San Soucis — “Games”
The singer Sans Soucis is shockingly underrated. But she may be on the cusp of finding a much bigger audience with the release of her new EP “On Time For Her” which, according to her website, is “her most vulnerable work yet.” A clear standout single from the album is “Games,” which pays homage to the musician’s Congolese heritage. By utilizing the sounds of Congolese Rumba, the song takes on a spirited and joyful aura while simultaneously disguising harsh lyrics criticizing the Western world’s legacy of colonialism.
Mitski — “Working for the Knife”
On her latest single, “Working for the Knife,” Mitski offers an introspective confessional capsulated by dark musical tones and beautiful, vulnerable vocals. “It’s about going from being a kid with a dream, to a grown up with a job, and feeling that somewhere along the way you got left behind,” Mitski says of the song. “It’s being confronted with a world that doesn’t seem to recognize your humanity, and seeing no way out of it.”
Aoife O’Donovan — “Phoenix”
Grammy award-winning songwriter Aoife O’Donovan is well-known for her collaborative work with groups like I’m With Her, Crooked Still, and The Goat Rodeo Sessions. But she’s quietly carved out an impressive solo career in the past decade worth an equal amount of attention. With her latest single “Phoenix,” O’Donovan’s vocal talent is nothing short of captivating. It’s accompanied by rhythmic guitar that gives the song forward momentum and a foundation on which to build an array of soothing instrumentation.