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SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK


CLARA MAE | MISSING YOU SUCKS

Swedish songstress Clara Mae has just shared her latest single, ‘Missing You Sucks‘ via Universal Music Sweden, which comes accompanied by a quirky video that’s bound to pull on the ol’ heartstrings. Cutting her teeth on jazz and classical piano, Mae grew up in the small town of Gävle and later moved to Stockholm, where she has continued to pursue her career in music. ‘Missing You Sucks’ is centred around the all-encompassing desolation of heartbreak. The melancholy subject matter is beautifully tempered by light, breezy vocals and Clara Mae’s sweet, melodious voice. However, be warned – this track and its whimsical music video will probably hit a nerve.


EDDIE VEDDER | HAVES

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder is back with the tender ballad called “The Haves,” which is set to appear on his new solo album called "Earthling." Plus, that album now has a release date—it’s out February 11 via Seattle Surf/Republic. “The Haves” also features on the B-side of a previously announced seven-inch alongside “Long Way,” with that record available at Pearl Jam’s Ten Club. Vedder recently collaborated with Glen Hansard on the soundtrack for Sean Penn’s "Flag Day," which features Vedder’s daughter Olivia on “My Father’s Daughter” and “There’s a Girl.” They also worked with Cat Power on three of the soundtrack’s songs. In October, Vedder shared his Audible "Words + Music" performance I "Am Mine," a reflection on life at the “intersection of art, sensitivity, masculinity, and ascendant pop/rock-super stardom that defined an age.”


G-FLIP | SCREAM (FEATURING UPSAUL)

G Flip has teamed up with singer-songwriter UPSAHL for their new collaborative single, "Scream." The steamy track has sensual electronic production and masterful drum breakdowns courtesy of G Flip – real name Georgia Flipo. Its lyrics speak to having intense physical chemistry with someone. Australian native, nonbinary drummer turned solo artist G Flip has also released the video for “Scream,” which they say is their “horniest song to date.” And the video for the song that features the music sensation UPSAHL is evidence of the queer heat G Flip is putting out in the world. G Flip has collaborated with other music luminaries on their recent singles, including “Waiting Game,” featuring renforshort and “Queen,” featuring Mxmtoon. According to press materials, the latter became the unofficial anthem of Sydney’s Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.


CHARLIE SIMPSON | TWICE

English singer, songwriter and musician Chalie Simpson has announced his upcoming new album "Hope Is A Drug," and, following the announcement of the record, he’s released its first track, "Twice." The album features ten tracks and will be supported by a UK Tour in March/April. It comes after Charlie recently celebrated ten years of his debut solo album "Young Pilgrim." Charlie Simpson has also confirmed the UK and Ireland shows for March and April. The singer-songwriter will take his "Hope Is A Drug" Tour to Dublin, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Portsmouth, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Stoke, Norwich, Oxford, Brighton, Swansea and London, where he'll perform two nights at Lafayette. He is the youngest member of the Award-winning band Busted, and he is also the lead vocalist and the rhythm guitarist in the British post-hardcore band Fightstar.


ABISHA | NUMB

UK artist ABISHA has revealed her latest video, “Numb,” which is a dark, intimate look that invites us into the most vulnerable corners of her mind as we see ABISHA wrestle with her mental health. Her surroundings' stunning visuals and isolation accentuate the private and often lonely nature of our mental battles. The track has been in the works for some time, first conceived over a year ago with producer Toby Scott and songwriter Olivia Sebastianelli, not just as an antidote to social media but also the isolation that’s taken such a toll on all of our mental health—a subject particularly close to her heart as ambassador to the Mind Out LGBTQ charity. Built on the fluttering, aqueous electronics and delicate hi-hat triplets of Scott’s production, ABISHA’s feather-light vocals flicker with vulnerability as she takes us back to a low point in her life when she was struggling to find her place in a world dominated by these digital spaces.


AIYANA-LEE | GANGSTER OF LOVE

Rising Gen-Z powerhouse Aiyana-Lee releases “Gangster of Love,” a smouldering R&B ballad flowing with waves of emotion. Marked by pangs of slick instrumentals, “Gangster of Love” is an ode to self-preservation amid new love. Written by Sebastian Kole (Alicia Keys, Alessia Cara) and produced by GRAMMY® Award-Winning producer Neff-U (Michael Jackson, Doja Cat). “It’s about falling for someone but reminding them and yourself that you won’t allow them to play you, no matter how hard you fall,” says Aiyana-Lee. Aiyana-Lee is no stranger to reinventing herself. At 15, Aiyana-Lee and her mother moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of being a singer, writer and performer. Combining pop, R&B and soul elements with poignant, heartfelt lyrics, Aiyana-Lee’s powerhouse vocals have already captivated listeners and amassed nearly 3 million streams of her recent single “Bedroom” and “Rich Kids,” a fiery exploration of her tenacity against materialism and prioritizing self-love.



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