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! Tired of hearing Trump talk about the election being rigged? Want a new musical journey to embark upon to escape this world? 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.

Here’s this week’s top picks:

Power Up (AC/DC)

With their first album in six years (which, in music years, is a lifetime), AC/DC’s new effort continues to completely rock out like no one else can. The album is the group’s first since the passing of co-founder and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young and serves as a tribute to him. But the band remains true to their promise of taking us on the highway to hell, and they’re unapologetically still badasses.

A Better Time (Davido)

Nigerian Afropop singer Davido’s third studio album is a musical piece of power and a call for unity. The album’s influences arise from the backdrop of civil unrest in Nigeria and other African nations, where the album’s first track, “Fem,” has already become an unofficial protest song. The album features several native African talents, along with some Stateside stalwarts like Young Thug, Nas, and Nicki Minaj.

“Therefore I Am” (Billie Eilish)

Billie Eilish wasn’t gone for long, but it sure felt like it. With her new single, Eilish takes on all the people who keep talking about her and criticizing her, gleefully declaring that she doesn’t care what they think. In this sonic sequel to “Bad Guy,” Eilish sounds free and bold, as she should, and revisits some of the production that made her a superstar over a year ago.

“Feel the Thunder” (HAIM)

Everyone’s favorite trio of pop rock sisters, HAIM, dropped their newest single, which was written exclusively for the soundtrack of The Croods: A New Age. The last thing you’d expect from an animated family-friendly movie is a radio-breaking rock song, but here we are. Evoking the best of Guns N’ Roses and “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Feel the Thunder” is in-your-face, loud, and what head bop dreams are made of.

“Fly Away” (Tones and I)

After dominating most of 2019 with “Dance Monkey,” Australian singer Tones and I has kept up a steady stream of single releases. Her newest release, “Fly Away,” takes on a more grandiose sound (with some piano melodies thrown in, for good measure) with an empowering theme, and gives the singer’s strong vocals a moment to shine in.

“Friends” (Ukiyo)

With the release of his new self-titled LP, Australian producer Ukiyo taps into more eclectic electronic sounds and halting beats, which is evident on “Friends,” an album highlight. The track features vocals by fellow Aussie JANEVA and makes use of a staccato rhythm that’s accentuated with clapping beats and makes the track feel instantly cooler.

Credits: Image courtesy of Darkroom and Interscope Records

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