With the flood of new releases every week, you could easily forget new music came out last week by artists not named Kanye. Every Monday, we’ll be rounding up the tracks you might not have seen because of work, stress or just plain life getting in the way. This week’s roundup includes songs from Gwen Stefani, Bon Iver, Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop, Rogue Wave and James Blake. Beef up your playlists before you get sucked back into back your daily grind.
We’re so blessed that Gwen is back. Girl has had a rough year, but with her latest song, it’s pretty clear that she’s come out on the other side. The song’s candy-coated melodies make for an ideal dance-floor pop track. It also doesn’t hurt that the song is about her beau, Blake Shelton.
Justin Vernon made many girls and guys cry this week with a resurfacing of an orchestral gem from 2009 or 2010. If anything, hopefully it’ll get us some a new Bon Iver record. At the very least, you can get your fulfillment of Bon Iver at Eau Claires this year.
Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop
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Two of the most beautiful voices in music are releasing an album of duets. Beam, a.k.a. Iron & Wine, and experimental acoustic chanteuse Hoop created a gorgeous ballad of sorts in anticipation of their record Love Letter For Fire. Full of wispy vocals and classic romance, Beam and Hoop make quite the team when it comes to making grown-up lullabies.
California’s Rogue Wave was always best known for creating dreamy indie songs of heartbreak and love lost, however, with the band’s first single since 2013, the lo-fi group ventures into new territory with its synth-heavy single “What Is Left To Solve.” If the first single is anything like what’s to come, Rogue Wave’s album Delusions of Fur looks to leave breezy California songs in the dust.
The sweet, soulful voice of James Blake is back, accompanied by twinkling piano melodies. Blake still manages to blend electronica, R&B, pop and soul into his single. Though his forthcoming record doesn’t have a release date yet, we can expect collaborations from Justin Vernon and Kanye West.