Fresh Brewed Playlist #15

Niki’s new album “Nicole” is out everywhere now!

“Backburner” by Niki was an automatic standout from her fantastic new album Nicole– recalling the feeling of neglect she’d become used to when in love with her partner. “I’ll always be in your corner, ’cause I don’t feel alive ’til I’m burnin’ on your backburner,” the feelings of neglect are almost okay as long as her partner still comes to her eventually, even if pushed aside for the time being. That feeling of waiting to be prioritized by the one you love is heartbreaking, and unfortunately quite relatable for many listeners. The Indonesian singer songwriter even wonders if it was her upbringing and her father’s “wandering eyes” that have instilled this feeling in her. It’s a gorgeously written song and Niki’s storytelling ability really shines through here in a poignant way that makes me want to hear way more going forward!

“Backburner” by Niki

Ruel’s newest single “YOU AGAINST YOURSELF” is the first single from the Australian singer’s debut album and another fantastic release. Starting the album cycle off with a sense of introspection, he offers up an anthem about overcoming self-sabotage- begging his loved one to let him be there for them in their time of need. “I can’t save you now, Oh, why’s it always you against yourself,” he sings on the chorus- beginning to lose hope that he can break down this barrier between them. Sonically, it’s a synth heavy pop banger with great listenability and the production by Sammy Witte and M-Phazes is so smooth that Ruel’s vocals lay perfectly on top of it. The 19-year-old singer’s voice has never sounded better, showcasing the gravel in his tone along with a falsetto in the chorus that solidify him as one of the most talented male vocalists in music right now. I for one, cannot wait to see what his debut album sounds like when it’s finally released!

“YOU AGAINST YOURSELF” by Ruel

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Fresh Brewed Playlist #14

Inhaler’s new single “These Are The Days” is out everywhere now!

So being away for a bit means one major thing: Lots of new music has been released in the last several weeks so we have plenty to catch up on. Grab your morning coffee and let’s get rolling!

Dublin based rock band Inhaler’s newest single “These Are The Days” is the anthemic summer single ready to rock an arena near you. Over the years, Inhaler have proven themselves to be one of the most exhilarating new bands to emerge in years and continue their winning streak here with this newest release. “These are the days that follow you home, these are the days that kiss you on your broken nose, these are the days I don’t miss the feeling of being alone, thеse are the days,” the chorus feels nostalgic in that “Glory Days” kinda way. It’s the cliche that these are the best days of their lives together as a band- and yet they make it feel so fresh and cool. The production, like all of their releases so far, is top notch- carrying the sound of the bands that have come before them and making it modern. If Inhaler is the future of rock, we are in damn good hands.

“These Are The Days” by Inhaler

“In The Kitchen” by Reneé Rapp is a stunningly haunting piece of music that focuses on a moment from her relationship that has now ended and how alone she now feels. “So I’ll dance with your ghost in the living room and I’ll play the piano alone, but I’m too scared to delete all our videos, ’cause it’s real once everyone knows, you could’ve at least shown me some decency, done me a favor and packed up your clothes, falling in love, no, it ain’t for the weak, so don’t try this at home,” the chorus punches a hole into your chest and rips your heart out before you can even catch a breath. Her vocal performance is raw and gritty, an absolutely unforgettable performance that stays with you long after the first listen as she struggles to move past the memory of their love in fear of making the loneliness that much more real. It’s heartbreakingly relatable and Rapp uses her acting chops to heighten the emotions even more so in the gorgeously shot music video below.

“In The Kitchen” by Reneé Rapp

The Lost Youth’s newest single “Headfirst” is a raging pop banger that grabbed me from the first 10 seconds- and frankly if you don’t feel the same, I highly suggest getting your hearing checked. The production is slick, reminiscent of the past and yet so perfectly modern. The lyrics are sharp, about the vulnerable early stages of a relationship when you’re afraid of ruining things. “I play my part and I don’t play games, what if I go too far, could I lose everything,” the chorus is anthemic, ready to be screamed at their concerts and sure to be a fan favorite. With “Headfirst” only being their second release, they have an incredible potential to become an absolute sensation around the world. I’m so excited to see what this duo have in store for us next!

