Reporting here from Popdust HQ in New York City, we're getting ready ourselves for anywhere from 11 to 20 inches of snow, which will certainly spell a few weeks of slip-and-sliding on our daily commutes to work. Have no fear, because we've rounded up some new music for y'all to listen to, hopefully while under the safety of a warm blanket and some cocoa.
I showed my friend this song, and I don't think anyone could describe its vibe better: "this sounds like I'm in the middle of West Virginia, trying to forget about someone." Alex G has been quite the indie darling for a while now, with a whole slew of albums like 2015's Beach Music that wear Wilco and Modest Mouse influences on its sleeve, like your ex-boyfriend from Brooklyn wears his dad's dirty overalls with a $200 coat while rolling cigarettes because they're more "cost-effective." But in this new single "Bobby," the singer-songwriter from Philly goes the country route, with some sweet background fiddle playing well with his rusty guitar twang and somber vocals.
Is Frank Ocean going to start releasing music more often? Is this song his attempt at going for a more poppy, mainstream hit before touring festivals in the summer? Did he have to reference "Issa Knife" in the chorus?
Whatever the answer is, he's released another great song with all the necessary Frank Ocean elements, and then some: clever turns of phrase, harmonizing all over the place with himself, song structures that morph into three different things within the span of three minutes. And who knew Delta had thousand dollar gift cards?
For someone who was starting to reach Frank Ocean levels of invisibility, Carti gave us his biggest surprise yet this past weekend: he released not one, but two songs! "Lookin" and "woke up like this" are both Guaranteed Fresh™ Playboi Carti, with matching guest features by Lil Uzi Vert. But it's the latter that caught my attention, with a groovy guitar synth and Carti's trademark so-laidback-he-might-fall-asleep flow, the song has already got 1.8 million streams on Soundcloud while only being released three days ago. Give it a listen below to see why!
Mixing her earthy vocals reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, with an atmospheric production that sounds like a Midwestern dreamscape, Nadia Reid opens her album Preservation with this ballad named for it. Sweet but hurting guitar strumming comes in and out of the fog all throughout this song, while her voice neither peaks too much to try and steal your attention, nor fades away long enough to lose it. As an intro, this certainly sets the tone for an ethereal car ride of an album by the New Zealand songstress.
Following in the steps of an Anderson .Paak or a Chance The Rapper instead of Future and 21 Savage, Smino goes in on this four-minute track, seamlessly spitting and singing over a subtle, laidback bass groove. Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, but based out of Chicago, the rapper has just released his debut album blkswn., with "Father Son Holy Smoke" as one of the big singles to take off from it. Great single cover, even better single.