Needless to say, the final week of June’s new releases are going out with a bang – from Olivia Rodrigo’s highly-anticipated comeback single after a two year hiatus to the first two tracks from Holly Humberstone’s debut album, this week is all about the angsty indie-pop girls. Add Olivia Dean’s debut album “Messy” to the mix, and you’ve got an absolutely perfect mix of songs to add to your playlist just in time for July.
Olivia Rodrigo, “vampire”
Olivia Rodrigo had one of the most memorable and successful debuts in music history with her record-breaking hit “drivers license” paired with her incredible debut album “SOUR” – so much so that it was hard to imagine how she’d ever follow it up. But with “vampire,” she surpassed every expectation – her vocals are as powerful as ever and her lyrics are strikingly vulnerable yet feistier than even the spunkiest tracks on “SOUR.” Accompanied by a stunning video directed by Petra Collins, “vampire” is undeniably one of Rodrigo’s quintessential tracks already. Her sophomore album “GUTS” can’t arrive fast enough – here’s hoping for more singles before its release on September 8!
BENEE, “Do It Again”
Alternative-pop sensation BENEE has proven herself to be the obvious choice to sing the official track for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup – on track to become the most attended standalone women’s sports event ever. In a collaboration with Mallrat, BENEE creates an infectious anthem sure to become the soundtrack to the tournament – in the same way that her 2020 worldwide smash hit “Supalonely” became known as the vibrant, irresistible soundtrack to the pandemic.
Holly Humberstone, “Antichrist” & “Room Service”
Following two acclaimed EPs, UK-based singer-songwriter Holly Humberstone unveiled her first full-length project “Paint My Bedroom Black” – coming October 13 – and released a pair of lead singles, “Antichrist” and “Room Service” alongside the announcement. Her spellbinding vocals alongside her signature brutally honest lyricism are at the center of both tracks, which give fans a first glimpse inside the world of her debut record. The two songs – the former a dynamic pop breakup track and the latter a romantic ballad – stand in stark contrast with one another yet are equally introspective, a quality which is at the core of Humberstone’s artistry.
Olivia Dean, “Messy”
Olivia Dean is soul pop’s next big thing – with her addictingly smooth vocals, contemplatively revealing lyrics, and sonic versatility, she can do it all. Her debut album “Messy” comes right off the heels of an incredible collaboration with the iconic Leon Bridges on “The Hardest Part” – one of the album’s singles. “Messy” is chock-full of gems, from the sassy upbeat track “Ladies Room” with a hook that will get stuck in your head instantly to the devastatingly beautiful ballad dedicated to Dean’s grandmother, “Carmen.” This is an album you won’t want to miss – from start to finish.
Eric Nam, “House on a Hill”
Korean-American singer-songwriter and actor Eric Nam released the highly-anticipated lead single and title track of his forthcoming third studio album, “House on a Hill.” The track is sonically catchy and upbeat, yet its lyrics delve into Nam’s internal conflicts in a vulnerable way. “House on a Hill” gives fans a taste of what to expect on September 8 when his full project is unveiled and he prepares to embark on his next international tour.