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Nü Music Friday: Weekly Roundup 4/30/21

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Featured image: collage of Still Woozy’s “Kenny” cover


You know what they say- April showers bring May albums! Check out our top new picks of the week, from Billie Eilish to Manchester Orchestra. And, of course, Happy Friday!

Still Woozy – “Kenny”  

Sven Gamsky, the face behind Still Woozy, takes himself to a sadder note on “Kenny.” Known for his style that NME considers “psychedelic bedroom-pop”, this single is a reflection on what once was a close relationship.

The lyrics “You’re right when you’re right but I’m always wrong” and “I’ll try to be someone who can hold up on their own” Take Gamsky into a vulnerable, real place.

Manchester Orchestra – The Million Masks of God

Manchester Orchestra released their 6th studio album. “The whole thing is really meant to be listened to from start to finish”, which Manchester Orchestra made clear of when they released two singles off the album that has the same melody. In an interview on Stereogum (which elaborates on the bands’ musical history and album analysis in-depth), lead singer Andy Hull explains how the album is a 45-minute replica of their version of the human experience. Hull, an atheist himself says:

I really like this album title because it represented all the ways that you could see whatever God is for anyone, and God is in people, God is in the trees, God is everywhere. When I brought the title up to Rob, he thought the opposite — the things that are hiding what your God is. Once we realized the duality of it, it’s like man… we should probably run with this title.”

H.E.R. – “Come Through” featuring Chris Brown

The angelic H.E.R and Chris Brown worked together previously on Brown’s “Come Together”. This week, Brown snags a feature on “Come Through”, a slow RnB melody that shows off both of their sultry sides.

Billie Eilish – “Your Power”, single and music video

Billie Eilish‘s upcoming album, everyone is arguably excited for, kicked off with the single “Your Power”. Between the major success of her last album, when we all fall asleep, where do we go? and practically pioneering her softer singing style, the world has been awaiting greatness. This dark ballad, arguably about an older man abusing her innocence, takes Eilish’s gentle singing style to a deeper level.

Billie writes on Instagram that i feel very vulnerable putting this one out because i hold it so close to my heart. this is about many different situations that we’ve all either witnessed or experienced.”

Julia Michaels – Not In Chronological Order

Julia Michaels, the woman behind half of the pop industry’s biggest hits, released her debut studio album. Composed of ten tracks, Michaels has explained in the past that the album is simply a collection of memories of love in her life, deeming them as not chronological. Each song takes a slightly different tone, all revolving around either guitar, EDM pop, strings or simply her vocals. All in all, it’s refreshing to see a large collection of Michaels’ songs be released as her own.

Willow and Travis Barker – “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l”, single and music video

This week, 20-year-old Willow demonstrated her musical range with this pop-punk gem that was produced by Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker. Keep in mind that before this, Willow collaborated with Jahnavi Harrison on her R I S E, which is a spiritual/folk/mediative collection of songs. From making music that keeps the peace to calling out someone’s bullshit, Willow is proving herself as a force to be reckoned with.

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