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.
ELHAE, “Separated” — “Separated” is about a relationship that’s past its expiration date. The track has the classic R&B vibe to it, both in story and sound. In the lyrics, ELHAE admits that he’s “man enough to take the blame for my mistakes,” which isn’t as common in popular media; normally the woman gets blamed for all the issues. The melody keeps morphing with synths and percussion that create a more dynamic piece. It doesn’t overcomplicate the song, however, so you can still focus your attention to the lyrics.
carobae, “I Don’t Even Care (Pick Me Up)” — This is the second single by Nashville singer-songwriter carobae from her upcoming EP, Longest Year: Part Two. She sings about the need to feel wanted, but without the responsibilities of a relationship. The swells in the music further emphasize the story. The song gets louder during the choruses and quieter during the verses before climaxing toward the end, when carobae sings about how reckless she’s being but doesn’t really care about it.
Kalie Shorr, “Amy” — Kalie Shorr has obviously taken pointers from Liz Phair. Alongside a thumping bass line and punchy drumming, the crunchy guitars add a taste of ’90s alt-rock. Shorr has said writing “Amy” was cathartic since it came from a place of hurt and anger, but has led to a path of healing. The track is about how angry she is with the girl who stole her boyfriend, with not-so-subtle jabs at both of them. Interestingly enough, with the gravelly voice of Kalie Shorr and the lyrical content, this could could make for a country tune.
Alice Phoebe Lou, “Dirty Mouth” — This high-intensity song is a deeper look into Alice Phoebe Lou’s life that delves into her emotional state. It has a little bit of a ’70s influence with its use of synths and the airiness of her voice. She doesn’t pull punches when talking about men who used her. Yet it’s still got a danceability that’s freeing because these are relatable problems. The funky bass line and interesting drumming allow you to listen on repeat and discover something new with each subsequent listen.
Unusual Demont, “Pine” — Unusual Demont’s eclectic music background takes the stage on “Pine.” He creates a track that perfectly intertwines his silky smooth voice with the new-age R&B synths. He even added a groovy bass line, further elevating the track. It has such a calming energy about it while still having elements that leave the listeners swaying along.
DijahSB featuring Harrison, “By Myself” — Toronto rapper DijahSB released “By Myself” to give insight to what goes on in their mind, while also showing off their unmatched bars. The artist effortlessly flows through synth loops and punchy bass lines talking about their confidence, and celebrates their perseverance and talent. Their flow is both uplifting and introspective without sounding preachy. DijahSB finds the perfect balance between cocky and humble.
Aarushi’s Pick: My favorite track this week is “Amy” by Kalie Shorr because it reminds me of one of my guilty pleasure songs, “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood. Living in Nashville, Schorr has been noticed by the country music industry. Angry woman country music has a special place in my heart because it’s such relatable content. I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since the first listen. I’m annoyed with “Amy” without even knowing who she is. The storytelling and the energy of the song make it perfect for screaming the lyrics.