This week In Music, volume 5
I've been blasting ABBA and Cher for more than a month now and I regret nothing. Also, did you know Cher is releasing an album full of ABBA covers this month?! I can't wait to blast it on repeat, sing into a hairbrush and annoy my neighbors in the process. I'm pretty sure my Spotify is already sick of me playing 'Fernando.' And by now you're probably thinking, "Kassi, what does this even have to do with this post?" To which I'll politely reply: absolutely nothing.
Here's everything I've had on repeat this past week:
1. Superhero — Lauv
I get the feeling that Lauv is going to be around for a long, long time. Ari Staprans Leff (Lauv) releases hit after hit. Case in point: 'Superhero.' Lauv's songs are radio-ready, heart-tugging and ugh, so good. I'm warning you now: You're going to need tissues before you hit play on the video below. I thought I loved 'Superhero' before, but the backstory of the song just pulls at your heartstrings. Ari, can we get a sequel to know what happens next? Please?
2. Through Windows — Wild Nothing
Wild Nothing's Jack Tatum recently released Indigo, a collection of songs that takes you back to the '80s (minus all the crazy hair and spandex). The brass-filled 'Through Windows' is the sixth track off the album and one of my favorites. Give it a spin below.
3. Angela — William Fitzsimmons
I've never met a William Fitzsimmons song I didn't like. 'Angela' is the singer-songwriter's latest single from his forthcoming album, "Mission Bell," dropping Sept. 21.
“’Angela’ is about giving your life to someone and them giving it to someone else, but still not being able to let go of them.
It’s about being blinded to reality by one’s emotions."
— William Fitzsimmons
4. Yours — Robert Shirey Kelly
This song. All the feels. I don't think I've ever listened to my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist without shouting, "YES! I LOVE THIS SONG," after each tune. This song is no exception. It's just so sweet, upbeat and lovely. *crying emoji*
5. The Other Side — Betty Who
To be frank, I never heard of Australian singer-songwriter Betty Who until an episode of The Bachelorette where she performed during a hometown date. I was browsing through Spotify earlier today and stumbled upon 'The Other Side,' so I gave it a listen. And that, my friends, is how I became a Betty Who fan.
6. Does It Ever Cross Your Mind — The Paper Kites
Mmmm. This song makes me want to close my eyes and sway to the beat. It makes me sleepy but in a good way. I've loved the indie-folk band ever since 'Bloom' and five years later, they're still making my heart melt.
7. Bite The Hand — boygenius (Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus)
ICYMI, songwriters Julie Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus recently formed a supergroup under the name boygenius. Needless to say, you need to listen to all three recently released singles (see also: 'Stay Down' and 'Me & My Dog'). Go go go! P.S. Their self-titled EP is set to drop Nov.
8. The Last Thing — Sawyer
Nashville duo Kel Taylor and Emma Harvey are the indie-pop voices behind Sawyer. Let me just say, they are gold. Pure, solid gold. Their sound is raw and carefree and their talent is so effortless. The duo bears a resemblance to indie favorites The Staves and HAIM, so if you're a fan of them, you're in luck.
9. Sweet Disposition — Sawyer
GUESS WHAT. I love Sawyer so much, they're getting extra love on the playlist. The dynamic duo recently covered one of my favorite songs in the world, 'Sweet Disposition.' In short, they knocked it out of the park — home run, slam dunk, all the good sports lingo.
10. Many Lives — Andrew Belle
I'm throwing it back to 2013 with this Andrew Belle hit. 'Many Lives' is undoubtedly one of my favorites from the singer-songwriter. It's one of those songs that I put on repeat whenever it comes on shuffle. (That piano gets me every time!) If you haven't heard of Belle or listened to his album, "Black Bear," you need to. You really, really, really need to.