Songs of the Week 66: June 19 – June 25

agar agar#5. Agar Agar – Prettiest Virgin

Do you like weird, slightly quirky electropop music out of Belgium? Well then, Agar Agar might just be for you. Heck, even if that’s not your go-to genre from your go-to country, this might still be for you. It’s simply captivating.

opia#4. Opia – Shadow Dances

This is the type of song that I think, if you ask in me in three or four weeks, will be loved much more than I love it now. It needs to age a bit with me. What starts off as a seemingly perfect track for that posh piano bar you love to visit with that special someone, we get a quick 180 into some experimental sounding pop. They describe themseles as RnB. Might be a bit of a bold statement… I’ll give em half points for RnB. I’ll give them the R. Or maybe the B.

men i trust#3. Men I Trust – Lauren

Been a real downtempo week of music. Don’t worry, that’ll change next week though (based on the stuff I’ve been hearing the last few days that will spill over to next week’s list).. Right now though, we’re still keeping it chill with Men I Trust and their new track, Lauren. Dat bass though. Not sure I can recall a song where the bass was so prominent.

lanks#2. Lanks – Bitter Leaf

Lanks had placed himself on my radar with his last hit (Golden Age). He’s now firmly placed himself onto my “most anicipated new artists” list with his follow up. Bitter Leaf has one of those chorus’ that you find yourself singing for the rest of the day after hearing just once. You are welcome.

thankyoukid#1. Maggie Rogers – Alaksa (ThankYouKid & Kalii Remix) // //

Originally this was going to be the Maggie Rogers original. But, seeing as how viral and widespread that track has become, it almost feels like yesterday’s news. If you haven’t heard it yet, go click that Maggie Rogers soundcloud link up top to hear the gorgeous original that was featured in the Pharrel video which is all over the internet right now. So instead, we have a lovely rework from ThankYouKid & Kalii that really keep the original intact, but add a bit more bounce to the song. Both are wonderful, and both are carried by some spectacular vocals from Maggie.

Songs of the Week 65: June 12 – June 18

lemarquis#5. LeMarquis – Lose Control

Another track that almost feels like it wants to explode with sound … but instead keeps itself a bit buttoned down. Part of me kind of wishes it went a little louder and a little crazier, as I’m really digging the components that are here.

brandyn burnette#4. Brandyn Burnette – State I’m In

I know I like this song more than I realize, if that makes sense at all. I think it’ll just take a few more weeks to grow on me. This isn’t the first song from Mr. Burnette I’ve featured… hopefully it ain’t the last either. Love his blend of folksy sounds with pop rock.

geovarn#3. Geovarn – Your Way

If you ever wondered what the love child of The Weeknd and Craig David would sound like… well wonder no more. It’s Geovarn (I mean it’s not really Geovarn, but roll with me here). Starts of pretty slow, but boy does he ever nail that second verse. So smooth.

soleima#2. Soleima – Wasted

We go from a Weeknd/Craig David sound to the new Sia voice clone. Right from the get go you can tell that the song is all about positive vibes and easy-going times.

khai#1. Khai – Alive

Some songs are too simple and just feel like they lack depth. Alive is not one of those songs. It sounds like a fairly simple song, but it also sounds very full. Is that the result of good production? I don’t know. I’m musically ignorant in terms of how songs are created and put together. But I know what I like, and this song – despite being gentle and seemingly simple – is gorgeous.