Kicking off this week’s Friday Favourites is singer-songwriter Dagny who debuted back in 2015 with ‘Backbeat’ which garnered half a million plays in its first week. So it’s no surprise the Norwegian pop princess now receives around 6 million Spotify listeners every month. To keep her ever-growing loyal fanbase happy, she’s back with the thought-provoking ‘Used To You’ which is sure to resonate with many listeners around the world.
Did I hear a hallelujah? Sunset Sons are back! We haven’t heard anything new from Sunset Sons since their debut album Very Rarely Say Die in 2016, but they have finally returned with the sunny, feel-good ‘Running Man’ from their forthcoming EP The River. Showcasing a slightly more mature sound, this EP will act as a taster for their second album set for release late this year. Despite their sonic development, ‘Running Man’ is still clearly the product of our favourite rocking surfers.
In continuation of this week’s diverse Friday Favourites, Youngr makes an appearance with the future summer hit ‘Lost in Translation’. After bursting on the music scene in 2016, Youngr has had an impressive introductory two years, racking up over 50 million Spotify streams, selling out European and North American tours and appearing at over 80 festivals in 25 countries! This is an artist who certainly does not get lost in translation.
Can we get another hallelujah? Say Lou Lou are also back! We haven’t heard from the Australian/Swedish dream pop duo since their epic cover of ‘Stayin’ Alive’ two years ago and there’s been a Say Lou Lou shaped hole in our lives ever since. But the twin sisters have made a monumental return with ‘Ana’, a cinematic hit reminiscent of the music Portishead would have produced if they had gone to Hollywood.
Adding a latino element to this week’s Friday Favourites is Lao Ra with her second single of the year, ‘No Pressure’. The self-proclaimed ‘pineapple pop’ artist entered the scene three years ago with her controversial debut single ‘Jesus Made Me Bad’. The more family-friendly ‘No Pressure’ lives up to her pineapple pop label, consisting of tropical instrumentation and typical Western chart song structure.
Now for the Friday Favourites interlude. Multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Ólafur Arnalds has teamed up with songwriter and electronic musician SOHN to create the incredibly pretty instrumental track ‘unfold’. Consisting of Ólafur’s signature piano-based instrumental melodies and SOHN’s highly popular songwriting approach, they have created a song-like instrumental track which wouldn’t sound out of place on radio airwaves or the latest Joe Wright film.
Following on from the interlude, Matt Maltese gently guides us back to the raucous to come with ‘Less and Less’. Featuring on his debut album Bad Contestant, ‘Less and Less’ begins with a gentle vocal melody accompanied by piano which would fit well in the melancholic portion of an evening at a piano bar. The track does pick up, however, consisting of Matt Maltese-esque backing choirs, reminiscent of ’50s music.
Now for something on the complete opposite side of the spectrum. Tove Lo has teamed up with Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant and ALMA to bring us the not so family-friendly ‘bitches’. All about the wonders of oral sex, ‘bitches’ is sure to raise a few conservative eyebrows. Oh, and they’ve released a NSFW video for the remix too!
Coming towards the end of this week’s Friday Favourites is Lewis Capaldi. The singer-songwriter burst on the music scene less than a year ago, and yet he has garnered over 100 million streams on Spotify! Whether it’s his soulful voice, his seemingly humble manner, or his unrelenting songwriting talent, there is no doubt people love the Scottsman. His latest offering ‘Tough’ highlights his incredible, James Arthur-esque raw and vulnerable vocals, encapsulated by catchy folk-tinged instrumentation.
To finish off this week’s Friday Favourites, Lykke Li has finally release her highly anticipated new album so sad so sexy. The title track acts as the perfect overview of the album. The dystopian dance track makes you want to grab the tissues and dance-cry the night away. Melancholic in a good way, Lykke Li’s latest offerings would be the perfect breakup album.