Best new music of the week: Lorde, Doja Cat, EXO and more
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Solar Power by Lorde
The pop singer's playful single is Lorde's first release since 2017's Melodrama, featuring her chilling on the beach in a bright yellow two-piece. Packed with peppy acoustic strumming and upbeat vocals, Solar Power channels enough breezy energy to convince us to kick off those shoes and dip our toes in the ocean. Exactly what we need amidst the doom and gloom of the pandemic.
Don't fight the feeling by EXO
As EXO tells it, it's time to let loose. Their new song is a sci-fi themed dance anthem that persuades us to get up and groove along. Don't fight the feeling is the title track of K-pop band's new album, which presents the members showing off their sick dance moves while dressed in tech-inspired garb. Combined with a catchy melody, there's nothing left to say other than: stream it right now!
Venus Fly Trap by Marina
Don't sleep on this if you're looking for a funky song accompanied by a solid beat. Marina's Venus Fly Trap is a single from her fifth album Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land. The music video treats us to a dazzling array of colours and outfits — neon sets and a flamboyant yellow coat? Count us in. "Why be a wallflower when you can be a Venus fly trap?" She sings confidently. Like its title, the song has bite, indeed.
Need To Know by Doja Cat
Doja Cat is back after landing more songs that became chart-toppers on TikTok. The Grammy-nominated artist drops Need To Know; a cheeky single boasting a futuristic aesthetic. Doja sports green skin in the MV, peppering her song with satisfied sighs that echo her lyrics. Quirky, yet with a familiar sound, this track is perfect to chill out to.
Futureproof by Nothing But Thieves
Need something heavier? Nothing But Thieves' got you covered with badness banger Futureproof — their first release of 2021. Grungy guitar riffs combined with falsetto vocals in the song just make us want to turn up the volume and start a mini rock concert in our room. Dark and chromatic, the band doesn't disappoint.