“Headfirst” by The Lost Youth

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Fresh Brewed Playlist # 13

Zach Oliver’s new single “Coat Check” is out now!

Zach Oliver’s newest release “Coat Check” is the perfect vibe to get this summer going with a chorus so catchy, I dare you to not have it stuck in your head instantly. I first heard the song teased on TikTok back in June and found myself instantly gravitating toward Zach’s sound, vibe, and overall personality he’d perfectly portrayed in the preview. It left me begging for more- and to my surprise the full song doesn’t disappoint at all (unlike many songs on the app that are teased for way too long before ultimately being underwhelming by the time they are released in full). Each chorus continues to build quite beautifully, and the background harmonies bring such a breath of life into each subsequent chorus. “I fell in love at the coat check singing the song of the summer and I know she got in without paying cover cause her one friend’s probably banging the drummer,” the tongue in cheek chorus is ready to be screamed at the top of your lungs on all of the night drives to come. Make sure you give him a follow now because this guy is sure to be a superstar.

“Coat Check” by Zach Oliver

“Gemini”, the latest release from Brynn Cartelli is by far the singer’s strongest outing yet since winning The Voice back in 2018 with Kelly Clarkson! Cartelli was the youngest contestant to ever win the competition and in the years since signing her recording contract, she’s shown a clear-cut artistry and talent for songwriting that all truly shine on this new single. “Gemini” is a fun play on astrology and the fact that Brynn knows that Gemini’s, often known for their double sides (as a fellow Gemini, I can definitely report that it’s real), aren’t good for her and yet the guy at the center of her song is still making her fall for him. The melody is instantly gorgeous and recognizable- unlike any song of recent memory- and the production purposefully allows her vocals to shine above the rising tension. The accompanying music video which Brynn directed herself features the most perfectly fitting choreography I’ve seen in quite a while (kudos to choreographer Olivia Picard). If this is a sign of what’s to come in Brynn Cartelli’s career, we absolutely have a lot to look forward to! Now listen to her advice and avoid my fellow Gemini’s at all costs!

“Gemini” by Brynn Cartelli

When I tell you that I cannot get enough of Manana’s new song “Pulchritudinous”, it’s just about the biggest understatement of the year. This song stopped me in my tracks, slapped me in the face and left me in its wake to sit and ponder over everything I know about life. It’s haunting, beautifully sung and produced, and just instantly memorable. The South African singer serves as songwriter and producer on the track, which is named after the word pulchritudinous, which also means physically beautiful or attractive. “See I’ve run out of words for what you deserve to be called,” he sings on the pre-chorus, forced to discover an adjective worthy enough to describe his partner. Whereas he searches for the words worthy of his partner, he finds them in the simplest of ways, telling them in the chorus “Cos you are where I’m so happy“. It’s that sentiment that makes it so gorgeous, finding the words that we all dream of hearing someday. Between the songwriting, his velvety tone, and the exquisite production, I hope you all fall in love with this song as much as I have. Manana’s new EP But could the moments in between is out everywhere now!

“Pulchritudinous” by Manana

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Fresh Brewed Playlist #12

Carol Ades’ new single “26” is out now!

Carol Ades’ long awaited new single “26” is a beautifully crafted anthem for anyone feeling lost in life. From the moment I heard the first snippets on her TikTok, I knew this song was somehow made exactly for me. The ways in which Ades describes that in-between state of your mid-twenties where the transition from childhood to adulthood truly hits is universally relatable. “Oh, I’m freaking out, trying not to turn this car right around, cos there ain’t a feeling I’m not tryna fix, I’m not a grown-up but I’m not a kid, it hurts every time I’m reminded, I’m not dying, I’m just 26,” she sings on the chorus. The production choices are simply gorgeous as the track continues to build into the second chorus’ crescendo, but it’s the simplicity of the outro that make it unforgettable. Carol Ades has already had an accomplished career as a songwriter but it’s about time she gets the credit she deserves- she’s an absolute star.

