October is a busy month for new releases, and this week was no different. Pop music saw both triumphant returns and big break-outs. Harry Styles debuted a sensual single, Hayley Kiyoko put forth an electric anthem, and Camila Cabello gave another glimpse into her new era of music.
Hayley Kiyoko — “Demons”
Hayley Kiyoko copes with the weight of mental health struggles in her new single. Kiyoko said she wanted to normalize mental health issues while simultaneously crafting a song everyone can sing to, and “Demons” does just that. Over a heavy and hypnotic beat, Kiyoko sings of battling demons in her head.
Harry Styles — “Lights Up”
Harry Styles has been teasing new music since a Rolling Stone interview revealed his upcoming album is “all about having sex and feeling sad.” While the lyrics of “Lights Up” are more convoluted, Styles pulls on his sensual vocals and rock influences to craft upbeat and passionate tune which could be an indication of what’s to come from the pop singer.
Baby Ariel — “Wildside”
Baby Ariel gives her interpretation of Lou Reed’s hit song with “Wildside.” After becoming an internet sensation at a young age, Ariel makes sense of her journey on the new single. Over effervescent synths and a snapping beat, Baby Ariel showcases her mature vocals in the buoyant tune.
ARIZONA — “Still Alive”
Arizona follows up its 2017 debut record with Asylum. “Still Alive” is the closing track, ending the album with a triumphant ballad. The song boasts driving synths and electrifying drums that craft an all-encompassing soundscape.
Camila Cabello — “Easy”
After reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Camila Cabello is gearing up for the solo release, Romance, with several singles. Cabello dives into the intricacies of a relationship, presumably with Shawn Mendes, in “Easy.” Over an emphatic pop production and a simple but driving beat, Cabello showcases her massive vocal range.
FKA Twigs — “Home With You”
After breaking out in 2014 with her critically-acclaimed record LP1, FKA Twigs is back after five years with a steady release of singles. “Home With You” pulls the English singer back to her songwriting roots. Using washed-out vocals and soft piano, FKA Twigs crafts an eerie and affecting tune.
Winona Oak — “Let Me Know”
Swedish singer Winona Oak quickly created a buzz after releasing several debut singles, and “Let Me Know” is just as strong as her last. The singer belts over a jovial beat with lighthearted synths and exuberant keys.
Ella Henderson — “Young”
English singer/songwriter Ella Henderson began as a contestant on the X-Factor in 2012, but her talent quickly proved impressive enough to launch a solo career. Now, Henderson is back with new music. On “Young,” Henderson opens up about struggling with anxiety. Introspective, Henderson writes from her heart and croons over a popping beat and striking synths.
Chloe Lilac — “Special”
Young Brooklyn artist Chloe Lilac is showing all signs of a successful career ahead after dropping two EPs. Her new single, “Special,” is equally stunning. The track opens with the crackling of a vinyl record, adding to the song’s nostalgic feel. Lilac showcases her wide vocal range over a fun-loving beat and smooth groove.
Alexander 23 — “See You Later”
Hailing from Chicago, Alexander 23 made a splash when his single, “Another Summer Night Without You” was included on Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why soundtrack. Now, the musician shows his optimistic side with “See You Later.” With a bubblegum production, Alexander 23 layers his alto vocals over a crisp beat and bright guitar melody.
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