Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Nov. 5

Katie Bulley, BENEE, Marie Miller, Shredders, Simon Lunche, Haiku Hands

Clockwise from top left: Katie Bulley, BENEE, Marie Miller, Shredders, Simon Lunche and Haiku Hands.

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.


Simon Lunche, “Town by the Sea” — Sunny seaside days don’t seem too far away for Berkeley singer-songwriter Simon Lunche, even with autumn underway. His new single, “Town by the Sea,” takes the whimsical atmosphere of coastal towns and bottles it up into three-and-a-half minutes of melodic bliss. While Lunche’s vocals are infectiously optimistic as he relishes summer memories, his guitar chops shine with vibrant tones that are embellished by an equally bright horn section. 


Haiku Hands, “Onset” — Whether you meant to get your cardio in today, “Onset” by Haiku Hands will have your body moving and heart rate up. It seems only natural considering the Australian trio’s beat-heavy, bubblegum disco funk. The first couple lines reiterate, “Onset, make you work up a sweat,” while the following verses unfold into a headstrong anthem boosted by Mad Zach’s jungle-influenced production. Like previous releases, “Onset” is an exact representation of the high energy dance party Haiku Hands brings to live performances. The group just signed with Diplo’s Mad Decent label.


Marie Miller, “Imaginary Friend” — The reality check that follows falling in love with the idea of someone rather than their actual self is never easy, but Marie Miller handles it gracefully on “Imaginary Friend.” The opening guitar notes have a fairytale glisten as Miller begins to ruminate on the subject of her heartache. Separating fact from fiction, her vocals are rich and drenched in emotion. Miller’s sincerity comes through in all aspects of her craft, and as a result it’s comforting and compelling. 


BENEE, “Monsta” — Sleep paralysis demons have been the subject of many a tweet lately, but BENEE channels that lurking fear into art. While the Australian singer-songwriter narrates all kinds of nightmarish scenarios on “Monsta,” her warm vocals leave the opposite impression. The track breaks into a sweet groove, pairing dream-pop sounds with double harmonic scales, which BENEE says were inspired by her recent love for Arabic music. With just an EP and three singles out so far, it’s already clear that BENEE’s approach to songwriting is refreshingly limitless. 


SHREDDERS, “Ayeyayaya” — There’s no warming up for SHREDDERS on “Ayeyayaya.” The indie rap quartet dives straight into the heat, delivering hard-hitting verses against a banging rhythm. The outcome is an undeniable anthem that approaches real talk with a carefree spirit on lines like, “This machine kills fascists” and calls to “make art” and “feel something” especially standing out. Meanwhile, the video merges the world of “Looney Tunes” with real life, living up to SHREDDERS’ outlandish style. 


Katie Bulley, “Shadow Shadow Baby” — Rockabilly has been an optimal outlet for anyone with a crush since the 1950s, but Katie Bulley puts an incredibly modern spin on it with “Shadow Shadow Baby.” The single centers on crushes in the social media age and how that can lead to obsessing over someone’s online activity. Reverb, bluesy riffs and Bulley’s snappy vocals pull together a classic jukebox sound with a genuinely fun spirit. It’s a nice, lighthearted reminder that chasing a crush is often a thrill of its own. 


Chloe’s Pick: I enjoyed the warm vocal tones of BENEE’s “Monsta,” and when I picked up on the double harmonic scales, I became obsessed. I’ve always been a big world music nerd, so I was excited to find out that she had been inspired by Arabic music. Hearing different cultural influences in a song is such a cool thing to me; it’s an uplifting reminder of how universal music is.

Follow editor Chloe Catajan at Instagram.com/riannachloe.

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