Best New Music of the Week: Selena Gomez, Jeremy Zucker and Chelsea Cutler, (G)I-DLE and more
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De Una Vez by Selena Gomez
She's a rare gem, indeed. Yes, Selena Gomez is making her first musical comeback after a year since releasing Rare — and it's a joyous occasion to know that she continues to do what she does best. For some reason, the heartfelt tunes Gomez sings somehow always feel extra packed with meaning when it's coming from her. And it's definitely the same for De Una Vez, her first Spanish solo track in over a decade. The meaning behind the song is beautifully simple yet pertinent to all: capturing the glorious freedom and beauty that comes alongside healing after heartache, something that considerably resonates with most. When asked about her choice of language, Gomez comments that it's "been something I've wanted to do for 10 years... because I'm so, so proud of my heritage". The music video is also nothing short of a vision, featuring enthralling visuals and a fantastical, romanticised feel to convey her peace in the eye of the storm.
this is how you fall in love by Jeremy Zucker and Chelsea Cutler
If you're looking for a ditty to shed some tears to — this is it. After all, this is Jeremy Zucker and Chelsea Cutler we're talking about. This is hardly the first time the duo has worked together, and when they do... well, you get songs like you were good to me. This time around, they're sporting the same stripped down, slow dancing vibe for this is how you fall in love, where the lyrics convey the innocence and honesty of two people being in love. And the music video is as raw as the song — with a film filter laid over it and the entirety of their scenes looking like they came straight from a lover's secret stash of snippets they were saving for the day they'd share wedding vows. Brace yourself for a cry-fest.
34+35 (Remix) by Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion
It was the horniest album release yet for the to-be-wed pop sensation, and 34+35 was most definitely at the top of that list (just do the math). Since the release, you can say that Arianators all around have been absolutely gushing about this the track — if not for the lyrics, then for it's absolutely catchy chorus. And it seems like Grande isn't the only one who's not going to let that hype die as she's now joined in by music powerhouses Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion to release the 34+35 (Remix). Each of them take on separate verses of the song to give it their own twist, making the whole affair 69x sexier. Grande originally teased the remix on Instagram earlier in the week, hinting that there would be two featured guests, and honestly? There couldn't have been a more unexpectedly perfect choice for the features. Way to get back on the top ten charts, Ari.
HWAA by (G)I-DLE
Over in Hallyu land, K-pop power group (G)I-DLE is starting the year on a burning high. They're even announcing it themselves with their first album drop of 2021 being titled I burn. And sitting as the title track of the girls' fiery comeback is HWAA, of which fans are pitting it to be deserving of a throne seat next to their previous hit release Oh My God. The lyrics detail the burning determination and desire to break out of the lonely and winter-like sadness post break-up. And just like every other (G)I-DLE video that comes along with their title track, the aesthetics and powerful means of visual storytelling did not disappoint. We'll be waiting on only more great things from (G)I-DLE here on out.
Chemtrails Over the Country Club by Lana Del Rey
With Lana Del Rey, it always feels like we're stepping into an alternative Gatsby narrative right out of the roaring 20s. But perhaps Chemtrails Over the Country Club seeks to be a little more of a modern day throwback to the days when country clubs, white girl gossip, and red sports cars were still relevant. Not that they aren't any longer, but even whilst Del Rey might seem like she's coming back stronger than a 90s trend, the track and music video for Chemtrails might only prove to do so much post-flak that she received in 2020. Whilst the video for the track starts off like she's in a perfectly regular summer getaway, it strays ever so suddenly one with some folky, supernatural undertones as she and her girl friends all transform into a pack of werewolves. Well, if anything, we'll just say the video left us as confused as her unconvincing defences earlier in 2020.
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