Be My Mistake
The 1975

What I think might be the sweetest song off the new alum from the indie-pop band’s long awaited third studio album. The soft acoustic guitar with the melancholy strumming pattern reminds me personally of songs Matty has done in the past such as 102 and She Lays Down. The guitar is so beautifully done, listeners can get absorbed immediately by the calming sound of the guitar. Matty’s voice comes in with an exclusive sound which can give you a feeling as though you’re sitting right next to the band as they record this piece. There is this everlasting personal piece to this song that makes you feel like you’re seeing it live or with the band sitting right there. I truly hope that when the band comes around for touring, they will consider throwing this song onto their setlist as it already sounds elegant from recordings and I would love to see their take on the song live.

Anyways
Arctic Monkeys

Alex Turner’s eccentric production from Tranquility Base flows through to this song which acts like a B-side to the title track Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. This song has so much going on it and is so packed with production that can knock anyone’s socks off with one listen. Right off the bat, the contrast of Alex’s voice with the guitar is so flawlessly done, it’s mesmerizing to me how Alex can manage to make every song flow with one theme and stick with that theme even beyond album tracks. But it’s not only the flow of this song that catches my attention. The production is so clear on Alex’s voice, there isn’t a single thing off on the way he sings his words. If you have ever seen the band live, you know of Alex’s peculiar yet enthralling act which he delivers every concert, this song matches Alex’s attitude with lyrics fitting his personality almost seamlessly. Alex has yet again delivered a song so out there yet so musically advanced, something that is true for any Arctic Monkeys song. You can never fall off this band as every song has you entranced by something new. Alex has taken us by surprise with this release and yet again delivered superior quality in his work.

Faking It
Sasha Sloan
Sasha’s production takes me by surprise every time I hear one of her songs. For an indie artist with little songs on platforms, you would never imagine such an astounding piece of music coming from her name, but this song proves everyone doubting her wrong. Right off the bat, Sasha has a unique and noticeable sound, she has an interesting reverb to her voice, but it is clear, and her production is top of the line matching ones of The 1975 or Arctic Monkeys. This song is catchy,something I can hear many people, whether fans or not, falling in love with. This will be a song that gets played almost everywhere. She has added the exact touches into this song to make her really explode on the music platform.

LIKE A ROCKSTAR
Chase Atlantic
Keeping consistent to their usual sound, Chase Atlantic released this song that is catchy yet interesting. There are so many aspects to this song that are very popular in music overall but the way that the band has been able to interlock in some unique drum tracks here and there along with melodies that are quite unusual to hear is exclusive to their sound and follows their aesthetic. This song is no different and includes some of the best vocal arrangements from the band I have heard yet.

whatare you so afraid of
XXTENTACION

Following alongside The 1975’s song, this song is an acoustic piece off of the rappers newest album SKINS. I personally love the take on this song as the singing is slurred, a common melody-line for xxtentacion, but has this beautiful strummed out guitar in the background which sticks with the whole song and is the only instrument played. The whole song in total has such a beautiful feel to it. It’s one of those songs that I can see true fans of the artist really falling in love with as they can pick apart all of the musicianship that x has put into this piece of art.

-Sabrina A. 

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These are my five favorite songs from the week of October 8th …

1. IF YOU SEE HER BY LANY A song off of Malibu Nights, Lany’s latest release that tells a story of heartbreak and loss of love. This song doesn’t fall off that topic matching the overall theme of the album. I personally have been obsessed with this song as it reminds me so much of old LANY giving a fun upbeat type of vibe while hitting at a loss of love topic. LANY’s song “The Breakup” is quite similar in this sense. The upbeat pop song describes a breakup while still give you a beat you can dance along to. Make sure to catch the synth-pop band on their upcoming fall/winter tours!

2. LILO BY THE JAPANESE HOUSE A new single released by the solo female artist who was one of the first to be signed to Matty Healy’s (The 1975) indie record label Dirty Hit. The musician titled “The Japanese House” always produces consistent sounds with what usually has a melodic guitar riff following drum tracks but this song veered off a bit not including as much if any, guitar. As much as that aspect is always killer in her songs, this song is no slack and I always feel like when I listen to her music I can escape the world for the 4 minutes she produces.

3. FEELING LONELY BY BOY PABLO The guitar riff in this song has got to be one my favorites right now. Boy Pablo is a mixture of a Rex Orange County with a little more of that upbeat vibe to them. As someone who has seen the band live as well, I can tell you that the bands’ energy on tracks doesn’t lack in performance either. The band gives off such a good vibe along with their music that it is hard to not enjoy what they produce.

4. PARADISE BY THE NEIGHBOURHOOD If there is one thing I love about The Neighbourhood, it has to be how active they are in the scene even after years of producing amazing yet consistent music. This song matches their aesthetic and what they typically produce identically. The band has a melancholy type of reverb on Jesse’s voice but the way he mixes up the reverbs to give you a little throw off to what you think you’re going to hear is so unique in their sound. Paradise is the most eccentric blend of sounds not only in vocal but also in instrumental giving a sound such as old The 1975 but with their own flare.

5. GENERATIONS WHY BY CONAN GRAY Conan Gray has to be one of my favorite indie artists right now and when I say indie, I mean indie. Conan had recorded almost all of his songs on his own in his bedroom but that’s what I believe gives him an extremely unique feel. It’s almost as if you’re sitting in that room with Conan as he sings the song through the recording. It’s just so personal and relatable to your life, it’s like he’s singing about the childhood you’ve lived and you can relate to. This song keeps that same vibe as songs he’s written such as Idle Town (totally recommend that too!) Catch Conan on his first ever tour starting this November! (I’ll be at that New York date).

– Sabrina A.