Best New Music of the Week: Miley Cyrus, Sabrina Claudio & The Weeknd, Little Mix and more
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Christmas Blues by Sabrina Claudio &The Weeknd
No thoughts, just Christmas blues. The title track of the R&B singer's Christmas album speaks to us all as it blends the sentimental, slower mood of this very unprecedented year with the whimsical vibes that come with the holiday season. She conveys the simple yet heartfelt feeling: that if I didn't have you/I'd have Christmas blues. Claudio first wrote this song with the intention of bringing together a sense of peace and nostalgia, using her sultry and soulful voice alongside light twinkling melodies to convey her message. The Weeknd then reached out to her, jumping on the opportunity to collaborate as he had always wanted to do something special for Christmas.
Angels Like You by Miley Cyrus
Rock is not dead — at least not with Miley Cyrus' latest album Paper Hearts. Marking her first venture into the rock genre, she released the music video to Prisoner with Dua Lipa last week, with the full album dropping today. Angels Like You is the first of the slower tunes making an appearance in the 15-strong lineup. Whilst the heavier '80s rock influences are clearer in other tracks like WTF Do I Know and Plastic Hearts, this track seems to embody a little more influence from her life growing upwith its slightly stronger country sound and guitar riffs. It speaks to the heart and soul of the demons the childhood star had to face over the past few years, from tainted celebrity image to her mental health. The track is the third track amidst a pained yet controlled and brutally honest lineup by Cyrus, and is the epitome of how music indeed has the potential to heal the soul.
Raindrops by Sezairi
In the mood of taking it slow this 2020, Sezairi has just released his latest track Raindrops that is easy on the ears and soothing for the soul. The famed national singer-songwriter first came up with the framework for the song back in 2017 with a fellow friend, but as his other plans to record overseas have been delayed in the midst of the pandemic, the singer decided that the song would be an appropriate release for this year. The slow tune takes on the wistful mood of its title, as the singer belts out his sentiment of feeling lost and alone after the person he loves has left him, and he stands in a metaphorical downpour of endless tears and chills. It seems almost too timely for the end of the year, as we look back on all that we've lost, and reminisce it all in our rooms alone, just like Sezairi does in his hybrid animated music video for the track.
Breath by GOT7
Aaand they're back. The K-pop group under JYP Entertainment is finally releasing their first full-length album for the first time in two years, and Breath stands as the first pre-released title track. Mainly composed and written by their main vocalist Choi Youngjae, the sweet melody is a strong shift away from their usually heavy beat-dropping sound, that the group might be saving for their main title once the full album comes around. The members also convincingly relay the lighter tune and happier mood as they whistle and freely walk about through their visually stunning music video that gives the impression of one continuous tracking shot. For what it's worth, we know the AhGahSes (the group's fanbase) are definitely enjoying this new confidence that all the members seem to be rocking for this new release.
No Time For Tears by Little Mix and Nathan Dawe
Looks like we'll be hearing the sweet, melodic voices of these girls for a long time coming still. Little Mix has just dropped yet another new single titled No Time For Tears, mainly working with DJ Nathan Dawe for this track. This drop pays ode to what the girls do best - featuring a catchy tune and upbeat dance vibes, mixing in the DJ's hit-worthy beats and mixes for a surefire track on the dancefloor. This song comes after one of the group's singers, Jesy Nelon's announcement that she'll be taking a break from doing music with the band, and clearly she'd been planning on going out with a bang.