New Music Friday: July 3

We’ve got the latest tunes from Grammy-nominated singer Ellie Goulding feat. Lauv plus alternative artists LANY, Glass Animals, lovelytheband & HONNE in this week’s edition of New Music Friday for July 3, 2020.

“Slow Grenade” by Ellie Goulding & Lauv

English singer-songwriter, Ellie Goulding with previous hits like “Love Me Like You Do” and “Burn” has teamed up with rising pop star Lauv for the first time in this song titled, “Slow Grenade.”

It’s a song about a relationship that’s really complicated. One minute this couple is at odds with another, the next, they can’t bear with the fact of being alone and losing one another.

Overall, I really like how the two artists’ voices respectively mesh together in this song. Expect this song to be added to radio stations across the country.

Download/stream the new collab effort, right here. The song will be part of the B-sides on Goulding’s upcoming fourth album, Brightest Blue which drops July 17th! You can get special Ellie Goulding bundle packs right here in her online shop.

“If This Is The Last Time” by LANY

OK…this song will really hit you in the feels. LANY, the L.A. indie pop band has released a new song that’s all about cherishing life and the precious moments you have on Earth with your family. If you haven’t talked, or visited your parents in a long time, chances are they miss you and you should definitely seize the opportunity to speak to them while time is your side and while you have them in your life. Life is short, and with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on the country as we speak, the band wanted to finish and produce this heartfelt tune so that listeners can have something to lean on.

Lead vocalist Paul Jason Klein posted on his IG story recently discussing further about the track:

Klein revealed the track was first conceived on a flight to Beijing, China last summer and that it’s all about wondering what if the next time you saw someone you love, it was the last time you saw that someone.

Overall, this track is a must hear! It’s a feel good, sentimental track that will have you swaying those hands, and moving your phone’s flashlight from side to side. Please savor life’s moments while you can because life can really accelerate before you know it! Download LANY’s new single today!

“Heat Waves” by Glass Animals

English indie pop-electronic band, Glass Animals dropped their latest single called “Heat Waves.” This follows the whimsical single, “Dreamland” the leading track of their upcoming album of the same name.

This song according to lead singer Dave Bayley is all about being okay with being vulnerable. He posted in a recent tweet that “it’s all about realizing that you can’t make everyone happy” as well as “realizing it’s ok to be defeated by something.”

While it’s easy to hide yourself when called out by others in other forms like in video games or TV shows, the band wants you to realize that “being vulnerable should be a positive thing” not negative!

The music video has Bayley walking around the neighborhood with old fashioned TVs in order to get to this auditorium where he performs the song while his band mates are playing on the screens from their respective residences. Quarantine life really has made the production process super creative for artists nowadays and this applies to them too! Props all around on the concept of this vid! It’s rare to see empty streets and a band making a music video outside your window! 😉

The new release date for their upcoming album, Dreamland will be August 7th! In the meantime, download “Heat Waves,” right here.

“idwgtyp” by lovelytheband

lovelytheband announced that their next album (their second) titled conversations with myself about you will be releasing August 28th. This latest single is about a broken relationship. The frustrations in having person A in the relationship make considerable efforts to get person B to change their ways without success in an effort to continue their life together is high.

Sonically the track itself is an uptempo, catchy, shout out from your lungs type of song especially the chorus section. Lyrically speaking, it makes you empathize with this person who’s stuck in a loveless relationship.

Download/stream “idwgtyp” right here. Visit their official site here for the latest updates and to sign up for their mailing list.

“la la la that’s how it goes” by HONNE

Electronic duo HONNE has released a cute animated video for this single titled, “la la la that’s how it goes.” The song itself is all about sticking up with one’s other half. Through thick and thin, the two subjects are united. This is a nice contrast with the Ellie Goulding song seen earlier above and is why I wanted to end on a positive note this week with this song.

I don’t know about you but personally, I get Adventure Time vibes with the animation in this lyric video. So if you need a serotonin boost this week, then look no further and download this track off their new mixtape, no song without you, right here.

If you like to check out animator, Holly Warburton’s work, click here. And lastly stay connected to the official HONNE website here.

That’s all for this week’s edition of New Music Friday! Hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend! Comment below which songs are your faves this week. As always, please continue to support the BLM movement by checking out this comprehensive list of resources of ways to help:


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