These tracks by local and international musicians are off the charts.
Oh 2020, you have been nothing but tough for everyone. And now that the new year has come, we’re glad to have stay-home entertainment like new movies, binge-worthy TV shows, our favourite books and, of course, new music to help us get through 2021. Music lovers unite! Here’s a list of the freshest songs and albums in the local and international music scene at the moment.
Best local and international new music releases
New song: Oh Boy by Flanery
We’ve swooned over her gorgeous floral arrangements via Ask a French. Now, Aude Giraud has taken on a new avatar as a singer/songwriter, in the form of Flanery. Her first single, Oh Boy was created during her travels across Greece, Singapore and New Zealand. Equal parts whimsical and haunting, the raw and ethereal track will remind you to take a breather and slow down a little.
New album: Evermore (Deluxe Edition) by Taylor Swift
Just when we thought we got a decent dose of T-Swift’s magic in 2020 – with the surprise release of Folklore in July – she gifts us another album. The haunting album art in Folklore depicts her being in the woods and Swifties can easily think it’s a reference to her song Out Of The Woods, but it’s actually an indication of what’s to come next.
Five months after Folklore, she sent another shockwave through the internet when she released another album, Evermore. This time, she goes deeper into the woods and explores the depth of indie-folk. It’s safe to say the album lacks sonic cohesiveness but if you look at the tracks individually, they are pure poetry. Evoking a stream-of-consciousness vibe, Taylor puts lyricism first to her stories. Tracks like Willow, No Body No Crime, Coney Island and Champagne Problems are on repeat. For those sceptical about the new albums, we say put them on a rainy day and get lost in the world of Evermore.
– Review by Venkat Gunasellan aka our resident Swifty
New song: Better With You feat. Benjamin Kheng by Gentle Bones
Homegrown singer-songwriter Gentle Bones (aka Joel Tan) collabs with fellow contemporary Benjamin Kheng for his latest EP, Better With You. With uplifting lyrics like “take a leap of faith”, “you are stronger than you imagine” and “this world is better with you around”, the track emits major feel-good vibes. Exactly what we need right now.
New song: Repack feat. Raina Sum, Chae, Shai by Ihasamic! and Wovensound
Local hip-hop/visual artist Ihasamic! and producer Wovensound have joined hands to produce Repack. The four-track EP explores the struggles of mental health and how life can sometimes fall into a loop. As a result, one experiences the same thoughts and convos with themselves but repackaged into various ways. Though the tracks are quite a bop with foot-tapping beats to vibe to, we can’t ignore the poignant lyrics.
New music: Vibez by Zayn
The former One Direction hottie is back with a new album! Ahead of his third studio album’s release, Mr Gigi Hadid drops his single, Vibez. Yes, with a Z for Zayn. The track centrals around sex (in true Zayn fashion) and his relationship with his baby mama. There’s no doubt this is going to stay on the airwaves for a bit.
New album: Days to Morning Glory by Shye
Singaporean musician Shye releases her debut album, days to morning glory. The 18-year-old electro-pop artist delivers with a beautiful mishmash of multiple genres. All 14 tracks are absolute treats, with a mix of folk, techno and indie-pop layered with R&B, modern rock and classical elements. We particularly like the haunting once and the catchy I’m fine, no.
New song: Driver’s License by Olivia Rodrigo
17-year-old Disney alumni Olivia Rodrigo puts her crisp pipes to play in her debut single, driver’s license. Though it’s your typical pop tune about a breakup (sounds like a certain pop star we mentioned here… ), the track garnered over two million views in the first 24 hours. Say what you want about it but we reckon it’s going to be played to death.
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