Sorcha Richardson eloquently brings you back to your summer love and then breaks your heart when she reminds you of where you are now with her track “Petrol Station”.
Partially PBR&B a la BANKS and George Maple, Sorcha’s voice is simultaneously soothing and passionate, blending with the light riffs at the 1-minute mark and then standing out strongly at the start of the chorus a 15 seconds after.
Singing “If I, If I never told you that I wanna hold you, that I wanna hold you, I just wish it was old news” and “My rib cage is bruised, but that side of love we tasted, You find that stuff you chase it”, Sorcha travels back to the moments that stand out with a past unrequited love or possibly a passionate but fleeting experience. It’s that time when you keep thinking “Fuck, there will never be a love this amazing.”
But by stating “I’m not holding out For anything better,” Sorcha also reminds you that you will carry that love forever – “Can we just stay here forever?”
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Empress Of (aka Brooklyn’s Lorely Rodriguez) flows through the frustrations of a relationship in “Water Water” – in a way through developing a metaphor of water usage and rights.
Very much a combination of the styles of her earlier track “Tristeza” and the more recent “Realize You,” “Water Water” starts off a little spooky and eerie then develops into a dancey beat combined with competing feelings toward a floundering relationship. A bit of a juxtaposition of exciting electrobeats and depressingly “real” lyrics like New Order’s “1963.”
Orlando, Florida’s SALES has a stripped down sound mixed with Lykke Li + French Yé-yé style vocals. It’s as if Lykke Li stripped out the electrobeats and the yéyé girls slowed their music down then sang for a very relaxed 2010 garage band – like Beach House but purposely fewer layers and less Telecaster notes.
The lo-fi style initially masks the actual complexity in some of the short riffs throughout songs like “Renee”:
“Vows” – This is a sit on the grass at 3pm with a cigarette type of song.
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MØ just released “New Year’s Eve” for the last 2 days of the year. With Imogen Heap-esque autotune harmonies, MØ gives us a departure from usual fast tempoed, excited NYE songs – instead presenting a track that reveals a more realistic range of emotions for any holiday.
Much like Tove Lo’s “Habits,” MØ shows that it’s not always a fun party – sometimes we’re trying to get over our issues with more champagne and hope for a better year.