Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Feb. 11

Flor, KAYE, Dreamer Boy, Savage Ga$p, SimxSantana, High Waisted

Clockwise from top left: Flor, KAYE, Dreamer Boy, Savage Ga$p, SimxSantana and High Waisted.

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.


Dreamer Boy, “Puppy Dog” — “Puppy Dog” is the spring love song we’ve been waiting for. The sound of Dreamer Boy, the project of Nashville’s Zach Taylor, uses bedroom pop for a unique listening experience. The synths and sequenced beats balance with the acoustic instruments in a way where neither overpowers the other. “Puppy Dog” is about a longs-time unrequited crush. It touches on the desire to see your feelings mirrored in the other person, but also being willing to wait because you care for them that much. It’s a song that could very easily be incorporated in some coming-of-age movie.


flor featuring MisterWives, “Yellow” — In this cover of the Coldplay song, flor and MisterWives combine forces to release a higher tempo, less heartbreaking version. This cover allows listeners to forget the sadness of the lyrics through the uptempo drumming and brighter electrifying riffs. Misterwives and flor’s beautiful harmonies lead to a satisfying climax within a house-meets-pop-rock vibe.


High Waisted, “Boys Can’t Dance” — “Boys Can’t Dance” is the perfect garage rock bop to scream out the window while driving down the highway with your friends. High Waisted’s latest song captures the feeling of summer break, providing relief from the cold of the long winter. Its upbeat vibe feels young and reckless, bolstered by controlled yet expressive vocals. “Boys Can’t Dance” could have been in a scene of 1999 film 10 Things I Hate About You, and sounds like something Kat, the main character, would listen to while dancing in her room.


Savage Ga$p featuring Colliding With Mars, “i hope ur doing well” — Savage Ga$p goes in a different direction than his usual hip-hop style on “i hope ur doing well.” He focuses on a ukulele motif, minimal drumming and a field recording of seagulls and waves. The song recalls the music of rapper and singer-songwriter Gnash. It centers on post-breakup feeling where you’re past the anger and sadness, having accepted the fact that the other person moved on and hoping that he or she is still doing OK.


SimxSantana, “Cannabis” — This song is made for house parties where you can expect to have the police be called. SimxSantana presents a certified banger with “Cannabis.” The song goes deeper than the title implies as SimxSantana calls out clout-chasers and rappers who only join the game for the money rather than respecting the grind and the culture. It uses many of the common modern hip-hop tropes, but he puts a twist on his subject matter. Few rappers are actively speaking up against the excesses of Soundcloud rap and the drama within clout culture. His take is interesting, to say the least.


KAYE, “Too Much” — On “Too Much,” Charlene Kaye, formerly of San Fermin, sings about a time when she experienced drastic life changes, leaving her to deal with the resulting emotional rollercoaster. The song’s lyrics tell a story of accountability for all her choices and also taking charge of her life. As Kaye goes back and forth with how she feels, she ultimately resolves to do only do what’s best for herself. The song combines R&B with dance-pop vibes to create an empathetic narrative within euphoric sonics.


Aarushi’s Pick: My favorite tune from last week is Dreamer Boy’s “Puppy Dog,” due to the fact it reminds me of the mellower songs by BROCKHAMPTON—one of my favorite bands. It captures exactly how it feels to have an unrequited crush. It’s a cute song with a hopeful quirkiness. Dreamer Boy has such an interesting sound because of how he combines different genres to cultivate different emotions. The mixing on the song is done so perfectly, with nothing out of place.

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