Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – July 24

Every week, there’s a plethora of new music at our fingertips.

Artists on platforms such as Spotify and Bandcamp are plentiful, and the radio offers a steady deluge of new singles, but who has time to sort through all that? RIFF does!

We pooled our resources to find some of the best new singles from all genres and backgrounds, so you can find your newest earworm without all the drama. Enjoy this week’s hidden gems:


REWS, “Shine” — The women in this London alternative pop and rock duo are not here to play, with “Shine” taking on a more grimy sound than their other recent singles. The track is fierce from the start, with a classic rock out sound rooted in the heavy-hitting rhythms of singer-drummer Collette Williams. Together, she and singer-guitarist Shauna Tohill harmoniously shout their uplifting lyrics. Their debut album, PYRO, is set to release in January.


Maya B, “Selenas” — Twenty-year-old singer-songwriter and producer Maya B has more than one medium to express her wit. In this bold and fun track, Maya B asserts rejection of a man’s interest. While the hook repeats over and over, the focus is on how many different ways she delivers those lines. Her production is unpredictable, even though you know what she’ll say next: “Not tryna get noticed/ I’m tryna stay focused/ You send your hypnosis/ But I think that is bogus.”


The Brazen Youth, “Burn Slowly/ I Love You” – The first part of this song, “Burn Slowly,” serves as a calming intro to the second part, “I Love You.” A tender voice leads with occasional background melodies, until the guitar’s entrance cues the lyrical delivery to increase in speed, mood and the number of voices. Nicholas Lussier, Charles Dahlke and Micah Rubin draw their eccentric and emotional style from the pastoral scenery of Ashlawn Farm, Connecticut. “I Love You” eventually transitions to a softer ballad-like tone, with the lyrics as a list of metaphors for love: “I love you/ Like the forest loves the rain/ Like the water loves the drain…” The band’s next album, Primitive Initiative, is planned for release in August.


Tiny Deaths, “Us” – Vocalist Claire de Lune and producer Grant Cutler are the dream-pop duo behind this moody track. De Lune eerily delivers her lyrics over Cutler’s ethereal electronic soundscapes. Self-described as having a “yin and yang” dynamic, the duo combines de Lune’s R&B style with Cutler’s ambient electronica. While their previous work focused on love and romance, their upcoming sophomore album is described by de Lune as a “youth anthem for the apocalypse.” The LP, titled Magic, is out Sept. 21.


LANNDS, “You + Drugs” – With layered synths, melodic xylophone and morose guitar, the experimental pop duo LAANDS made a hypnotic track about an addictive relationship. Artist Rania Woodard is soulful and tender in her vocals, and strums the guitar in supporting fashion. Producer and songwriter Brain Squillace lays down a brilliant blend of surreal pop with darker electronic soundscapes. The duo’s four-song EP Legends is out now.


Tarandeep’s Pick — “Selenas” went through so many stages, it had a feeling morphing into a bigger, badder version of itself. There’s a lot I like about this track–from the various percussion instruments, Maya B’s light-yet-punchy vocals, to the industrial techno that trails off at the end. Maya B showcases her artistry and message through repetition with innovation, and I’m excited to hear what she’s got cooking next.

Follow writer Tarandeep Kaur at Twitter.com/Tarandeep8.

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