RELEASE RADAR is here to give you the breakdown of the top singles, albums, and videos of the week, so you can head into your weekend with a new list of killer tunes.
Sonny | "Let Love"
In his latest single, Sonny reflects on the importance of familial love. "[The song] came from a time where my love life was all over the place and I craved a relationship and having someone there, rather than being on my own," he explained. "So, I spoke to my Mom and she said let love come to me rather than going out looking for it. I thought this was such a great piece of advice. The next week I took the idea into a writing session and the song was formed."
Tess Posner | "Supernova"
Oakland's Tess Posner blends classic vocals and personal lyrics in her feminist anthem, supporting victims of sexual violence.
The eerie new track from Justin Roeland reflects the ongoing tension between police and protestors, casting a haunting spotlight on the current political climate.
Walking On Cars | Coldest Water
Walking On Cars - Coldest Water www.youtube.com
The latest video from Irish pop outfit Walking On Cars is a whirlwind, a reflection of singer Patrick Sheely's relationship with alcohol. "I wanted the music to do the talking and it was all a bit too fresh to be honest," he noted.
Jamie Lawson - The Answer (Official Lyric Video) www.youtube.com
The playful video from singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson came from a train ride: "I was on a train from somewhere to London listening to a lot of instrumental music when suddenly the idea for this track came to me. The lyrics started flowing and by the time I reached the studio where Ollie Green was, I'd written most of the song. As it progressed, what I thought might be a tender love song transformed into a fun, indie bop!"
"Mess Around" Official Video by Wargirl www.youtube.com
California indie-rock collective Wargirl channels their anger in their latest video and track. "The idea for 'Mess Around' came during a political election. Looking at the candidates groveling and speaking manipulative words, brought to mind the picture of an abusive or cheating boyfriend," the band said. "Someone who tries to talk you into staying with them after lying and behaving badly. It really is quite laughable so we wrote a song to remind us all to laugh at horrible people rather than suffering fools."
La Fille | Alright Already
After moving from New Jersey to Seattle, La Fille frontman Jay Louis began crafting the groups debut EP, full of the west coast's signature laid back vibes.
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