As music listening habits become more specialized, it's easier than ever to miss a new song. Unless it gets put in constant rotation on the radio, earns a coveted spot on your favorite playlist, or pops up on the soundtrack to that hot new TV show, most tracks -- even from big artists -- fly under the radar for the casual music fan. Thankfully, we've got you covered. Below, you'll find five new songs of the moment that are worth taking time out of your busy day for. It doesn't matter what genre the song comes from or how popular the artist is. If it's good, we want you to hear it -- and then listen again.
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The music of Melina Mae Duterte's dream pop project Jay Som feels warm in the same way that afternoon light streaming through your curtains does as it brightens a room. Her own home recordings often mumble pensively through romantics, enmeshed in a reverb-y soundscape. Her new single "Superbike," the first release off this year's Anak Ko, out August 23, finds those swirling sounds more magnetic than ever. As if boarding a motorcycle and setting off into a picturesque horizon, she's expanding the breadth of pretty guitars and taking them on a personal journey. She sings the final verse, "Gonna breathe until you're gone," with two minutes of instrumentals left in the track; you'll be left trying to inhale every bit of her shoegaze sweetness the rest of the ride.
The Jonas Brothers never really left pop-culture consciousness; Nick and Joe just went on to make solo music (and stayed trending based on their relationships with other mega-famous celebrities). But what pop didn't know is that it needed an infusion of the revived family trio once again in 2019. Rather than keeping up with their '00s pop rock, the JoBros now make the genre-defying pop that they likely would've landed on eventually had they kept the band going. It's freeing and tastefully (p)optimistic, the interesting Happiness Begins album track "Only Human" an example of this with its touch of reggae. It's been nearly a decade since you've gotten to groove to the carefully crafted boy band, so it's about damn time you surrender to the bass line and swoon over Nick's falsetto intermixed with those synths.
Born out of a scuzzy Syracuse University crash pad and transplanted to the New York DIY scene, Petite League is recording artist Lorenzo Gillis Cook's lo-fi surf rock project. The group brings an endearing baseball schtick -- like honorary little league participation titles -- to its boyish, lovable rock songs. Their latest effort, off their forthcoming record RATTLER, out July 26, is yet another energized romp. With its bouncy, brisk guitars, "New York Girls" probably sounds best blasted at a basement gig somewhere in Brooklyn, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't tune into its witty lyrics raging with the snark of city dating. In the sweetest way possible, verses read like bad dating app bios ("I’m floral heroin chic," "I'm bigger than The Strokes"), in search of a fling. You’ll be "California dreaming" for a summer romance, too.
Depression sucks. It's an unbearable weight, in more ways than one -- but no matter how difficult the fight, Brooklyn-based riot grrrl band Pom Pom Squad is here to first recognize the validity of feeling empty, and then stomp on its throat at full force. The band helmed by Mia Berrin has been a constant in the Brooklyn indie scene for the past few years, playing shows non-stop and igniting tearful fits in fans with their vulnerable, lashing punk. "Heavy Heavy" finds Berrin struggling to cope ("It's getting heavy telling everyone that I’m fine"), her guitars and vocals spiraling out of control to mirror her internal self unfurling. The track is wrapped up in the messiness of femininity and how painful it can be to rationalize sadness as a woman, but, boy, does it pack a punch.
Bedroom recording artist-turned-indie hero (Sandy) Alex G is a storyteller. You turn to his music to project your own reckonings onto the characters he's written into his stories, and find solace in them. It only makes sense that eventually the songwriter would turn to one of the most famous pieces of folklore, the Brothers Grimm's fairy tales, for inspiration. The first single from his upcoming album House of Sugar, out September 13, "Gretel" smartly reframes the tale as a means to fight for his own happiness. The instrumental introduction sounds like the titular character's escape from the indulgent candy home, but by the end, the warm guitars and the repeated line, "I don't wanna go back / Nobody's gonna push me track," you're out of the woods and in line with the storybook ending you're writing for yourself.
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