Here are some of the top new releases for the week of 02-09-2019.
All of this week’s new tracks are also on our New Release Round-up playlist on Spotify, along with every other song we’ve included in this feature during the year so far. The playlist is at the bottom of the page – if you’re a Spotify user, give it a follow!
Kelsea Ballerini – homecoming queen?
This is a big return for Kelsea. An emotional ballad with an “It’s ok not to be OK” message, having just enough production without overdoing it. “What if I told you the world wouldn’t end | If you started showing what’s under your skin | What if you let ’em all in on the lie | Even the homecoming queen cries”.
Miranda Lambert – Pretty Bitchin’
The latest song to drop from Miranda’s forthcoming album Wildcard and it’s a fun, free wheelin’ kind of a thing, with double-tracked vocals and guitars that could almost have been lifted from Sheryl Crow’s If It Makes You Happy. The lyric has a bit of an auto-biographical lean, with references to her Airstream trailer, her “pretty good band” and her “pretty damn good fans”.
Maddie & Tae – Bathroom Floor
This is a kickin’, kick-ass, get-up-and-get-over-him song. When you feel like your heart’s been smashed into pieces, this is the friend you need to come over, put an arm around you and drag you out of your gloom.
Jarrod Dickenson – Take Me At My Word
If you’re not familiar with Jarrod Dickenson, then this is as good an introduction to his craft as any. Just his guitar and 2 voices – his own and his wife, Claire – on a song that first appeared on his 2013 EP Songs From Willow Street. Where the original had a bit of a rustic feel, this recording is a little more straightforward and feels much more intimate – a foretaste of what to expect from his upcoming “Unplugged & Distilled” UK tour, no doubt. Tickets available from our UK Tours page.
Kendall Marvell – Let It Go
A light and easy track with a classic sound that encourages us to roll with the punches that life sometimes lands. Kendall’s new album Solid Gold Sounds is due for release next month.
The Wandering Hearts – Jealous
“I wished you the best of all this world could give | And I told you when you left me there’s nothing to forgive | I always thought you’d come back, tell me all you found was heartbreak and misery” is probably as honest a lyric as you could imagine for a post -breakup song. There’s a very old-fashioned feel to it as the song develops beyond the 2nd verse and A.J. delivers a dramatic piano-led section that interestingly echoes mid-70’s Queen – something I didn’t anticipate ever writing about the Wandering Hearts!
Ilse DeLange – New Amsterdam
Produced by T Bone Burnett, with sweeping, distant pedal steel to texture a tale of loss and regret set in New York from this country artist from the Netherlands. A little gem, this track.
Here’s our New Release Round-up 2019 playlist – enjoy!