Sasha Alex Sloan, Sydney, Lauv – Billboard


Looking for some motivation to get you through the start of another work week? We feel you, and with stellar new pop tracks, we’ve got you covered.

These 10 tracks from artists like Sasha Alex Sloan, Syd and Kehlani, Banks and Lauv will give you energy to tackle the week. Add any of these gems to your personal playlists – or scroll to the end of the post for a personalized playlist of all 10.

Sasha Alex Sloan, “I Blame the World”

“I’m a glass-half-empty girl,” Sasha Alex Sloan admits on the galloping title track from her upcoming second album, masking her defeatist energy in a thrilling piece of synthesizer pageantry. “I Blame The World” may be nihilistic pop, but Sloan’s trajectory as a songwriter is worth considering ahead of his next LP. – Jason Lipshütz

Lauv, “All 4 nothing (I’m so in love)”

After previewing his next era with the eager and introspective “26”, Lauv gave fans something more accessible but no less personal: “All 4 Nothing (I’m So In Love)” is a song of traditional love that draws its momentum from the majestic chirping of the singer, while he pushes his desire with a vocal breathlessness that expresses true passion. – J. Lipshutz

Empress of, “Save Me”

Since its debut in 2015 Me, Lorely Rodriguez has prioritized her musical adventure above all else in her Empress Of project – and coming off last year’s top notch team with MNDR on ‘Love In Reverse’, Rodriguez uses the new single ‘Save Me to dive deeper into his ambitions. Live strings, choppy vocal samples, piano and sexual urgency combine in one of Empress Of’s best tracks to date. – J. Lipshutz

Rose Grey, “Last Song”

“Last Song” wants to be just that on any dance floor, the last moment of euphoric movement before things stop and the escape hatch closes; London pop artist Rose Gray is here to guide you through those waning moments of happiness, armed with heart-pounding techno arrangements and some cooing harmonies. Even if you’re just putting it in a playlist, “Last Song” demands to be considered as a save-the-best-for-last option. – J. Lipshutz

ROLE MODEL, “who hurt you”

ROLE MODEL, also known as 24-year-old alt-pop artist Tucker Pillsbury, has released his debut album, x-ray, Friday, an album that he says is about the power of women. While any song can be taken as evidence, “Who Hurt You” – with its punchy, reverb-heavy beat – shows just how well ROLE MODEL can paint a picture through its lackluster and understated observations. . – Lyndsey Havens

Lucius, “Tears Upside Down”

Indie-pop band Lucius’ latest album is packed with lush production complemented by chilling harmonies from Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. “Tears In Reverse” builds on that foundation with an atmospheric sprinkling of synth and echoing vocals, all of which build into an epic – and cathartic – outing after 3 minutes. – L. Havens

Banks, “Anything 4 U”

Banks co-produced much of his new album serpentia, and this is arguably his best yet. Filled with some of his most engaging song structures and emotionally revealing songwriting, “Anything 4 U” stands out for the way its twisted production seems to contrast Banks’ vocals, resulting in a perfectly confusing pop jam. – L. Havens

Yung Lean feat. FKA twigs, “Bliss”

Although Yung Lean was explicitly linked to the rise of cloud rap on Tumblr and Soundcloud in the early 2010s, the Swedish rapper’s sound has evolved a lot since then. With the arrival of a new mixtape Stardust, Lean enlists FKA Twigs for “Bliss”, the project’s second single. Elements of Eastern European post punk and dark wave – evident in a snippet of Moscow synth pop band Alliance and their 1987 track, “Na zare” – inform the instrumentals, while Lean raps his vices and Twigs boldly throws caution to the wind for a few moments of ecstasy. –Starr Bowenbank

Allison Ponthier, “autopilot”

Texas-born, Brooklyn-based artist Allison Ponthier steps out of her acoustic singer-songwriter comfort zone on “Autopilot,” which uses her real-life fear of driving as a metaphor for the anxieties of life to come. It starts off vibey and strummy (and with a nice reference to John Carpenter’s sinister car horror movie Christina) before the chorus explodes with goofy synths and pounding guitars. –Joe Lynch

Syd and Kehlani, “Out Loud”

As you can tell from the title of Syd’s latest article, broken hearts club, the LA singer-songwriter isn’t exactly frolicking in the wet fields of love this spring…but so much the better for those of us who cherish introspective meditations on the many things that can (and make) go wrong in relationships. Along with indie-soul drummer ‘Out Loud,’ Kehlani joins Syd in taking on lovers who act behind closed doors and aloof in front of their friends: From now on.” – J. Lynch


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