Best new music of the week: Imagine Dragons, NCT Dream, Madison Beer, and more
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Wrecked by Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons' frontman, Dan Reynolds, pours out his soul in Wrecked — an anthem of grief that pays tribute to his sister-in-law who passed away from cancer. His emotions are encapsulated in the heavy drums and rhythmic guitar riffs; a cathartic masterpiece reminiscent of their earlier sound in Night Visions. Wrecked is a track from the band's upcoming studio album Mercury — Act 1 that is due to be released on Sept 1. A song that hits you in the feels but also slaps? 'nuff said — just hit play.
Hello Future by NCT Dream
It's all smiles and good cheer with Hello Future. NCT Dream's upbeat song features energetic choreography and a catchy chorus complemented by prismatic visuals in the backdrop. Think rainbow hair and carnivalesque neon lights that is a visual feast to behold. The song has a synth and trap music flair too, so it's perfect to dance along to. With such an optimistic tune, the K-pop band is encouraging us to keep our chins up and look forward to better times ahead!
Reckless by Madison Beer
Madison Beer's music video looks — and sounds — like it emerged straight from a fairytale. Reckless sees a tiny Madison walking through weeds in what appears to be a Thumbelina-inspired aesthetic, paired with a series of books floating in the sky. The lilting notes from a music box and piano combined with her heavenly vocals emanate magical vibes. If you need something gentle and relaxing after a long day, this ballad would be it.
Hero by Faouzia
Hero just screams video games and fun. The whimsical music video takes us through Faouzia eliminating creatures in different virtual settings and slaying a variety of outfits (yas, queen). Driven by a groovy beat and her smooth vocals, the Morroccan- Canadian pop singer delivers a sassy song perfect to to blast out loud. Serving looks, talent and dance moves, what's not to love?
Wanna Be by jxdn (feat. Machine Gun Kelly)
The pop-punk is making its triumphant comeback. Emanating early 2000s feels, TikTok personality jxdn's exciting new collaboration with Machine Gun Kelly is bursting with rebellious youthful energy. Classic emo riffs pepper the song, perfectly complemented by several neon-tinged shaved heads. Even if #emonightsg has paused because of the pandemic, at least you have this song to tide you through the dearth of clubbing. Rock on, everybody.