Every week the Melodic staff assembles a Weekly Roundup playlist of songs we can’t stop listening to. This week’s selection includes a mix of dance-able and introspective tracks.
Here are some of the highlights:
1. “The Funeral” – YUNGBLUD
Yungblud’s latest sounds like it could be a b-side of 80’s pop/punker Billy Idol- or perhaps even a forgotten Bruce Springsteen tune- and we wouldn’t bat an eyelash. The bouncy beginning may have you thinking of My Chemical Romance, but as soon as the vocals kick in the retro vibes are STRONG. In short: throw on your leather pants and let’s go dancing in the dark.
2. “Romantic” – Beck Pete
Don’t be fooled by the quiet piano intro, this song is a straight-up groove. Though you may be expecting the dreamy, singer/songwriter style that we’ve all come to know lately (via the likes of Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers etc.) about a minute in Pete takes us completely off guard by introducing a beat that changes the course of the entire song. The chorus is what really shines, with a catchy vocal melody and relatable lyrics. “I hate it, I love it/ That life’s a bitch/ How dare you leave us face down, empty-handed?” she asks, before concluding that, “Some how it’s still romantic.”
3. “Who I Thought I’d Be Like” – VEZZA
“Things couldn’t be more different than who I thought I’d be like.” Chances are that if you can’t relate to that line now, you will be able to at some point in your life. VEZZA paints a picture of a person trying to figure out his purpose while simultaneously falling apart, going so far as to eat a cricket on his kitchen floor with guacamole (no, we’re not kidding, just listen to the words). The good news is that if he keeps making pop bops like this one he may not have to continue eating bugs he finds around his home anymore, unless he wants to!
4. “Don’t Go” – DOS
Love the Weeknd? Then we found your new favorite band. Drawing inspiration from such artists as Prince and Justin Timberlake, this LA-based duo produces slick songs that could easily be mistaken as mainstream pop… which probably means they’re not far off. Listen now and you’ll be able that you were there before the hype.
5. “Long Way From Texas” – Aldae
Aldae’s latest is a slow, plodding song that builds up but never truly peaks. Instead, it leaves you wanting more, but in the way that will make you continue to replay the song over and over. The simplicity of the instrumental is contrasted with the introspection of the lyrics, wherein the artist questions his own motives and contemplates issues that the listener never comes to fully understand. From what we can gather, Aldae is going through a lot of reckoning in concerns to where he’s been, where he’s at, and where he’s going. It makes for a melancholy and beautiful sparseness in the track: “Why am I always escaping? / What am I escaping?”
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