We’ve made it to the final month of 2020! Chill out with the following new tunes out this week! Pop boy band Why Don’t We, Grammy-winning artist/producer FINNEAS, EDM hitmakers Cheat Codes ft. Marc E. Bassy, pop duo Aly & AJ & Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna are my recommended picks for you to check out. Read all about them and more in this week’s edition of New Music Friday here at Philip’s Music Corner for December 4, 2020.
“Lotus Inn” by Why Don’t We
Successful quintet boy band, Why Don’t We have released their next single off their forthcoming second studio album, The Good Times and The Bad Ones due in January 2021. It’s called “Lotus Inn,” and I strongly believe this will definitely be their next hit song which follows “Fallin’ (Adrenaline)” released earlier this fall.
From my interpretation, the song talks about catching eyes with somebody attractive and this budding relationship takes off like fireworks exploding in the sky as your newfound love takes your hand so you two can spend the night together at the “lotus inn.” I’ll leave the rest for you own take(s). The seemingly instant love connection that takes place is something to behold. You feel like you’re on cloud nine and want to re-live the heart thumping moment again and again!
Fans of WDW got an early invitational postcard late last month to visit the cozy looking lotus inn (clever marketing, Warner Music Group!). The actual website looks like a legit place to make a reservation too. Click here to see for yourself! It even has the date December 4th (TODAY) on the calendar. It will lead to their merch site if you do click on it, letting fans know that “all of the rooms are booked.” Also, do check out the Lotus Inn IG page for some cool interior shots and much more!
Overall, I believe teens and young adults will adore this upbeat love song from the guys! It will have you dancing along and swaying your hands to the beat of the song. Many will even have tears of joy as well for a multitude reasons like the sheer pride you have in the WDW fandom and the craftmanship the band has taken on in this era.
I can already tell this track will be a fan favorite when the band resumes touring duties in 2021 and it will sound amazing in an arena like setting.
“Another Year” by FINNEAS
FINNEAS offers his holiday song to the world and it doesn’t disappoint! This piano ballad/love song was beautifully written and produced. He talks about not needing Baby Jesus to save him, or a New Year’s resolution to change him. He doesn’t even need presents! The most important thing is spending time with your loved ones or your one true love this holiday season and beyond!
This is a song you need to have on your playlist if you just need something playing while reading a book in the living room with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa. This song has the power that matches a much needed big hug or like a well-deserved massage. It will provide a lot of comforting feelings as we close out what’s been an unprecedented 2020.
What’s funny is that the 23-year-old singer-songwriter/producer penned this track last year around this same time. He didn’t knew the lyrics would be so poetic for a crazy time like this. He posted on his Instagram, “I wrote this song this time last year but if I had known what would happen in the following 12 months, I wouldn’t have changed a line. Hope it gives you a little comfort.”
Good thing he didn’t change anything because the verses of this song are absolutely perfect!
So if you’re looking for a new holiday song to add to your collection that’s soothing to the ears, look no further to FINNEAS’ “Another Year.”
“Do It All Over” by Cheat Codes feat. Marc E. Bassy
EDM trio Cheat Codes have teamed up with San Fran native singer-songwriter Marc E. Bassy for an infectious new anthem about wanting to start over again. That’s what most would say when it comes to this year! Am I right?
The conflicting emotions and cycles of love and heartbreak can take a toll on you so this track will be relevant to those listeners out there who want that re-do in life when it comes to your love life. It can also apply to other aspects of life too, like say a job that you lost. You want and plead for that second chance. Perhaps it will end in the same result, but that doesn’t stop you from trying!
Sonically speaking, I love the arrangement of the beats with Bassy’s solid vocal performance. I especially love the added synths. It’s very addictive and definitely deserves to be played over and over again. This is an A+ collaboration!
This song will be a part of Cheat Codes’ upcoming debut studio album, Hellraisers due to be released next year. Expect more amazing collaborations and teaser songs to be dropped before then.
“Slow Dancing” by Aly & AJ
Vibe out with Aly & AJ’s latest single, “Slow Dancing.” This is such a mellow track that will leave you feeling refreshed after listening to it. The sister duo crafted a lovely soft pop song. Clear skin is just a click away!
Lyrically, it talks about missing someone you know and love because they’re living far away from you due to various reasons (e.g a long distance relationship, COVID-19 distancing from a family member/relative/friend, or your lover is on a long business trip).
The ladies indirectly mention quarantine life of 2020 and the political divisions in the U.S. we’re currently experiencing in the lines, “Hell’s bending, keeping me captive,” and “I’ve got my reasons to complain/And they’re tangled in red, white, and blue/The battlе outside is blazing/And all I’m thinking about is you” respectively.
In my opinion, this song is like Fleetwood Mac mixed in with the current sound of Vanessa Carlton alongside with some HAIM essence too. What do you guys think?
I feel like this song can literally be used in teen dramas with a literal “slow dancing” scene or a school prom scene for a high-school based series.
If you need to feel the feels or de-stress your troubles away, then this is your pick of the week! This song is slated to be a part of their fourth studio album. A release date has yet to be announced. I’m stoked to hear more from them in the near future!
“Dance Like Nobody’s Watching” by Yuna
Capping off this week’s picks is Yuna’s groovy new song called, “Dance Like Nobody’s Watching.” Forget sadness and heartbreak because music is the remedy for all of that. Literally, Yuna wants you to immerse yourself with your favorite song(s) including this one. Life is short too be upset about lost love.
Dance the night away as the 34-year-old singer-songwriter belts out gracefully these notable lines from the lyrics, “Dance like nobody’s watching (Oh, oh, oh)/’Cause you won’t be the one to save me (Yeah, yeah)” and in the post-chorus, “Gonna take my shoes off and be free (Ooh)/No one to tell me how to feel (Ooh)/I got a solution baby (Ooh). Dance like nobody’s watching.”
This song exudes confidence in moving on and being a strong independent person overall. This is a great track for future club playlists but for now it will have to settle for those “party for one in my own house/apartment” kind of playlists.
Sonically speaking, Yuna’s vocals are delicate like a dove’s feather. Very calming to the ears, breathy, and matches well with the tempo of the song. It’s not too slow nor too fast. Just right!
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