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Week 3 of our New Music Friday series! Every Friday, we’ll share ten new releases you should know. Read New Music Friday 003:
Evann McIntosh – Character Development EP
Dynamic singer-songwriter Evann McIntosh (they/them) releases their expansive new project, Character Development via Mom+Pop. A captivating project blending pop, R&B, and funk, Evann’s clever lyricism, and stunning voice will make you an immediate fan. Just 17 years old, Character Development attempts to capture the turbulent act of coming-of-age. Stream HERE.
Penelope Scott – Hazards EP
TikTok phenomenon Penelope Scott releases her new EP, Hazards, including the hotly-anticipated single “Dead Girls,” which became an instant fan favorite when she previewed a clip earlier this year. Just shy of 15 minutes, Scott’s intoxicatingly honest and witty lyrics will have you clicking replay to no exhaust. Cleverly blending hyperpop-infused, glitched-out soundscapes with a carefree delivery – the EP is a strong effort by Penelope Scott and further positions her as an exciting new artist to watch. The EP caps a whirlwind 12 months in which she has built a rabid fanbase after multiple viral hits earned her 180 million streams and 3.3 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone. Stream HERE and catch Penelope Scott on tour this winter. Tickets HERE.
LLusion, Freddie Dredd, Lil Toe – “SHUT UP”
Buzzing artist and producer LLusion returns with a slow-burning new single “SHUT UP” guided by whaling horns and smooth production. Rapper Lil Toe‘s ice-cold bars are complemented by a frenetic performance by Canadian rapper and producer Freddie Dredd making for a genre-busting release perfect for any listener. “SHUT UP” follows LLusion’s 2021 quarantine-inspired singles, “Yoga” feat. salem ilese and “STAY IN” feat. LoveLeo. Stream HERE.
Kacey Musgraves – “justified”
Could someone be dumb enough to break Kacey Musgraves‘s heart? Apparently… but the country-pop queen is striking back with an emotional first video off her fifth record, star-crossed. If you want to play this song on repeat, trust you’re more than just a little “justified.” Stream HERE.
Gracie Ella – “Butterflies”
Toronto-based newcomer Gracie Ella will give you “Butterflies” with her stellar new single and video. A hypnotic blend of soul-wrenching R&B and sky-reaching pop, Gracie’s hitting all of the right notes leading to her debut EP due this year. Stream HERE.
Surf Mesa, Fletcher, & Josh Golden – “Another Life”
Surf Mesa connects with FLETCHER and Josh Golden on the energetic new single, “Another Life.” Contemplating what could’ve been, the duo exchange lines about overcoming loss and pain to allow new love to bloom. Meanwhile, emotional guitar-driven melodies and Surf Mesa’s dreamy production sends the song soaring. Stream HERE.
siné – “2GOOD2U”
Danish singer siné is tired of giving more than she gets and she’s not afraid to let you know on “2GOOD2U.” Fueled by unapologetic girl power and anthemic, sunkissed lyrics, the song is a break-up anthem for anyone not ready to step up to the plate for you. Stream HERE.
Aidan Martin – “Good Things Take Time”
British singer-songwriter Aidan Martin was tested by life’s trials and tribulations. Some self-inflicted, some circumstantial, now at age 30, Martin pens songs interlaced with personal experiences and life lessons learned along the way. Radically honest and emotionally heart-wrenching – he’s returned with his latest pensive pop ballad, “Good Things Take Time.” Stream HERE.
Indigo de Souza – Any Shape You Take
Today, Indigo De Souza has released her new album, Any Shape You Take co-produced by De Souza and Brad Cook (Bon Iver, Waxahatchee). On Any Shape You Take, Indigo De Souza explores the human relationship to change, the rigid forces that prevent it and ultimately the freedom that comes with it. De Souza is currently on tour in the US through November. Find tickets here.
merci, mercy – “Winnie Crush”
Australian newcomer merci, mercy returns with “Winnie Crush,” a breezy bop diving into the fine line between self-care and indulgence. Dodging cigarettes and animated vices, the catchy track is accompanied by a carefree animated video. Stream HERE.