“26” by Carol Ades

“Ruby Sparks” is another standout release by a rising artist named Monét Ngo who proves himself to be a force to be reckoned with on this track (which is only the second song he’s ever released btw). According to his Instagram, the song came to him in a dream- and the mysteriously seductive production captures that dream like haze quite perfectly. While listening, I was reminded so beautifully of little hints of Joji, Ryan Beatty and even the one and only Frank Ocean- and yet Ngo is very much his own artist. The song was already pretty much perfect and then the final minute began- with the switch up in production slowing down the beat and adding a reverb to his vocals that truly skyrocketed it to perfection. It’s been a long time since I’ve found a brand-new artist that made me desperate for whatever is next- and Monét Ngo should know I’ll be waiting desperately.

“Ruby Sparks”- Directed by Natasha Abdul

Oceanic’s new single “Walt” is yet another incredible release from the Indie pop band who have gained quite a lot of success over the last few years. Like all of their songs, “Walt” is beautifully written and gives the listeners the opportunity to think on what it means to be in love. Named after Walt Disney, the song examines the ideas we have of love based upon the shows and movies we grow up watching and how they mess up our own view of the love we experience in our lives. “My love right now is missing some perfection, if the silver screens are true,” they sing on the pre-chorus, questioning their own experiences based upon the expectations fed to us. It’s not something that is always made obvious to us, but there are things that we are made to feel that we are required to say and do, which can make romance feel a bit more calculated than it really should be. It’s what Oceanic always do best, they get you bopping first and before you know it, you’re in deep thought- which is truly what I love about them. “Walt” is the latest single from their upcoming album No, Human and you can check out my interview with the band from back in May here!

“Walt” by Oceanic

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Fresh Brewed Playlist #11

Hardcastle’s new single “Me from the Past” is out now!

Hardcastle writes about the uncertainty of self on his newest single “Me from the Past” which details a point of life we’ve all unfortunately experienced in feeling as if we’ve lost ourselves. “Now it’s all falling apart, I know it’s just a moment but that don’t make it any less hard. It’s like someone else is walking around in my skin, it’s getting harder to know who I am, I don’t know how long it’ll last, but I’m missing the me from the past,” he sings on the final chorus. Hardcastle, aka Graham Laderman is currently LA based and his songwriting has this raw quality to it that makes you want to bop your head and sob at the same time. Or is that just me??

Me from the Past” by Hardcastle

“Demon” by Blake Rose is another standout track from the Australian singer who seemingly never misses with each subsequent release since releasing his hit single “Lost” back in 2019. This latest track is written and produced by Rose himself and embraces more of an alternative/rock sound of pop which fits his powerful voice so perfectly. “Oh god, it makes me nauseous that I even know your name, Wish I never said hello and I just walked away,” he sings above a pulsating beat as the music swells in the chorus. If “Demon” and his other recent release “Confidence” are a sign of what Rose’s next release will be, 2022 might just be his finest year yet.

“Demon” by Blake Rose

I couldn’t possibly conclude this catch up of new music without mentioning “This Love (Taylor’s Version)”, could I? Taylor Swift continues to defy the odds, somehow taking yet another song that was already perfect and making it even better. The production feels richer, and her matured vocals are hauntingly gorgeous on this re-recording- just as they were on “Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)”. But I couldn’t talk Taylor without addressing her lyrics, especially on that damn bridge. “Your kiss, my cheek, I watched you leave, your smile, my ghost, I fell to my knees. When you’re young, you just run, but you come back to what you need,” she sings of a love that she’s found again after letting it go- shattering all of our hearts in the process. It’s been such an honor to listen to every re-recording as Swift slowly regains ownership of her incredible catalogue and gives us finely improved versions in the process. Cheers to the next, but for now “This Love” has come back to us as well.

“This Love (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift

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Fresh Brewed Playlist #10

“That’s Where I Am” by Maggie Rogers is out now!

Maggie Rogers’ first single off of her long-awaited sophomore album Surrender is finally here and it is exquisite. “That’s Where I am” is Rogers’ first release since beginning graduate school and it fulfills every bit of expectation built by her beautiful first album. Sonically, it feels gorgeously joyous, but its lyrics paint a picture of the toll that waiting to be with the one she loved took on her. “You never touched me but I felt you everywhere,” she sings on the second verse when reminiscing of her lover’s relationship with another girl that she had to sit and watch when they were merely friends. This song will hit home for anyone who has ever felt a certain way for a friend, but it’s Maggie Rogers’ voice and storytelling that will leave you coming back for more every single time. Her second studio album Surrender will be released on July 29th.

