Fresh Brewed Playlist #16

Gracie Abrams’ new single “Difficult” is out now!

Alas we are back with another Fresh Brewed Playlist and this week, we have Gracie Abrams to blame for our tears! Her newest single “Difficult” is anything but difficult to listen to, with melodies that only the masterful minds of Gracie Abrams and Aaron Dessner could craft. While the lyrics continue the raw writing style Abrams has become known for, the production is sonically more expansive than anything the singer songwriter has previously released. The chorus soars as Gracie describes the weight that her inability to escape her own thoughts has had on her. “And I’ve been thinkin’, If I move out this year, I’ll feel my parents slippin’, Away and also, I’m just scared of that commitment, I really think sometimes there’s somethin’ that I’m missin’,” she puts all of her insecurities on display with this track and still finds a way to somehow still make it fun. Her voice is as gorgeous and painful as always, mixed perfectly with the guitar and drum heavy track. If “Difficult” and the previously released “Block Me Out” are a sign of what is to come from Abrams’ new album, 2023 is going to be moody in all of the best ways.

“Difficult” by Gracie Abrams

Joesef’s new single “Joe” is about grieving the person he used to be before all of the pain and heartache. Nostalgic of that simpler time, the anthemic track is ready to be screamed and cried out on these cool fall evenings. That itself is the risk of loving big and being open right? The toll that it can take on who we are, forever changed by the scar tissue built around our heart. But that’s the beauty of it- if we never loved, would we ever truly love? Joesef wrestles with this realization on this track, which he says will be an overarching theme across his new album Permanent Damage which will be released on January 13, 2023. “How much of myself can I give away, ‘Til there’s nothing left to take from me? Feels like I’m losing things I can’t replace, It’s an emptiness that makes me weak,” he opens the song with a knife to our hearts- so rudely relatable and wonderfully addictive in its instant listenability.

“Joe” by Joesef

“Runaway Blue” by Chloe George is an addictive, late summer release that evokes the feelings of a hot New York City night. The track is about her own fear of commitment- her inability to allow herself to truly feel at peace with her partner as she is beginning to fall deep. Sonically, it feels so joyously wonderful- actually reminiscent of Sza in all of the best ways. “It’s just usually I see it comin’, so vivid before it finds me, but with you, it’s somethin’ I could never know, woah, I love you out of the blue since I’m givin’ way too much, I feel I been waitin’ up for you, I know life changes, if your mind changes out the blue, would you let me know,” she pours her heart out, afraid to let herself get too vulnerable in case her partner changes their mind without her realizing it. The songwriting and production choices made are absolutely gorgeous, and it makes me so excited to see what Chloe has in store for us with all of her future releases.

“Runaway Blue” by Chloe George

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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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