Every week the Melodic staff assembles a Weekly Roundup playlist of songs we can’t stop listening to. There were so many great tunes this week that we had a hard time picking our favorites! But, alas, we had to choose… that said, we heavily encourage you to listen to the full playlist.
Here are some of the highlights:
1.”Dreams” – Rain City Drive
The guys in Rain City Drive have created a banger with “Dreams,” a song about longing for a past love while belonging to another relationship. With a polished pop sound that still has an edge, this song will be on repeat for fans of artists such as SLAVES and Jonny Craig.
2. “Love Sux” – Avril Lavigne
Other Weekly Roundup picks this week include Simple Plan ft. Deryck Whibley (of Sum 41) and Silverstein, so it would seem that the artists of the early 2000’s are back to claim what’s rightfully theirs, and Avril Lavigne is no exception. Her latest album, Love Sux, finds the artist going back to her “MF’in princess” persona á la 2007’s The Best Damn Thing. The entire record is basically what it would sound like if Avril had started fronting Blink-182 back in 2001, which isn’t surprising as both Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus had a hand in this release. She may not be reinventing the wheel, but it sure is fun.
3. “Joker” – Madeleine Kelson
Starting out sweet and subdued, this song tugs on the heartstrings before we even have the context of the full story, but it’s more than enough: “I heard you’re still in Nashville/ I heard you think of leaving town/ I heard you sit inside your golden walls just wondering how it all fell down.” From there, Madeleine Kelson only continues to wear her heart on her sleeve, with lyrics that are both beautiful and vulnerable in their transparency.
4. “Being Born Kinda Sucks” – Myylo
Myylo isn’t afraid to tell it like it is in this catchy, yet blunt, tune. It’s not everyday that you find yourself nodding along to a chorus that says, “You gotta pay bills and rent / And then one day your parents are dead/ … Being born kinda sucks” Yikes. It’s a dose of reality that is all at once uncomfortable and yet highly relatable. At the same time, the bouncy, pop punk nature of the song serves to remind that being alive certainly isn’t all downbeat, and it’s that contrast that makes this one work.
5. “Wedding Ring” – Skinny Dippers
Bringing to mind such artists as Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens, and Death Cab For Cutie, “Wedding Ring” by Skinny Dippers is the kind of song that you can be enjoying while not paying too close of attention to what’s being sung. However, once you do, it packs an even heavier emotional punch: “Can’t say I love you so I’m looking for a synonym / You said you’d probably say it by mistake, it made me grin/ We tried to hide under the blankets when our friends came in/ I thought of everything, except your wedding ring.” This is the kind of track that we can easily picture having been on the One Tree Hill soundtrack (and that’s a compliment!)
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