New Music Friday: July 16, 2021

Happy Friday readers!! This week’s mood edition of New Music Friday brings new offerings from pop singer Conan Gray, Grammy winner Alessia Cara, Australian singer-songwriter Tones And I, country music duo Dan + Shay & DJ/record producer ILLENIUM and Grammy-winning musician Tori Kelly! Scroll down to read all about them!


“People Watching” by Conan Gray

Lyrics: https://genius.com/Conan-gray-people-watching-lyrics

πŸ₯ΊπŸ‘‰πŸ‘ˆ for those who feel that disconnect in life in terms of finding their one true love. If you’re single and lonely, this song is for you! You idolize other couples and the genuine love/bond they share with one another and you wish you got to experience that too!

πŸ§‘β€πŸ€β€πŸ§‘ You contemplate your own life as you go on a people watching session in a park while sitting on a bench for example. Or perhaps you just watch people holding hands outside your window walking pass the building you’re currently sitting or working in.

πŸ’­ Hopefully singles who actually want a loving relationship will get to fall in love one day. One can only hope in the meantime!

πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½ Excellent songwriting and delivery once again, Conan! It’s expected this song will be a part of his upcoming sophomore album.

πŸ₯ paying my respects to the burnt croissant!


“Sweet Dream” by Alessia Cara

Lyrics: https://genius.com/Alessia-cara-sweet-dream-lyrics

βŒπŸ’€πŸ‘ If you’re experiencing insomnia lately, then this song is for you! Alessia points out her inability to sleep in this fun new song! There’s so much running in her mind late at night and into the wee hours of the morning!

πŸ˜… to the spaghetti Jell-O. I believe that’s a metaphor for the craziness one experiences for staying up late and you eat something totally random from the fridge or you concoct something from scratch that’s questionable. Hello random food combos!!

πŸ™ƒ to represent your decisions late at night like attempting to vacuum a big mess as depicted by all the wires in the room at 1:19 and then suddenly quitting and just dancing or frolicking in your own mess.

πŸ€ͺ I love her sense of humor in this music video. Be sure to check out her other new song out now too! That one deals with heartbreak πŸ’”! See “Shapeshifter” here.


“Just A Mess” by Tones And I

Lyrics: https://genius.com/Tones-and-i-just-a-mess-lyrics#lyrics

πŸ’ž This is a soaring track that’s designed for couples/soulmates out there whom can say they are nothing without each other.

πŸ˜” The mere thought of what if one day you were to split up with your lover sends you in shambles.

πŸ™Œ I love how the 1st pre-chorus transitions into the 1st chorus section. The arrangement of the whole song is simply superb!

πŸ‘‰ If you like to read my previous Tones And I spotlights, click here for “Cloudy Day,” here for “Won’t Sleep.” and here for “Fly Away.”


“Good Things” by Dan + Shay

Lyrics: https://genius.com/Dan-shay-good-things-lyrics

😊 A feel good track by country duo Dan + Shay! I love how they rode bikes out in the desert at night. Nice aesthetic.

πŸ‘πŸ‘ You hope your ex still has good memories of you despite breaking up. Hopefully they’re not going to chew and spit your name out whenever they hear your name get brought up in conversation.

πŸ“Ή I love a good drone shot as seen at the end of the music video at 2:38-2:48.

πŸ“» I have a good feeling “Good Things” will be their next radio hit! I’d expect them to perform this song in their next awards show appearance. In the meantime, check out their Today Show performance!


“Blame Myself” by ILLENIUM & Tori Kelly

Lyrics: https://genius.com/Illenium-and-tori-kelly-blame-myself-lyrics

πŸ‘ΌπŸΌ Tori Kelly’s voice is so angelic! Love she got to collaborate with EDM hitmaker ILLENIUM. This is a perfect combination!

πŸ˜” This song talks about heartbreak in the sense that you don’t want to uphold all the blame. You want to know why your ex treated you the way that they did. The post breakup period is quite heavily weighing down on your mind, body & soul.

πŸ€₯ You wish your ex would just lie to your face that they found someone new so you can stop thinking about him/her/them and move on from said heartbreak.

πŸ‘‰ If you like to read my previous ILLENIUM spotlights, click here for “Hearts On Fire,” and here for “Nightlight.”


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