New Music Friday: January 3

2020 is here and so are new tracks ready for you to listen. This week’s picks include singer-songwriters Lauv and Ava Max, both of whom had multi-Platinum success in years past. What artists are you hoping to hear new music from this year? Let me know in the comments below.

“Changes” by Lauv

“Changes” is a very heartfelt song by Lauv admitting to not liking the status quo and wanting to make changes in his personal life for the better. This is a very appropriately timed release too now that we’ve flipped over to a new year and decade on the calendar and people are motivated to make and achieve their resolutions/goals.

If you’re not happy with your old self and old habits, why not break from the mold and be more proactive with your life because nothing ventured, nothing gained! This single will be a part of his upcoming debut album, ~how i’m feeling~ releasing March 6th.

Check out his recent Instagram post which explained more why he made this song for the world to hear:

“On Somebody” by Ava Max

The “Sweet But Psycho” hit maker is here with her new break up song! If you’re going through a recent and tough heartbreak, this song is perfect for you. In it, Ava delves into the emotions of getting over that someone who broke up with you and your ex already found new love. As frustrating as that may seem, this song should at least make you feel vulnerable to accept that yes, “heartbreak is a mf’er.”

“Happy” by Oh Wonder

Oh Wonder, the indie pop duo consisting of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West, take heartbreak to a different direction as contrasted with Ava Max’s “On Somebody.” This song is for those who broke up with someone and that someone found new love and you’re actually happy for him/her finding a new love. It’s about accepting this new phase in their life as well as yours. Overall, this track’s arrangement is really nice and fun to listen to. Their upcoming album, No One Else Can Wear Your Crown drops February 7th.

“Wrong Direction” by Hailee Steinfeld

Continuing the heartbreak trend this week is this latest from singer-songwriter/actress Hailee Steinfeld. With this single, she’s admitting to feeling used and crushed by her ex which online sources and fans have predicted that this song is about her recent breakup with One Direction member, Niall Horan. She also places some blame onto herself for believing her ex wouldn’t cheat on her when in fact he did as she solemnly revealed in her lyrics:

Couldn’t even see you through the smoke
Lookin’ back, I probably should have known
But I just wanted to believe that you were out sleepin’ alone

“I Can Hardly Speak” by Bombay Bicycle Club

Capping my list of picks this week is the return of indie rock group Bombay Bicycle Club. This is their first single after a long three year hiatus. This track is very refreshing to hear and the band confirmed it’s “about struggling to express yourself with words and being an introvert.”

Their lyric video for this single is very imaginative and creative. Give it a view/listen!

I will definitely check out more of their discography after hearing this song. Perhaps you will too?

Their upcoming album, Everything Else Has Gone Wrong releases January 17th.

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