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’ve pooled our resources to find some of the best new singles coming out of all genres and backgrounds, so that you can find your newest earworm without all the drama. Enjoy this week’s hidden gems:
Colyer, “Lost In Your Love” – Steven Colyer has found magic in “Lost in Your Love.” This track is deep and rich with layers of blues and soul. Colyer’s smooth voice helps push the moody, yet groovy tune. Colyer pulls from his Southern roots on the song yet is able to pull in touches from stops in the Midwest and even from his time in Los Angeles. Colyer is pulling his album together one single at time, but after hearing “Lost In Your Love” and a few of his past releases, we can only hope he gets a full album of his blues and soul to us in a hurry.
Dale Crover, “Little Brother” – Dale Crover is the backbone of the Melvins, one of the most important rock bands to come out of the Seattle music scene. But Crover goes in an entirely different direction than you would expect as we are starting to hear songs from his first major solo project, The Fickle Finger of Fate.
“Little Brother,” the album’s first single, is more mellow and melodic than you would expect from the guy who ranked the 69th greatest drummer of all time. But do not fret, you do get to hear some double kick drums as the song comes to a crescendo. The Fickle Finger of Fate will be released Aug. 4.
Trevor Sensor, “Andy Warhol’s Dream”– Hoarse, raspy and mysterious best describes Trevor Sensor’s voice. The 23-year singer based in Sterling, Illinois uses that voice to perfection on his new album’s title track, “Andy Warhol’s Dream.” Sensor explores Warhol’s famous “15-minutes” quote in the song. A beautiful piano accompanies Sensor’s voice throughout most of the song. A few precise drumbeats almost punctuate the lyric, “Everyone has a dream/ Everyone wants to be on the cover of a magazine.” The album, also titled Andy Warhol’s Dream, will be released June 16.
Sun Seeker, “Won’t Keep Me Up At Night” Nashville natives Sun Seeker taps into a timeless sound on the band’s first single off its debut album. From the first happy notes on “Won’t Keep Me Up At Night,” you’re transported back to the 1960s, when chamber pop was born. Throughout the song, the harmonies and upbeat guitars leave you smiling. In fact, Sun Seeker could be singing about the world ending and you wouldn’t mind. Sun Seeker’s debut album, Biddford, is set for a July 14 release.
SHANE’S PICK: My favorite track of the week is Sun Seeker’s “Won’t Keep Me Up At Night.” I love the original feel, even as the band channels a classic sound. Harmonies like these are something we rarely hear today, and it leaves me wanting to listen to this track over and over. I eagerly await the release of their EP later this summer.