Music Roundup - 30th July 2023
New music from Libianca, Linkin Park, Melanie Martinez and more. Check it all out below and let us know what you think!
Libianca - People
"Whenever I was drunk, I didn't feel sad, so why not just drink some more? Clearly, after a few days, I was like, I can't keep going like this. I can't keep waking up every morning hung over... No matter what anybody is going through, if you ask them, 'How are you doing?', the first thing they're going to say is, 'I'm fine'. It's an automatic response. And I think what People is doing is breaking that and helping people to be more vulnerable and say, 'I'm not doing well. I really need a hug from you right now'... And it helped me as well, because my friends didn't know that's how I was feeling when I recorded that song." - via BBC.
Dove Cameron & Khalid - We Go Down Together
A beautiful ballad about being deeply in love.
Gunship - Ghost
"If a technological feat is possible, man will do it. Almost as if it's wired into the core of our being." - Major Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell).
"It's hard to disagree with Motoko given the pace of progress in AI over the last year or two, and we follow these developments with great interest. Trained on vast swathes of net-based imagery and given all the biases baked in by humans, what would a text-to-video generating AI dream up given themes of life after death in the near future? This video is a completely experimental trip into a world generated purely by AI, with vanishingly little wetware interference. May it stand as a snapshot in time, so that perhaps it can be revisited in light of future developments that are, only now, just a whisper..." - Gunship.
Falling In Reverse - Last Resort (Reimagined)
Trigger warning: suicidal ideation. A hauntingly beautiful and deeply emotional reimagining of Papa Roach's "Last Resort" featuring delicate piano and a string section.
Check out Ronnie Radke playing this for Jacoby Shaddix for the first time:
Ludwig Goransson & Foudeqush - Con La Brisa (Wakanda Forever soundtrack)
Chorus in English: "And we blend in with the breeze / And we sail with the wind, oh-oh"
For something different and unnervingly sinister, check out "Sirens" by Ludwig Goransson, Vivir Quintana, Mare Advertencia Lirika, featured in the original movie score. Speaking of which...
Melanie Martinez - Milk Of The Siren
"Drink from the leche of sirens
Summon the sailors in town
Strangle the fear of decidin'
Which ones deservin' to drown
Don't feel bad when these fuckers all drown"
If you're looking for more feminine rage, check out You Make Me Sick! by Ashnikko.
Demi Lovato - Eat Me
Inspired by Dead Sara's album Ain't It Tragic, Lovato remarked to Vogue: "it reignited this flame inside of me. I was like, 'I want to do rock music.' I saw them on tour and was super stoked about their music and was just like, 'That's what I want to go back to.' It felt right to me because I hadn't done it in a while. I wanted to return to my roots." Lovato definitely brings the rock on their energetic new album Holy Fvck, with every track a going down a treat.
Linkin Park - Fighting Myself
Linkin Park have released two new singles, Lost and Fighting Myself, uncovered amongst old recordings from the time of their Meteora album. The two were included in Linkin Park's 20th anniversary Meteora re-issue and feature vocals from the late Chester Bennington.
Kim Dracula - Seventy Thorns
Masterfully mixing various musical styles, Kim Dracula has been on fire lately. Check out Seventy Thorns and Hysterics.
Lana Del Rey - Say Yes To Heaven
Originally written in 2012 and now officially released, Lana Del Rey with a gorgeous ballad.
Ryan Caraveo - Rain in Brisbane
The key shift in this is just *uhh* so good. Buttery smooth pop hip hop.
Loreen - Tattoo
Swedish artist Loreen won the Eurovision Song Contest this year with "Tattoo", making her mark for the second time after also taking the top prize in 2012 with "Euphoria".
Madi Leeds - 0-100
"Navigating the extreme opposites of highs and lows, the track explores the all-consuming feeling of self-doubt."
"I wrote 0-100 after I was told 'you're always at 100, actually you're always either at 0 or 100'... 0-100 showcases insecurities of feeling like you're not good enough for someone and struggling comparing yourself to others. Sometimes I definitely feel a bit dramatic/sensitive and hope others who relate can listen to 0-100 and know that it's okay !!"
Leeds has only a small following on Spotify so far, so go give her some love!
Don't forget to follow the Solid Muse playlist on Spotify & Apple Music for all our latest faves! Peace and love, Matt :)