Each week the content writers for KCPR.org are going to publish a playlist containing a new song recommendation from each of them.
1. Someone Else – Deb Never
Recommended by: Eden Baker
If I am going to be honest, this emotional lo-fi ballad hurt my feelings. When listening to songs that were released this past week, “Someone Else” is a sure standout. Deb Never perfectly captures the feeling of being brokenhearted and helpless. I would recommend this song for anyone who is feeling low and feels like they need to hear a song where they can relate exactly to what the artist is going through.
2. Just Go – Arlo Parks
Recommended by: Kallie Kidder
Arlo Parks just released her debut album, “Collapsed in Sunbeams,” and I absolutely can not wait to see this all over “Best of 2021” lists later this year! After a handful of standout singles, including “Hurt,” “Eugene” and “Caroline,” Parks’ debut album has been long-awaited by many. I absolutely love this album and recommend it to anyone looking for fresh, new, warm music.
3. Gravity (feat. Tyler, the Creator) – Brent Faiyaz, DJ Dahi, Tyler, the Creator
Recommended by: Jenna McCarthy and Jennifer Newton
McCarthy: Tyler, the Creator was my initial draw to this song, as I know his music has incredible vibes to it, so I wasn’t surprised when it made me feel at ease. The chill beat with the breath-y rapping and singing over it, make it be a great song to go on a late night drive to.
Newton: Brent Faiyaz released this single just a few days ago and the soft vocals of Faiyaz’s voice with the deep and almost robotic like of Tyler, The Creator mixes together really nicely. They’re a great duo and I’m hoping to hear more collaborations between the two in the future.
4. Sex With Me – TRAMP STAMPS
Recommended by: Emily Brower
“Sex With Me” is the debut single from TRAMP STAMPS, the all female pop-punk band. The lyrics are painfully relatable and perfectly describe today’s confusingly toxic hookup culture.
5. Our Heads, Our Hearts on Fire Again – The Besnard Lakes
Recommended by: Evan Gattuso
Immerse yourself in Besnard Lakes’ enthralling and luscious soundscape on “Our Heads, Our Hearts on Fire Again.” The Canadian group’s epic concoction of neo-psych, indie rock and dream pop is magnetic. You can find this song on the band’s first album in five years, “The Besnard Lakes Are The Last Of The Great Thunderstorm Warnings.”
6. Escape Route – Jordi
Recommended by: Jaxon Silva
This single released by Dangerbird Records is raucous and excellent. The 17-year old senior from Monrovia wrote and played every instrument on the entire track. Overall, it’s a great headbanger and definitely an artist worth seeing what she does next.
7. FIX URSELF! – JPEGMAFIA
Recommended by: Lilly Leif
JPEGMAFIA never misses with his lyrics and this song is concrete proof of that. He manages to incorporate humor, self introspection and darker thematic tones over a smooth piano and brass instrumental.
8. O.N.E. – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Recommended by: M. Alex De La Cruz
Microtones are back in a big way on King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s latest, which easily ranks among their prettiest and most accessible songs. The track’s super-saturated music video compliments it perfectly and comes highly recommended too.
9. Screens – Weezer
Recommended by: Sophia Pattison
Weezer just dropped their latest album and this is one of the best songs on it. The lyrics focus on how society is being lost by technology. It is a fun listen, not just to think about the lyrics, but an enjoyable song overall.
10. Your House – Hopsin
Recommended by: Alina Jafri
What I love about this song is the narrative. Songs always tell a story and, in Hopsin’s song, he raps about having a troubled childhood. Many can relate to the narrative the song is telling and connect to it.
11. Bird with a Broken Wing – Weezer
Recommended by: Tessa Hughes
Off of their newest album, “Bird with a Broken Wing” is one of Weezer’s more somber songs, but it pairs so nicely and is elevated by the backing of the orchestral instruments. The song’s intro immediately hooked me and the lyrics are a metaphor to the band and how they were when they were kids.
Check out the entire playlist down below. Comment below what your favorite recommendation was this week!