New Music Radar: July 9th – 21st 2021

Lorde – ‘Stoned at the Nail Salon’

Lorde’s second single off her third album, Solar Power, is another perfect preview into this new era. ‘Stoned at the Nail Salon’ shows off more of Lorde’s personal and artistic growth that developed during her time away from the public eye. The song dives into thoughts on questioning your decisions and getting older. Thoughts that come up while you have a moment to reflect.

Willow – lately I feel EVERYTHING

There’s been a lot of hype leading up to Willow’s fourth album. lately I feel EVERYTHING exceeds those expectations. The new album is more than just ‘t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l’, which set the tone of what to expect from this new album (and new genre for Willow). The tracks that follow doesn’t disappoint. The album features collaborations from Travis Barker, Avril Lavigne, Ayla Tesler-Mabe, Tierra Whack, and Cherry Glazerr. lately I feel EVERYTHING is 2000s pop-punk reimagined.

Billie Eilish – ‘NDA’

‘NDA’ is the fifth single from Billie Eilish’s highly anticipated sophomore album, Happier Than Ever. This new single uncovers another layer to Eilish. ‘NDA’ has an industrial edge, a beat similar to early Nine Inch Nails. The song dives into the issues of fame, the lack of privacy, and even dealing with a stalker. The video is a stark contrast to the last single, ‘Lost Cause’. Directed by Billie Eilish, she is the focus walking down a dark road. The only extra lights are from the cars passing her. The song and video showcases Eilish’s limitless creative range. 

Clairo – Sling

Clairo’s new album, Sling, avoids the sophomore slump with quiet confidence. A slight departure from her debut album (Immunity), Sling’s diary vibe and quaint instrumentals make the lyrics stand out more. 

Mothica – ‘buzzkill’ (remix)

Independent musician Mothica released her remix of ‘buzzkill’. The remix features submissions collected via TikTok (Brassie and Tokiejoestar). The cover is original art by Mothica. Mothica is known for her songs that pull from painful life experiences touching on topics such as abuse, mental health, and power dynamics. Mothica stays true to herself through her music and on social media. 

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