This week’s selection of tracks includes electro-pop and an emotional piano ballad (no prizes for guessing that one). As I tend to gravitate towards 80s inspired sounds, this week is no different with modern day reworkings of both new wave and electro-pop.
First up is, of course, the stunning return of Adele with ‘Hello’. I know that I, and millions others, were hugely excited to hear her first single from forthcoming album 25, but also pretty sure that nothing could live up to 21. However, listening to this single for the first time made me realise that Adele is unlike any other artist around and she certainly has so much more to offer. It is a beautifully intimate but rousing song and I loved it from the first listen.
Moving away from the emotional and stepping into infectiously catchy electro-pop territory is St. Lucia with ‘Dancing On Glass’. Trust me, when you’ve heard this once, you just can’t turn it off. It is a great song to blast out when driving (I know because I spent my weekend doing it) and with those 80s sounding vocals, it’s just irresistible.
Next up is the first solo single from jennylee (known for being the bassist for Warpaint). ‘Never’ features Warpaint style breathy vocals but jennylee delves much more into punky new wave territory, with her own gorgeous dreamy spin on it. It has serious The Cure vibes and almost sounds like it belongs in the soundtrack to a more grungey version of Pretty In Pink. It has really impressed me and got me very excited for her album right on!, released in December.
Continuing on the trend of 1980s vibes, the penultimate track I have chosen this week is the newest single from Swedish duo Niki & The Dove. ‘Play It On My Radio’ is a truly beautiful, nostalgic track. I already know that this song and I are going to go the distance. It is the perfect late night 80s song and I just love it.
And, in case you missed it….
To finish up is a track from Manchester band Postcards From Jeff. This single was released a little while ago but I thought I’d include it mostly because it’s a great song, but also because their album was released a few days ago. ‘Modern Language’ is an entrancing song that has a cinematic quality to it. Personally, I think it sounds like the perfect song to be featured in an indie movie about love, misunderstandings and staying optimistic in a slightly befuddling world.
As always, I hope you have enjoyed my favourite tracks this week!