Best New Music of the Week: Taylor Swift, Zara Larsson and Young Thug, ZAYN and more
Loud and clear
it's time to go by Taylor Swift
Swifties, rejoice (once again). Well, guess we should have expected this considering Swift's recent streak of dropping music on us like there's no tomorrow. Continuing from her release of evermore, the singer's second album release of 2020, she's decided to drop it's time to go and right where you left me as bonus tracks. And truly bonus they were. As with all of the singer-songwriter's songs, it's time to go is stripped-down, auto-biographical and possibly gives the time of day to a certain someone. The track discusses the point in a relationship when it begins to turn sour, as she tells herself that 'sometimes giving up is the strong thing' and leaving someone is actually the better thing to do. And somehow, this song really hits in this cold, rainy season. Earbuds in, tissues out, people.
Vibez by ZAYN
Anyone else vibin' up here? Zayn Malik is filling the room with Vibez all over with his second and final single of his upcoming album — titled Nobody Is Listening — set to descend on us all on 15 January. Much like the rest of his discography, the singer-songwriter's music is sultry and continues with the familiar innuendos towards sexual touches and intimacy. The slow jam is easily thought to be about American model Gigi Hadid herself, his long-time girlfriend. Prior to the release, Malik released a video to Twitter and Instagram with a short teaser of the entire track — of-course unleashing the utter excitement of his dedicated fans. No one's complaining though, since the track's a total vibe. The sort that makes us miss 3 AM nights losing ourselves in a club.
Best Friend by Saweeetie and Doja Cat
Oh, boy were we missing our hot girl anthems. And no one better to release it than power duo best friends Saweetie and Doja Cat. Yes, the track's titled Best Friend — as they both hype up each other exactly the way best friends should, without the need for yet another toxic man. The rap duo BFFs feed off each other's energy to a power-thumping beat as they boast of how 'that's my best friend, she a real bad b*tch/Drive her own car, she don't need no Lyft'. The accompanying music video's an energetic show of colourful visuals as they twerk on a bedazzled Tesla, shop around mindlessly, and party in a strip club after they telepathically shoot off yet another "fake woke misogynist" because "that kind of crass virtue signalling is nothing but a less overtly nefarious form of toxic masculinity". Absolutely ladies, absolutely.
Talk About Love by Zara Larrson
Zara Larsson isn't in the mood to Talk about Love with Young Thug. The Canadian pop singer is blessing us with her sweet, smooth vocals this new year as she partners up with the rapper for a catchy pop beat about love as she navigates the first phase of any romance and doesn't want to go too far with her feelings. She 'just wanna keep us right here in the moment' and questions her lover 'why you gotta go get lost in emotion'. This is the lead single that comes as part of her studio album release Poster Girl, an album which according to her, has been delayed for a pretty long while now. Well, whilst she might not be in the mood for talking about love, she's definitely in the mood for singing about love — and we're all here for it especially when it comes to the singer's sweet sweet vocals.
Falling - So In Love by We The Kings
The OGs are back. If you belong to the camp that was madly in love with Check Yes Juliet and Phoenix Hearts by the notable pop punk band of the 2000s, you might be happy to note that We The Kings has returned with yet another mini album of which Falling - So In Love takes the spot of lead single and album title. Retaining their classic guitar strums and oh-so-romantic lyrics, we'd say this track keeps perfectly to their typical tune of whatever that makes you feel good. Whilst simple in its manner of lyrics, it's got the sort of vibe you can imagine you were on a road trip and looking forward to a hopelessly romantic future. We don't mind it though, especially in our current global mood where a song that is a lil whimsy would be more than welcome.