A Week of Musical Discoveries

It feels like so much great music was released in the past seven days.  Between Taylor Swift’s newest single (no, not “Look What You Made Me Do”, that song is trash) to a release from one of my all time favorite indie bands, there was a lot to listen to last week! Some tunes were awesome, some were hard to finish…but let’s delve in!

Let’s start with a something upbeat and positive; Pop Etc. (previously known as The Morning Benders) showed up on my radar in 2008 with a lighthearted EP called “Talking Through Tin Cans.”  All the songs were raw and heartfelt, revisiting them this week was a treat.  Since the name change, they’ve gone a little more pop, (hence the new name?) and I wasn’t really on board with it.  Maybe because I felt the music they’d released up until that point had been so unique that it saddened me a bit to see them try to be more commercial.  Not that there’s anything wrong with being commercial…it just broke my heart a little.  So I was excited when I saw they were coming out with new music this year, hoping maybe they went back to their roots.  The single they released this week is “Outside Looking In.”  I want to like it, I REALLY do, but it’s kinda…boring.  Ugh I hate myself for even saying that, I love Chris Chu’s voice so much, but there’s nothing special about this song.  Do yourself a favor and listen to their song “Excuses,” which has been on repeat in my house for the past 3 days.

Next up is a straight ahead pop song from a former Disney Channel star gone sexual.  No, not Miley.  I’m talkin Demi.  Demi Lovato is a powerhouse vocalist and deserves every singing award out there.  Her new single is called “You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore.”  You guyyyyyyyyysssss why is she so good??  Her voice blows me away, I’m obsessed and green with envy.  Her runs are spot on and she can seamlessly transition from her head voice to her chested voice, which is a feat a lot popular females artists can’t do.  And those high notes, don’t even get me started.  If you like slow pop ballads sung by singers with true talent, check out song.

I stumbled upon this next band while casually listening to Spotify while getting ready for work.  The groove immediately caught my attention and the dual male/female vocalists is always something I appreciate.  The song in question was called “Party Down” by Freedom Fry, a band I had never heard of before.  But thank jeepers for Spotify or I might never have heard this gem of a band.  The tune has an indie pop vibe with some funk thrown into the mix, and I can definitely get into this.  They call themselves an alt-folk duo and I’m cool with that.  Their 4-song Ep, “Strange Attraction,” was released this week, check em out!

Also, some country singer released a song this week, I don’t know if you’ve heard of her, she’s relatively unknown.  Taylor Swift is her name and the song is “...ready for it?” and I hate myself for loving it, but then I think I shouldn’t hate myself it’s a catchy pop tune meant to get stuck in your head for a week, by this time next week you’llhavemovedonfromthislowpointinmylifeandalsoshouldntibeallowedtolistentowhateveriwantandnotfeelbadaboutitwhendidibecomeamusicelitistthatalsomakesmehatemyseldokbye.

That’s all for now, more next week (maybe, hopefully)!

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