New Music Friday: August 7

We’ve made it to the dog days of summer portion of 2020 now and the music keeps on heating up! This week on Philip’s Music Corner, I’m featuring Glass Animals’ latest song off their new album, Dreamland, Bon Iver’s cause awareness track, Troye Sivan’s new youth anthem, Icona Pop’s brand new single that will have you catching feels, plus a heartfelt tune from the lovely Katelyn Tarver. All that and more in this week’s New Music Friday for August 7, 2020…

“Tangerine” by Glass Animals

Alternative pop band, Glass Animals have finally dropped their third album Dreamland today! One of those new songs off the new LP is “Tangerine.” In my opinion, it starts off with this “Hotline Bling” style, lofty elevator music vibe and gradually transitions into this uptempo classic Maroon 5-esque song mixed with that amazing Glass Animals pizzazz on top with all the nifty random sounds.

The song is about somebody you admire in your past but now they are kind of an annoying person to you. What made them attractive or have that friend-like appeal back then is gone nowadays with maybe a few exception cases hence the comparison to the tangerine speckles in that other person’s eye.

So if you’re feeling conflicted with an old friend who’s now totally changed their personality towards you, then this song is for you! Overall, I like the arrangement of the song, the chorus is soooo catchy and I recommend you all to go check out the rest of the album now that it’s officially out wherever music is sold/streamed. It’s a real music experience to hear it all the way through, so no skipping!

“AUATC” by Bon Iver

Indie-folk band Bon Iver follows the recent collaboration effort with Billboard’s latest #1 artist, Taylor Swift (“exile”) with their new single called “AUATC” which is an acronym standing for “Ate Up All Their Cake.” This song addresses the negative effects of capitalism according to lead singer, Justin Vernon.

In a series of tweets on the band’s social accounts, they are calling out these capitalistic practices which is harming the state of the country and the world. The band wants us to realize that and understand our impacts in society can really change the way we live if we all came together as one (e.g fighting climate change, social justice reform, equal rights).

The band partnered up with five worthy causes for listeners to check out ranging from local communities to our nation as a whole to the all encompassing global-level:
-Minneapolis Sanctuary Movement (local)
Red Letter Grant (“”)
Equal Justice Initiative (national)
-NIVA (“”) (global)

Sonically, the song is a real good jam featuring background vocals from none other than Bruce Springsteen himself. This project is huge as the band credits numerous important collaborators/writers here:

You can expect this song will be a part of the band’s upcoming fifth studio album effort hence the season five, episode # label above the song title on the single artwork.

“Rager teenager!” by Troye Sivan

Australian singer-sognwriter, Troye Sivan has released his third new track called “Rager teenager!” as part of his upcoming fifth EP, In A Dream slated for release on August 21st. Sivan is seen chilling in a tub in his self-directed music video that’s trippy visually speaking and lyrically speaking is about having the urge to let loose and having a ton of antics sans consequences. This song relishes in being young again. It’s a fun new song from the 25-year-old who deems his EP as “a story that’s still unfolding.”

He further describes his next batch of music to be released soon as, “this small collection of songs [exploring] an emotional rollercoaster period in my life when the feelings and thoughts were most shockingly fresh. Revisiting these songs and moments is tough, but I’m proud of this music and excited to have it out in the world.”

What are your thoughts on the new song? Excited for the new EP? Comment below.

“Feels In My Body” by Icona Pop

Icona Pop’s latest track, “Feels In My Body” will have you getting off your couch and start dancing in your living room! This is my dance pick of the week courtesy from the Swedish duo hitmakers with previous hits like “I Love It (ft. Charli XCX)” and “All Night” just to name a few.

Lyrically, it’s all about someone who just wants to dance on the dance floor with somebody. This is a good song for those who want to start a relationship with someone they similarly vibe with, somebody who’s on their same wavelength of personality or someone that can be your dance partner in life.

I predict this song will be played at parties and dance clubs in a post-pandemic world next year (I hope). But for now, this will be a perfect serotonin boost for your quarantine life.

“So Would I” by Katelyn Tarver

Rising singer-songwriter/actress Katelyn Tarver (Songland, Big Time Rush, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager) penned a new song dedicating it to her big brother Drew. It’s a sweet song that really shows the love and bond the two siblings share with one another. They will have each other’s backs no matter what, through thick and thin.

The music video contains some of their memorable childhood moments. It will put a smile on your face. This whole song will make you start thinking about your own relationship with your sibling(s) or your parent(s). Hopefully it’s as loving and strong as Tarver’s. 😊

Thank you all for reading another exciting edition of New Music Friday here at Philip’s Music Corner. Come back next week to see the next 5 artists you need to listen to. For now and as always, stay safe, and happy listening!

Lastly, please consider this link which lists ways you can help out the victims of the recent Beirut explosion tragedy.


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