In this week’s edition of New Music Friday, we got the latest from 3x Brit Awards winning pop rock band, The 1975, Grammy-nominated rock band, The Killers, multi award-winning Canadian-French singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne, legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, The Rolling Stones and reigning ACM Entertainer Of The Year, Keith Urban.
“If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)” by The 1975
The 1975’s latest single off their forthcoming fourth studio album, Notes On A Conditional Form has that 1980’s vibe to it. The music video starts off slow but gradually picks up and turns into an uptempo song filled with cool guitar playing and an epic sax solo.
A simple black-and-white music video, the band jams along to lead singer, Matty Healy, as he’s professing his love of this girl he’s attracted to online. This is a song catered to those listeners who can relate to having a crush on someone for sure as well as casual pop rock listeners and of course their fandom overall. It’s definitely a catchy upbeat song that will bring you joy during this continuing pandemic.
Fun Fact: FKA twigs joins the track as a backup vocalist at the top of the song.
Download/stream their new song here. Expect their big new album (22 new tracks!) to drop May 22nd with 80 minutes of new songs!
“Fire In Bone” by The Killers
The second pick of the week is this very funky, groovy track from the journeyman rock group, The Killers. Lead singer Brandon Flowers discusses the ways someone can hit rock bottom in this song a.k.a. their “fire in bone” due to various reasons like being lonely, being shunned away by someone he/she/they once loved, or being accused for something they didn’t do by somebody else. But on the flip side you should be thankful that there’s someone out there in your social circle who can bring you back up, or to clean up the mess you found yourself in, or to put back the “old you” to make a new “old you” moving forward.
Interesting Observation: This marks the 3rd song they’ve made with the word ‘bone’ in the title of the song following “Bones” (2006) and “Flesh And Bone” (2012).
Download/stream the latest single right now! Imploding the Mirage, the band’s upcoming sixth album was scheduled to be released May 29th, but due to final adjustments being made, the band has decided to delay the release. Stay tuned for updates on a new release date by checking out their official website.
“We Are Warriors” by Avril Lavigne
8x Grammy-nominated artist, Avril Lavigne highlights all the essential workers out there risking their lives for us during this COVID-19 crisis. This is a re-recorded, new version of her “Warrior” song previously seen on her most recent album from last year, Head Above Water.
According to her description in the above video…
With this release, The Avril Lavigne Foundation has partnered with Project HOPE. All net proceeds from sales and streams of “We Are Warriors” will help Project HOPE’s ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts around the world – including providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers. Support their mission at www.CharityStars.com/Warrior.
Overall, this song is an inspirational, motivational powerful anthem dedicated to those brave souls working around the clock helping saving lives and serving our communities all around the world! It will give you hope and determination that if we work together, we will get through this crisis or any other life problem too!
Listen to Avril’s new song, download and stream it and do your part of being a warrior, here.
“Living In A Ghost Town” by The Rolling Stones
For this week’s fourth pick, we got the latest single from legendary rock and roll group, The Rolling Stones. This is their pandemic anthem as the music video takes us on a fish eye view of cities like London and Los Angeles looking like you guessed it, a ghost town!
It’s eerily cool to see these major city hubs be so deserted like that and this song’s vibe is timeless. Classic rock and current rock fans will love it! Plus we get to see and hear some epic harmonica playing from Mick Jagger!! What’s not to love!
Hear the new track from The Rolling Stones, right here. Please note that their No Filter 2020 USA/CANADA Tour has been postponed due to the coronavirus, so keep checking their official website for updates on when they will be rescheduled. In the meantime, if you’re interested in a “LIAGT” T-shirt or a hard copy of the song on vinyl (2 special edition colors) or CD, you can purchase those right here.
“Polaroid” by Keith Urban
Fresh off his most recent nifty performance cover of “Higher Love” by Whitney Houston and Kygo for Global Citizen’s “One World: Together At Home” telecast is this equally cool new song called “Polaroid.”
This final pick of the week by country pop artist, Keith Urban is a must listen because it will inspire you to think of the simpler times we had pre-coronavirus. It may even encourage you to take up photography, scrapbooking or to revisit and reminisce those old Polaroids you took years ago!
The accompanying music video has Urban playing and singing in a pool party scene frozen in time. Imagine someone in the present revisiting a photographic memory of the past. So many good times, fun and silly times or even hilariously awkward times as evident by the video!
Check out this EW article where Urban explains and breaks down the production of the music video as directed by Dano Cerny.
Stream and get the new song, right here.
Thanks for reading another edition of New Music Friday. Join me next week as we list the next five tracks you need to listen and put on your playlists! Stay safe and happy listening!