New Music Alert Week 2: Mini Music Reviews for 5 Freshly Released Tracks

Jan 15, 2024 | Review, Mini

Here are 5 songs released in the last 2 weeks. Sometimes they’re new artists, sometimes they’re seasoned artists. If you see a recent release missing that you would like my feedback on, feel free to comment and it might find its way into a future post or video.

An important note: I am studying music production and often talk about the production of songs. I also mention other songs or artists that come to mind. This isn’t to compare talent, but to provide a reference point to what I’m hearing or describing. I will often critique, but please don’t confuse this with being negative. If I honestly dislike something, it won’t be featured on the site because I’m not in the business of being mean.

As always, the tracks are in chronological order by release date (of the video). So as to not look like there is a favorite.

Triumph by Bishop Briggs

Bishop Briggs gives me goosebumps like no other when she sings. And she always has these big choir harmonies and strings in the background that just elevate her vocals even higher. But the emotion in “do you know what I’ve been through” and “I can face them all” is absolutely amazing! This song is more than a song, is an anthem, a mantra, a battle cry. The way she unleashes on “I can taste triumph” at the end of the song wells up so much emotion in my chest.

Back in Love by Kim Min Seok and Sam Ryder

Vocals on vocals today. They sound amazing individually, but then they harmonize and it’s on another level! Sing this to me and I might consider taking you back if you sound like them. I’m just saying. And then the music is so simple to make their voices the focus. I could see this playing in a movie during the scene where the dude runs to the airport to catch her before she leaves. You know the kind of scene I’m talking about. Sam Ryder’s wail and then the call back and forth. I’m definitely in love with the song. My goodness!

Fallen Angel by Ryu Sujeong feat. XYLØ

Their voices sound so nice together and this song is so incredibly catchy. I added it to my Femme Fatale playlist because the vibes on this track are impeccable. I love the progression the lyrics take, is she sad or excited or evil or… who knows right? The music production is rather typical for the genre and yet it carries the vocals very nicely. I like how it never over powers, and the way the hi-hat actually builds tension in a very satisfying way.

(TW: Potentially uncomfortable imagery and shaky camera effects)

She Likes A Boy by Nxdia

I feel like every queer girl can 100% relate to this song at some point in their life. But her voice is both gravel and soft at the same time. And the way she slips between English and Arabic so effortless and beautifully adds to the charm of the track. Moody electric guitar and punchy drums really add to the angst of the song. But Nxdia is just speaking to every queer girl’s soul with this track and I need everyone to listen to it right now.

Buriburi / Pigeon and Plastic by Balming Tiger

It’s like Walk the Moon meets Outkast with dash of Korean humor. Absolutely vibing with this track. And the music video is just so infectious. How can you not shake your booty with them? Until that segue into meltdown horns. I love the harmonies mixing with that horn sound, and then all the sound drops out except for the bass. So fascinating! So weird! I love it. It’s such a trippy vibe to end with and then the video just ends us on animals grazing for no reason. I love the silly weird mix for this!

(TW if applicable)

Thank you for joining me! And I hope you leave a little lighter than when you arrived. ^^

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