As we brave the annual onslaught of unimpressive holiday music (excluding the new Sia album, OF COURSE), at least this New Music Friday has gifted us with a solid collection of non-seasonal bangers to help tune out the painfully slow, charm-devoid covers of Christmas classics that seemingly serve no other purpose than to tweak the originals just enough to rip any essence of nostalgia and warmth out of their battered, bleeding hands.
Anyway, you know how this works. Let’s get into the highs, the lows, and the “oh”s of this week:
- Do we give Tove Lo enough credit as a species? Well, she deserves even more. After releasing one of last year’s best albums (along with a steady stream of incredible singles and visuals) Tove’s return has brought a moment of refuge in the ongoing shitstorm of 2017, with ‘Disco Tits’, its bonkers amazing video, and now Blue Lips. There’s a lot to love about it – but our current fave is ‘shedontknowbutsheknows’.
- Maggie Lindemann‘s delivered at least three of this week’s greatest lyrics on the very punchy ‘Obsessed’, including: “Your body’s overpriced / ’cause you pay yourself way too much attention”, “you’re so obsessed with yourself / maybe you should undress with yourself?”, and “get a table for two / your ego and you / take him home and make a move”. AMAZING x 100.
- In a particularly unexpected turn of events, the new Fall Out Boy single is right up our alley! If you’re still skeptical, at least hang on ’til you get to that chorus – it’s really quite a moment.
REALLY JUST OKAY
- Noah Cyrus‘s output continues its fairly unfortunate downward trajectory with her new Matoma collabo ‘Slow’ – which takes a genuinely intriguing opener and then drowns it in a sea of unspectacular.
BARRED FROM THE PARTY
- Now that Sam Smith’s packed up his pre-album campaign, Calum Scott‘s seemingly deemed it safe to rear his head around here again.
- Matt Terry too.
And that’s that! You can follow the highly enjoyable playlist featured above by clicking right here, and make sure to check back next week to see what new tracks make it on.