The top tracks of the week based on readership!
It’s hard to find the good in all the bad sometimes. Kris Allen’s “Hallelujah! For Now” is the bright injection you just may need, a wholly addicting slice of indie pop. “Collecting pages of evidence in every corner of your mind,” he observes, before turning to ask the tough questions: “What am I supposed to do while I’m waiting for the nothingness to be proof?” Well, for now, he emits a simple “hallelujah” to celebrate the beauty that is, indeed, around him in this moment.
Listen to “Hallelujah! For Now” below.
Ya know, sometimes you just gotta party. “Hell, we can sleep when we’re dead,” hollers Jake Hoot with his new song “Night Left.” The Voice champion places his bets on a weekend of fun, booze, and good times, calling the listener to follow his lead into the cornfields. “We got a whole lotta night left,” he later sings, showing off his vocal range. It’s your standard party anthem, but boy, is it a good time.
Listen to “Night Left” below.
There are songs that just… transcend. Joshua Hyslop’s “The Veil” plays like a hymn, with a hushed vocal performance that seems to slip from his very soul. “In that evening light by the riverside, as the water rises up its song,” he sings, barely a quiver. “Well, no sparrows fly when the lilies cry, soon the stones shall join along.” As delicate as it is, there’s something alarmingly pounding about the thematic material, turning his gaze to the afterlife to deliver a knockout punch.
Listen to “The Veil” below.
Dan Kiernan has one of the most infectious voices we’ve heard in a long time. On “Cutting Ties,” Kiernan’s silky tone rolls over every phrase of the driving pop track. Kiernan’s impressive chops are front and center on the choruses while he slyly declares, “I’m getting good at cutting ties.” This one will definitely be on repeat.
Listen to “Cutting Ties” below.
Toronto based pop duo Your Paris puts an acoustic spin on Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” in their reimagined cover. While the original Gambino version of this song is a funky, chill track, Your Paris stuns with vocal prowess and seamless harmonies on the popular tune. Their vocal chemistry is undeniable on “redbone” while acoustic guitars and dreamy pop production linger in the background.
Listen to “redbone” below.
London based pop upstart Codie West has a new banger out entitled “Stop Right Now.” The catchy song features West’s impressive vocal range and modern production. This track will make you want to hit the dance floor!
Listen to “Stop Right Now” below.
If you’re reading this, you already know Scotty McCreery knows his way around a melody. His booming bass is enough to send chills down the spine. With “Why You Gotta Be Like That,” not particularly an inventive piece of songwriting, he certainly pours his usual charms on thick, an overwhelming feel-good song that fits snuggly in his catalog. “With the fire in your eyes, gonna get me every time,” he sings.
Listen to “Why You Gotta Be Like That” below.
Cassadee Pope is thriving these days. That’s probably why she’s titled her new record, you guessed it, Thrive. Her second release, “Say It First,” continues the genre-brewing she’s been doing lately, returning to her pop-punk roots with a pinch of country. “I’ll take the words right out of your mouth. It won’t even hurt,” she sings, puckering the edges of her mouth. “Yeah, I’ll be gone so fast before you even turn around.”
Listen to “Say It First” below.
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