V’s New Music Round-Up

V’s New Music Round-Up

V’s New Music Round-Up

Here are some of the best and biggest releases of the week

Here are some of the best and biggest releases of the week

Text: Ahad Sanwari

Hello and welcome! Is it that time of year for letting the fuzzy feelings fly already? Need something to vibe to for all the different, various, conflicting, contradicting, etc. feelings this year? Then welcome to V’s new music round-up, where we tune you into some of the week’s biggest and best releases, whether they be singles or albums. And since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, we have a list of some releases that embody all the different kinds of love going around in the air.

Here are this week’s top picks:

Music by Sia

Image credits: Monkey Puzzle/Atlantic

Featuring the music from the Sia-helmed motion picture of the same name, the album is a celebration of everything that’s good about the healing power of music and the bonds that it can create. The Golden Globe-nominated film and associated album are, if anything, tributes to a love for general harmony and what good a few chords can do.

TYRON by slowthai

Image credits: Method

British rapper slowthai turns inward for his second studio album, pulling back on the incisive political commentary to reveal the man behind the words. The album leaves the artist’s soul bare, allowing for the listener to identify with and understand where he comes from, just like writing a love letter to yourself.

“We’re Good” by Dua Lipa

Coming from the Moonlight Edition of 2020 smash favorite Future Nostalgia, Lipa’s newest single is a slightly more tropical, slightly more modern take on the parent album’s 80s, disco-tapped sound. The song talks of an amicable break-up, where the parties in question are deciding to end things on a friendlier note. It’s a love for a stress-free life, let’s just say that.

“Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift drops the first single from her album re-recordings, the new version of her first big hit, “Love Story” from 2008’s Fearless. It features a slightly more performative sensibility in the vocals, the cadre of a more seasoned pop star. But it, otherwise, sounds almost identical to the original, and affirms our love for pure nostalgia as we sit on a balcony and wonder about our own Romeo or Juliet coming to sweep us away.

“Cover Me in Sunshine” by P!nk and Willow Sage Hart

It’s the sheer purity of the love that P!nk and her daughter share that makes this TikTok snippet-turned-single just so enchanting to listen to. It’s a story of hope and happiness that just radiates joy over the strings and the mother-daughter harmonies.

“Missing Out” by Syd

And now we have the anti-Valentine’s track, where Syd lets her ex have it, telling them all that they’re missing out on. The music balances out with the vocals and lyrics well, going for wavy synths and hard hitting beats in tandem. And a glockenspiel, for good measure.

“Walk Away” by Lia Kay

Inspired by a real-life romance the singer had, Kay’s “Walk Away” captures what it means to see someone struggle and have to let go when you know they need to love themselves before they can love someone else. Starting off as a simple piano and electronic track, it eventually drops the beats and changes key, making for much more of an interesting listen than you’d anticipate and making Kay an artist to watch out for.

“What It Feels Like” by Jay-Z and Nipsey Hussle 

While different from the other Valentine’s Day themed releases we have on, it’s just as powerful of a message to send out. Jay-Z and the late Hussle come together on this track for Judas and the Black Messiah to talk about staying strong and maintaining resilience, loving the skin you’re in and fighting back against oppression, while making references to the Capitol Riots, Malcolm X, and even Drake in the lyrics.

Credits: Image courtesy of Taylor Swift

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