New Music Tuesday
written by Emily Nelson, Erika Alvarez, Claire Chaney, & Jaycee Rockhold
Invisible Friends // Jay Som & Justus Proffitt
Indie overnight sensation Jay Som (aka Melina Duterte) and Oakland singer-songwriter Justus Proffitt have teamed up for the jam session-turned-EP Nothing's Changed, a joyful exchange of talents featuring the foot-stomping standout "Invisible Friends." Blending Duterte's penchant for breezy melodies and breathy harmonies with an array of pop and rock-minded guitars, cymbals, and an effortlessly danceable bassline, "Invisible Friends" plays off the two musician's strengths, and what results is a crunchy, blues-twanged jam that throws you in headfirst and leaves you wanting more.
One More // Yaeji
Brooklyn-based Yaeji is quickly making a name for herself in the electronic music scene, and her signature blend of house, hip hop, and lyrics sung in whispery Korean are on full display in "One More," her first release since 2017. Driving but delicate, Yaeji blends mellow instrumentals with a pulsing beat that infuses her music with infectious energy. In "One More," she swerves between English and Korean as deftly as she mixes beats, creating a sleek if slightly downcast anthem for forgiveness. If you're looking for music that will make you want to strut down the catwalk or have a dance party that won't disturb your roommates, give Yaeji a spin.
Funeral Singers // Sylvan Esso & Collections of Colonies of Bees
Sylvan Esso's recent collaboration with Collections of Colonies of Bees produced a stellar cover of Califone's "Funeral Singers." The duo and the Wisconsin rockers combined a muted guitar strum, Amelia Meath's emotionally powerful vocals, and their electropop influences to create a dreamy rendition of the original. The half-electronic, half-acoustic production of the track provides a mesmerizing background that compliments the song's soulful sentiment. The track belongs in two places: the closing scene of a beautiful indie movie and everyone's Spotify playlists.
Anxious // Hippo Campus
Bambi, Hippo Campus's latest release, is a journey from start to finish. Unlike previous releases, each track on this album takes on a personality of its own. "Anxious," the album's second track, bubbles through emotions as they're felt. Up and down. Sideways. Slow then quick. As the track builds and falls, we're taken along for the ride of anxious feelings and resolve. The album as a whole tackles the complexity of emotion, rather than just the upbeat pop sounds we've come to know Hippo Campus for, and it's given us 10 more reasons to love them.
Lilo // The Japanese House
The Japanese House, everyone's favorite British indie-pop solo act fronted by Amber Bain, has released a brand new single titled "Lilo." The dreamy 4-minute track is both a continuation of Bain's whimsical repertoire and the inauguration of her impending album. Through her lyrics, Bain follows the fearlessly introspective Dirty Hit culture and reflects on a fading relationship. Airy vocals and instrumentals blend seamlessly into a single stream of mesmerizing sound. "You drifted 'till you hit the sides," she croons. Although the relationship is over, she admits she'll survive: "nobody else could take me from myself." The song features the best of Bain's unique creativity and promises an equally impressive new album in the future.
Only Acting // Kero Kero Bonito
Kero Kero Bonito's "Only Acting" is a 90s influenced, delightfully whimsical track off of their new album Time 'n' Place. Parts of it is bubblegum pop hidden in rock-driven instrumentals, and then others are harsh and jarring, skirting from light cymbals to heavily distorted vocals. It rolls many genres, namely shoegaze and the brash Liz Phair-esque rock, into one without completely settling into one or the other, often interrupting itself with indistinguishable electronic noise before the listener can get too familiar with the song.