We may not be feeling the fall weather just yet, but in the segue between the seasons, there’s always music to guide us through…
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- “Clearest Blue” – CHVRCHES
This track from the Scottish trio’s forthcoming release “Every Other Eye” (out September 25) further highlights their electro-pop sentiment, with vocalist Lauren Mayberry’s pixie-esque voice a pointed accent to the thrumming synthesized beats.
- “Ain’t Got Far To Go” – Jess Glynne
A track off of her debut album “I Cry When I Laugh,” the British singer’s rich, soulful tone suits this pop-R&B hybrid track, complete with a mix of playful piano and a bouncing backbeat. Many know Glynne as the voice featured on Clean Bandit’s 2014 smash “Rather Be,” but this album sets Glynne up for a full feature in pop music.
- “Hallelujah” – Panic! At The Disco
Lead singer (and the sole original member remaining) Brendon Urie has combined his unique vibrato with a pop-rock beat tinged with gospel vocalizations for this Panic! track. Harmonies and high pitch mix well here – the group recently performed the song on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and hit everything note for high-ranging note.
- “She’s Kinda Hot” – 5 Seconds of Summer
Pop-punk heartthrobs 5 Seconds of Summer return with this more rockin’ track off of their sophomore effort “Sounds Good Feels Good” (out October 23). With collaborators like Joel and Benji Madden (of Good Charlotte) behind them, it’s no surprise that this track has further pushed the Aussie foursome into teenage-angst rock anthem territory.
- “Dibs” – Kelsea Ballerini
Country-pop sweetheart Kelsea Ballerini is busy filming the video for this new single (a follow-up to her hit “Love Me Like You Mean It”), a sugary ode to scoping out cuties. It’s formulaic, but that’s why it works – personal note: I saw Ballerini at a small bar in Tampa this past summer and she was just as sweet as she sounds. I hope to see her breaking big soon.
- “If You Wanna Stay” – The Griswolds
Another Aussie foursome, this alt-pop group recently toured as openers for breakout band Walk the Moon (of “Shut Up and Dance” fame). The Griswolds have similar tonal qualities (if not a bit more subdued) with light, catchy synthesized beats and drum hits, making this track instantly dance-able. And dance away, music fans – I have been playing this one on repeat since I saw them open for WTM in May.
- “Gibberish” – MAX feat. Hoodie Allen
Singer/actor MAX teamed up with rapper Allen for this thrumming, hook-laden pop-hip hop hybrid/monster hit. Both artists also recently toured with Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa on the Boys of Zummer tour – and MAX’s forthcoming album is being produced by FOB’s Wentz on his DCD2 label. His soaring vocals show promise (think a more pop-oriented Miguel), so this can only be the first step of many for MAX.
Video of the Week: “Stevie Wonder Carpool Karaoke” from The Late Late Show with James Corden
James Corden is just living the dream, people. He and Wonder seem to have a fantastic time together – especially when Wonder called Corden’s wife and sang to her (causing the talk show host to tear up). This video has definitely made my week.
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