING ON NOTHING
Arkansas duo Joan has been releasing new music on the first Thursday of the month, as they'll continue doing through the end of the year. Today's release is "waiting on nothing," a brooding yet hopeful new track from the upcoming EP "bye." They set to release two EPs, "hi" and "bye," later in the year and tell the relationship's beginning and ending. "Waiting On Nothing' is about a moment in time where you’re completely fed up with that person who has been dragging you along for far too long," says Joan. "You’re desperate for air, and even though it’s your last resort, you know you need to stand up for yourself and tell them they either need to stay for good finally, or they’re not welcome in your life anymore." They wrote the idea for this song a while back and kept coming back to it. The track has quite a different sound like anything they have done in the past, but it felt like a Joan song. They worked on this song with their friend Emi Dragoi. She sent them a chord structure idea and the lyrics wrote themselves.
NOAH KAHAN | ANIMAL
Vermont singer and songwriter Noah Kahan drops his new fan-favourite track, “Animal,” from his upcoming album, "I Was / I Am," set to drop on September 17th. “Animal” was chosen by Noah’s fans as his next single after he teased the song on social media. On the song, his falsetto soars over head-bobbing beats and handclaps. Noah says the meaning behind the song “Animal" is about dissociating from who you thought yourself to be. I wrote it with a friend of mine. He and I speak at length about mental health and what it’s like to live with depression, and I think this song is fundamentally about that everyday struggle.” “Animal” is the third song Noah has released this summer from his new album, "I Was / I Am," and It follows his anthemic singles, “Part of Me” and “Godlight,” which capture his signature storytelling and evocative lyrics. The tracks have amassed nearly 10 million combined streams to date and received praise from Billboard, SPIN, Entertainment Tonight, and more. Along with brand new music, Kahan also embarks on his North American "I Was / I Am" Tour this fall.