Directed by Maggie Rogers, Warren Fu, and Michael Scanlon

“Offering” by burningforestboy is a sexy, brutally chill track from his new album STARSCREAM. The South African artist’s voice is almost hypnotic as he pours out his feelings to his lover in lines like “I won’t give you anything more than what you need Baby, you tell me what you want and you’ll receive“. The 2 minute and 19-second-long song is definitely way too short, but it begs to be endlessly repeated. The track’s success has been monumental for burningforestboy, as he’s become the first South African musician to be featured as the Cover artist for major Spotify playlists like Fresh Finds. If he continues making music like this, there’s sure to be many more milestones ahead.

Directed by burningforestboy

Gracie Abrams’ newest release “Block Me Out” is another stunningly raw collaboration between the singer and The National’s Aaron Dessner. The two previously worked on Abrams’ beautiful EP This Is What It Feels Like, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2021. “Block Me Out” is Gracie at her best- an open wound spilling out her truth with a voice that will haunt you for the rest of your days. “I think I’m burning alive, but nobody sees the fire, ’cause when I open my mouth, I seem to be stuck in silence,” she sings on the second verse of how her mind plays games with her and holds her back from the ones she loves. As always, Gracie portrays a self-awareness unlike any of her peers and somehow puts into words the feelings that we all struggle with, when the voices in our heads get too loud and we wish we could shut them down. The fact that she brings attention to it so beautifully is perhaps the first step in getting better and she’s gifting her listeners with taking that step in the right direction as well.

Shot by Arianna Shooshani

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Fresh Brewed Playlist #9

Harry Styles’ new album “Harry’s House” will be released on May 20th.

Harry Styles has jumpstarted his next era with the release of “As It Was”, the lead single off of his third studio album Harry’s House which is set to be released this May. The track draws inspiration from the synth pop of the 80’s, shifting Styles’ sound away from the classic rock influence of his first two albums. The single is also his most vulnerable to date, with lines like “Answer the phone, ‘Harry you’re no good alone, why are you sitting at home on the floor? What kind of pills are you on?’” revealing a raw undertone amongst the radio friendly track. Despite the vulnerable lyrics, the track feels quite euphoric- which the accompanying video captures perfectly with Styles breaking into a dance with a huge smile on his face as it fades to black.

Directed by: Tanu Muino

John Michael Howell’s new single “Mistakes Were Made” feels beautifully classic in its production with relatable lyrics and a buildup in the verses and bridge that make the chorus fully explode. It’s the kind of chorus that is sure to stay with you long after your first listen, or in my case the last 25 listens. “Mistakes were made but that’s okay, I’ll be better for it someday,” he sings on the hook, giving his listeners a refreshing outlook from someone who knows that healing isn’t the same journey for all. I’m a big believer in the fact that scars help us learn within our healing process and Howell communicates is quite poignantly in this gorgeous track.

Directed by: RAS CREATIVE CO

“The Snake” by Lana Lubany is a hypnotizing, guitar led track that is Lubany’s attempt to bridge the gap between the Western and Eastern worlds. Lubany sings in both English and Arabic on the new single, which is unlike anything I’ve heard recently. It’s sultry and vibey- and the production highlights her vocals so perfectly. The song is worth all of the hype surrounding it on TikTok right now, and somehow gets better with every listen. If there’s any hope in this world, the incredible response will inspire more bilingual tracks from Lubany who deserves every bit of attention you can give her right now. Now excuse me while I go listen again.

Lyrics video by Lana Lubany

Lyric of the week: “Long as it’s a game, I’m bound to lose, Hardest damn thing I’m gonna have to do“- Lauren Weintraub in “Missing You”

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Fresh Brewed Playlist #8

JUNG’s song “Waste My Heart” is off of their new album ‘Cause in the End You Know That Everybody Dies’

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The haunting melodies of JUNG’s song “Waste My Heart” are a standout among the band’s incredibly strong album Cause In The End You Know That Everybody Dies, which was released back in February. “You came to me and I was hopeless too, against all the odds we felt something new, so when you’re close to running out of fuel, just let me know so I can work for two,” the duo made up of Tom and Henrik Ljungqvist show a true vulnerability on the bridge. Upon first listen, I found myself lost in a trance- taking in every bit of production, songwriting and the magical atmosphere they had to offer. All at once, it feels both classic and fresh. Now excuse me as I listen to it another 27 times in a row.

