New Music Alert Week 4: 5 tracks You Need on Your Playlist from the last 2 weeks

Jan 29, 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. ^^

Rumors by Adam Ulanicki

Just stumbled upon this track and I am eager to look at what else he has. The way his vocals build tension is incredibly satisfying. But the music production on this is so full while feeling simple at the same time. There are points where everything almost blends and I don’t know what’s his harmonies, piano, effects, etc. It’s just one cohesive sound, and then his vocals are nestled in that mix so well, with these painful lyrics. “I might have jumped the gun defending you” sang in such a way you feel it in your core. Absolutely love.

Ponytail by Kim Jae Hwan

Drastic mood change from the last track, wipe your tears and get ready to dance! The song slides back and forth between Bruno Mars inspired funk and a more boy band vibe. His voice is my style; the rasp and the whine while never really hitting a falsetto, I appreciate that. The song feels a bit disjointed at times, but I’m not mad about it. It’s a very groovy track that is fun to dance to. The smooth bounciness to it makes for easy listening.

So Bad by JMIN featuring JUNNY

Match made in heaven with these two. JMIN’s lower register with JUNNY’s higher notes is the perfect juxtaposition. The bright guitar was a great choice to keep the song from feeling too heavy with all that bass and the deeper tones. I’ve played it like five times in a row trying to review it and it’s just so smooth and fluid, that I sway back and forth and forget what I’m trying to say. Which is definitely the mark of a great song. It’s such a mood, add it to an after hours playlist and enjoy the feel of the song.

BEYOND by JENUS featuring Aitty Too

Speaking of tracks for an after hours playlist, maybe I should make one. This is such a sticky song, it was stuck in my head all day. The rhythm and the vocals play together in a way that is entirely too satisfying to listen to on repeat. I think an interesting element is those claps. They’re so predictable, until they stop. It’s an incredibly attention grabbing moment. I mentioned that I really like raspy vocals, but the smokey quality to this track is equally appreciated. With these House vibes, this could play at a club, but it would be equally great to walk home with this blasting in your headphones. You know it’s already on a playlist.

Dolls by Arches

Odd man out in terms of sound, but so worth it. I’ve mentioned Arches before, but this is their first release as a 6 piece band. And I’m stoked. It feels like 90’s Rock had a baby in Hong Kong and gave us this gem. Turn the volume way up and just jam out! I love the full band sound and the way his whispery vocals sit in that chaos of the guitars and drums and yet doesn’t get lost in there. It’s loud and angsty, but in the best way possible, and you don’t lose the lead singer at all. Amazing song. And amazing production.

(TW: Shaky/Quick Camera Work)

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

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