Summer is finally here, and so are some new, great songs that could end up being the tracks of the season. With festival season in full swing, you probably haven’t had a chance to listen to much, so we’re here to catch you up to speed. This week, we’re featuring new tracks from Phantogram, Weaves, Hozier, JONES and Alicia Keys.
It’s no surprise that electronic duo Phantogram are planning to drop a new record—they were teasing this new single for about a week. It’s Sarah Barthel’s perfect pitch harmonies that won us over on the first song off of their upcoming LP.
Vocalist Jasmyn Burke’s sound falls somewhere in-between Joanna Newsom and Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis. “Coo Coo” is a feel-good track full of good vibes and radical weirdness. The trippy guitar work stands out the most and is not to be missed.
Songs for soundtracks often fall on the cheesy side of the line, but Hozier’s “Better Love” is a strong, haunting song about isolation that won’t leave your brain in the best way possible. The track comes off of The Legend of Tarzan soundtrack, which may or may not be good, but all we know is that this song is pretty legendary.
Swedish R&B songstress JONES has been one of our artists to watch for a while now. “Melt” is a gorgeous track co-written and produced by British duo HONNE and will be featured on her forthcoming LP due this fall. It’s hypnotic, and so is she.
Alicia Keys seems to have returned to her “Fallin’” roots with her new material. “Hallelujah” is raw, soulful pop that seems more like Sia than the R&B version of Keys we’ve seen transpire in the past few years. Her sound is more natural and refreshing than ever.