“Good Again” by Sofia Quinn is a beautifully raw, introspective ode to her younger self and the path she has taken in order to heal. “I just wanna get passed this guilt, all the trauma that I never let heal, or at least one day know that I will,” she sings on the chorus of the hope she holds for her future. Quinn co-produced the track with Noby Sidez, and the singer’s voice has never sounded better- performing vocal acrobatics in the final 45 seconds that prove her to be a force to be reckoned with in pop music.

Lyric of the week: “It’s cold tonight, so you sleeping over, right?, Texting me, told you come have sex with me, respectfully, I think about you sexually”- Role Model in “neverletyougo”

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Fresh Brewed Playlist #7

Dezi’s new single “Seen” is out now!

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Dezi’s intimate new single “Seen” is a beautifully written ode to a partner who is struggling to open up fully. Dezi’s voice is the centerpiece among the laid-back production, which is a welcome change of pace after a string of badass, vibey singles. There’s an emotional, raw undertone to the lyrics about the power that the singer’s partner holds over her with lines like “Darlin’ I would wait for you, but I know you don’t want me to. You could break me, and I’d buy the glue, but I’ll settle for a notch on your bedpost“. Despite her willingness to give them her all, she’s prepared to let them go if they are too scared to let her in. Dezi’s honesty is a gift and I think many listeners will find comfort within her sound.

“Love On TV” is another beautiful release by Nigerian born and Texas raised duo KAIRO, who are made up of identical twin brothers named Ej and Ak. The song reflects on the impact that the romances featured in TV and movies can have on our own notions of love. Their harmonies are absolutely beautiful, even reminiscent of classic vocal arrangements by Boys II Men. “I’ll never go, you’ll never be alone, now we’re just actors on a canceled show,” the duo question the point of love if we are all just set to fall short of the examples we are raised on. Along with their debut single “Someone Like You”, their upcoming EP Love Letters From Houston which is set to be released on May 25th, is set to be a melodic marvel.

Director by Jack McDonald

Love You Later’s brand new single “Keepintouch” has long been teased on her TikTok and the pop masterpiece is finally here! The singer says that she wrote the song during a really confusing, isolating time where I had to learn to be alone again in order to truly feel content and connected with myself, my emotions, my reality, the world and everyone in it.” The song’s chorus is ready to be screamed at the top of your lungs and I dare anyone to listen to it once and not have it stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

Lyric of the week: “We were in love under the sun now it’s getting colder, I’ll be the one, I’ll be the one with you when it’s over“- Dreamer Boy in “Over Everything”

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Fresh Brewed Playlist #6

Tayler Buono’s new single “Keep Hoping” is out now!

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Used to be a hopeless romantic, now I try to hope less cause damn it you made it hard for me,” Tayler Buono lays it all on the line on the chorus of her newest single “Keep Hoping”. The new track is a part of her upcoming project called “How to Get Through a Breakup” with each release representing another stage of the process. Buono’s voice is like an open wound on the light indie pop production, but her lyrics remain hopeful in the bridge with lines like “Someday I will find someone who doesn’t say goodbye, the girl who wasn’t scared to jump will remember what it’s like“. Instant chills.

Katherine Li’s new track “We Didn’t Even Date” chronicles the reeling of one-sided heartbreak, from the pain of thinking that her feelings aren’t valid to still wishing things could be different between her and the person she loves. The lyrics hit home for anyone who has ever been in such a “situationship” or fallen for someone who never loved them back. This is a song for those who never got their perfect movie ending- with lines like “Wish I could just take it all back, didn’t date but we might as well have“. Yeah um… I’ve definitely never been there before- *cries*.

Lyric of the week: “You were my first to last, full weight on the gas, stretching thin- we finally snap“- Madeleine Mayi in “SNAP”

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