Silky vocals gliding on top of a warm acoustic guitar.
Meet indie pop singer Jillian Steele, who released her new single, "No Expectations," today.
Co-written by Michel Heyaca and James Shelley of American Authors, "No Expectations" describes how everything happens for a reason and, eventually, things come together as intended.
Explaining the inspiration for the song, Steele says, "Life was happening around me and I was just in it without any control and through this song I gained insight that I do deserve things and I should have expectations of what I want."
Now 21-years-old, Steele moved to Nashville when she was 18 to study songwriting at Belmont University. While there, her appetite for creativity redoubled, resulting in contagious musical concoctions, both authentic and alluring. Influenced by female artists such as Maggie Rogers, Sasha Sloan, and Julia Michaels, Steele's sound is all about introspective self-love and empowerment.
"No Expectations" rides an acoustic guitar topped by Steele's vibrant voice. When the rhythm enters, the melody takes on buff dynamics, supporting the surging guitars. Layers of vocal harmonies interweave, giving the music depth and shining blushes of color.
"I've got no, no, no, no, no expectations / Gonna let the pieces fall, let 'em fall, let 'em fall into places / I've got no, no, no, no, no expectations / No, I can't control it all / So let 'em fall, let 'em fall into places."
It was always her dance floor.
Few artists have given as much of themselves to their fans as Lady Gaga.
Since being ordained queen of the nightclub (not to mention the pregame, the getting-ready-bedroom-dance, the drag show, and the summer night drive) in 2008 with "Just Dance," the hit single from her hit debut album The Fame, Gaga has continued to surprise fans with constant reinvention. She cemented her place as the pop-artist of a generation with Born This Way and even (as over-produced as it was) Art Pop, and then, shockingly, went on to release a jazz standard's album with Tony Bennett (Cheek to Cheek), a country album (Joanne), and finally become an Oscar-nominated actress for A Star Is Born. Somehow, she pulled off every iteration of herself with charisma and grace.
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Sincere, vulnerable, and seductive.
Australian DIY pop artist Airports, AKA Aaron Lee, releases "U FEEL IT 2," following on the heels of his dreamy lo-fi banger, "Don't Sleep Anymore."
Aaron explains the double entendre of the song, "It started out being written as a song about a haunting relationship with depression in contrast to uplifting music, but when some of the lyrics started to spill out I realized I was also writing about positive romantic feelings for my partner." Featuring bleeding synths, blushing harmonies, and Aaron's velvety falsetto, "U FEEL IT 2" is a perfect summer anthem.
U Feel It 2