We Listened So You Didn’t Have To
It’s hard to hear every newly released piece of music each week, especially with a full study schedule. We listened to these five notable songs so you wouldn’t have to.
Taylor Swift – ‘…Ready For It’
Good Lord, this song is really just… awful. Within one minute we go from Yeezus-style trap horns and Taylor feebly rapping, to a dance chorus with a super catchy hook. The latter is actually pretty fun, but the song spends was too long in budget-Travis-Scott-mode to be a viable hit. Still, it’s Taylor, so it’ll be huge.
Tove Lo – ‘Disco Tits’
Okay, this one I just included because it has one of the most fantastically straight-up pop lines I’ve ever heard: ‘I’m fully charged, nipples are hard, ready to go.’ Over a summery dance beat, Tove Lo crafts a genuine floor-filler, complete with possibly the greatest nipple-related rhyming couplet I’ve ever heard.
Syd – ‘Bad Dream/No Looking Back’
Though this technically isn’t new, it’s only just been released on streaming services, as part of Syd’s new Always Never Home EP. The lead singer of Odd Future’s The Internet, Syd has lately been releasing solo music under her artist name. ‘Bad Dream/No Looking Back’ is a slow, gorgeous trap&B jam, with an excellent beat switch halfway through. I’m beginning to think Syd may be a verifiable solo R&B star.
U2 – ‘You’re The Best Thing About Me’
U2 are heading for 40 years as international rock stars, and the age is really starting to show. If the Songs Of Innocence iTunes debacle didn’t convince you that they’ve passed their prime, this tune sure will. A little too poppy for U2’s strengths to really show, especially on the rhythmically clumsy chorus, where Bono really misses the mark.
Moses Sumney – ‘Indulge Me’
My personal favorite of the bunch here, Sumney’s slow burner of a single has me excited for his debut album. Combining his experimental vocal timbres with quality production standards and a beautiful melody, Sumney is heading for indie stardom. Although perhaps a little challenging for people used to pop, I’d give this one a go. It might push you, but Sumney is incredibly talented and worth a try.
Let us know what you think of these tracks down in the comments, and look out for next week’s list!