Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Jan. 19

Woodlock, CLAUD, Kalbells, Noga Erez, Charlotte Cardin, Haviah Mighty, Old Man Saxon

Clockwise from top left: Woodlock, CLAUD, Kalbells, Noga Erez, Charlotte Cardin, and Haviah Mighty with Old Man Saxon.

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

Artists on platforms like 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.


Noga Erez, “End of the Road” – If Nelly Furtado, Rina Sawayama and Ashnikko were involved in a complex love triangle, Erez would be the product. The singer-songwriter’s moody, half-spoken, half-sung vocals on “End of the Road” jump over a beat-heavy backing track with effortless swagger in the hook: “I don’t what really really happens at the end of the road.” And just when you thought her witty lyricism and flow couldn’t get any cooler, she brings out the rap bars. Noga Erez is alternative pop at its best.


Kalbells, “Purplepink” – Kalbells’ lead single from their sophomore album, Max Heart, is full to the brim with ambient synth-pop bass lines, soaring electric guitars and celestial Kali-Uchis-inspired vocals. “Purplepink” oozes with enough ethereal deliciousness to transport you halfway across the galaxy and dance with the quartet along the Milky Way.


Charlotte Cardin, “Daddy” – Charlotte Cardin knows what she wants, and isn’t afraid to take it. The newest single from the Montreal singer-songwriter perfectly encapsulates the deep-seated feelings of lust, pain and desire that comes with crushing on someone so attractive, yet oh-so unattainable. Cardin’s sultry, breathless vocals swirl among a gently strummed guitar riff and guarantee to make you dress down and dance around your room like someone’s watching. It’s a good day to be bad.


Haviah Mighty, “Antisocial” featuring Old Man Saxon – Toronto hip-hop artist Haviah Mighty brings a slick flow and energetic beats for her third single since her debut release, 13th Floor, alongside her almost-tour mate Old Man Saxon. The infectious track is about self-confidence, but is somewhat resonant with life in lockdown, only depending on your own company for security and sense of self.


Claud, “Cuff Your Jeans” – Claud Mintz (making their second appearance in Tuesday Tracks) has had a head start to a great 2021. Claud is the poster-person for coming-of-age anthems, and their newest track is no exception. Laid-back, fuzzy guitars and subdued vocals paint a picture of teenage yearning on “Cuff Your Jeans.” By the end, the single builds to a fully fledged surround-sound, indie rock anthem. It’s a little softer on delivery, but still packs a mighty punch.


Woodlock, “Feel It Coming” – Woodlock combines its very real, and somewhat withheld, feelings of emotional turmoil with ever-present feelings of hope in a delightful juxtaposition on “Feel It Coming.” Irresistible guitars, upbeat percussion and warm harmonies battle it out in an anthemic rage, building to new, explosive and uplifting territories for the alt-folk trio. Make sure to watch the video, which is packed with the feels.


Gabriella’s Pick: My favorite track from this week is “Daddy” by Charlotte Cardin. It’s a song that just exudes sexiness and confidence but is chilled enough to warrant a place on your beloved drive-time playlist for those sea-salted, sun-drenched journeys down to the beach this summer. I haven’t stopped listening to this song since it came out, and honestly, I don’t want to. Her jazz vocals are somewhat reminiscent of Celeste, and like the neo-soul star, Charlotte Cardin deserves every bit of recognition she gets.

Follow writer Gabriella Ferlita at Instagram.com/gabriellaferlita and Twitter.com/Gabriellaf_17.

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