Have you had a tough week? Then there’s nothing better to bring you back from the brink than our picks for this week’s New Music Fridays! From lo-fi loveliness to an eclectic mix of soul, pop, and R&B, these songs will have you back on track in no time. As always. click the pics for a listen.
STIIR – Seasonal Love
North London trio STIIR release new single Seasonal Love, a dreamy lo-fi escape to the expectations of reality. Touted as overcoming the feeling of loneliness, the chorus hook ‘single life, seasonal love’ acts as the mantra of the song. Full of pretty melodies and a soulful sound, the bass wanders, trumpets add extra presence and guitars get psychedelic and playful when needed. A wonderful and vibrant track.
Floral Image – Why I Leave
Five-piece Psyche-Indie-Electronica-Rock band Floral Image release this cleverly layered and expertly executed track with bright soundscapes and a rolling indie flow. The warm sense of wonder and basslines holding the track together works wonderfully against the hazy vocals and melancholic lyrics. It all comes together in the perfect way as the chorus seeps into your mind and refuses to leave. Dreamy stuff.
Ryan Hoffman – Train
Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter Ryan Hoffman encapsulates a fuzzy sound amongst thumping drums in the beautifully structured track, Train. With his personality drip-fed throughout the track, the poetic lyrics jump through the riffy verses as harmonies with female vocals drive through in the chorus. A mesmerising track that leaves you wanting more.
BLUZ X ANRÓ – Smile
Longtime friends Blux and Anró used the pandemic lockdown to make music weaved around soul, pop, R&B, hip-hop, and jazz. This eclectic joining of forces perfectly comes together on track Smile, with fast-paced drums in perfect contrast to the slow and thoughtful pace in the rest of the track. Switching up the sound throughout somehow doesn’t throw you off guard, instead, you revel in the playful atmosphere and mix of ideas. The vocals are just the icing on the cake of this intriguing track.