This Week In Music, volume 3

As I write this, I'm watching I Love Lucy reruns on Hulu and eating a bagel with the brown sugar + cinnamon butter spread from Trader Joe's and if that isn't living, I don't know what is.

In other news, here's everything I've been listening to the past week. Some new releases, some new discoveries, all bundled up in a Spotify playlist at the bottom of the post. Happy listening!

1. Hesitate — Emerson Leif, Golden vessel

Who are these incredible people and why is this the first time I'm hearing of them?! I'll tell you who. Golden Vessel is an electro-pop producer and Emerson Leif is a singer slash genius (based on this song alone) and together, they make magic. Though the Brisbane duo are good friends and have collaborated in the past, "Hesitate" serves as Emerson Leif's first single. Golden Vessel co-wrote and produced the hit, giving off a sound akin to something you'd hear off Bon Iver's 22, A Million.

2. Prom — Riah

Last week's 'This Week' post was a little dream pop heavy (that sounds like an oxymoron) but I'd be remiss if I didn't include Riah's latest single from this past February. While the beat is dreamy and electric, the lyrics mourn a lost love. Given this single, it's pretty fitting that her music has landed on ABC's Grey's Anatomy. I can totally see her music being played at the beginning or end of a Grey's episode with Meredith doing a voiceover inspirational message. Or while they're dancing it out in slow motion in the living room. I can picture it now.


Am I right or am I right? It just sounds like Grey's.

3. Forever On Your Side — NEEDTOBREATHE (with JOHNNYSWIM)

When I saw this on my Spotify Release Radar last week, my face transformed into the heart-eyed emoji. MY BOYS NEEDTOBREATHE WITH JOHNNYSWIM?! As written in Psalm 118:24, "This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." Can I get an amen?! This is a duet sent from the Heavens. It has the classic NEEDTOBREATHE sound with just the right amount of Johnnyswim flavor we know and love. I just want to sit around a campfire with these guys and pick their brains on music and lyrics and pretend I know enough to keep up. Great humans, great sound, great song. Check out the video below for a look at the making of "Forever On Your Side":

4. Still Run — Wet (feat. Starchild and and The New Romantic)

Yeah, yeah, Wet was on the last post but it's another great track from their latest album by the same name. Sure, it adds to the indie-pop band's collection of breakup songs, but there's just something about it that breaks it apart from the rest of the pack for me.

5. Strangers — Before You Exit

Before You Exit is a trio of brothers from Orlando who've been in the music business since 2007. Acoustic. Electronic. Pop. Dance. I don't know what to call them but in the words of Tim McGraw, I LIKE IT, I LOVE IT, I WANT SOME MORE OF IT. I'm getting serious Lauv vibes and I lauv Lauv. (Hah. Get it. Also, I hope I'm pronouncing Lauv right or else this joke doesn't make sense). Also, a little LANY.

6. Lonely One — Dresses

This reminds me of one of those songs you hear in the back of some happy commercial on TV and hear years later and think "HEY I KNOW THAT SONG, I LOVE IT!" I mean this in the best way possible. It's very bubblegum, catchy and shoulder-shimmy-worthy. Go ahead, shimmy. I'll wait. P.S. If you like them, you're sure to like indie-pop band Fialta.

7. Arc — Yoste

Aside from my first love, country music (I grew up listening to it, what can I say), if someone were to ask me my favorite genre of music, I'd direct them to this. It's warm and dreamy and I could listen to it on loop. "Arc" was released this past February and is the first single off the Australian singer's upcoming EP. Keep him on your radar, folks, and check out the stripped version below.

In the warmth of your glow I'm alright
Though I wish I could claw back some time
I could breathe in the colours so bright



8. Reading Signs — Generationals

Every time I listen to this indie pop duo, I feel like I'm transported in time. Like I'm in a funky dance party time warp of sorts. I don't know how they do it. After their hits, "Put a Light On" and "TenTwentyTen," they had me as a fan for life. "Reading Signs" does a good job of living up to their funk-tastic reputation. This song came out in 2014 but it just came on my radar and thought it deserved some love so here we are.

9. Los Angeles  — Conner Youngblood

I know what you're thinking. Conner Youngblood again?! YES. And I stand by my decision. "Los Angeles" is the latest single off the multi-instrumentalist's upcoming debut album, Cheyenne. If you're a fan of Sufjan Stevens or Justin Vernon, you're bound to like this.

10. Wake Up — Chelsea Cutler

Pretty sure I stumbled upon Cutler through Spotify's Discover Weekly and I'm so glad I did. "Wake Up" is one of her singles from way back in 2016. The indie artist has released new music since, but I definitely enjoy the more mellow and pulled back songs on her discography like this one.

BONUS: Never Wake — Sanders Bohlke

And just when I thought I was done with this post, this song starts playing. To quote Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: "Holy moly me oh my." 

I wanna keep breathing
But you’re taking my breath away
I wanna keep feeling what I’m feeling
Don’t care if I suffocate
I wanna keep dreaming, if I’m dreaming
And I don’t wanna ever wake
Up from you

See what I mean? The song starts off soft and slow, building up to the chorus where Bohlke pours out his heart and soul. It's his first piece of new music in a few years and boy, oh boy, he does not disappoint. 

Here's this week's playlist:


*** Note: If you're reading this post and it's old, the playlist above has already been
updated to the current week and won't reflect the songs on this list. ***