÷ by Ed Sheeran
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware that Ed Sheeran announced his highly anticipated third album. Well, it’s finally out, and the first thing I did this morning was listen to it on the way to work. Disclaimer -- I’m a huge Ed Sheeran fan and am extremely biased -- but this album is a work of art. With the perfect balance of slow and uptempo songs, Ed managed to create an album that would appeal to his loyal fanbase and garner new ones. It did lack his usual array of rap songs save for the track “Eraser,” but it started off the album off with a bang. Instead, he had a fair smatterings of track inspired by his Irish roots and of course, his usual love songs that make everyone swoon.
In my opinion, it was highly worth the wait. A few tracks to look out for: “Eraser,” “Happier,” “New Man,” “What Do I Know,” “Nancy Mulligan,” “Hearts Don’t Break Around Here” -- the whole fucking album, really.
“Good Girls” by LANY
No words can explain how huge this band is becoming since they first released their music back in 2014. After the release of their song “ILYSB” in 2015, it seems like everyone’s been talking about them, increasing their fanbase and following. Consequently, they’ve continued to rise in 2016, getting to tour with Ellie Goulding, Troye Sivan, and Oh Wonder. Since then, they’ve completed their own headlining tour in Europe and in the US. But loyal fans of the rising band only had one thing on their minds -- their debut album. After several EP’s that have satisfied them over for the past three years, they wanted something more.
However, as of last night, the long wait is finally over. The band dropped their first single “Good Girls,” from their debut album. Alongside to that, they also announced release date -- June 30th, 2017 -- as well as the tracklisting. It is truly gonna be a great year for this band.
“If I Can’t Be With You” by Carrie Lane
Debuting the official video for her single “If I Can’t Be With You,” Carrie Lane impressed listeners with her infectious pop vibes and flawless, sexy vocals. The indie-pop artist is a rising star that sings, writes songs, creates videos, and models on top of everything else. She’s been making music most of her life, and has started going solo since 2014.
She says, “'If I Can't Be With You' is about the all-consuming feeling you get when you first fall in love with someone and all you want is to be with that person 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I remember being a teenager and every time I started dating a boy I would have these butterflies in my stomach all of the time and I would talk about it nonstop with my girlfriends. When they would ask me questions like, 'what happens if he breaks up with you?' I would say, 'I'd rather DIE' in the most dramatic fashion possible. I've definitely matured out of that stage of puppy love, but I have always been a hopeless romantic and when I fall, I fall hard, and this song is a testament to that."
“That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars recently released his third studio album titled 24K Magic. "That's What I Like" now has a music video which features Bruno busting some moves to the song; kinda reminds of the “Hotline Bling” music video. His single is the type of song that will get you dancing no matter what, even if you're driving! It's safe to say that Bruno's long awaited album was well worth the wait.
“February” by Smith & Thell
Smith & Thell, folk/pop duo from Stockholm, released their new lyric video for the third single off their upcoming debut album Soulprints. “February” is a stripped down, ominous song about hands touching the remote control more often than their lover, which is an interesting concept. The song was written in February during a cold, grey gloomy day in Stockholm after a time of creative setbacks with the concept of trying to get off the couch when the world outside the window seemed to be crashing down.
BRÅVES by BRÅVES
Pop group, that go by the name BRÅVES, released their self titled album that features their compelling new single “Catch Me.” They utilize what’s at their disposal to create art through digital, visual and vocal tools. What’s more, they try to raise awareness through their music by teaming up with numerous organizations to raise money and make a change. This includes their track “Lovely Bones,” which touches upon child sex trafficking, donating proceeds to raise funds for the cause.