Best New Music of the Week: Marshmello & Demi Lovato, Tabitha Nauser and more
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OK Not To Be OK by Marshmello & Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato has teamed up with Marshmello to release a new collaboration. Titled OK Not To Be OK, the uplifting track aims to remove the stigma on mental health. Lovato, who has been a long-term mental health advocate, reminds listeners through a memorable chorus and bridge that it's normal to undergo self-doubt and feel discouraged. The track is also released on Suicide Prevention Day in partnership with Hope for the Day to help raise awareness on suicide prevention. The pair also published an accompanying interactive website, allowing users to participate in a mood quiz, play minesweeper, and listen to other songs by Marshmello and Lovato.
Keep My Distance by Tabitha Nauser
Tabitha Nauser is steering clear of animosity in her latest single, Keep My Distance. Written in collaboration with British songwriters Dan Caplen, Aston Rudi and Louie Salmon, the local singer reminisces about a former relationship and ascertains that it's time to keep her distance from unhealthy people and situations. Set with a hollow bass line and warm keyboard synths, the song was released as a final goodbye to a bad love. "For the most part I felt good about my work, my relationships, my health, my mental well-being but every now and then, I'd bump into someone and have an interaction with them that I wish I didn't need to," Nauser wrote in a statement. "It would end up messing with my mental space and I just didn't need that anymore!"
Turntables by Janelle Monáe
Back with her first original music since 2018's Grammy-nominated Dirty Computer, Janelle Monáe is advocating for injustice with her newest single, Turntables. The track appears in the forthcoming documentary on voter suppression, All In: The Fight for Democracy. Directed and produced by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés, the film features Stacy Abrams and will be available on Amazon Prime Video on September 18. Like the documentary, Monáe's empowering anthem calls for listeners in America to exercise their right to vote and head to the polls for the upcoming Presidential election. The funky hip-hop anthem — accompanied by Monáe's jazzy rap and mellifluous voice — is certainly a call to arms.
Let's Love by David Guetta and Sia
David Guetta and Sia have once again reunited for a new single. The pair first unveiled a snippet of Let's Love, their collaboration after two years, on TikTok. The cheerful track serves to uplift and remind listeners to stay positive during current tough times. The single fuses Guetta's trademark dance groove with Sia's signature husky vocals for an inspiring dance anthem. The duo have previously joined forces for smash hits like Titanium and She Wolf (Falling to Pieces).
Visitor by Of Monsters and Men
Indie folk and rock band Of Monsters and Men has dropped their latest single, Visitor. The single is said to be a taste of the group's upcoming works in 2021, which will mark the band's tenth anniversary together. Taking a step back from their slower songs, the new release features a quicker tempo with rhythmic drums. "Visitor is a song about disconnection and being on the fringe of change, seeing everything you once knew disappear, and finding yourself in the role of the visitor," co-lead vocalist and guitarist of the band Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir commented in a statement release.
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