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Nü Music Friday: Weekly Roundup 7/30/21

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Welcome to another great Friday! Take a look at this week’s recap, with songs/albums out from Billie Eilish, Silk Sonic, Gustaf and PRINCE!

Silk Sonic – “Skate”

The duo that brought you “Leave The Door Open” has returned with another single, “Skate”. Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak made another delicious RnB single with a vintage-esque music video!

Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever

The 19-year-old’s sophomore album is here at long last! After releasing several previews (“My Future”, “Therefore I Am” and so on), her blonde persona is here. Eilish says prior to its release that she wanted Happier Than Ever to sound like Julie London – “the feeling — longing, kind of dreamy and curious”. As per usual, the album was produced with the help of her brother/artist Finneas.

Prince- Welcome 2 America

The exciting news of a posthumous Prince album is real, and after 11 years it’s ready to be shared with the world. Welcome 2 America, which was recorded and mostly complete in 2010, is claimed to be “the best album of [Prince’s] last two decades”. Speaking on its late-but-great release, collaborator Morris Hayes reflects:

“Prince had this thing where he would shoot first and ask questions later. And if he didn’t have commitment from all those people… if all those things weren’t aligned, that would cause that [music] to go in the vault.”

Elisa Fiorillo, Prince’s backup vocalist, adds what fans should expect: “a more political side of Prince… He was very concerned with how people were treated and making the world a better place.”

Gustaf – “Book”

The ragtag group from New York, Gustaf, released their latest single “Book”. It will be featured on their upcoming album Audio Drag For Ego Slobs, a fitting post-punk title for the band. The track is exciting and energetic, paired with a frantic music video.

TARYN – “Brand New”

Coming from Atlanta, the singer-songwriter TARYN released her latest single “Brand New”. The song was written while TARYN was driving on the freeway, and producer Joey Burcham mastered the “chant” into a full song. The song utilizes interlocking drums, ethereal vocals and a repeating force of lyrics:

Wash my mouth of all the little things/ Clean it out and begin again/ Brand New

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