Every week the Melodic staff assembles a Weekly Roundup playlist of songs we can’t stop listening to. If you feel like dancing, crying, or some combination of both, we see you.
Here are some of the highlights:
1. “Too Late to Compromise” – Moon Palace
With a bass line that hits you from the jump, “Too Late to Compromise” is a highly danceable number that takes us right back to the 1980’s (or at least the sound of the 1980’s, seeing as none of our staffers were alive then.) The synth and drums add to this flavor, and the excellent vocals float above it all, featuring spot-on harmonies. If you’re a fan of Tegan and Sara, HAIM, or even Heart, this is a band you need to check out.
2. “how are you not freaking out?” – Greta Isaac
With angelic vocals and a feel reminiscent of Sydney Sprague, Greta Isaac’s latest single poses a question that we’ve undoubtedly been asking each other, and ourselves, over the past few years. Bringing down a common happenstance, such as a birthday party, to its bleak reality (“humans are so f*cking weird/ and I’ll never get it / closer to death every year/ what a thing to celebrate”) may seem like a bummer at first, but within these lyrics and lush melodies the listener can also find comfort. If you want to be trite you could say that misery loves company, but more-so than that: life feels a little less daunting when you realize you’re not alone in your experience. And what better way to wrap that around you like a warm blanket than with a beautiful alt/pop song?
3. “COMPLETE MESS” – 5 Seconds of Summer
5SOS are back with another catchy song about heartbreak. Beginning with a sole guitar being plucked arpeggio-style, the mood is set for a melancholy, introspective number that quickly turns into an absolute banger by the chorus. Singer Luke Hemmings belts to his lover three times over, “OH YOU MAKE ME COMPLETE…” before landing on the twist, finishing off the line with “… MESS.” And yes, the all caps are totally necessary. Just take a listen for yourself.
4. “Famous For You” – Danny Spec
Danny Spec wants to be famous, but only for one person, and he puts it on full display in this single that sounds like a cross between Calvin Harris and Mike Posner. “I could play a million shows / I don’t care if no one goes/ I’m only playing for you.” By the time the song hits its final chorus we can already envision the sea of fans jumping up and down, bathed in strobe lights and confetti at some outdoor festival. We only hope that whoever this song is for has received the message!
5. “Keeping My Number” – Render Ghosts
And the dance jams just keep on coming! Can’t say that we’re made about it. Render Ghosts take advantage of an energetic drum track, synth, and humming bass lines to make a song that is sure to not only make you dance around your room, but also get stuck in your head for days to come. It’s all brought together perfectly by the vocalist Tamara van Esch who delivers the lyrics in a way that is both confident and coy.
You can listen to more of our picks on our Spotify playlist below. Don’t forget to hit that “follow” button!