Hello there! Are you looking for a quick round-up of this week’s latest releases in the vast and interesting world of music? Well, say no more, my dear friend, because you came to the right place! Welcome to The Weekly Playlist where you can get your dose of new music.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the first week of May 2017 is over. Where did the time go, right? And that wouldn’t be such a big problem if the month of May wasn’t associated with the month of exams. And the musicians are not a great help because they keep releasing so many good songs that make me listen to them on and on instead of focusing on studying. So, allow me to share with you some of my favourite distractions from this week.
- New songs
Nothing But Thieves – ‘Amsterdam’
The British band Nothing But Thieves is coming back with a second album Broken Machine in September and ‘Amsterdam’ is the first song from the album to be revealed. The music video for this song is currently being filmed in Ukraine and will be uploaded very soon on their YouTube channel. For the fans of this band, you’ll be excited to know that these guys are having a gig in Fibbers on 30th May, so you should add that date to your calendars (if you’re done with your assessments by then, of course).
Jonas Blue ft. William Singe – ‘Mama’
The British DJ Jonas Blue and the Australian singer William Singe (who’s most known for his YouTube videos) teamed up and created yet another song to add to that summer playlist that probably most of us are currently working on. That summer playlist that I’m using as a lifeline thinking that it will be on replay as soon as the assessments and exams are over. Oh, look at that! I brought up the worst part of the student life again. Anyway, once again I found a summerish song to feature in my articles. And I won’t stop here!
Halsey – ‘Eyes Closed’
Halsey is back to The Weekly Playlist with a brand new song. Just to recap what I said a few weeks ago when she released the song ‘Now Or Never’: Halsey’s upcoming album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom is due on 2nd June (when I also have my last exam, not that you’d really needed that information) and ‘Eyes Closed’ is the second song to be revealed to us from that album. And I think it’s better than ‘Now Or Never’. Fun fact about this song, it was co-written by The Weekend and if you listen carefully you can even hear him in the background.
- New music videos
Thomas Rhett ft. Maren Morris – ‘Craving You’
The music video for ‘Craving You’ is definitely very entertaining and that’s why it’s featured in this article. If you listen to the song without watching the video you might miss out, because, although the song is quite like any other pop song, the video compensates. It’s a movie trailer type of video, featuring the two singers who are on a mission. We have guns, fights, a badass girl, a bit of humour, a twist at the end of the video and NO sexuality (big surprise there). And, the best part, none of these are exaggerated like they are in most music videos out there!
Noah Cyrus – ‘Stay Together’
The same surname and the similar looks as Miley Cyrus should have given you a hint by now, but just in case you haven’t figured it out, Noah Cyrus is Miley’s sister. Or you knew that from the start and I just wasted 33 words introducing her. And 30 seconds to count the words that I used… In any case, Noah Cyrus will release her first album later this year and ‘Stay Together’ is a song from that album. But, we’re here for the music video and while it’s nothing very special about it, I think it’s fun to watch and it kind of reminds me of the old Miley Cyrus’s music videos.
Linkin Park ft Pusha T and Stormzy – ‘Good Goodbye’
I think the concept of this music video is very cool, presented like a basketball video game in which Linkin Park’ frontman plays basketball to save his life. The NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is featured in the video as a higher entity that keeps score of the points. There are some cool special effects they used on his eyes, that make him look very mystical (the black hood that he’s wearing adds as well to the image). On top of that, I think the video matches the song very well.
- New mash-ups
Oh, mash-ups! I’ve been into them ever since Pitch Perfect came out. I’m always looking for a new set of songs that go well together. And, what’s even better is when the songs are not only mixed together, but they’re also covered by someone else, different from the original singer. For this week, I present to you a selection of three of these mash-up/covers that I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I do. (P.S. My favourite out of the three is definitely Ember’s).
Sam Tsui and Vidya Vox – ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’/’Someone Like You’
Ember – ‘Paris’/’Black Beatles’/’Adventure of a Lifetime’/’Cheap Thrills’/’Wake Me Up’
Anthem Lights – ‘My Wish’/’I Hope You Dance’/’The Climb’/’I Lived’