Best New Music of the Week: Charlie Lim and Aisyah Aziz, Billie Eilish and ROSALIA, Sabrina Carpenter and more
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Lo Vas A Olvidar by Billie Eilish and RosalIía
Our favourite voices are dropping Spanish songs like a hot potato but hey we're not complaining. This time around, Billie Eilish premieres her collaboration with Spanish singer Rosalía with Lo Vas A Olvidar — produced as part of the soundtrack for Euphoria's upcoming special. And the track is in full Billie style as anyone could think; it's slow, moody and has a deep, dark undertone about it. But that's definitely right in the enchanting atmosphere of Euphoria, isn't it? What comes as a shock to most fans of course, is that Billie sings most of the track in Spanish, and she does it justice. But TBH were we expecting anything less? The accompanying music video's one that's got them in a dark, hazy room with chiaroscuro lighting and purposefully glitchy editing. It's a definite mood alright.
Won't You Come Around by Charlie Lim and Aisyah Aziz
We'll say it first — bilingual collaborations are pretty dope. Homegrown artists — Charlie Lim and Aisyah Aziz — have been individual homegrown powerhouses in their own right, but when they come around for a track like this, there's a unique element that's different yet so cohesive. Tinged with modern R&B and gospel influences, Won't You Come Around's gives enough space for both musical talents to showcase their voice ranges and variant tonalities. The track's got a slow, emotional sort of feel to it — as it expresses quieter moments and deeper sentiments behind a long-term relationship. Their collaboration was initiated by Charlie himself, who when asked, "...thought Aisyah would be perfect. She's so expressive and her tone and phrasing makes her one of the best singers in our generation, and everything she brought to the table just fit so effortlessly". The tune gives us old soul ballad vibes, and we're living for it.
Skin by Sabrina Carpenter
Have you listened to Olivia Rodrigo's driver's license yet? Well, you should listen, cry and read all of the juicy, juicy drama that fans are theorizing about — before listening to Skin. In sum, Rodrigo's song seems to be sharing her side of the story when it came to her relationship with ex-boyfriend, Joshua Bassett, the now boyfriend of the one and only Sabrina Carpenter herself. So yes, Skin does seem to be some sort of response to driver's license which broke the charts just two weeks ago. After all, both reference the same 'blonde' that seems to be directed at Carpenter, and this latest track even has Carpenter lamenting about "You been tellin' your side/So I'll be tellin' mine". The tune's short, simple, and to the point. Drama or no drama — it's a certified bop.
rubberband by Tate McRae
Rising star Tate McRae has got us out here dancing along to rubberband, a simple little metaphor for snapping herself back into reality. The track's a moody one about addiction or an overt obsession with someone, and she uses the rubberband as a little coping mechanism to overcome her imagined reality: "Got this rubberband on my wrist, on my wrist and I snap it every time that I think about your lips". McRae confesses to having written a bunch of songs over the pandemic, and this is just one another of them. The young star is still a high school girl and since she's still very much a teen, she feels like she "can relate to everyone (her) age, and if you think about it, people when they grow up, they still have those same feelings". Essentially? She thinks you'd find her lyrics more relatable than you'd think. And we agree.
X by CHUNG HA
Queen things only. The pop solo singer has dropped her first track of 2021 — and it's anything but a missed beat. This time around, she strayed far from her usual dance pop soundtrack, and heads towards a slower, more emotional tune that's got her fans raving about how versatile their favourite K-pop soloist is. Chung Ha's X is one that delves into self-reflection — on both herself, and how she has cut off the trauma and hurt from past relationships or lovers. The music video is also a 180 degree turn away from her expected flashy color schemes, exquisite dance choreo and eye-candy worthy costume changes as she tapers it all down to a simple black and white video that's mostly virtually edited — showcasing a hazy cityscape, and an ongoing battleground. Whilst this is the first track for her full album, fans are excitedly waiting for the entire release that's bound to be snappin'.
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