Best of #NewMusicFriday: The Aces, Muse, Selena Gomez + More
It’s Friday once more, PopCrush readers, which means we’re (web) surfing a big ol’ wave of brand new tunes! If you feel like you’re drowning in a sea of songs, desperate to know which tracks and videos deserve your attention, consider this your life preserver: Below, discover the best six songs #NewMusicFriday has to offer.
"Death Wish," Terror Jr
Pop's most mysterious group returns with another twisted bop on "Death Wish," a sinister slice of sugary macabre. Over a bouncy synthline, Terror Jr's saccharine singer drops references from Jim Jones to Romeo and Juliet. "Are you ready to die?" she asks, enthusiastically. If death sounds anything like this, we're ready for the after(life)party.
"Bad Liar," Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez ditches the hazy trop-pop for something groovier on "Bad Liar." Slick and woozy, the Talking Heads-sampling bop showcases the pop princess's effervescent, floaty vocals as they glide along sparkling melodies. Over a lethargic new wave beat, Selena's singsong creates an unexpectedly dizzy atmosphere, while a brief a capella vocal towards the end of the track makes for an unexpected pop moment.
"Unico," Wednesday Campanella
J-pop's quirkiest electro princess makes our heart swell with childhood nostalgia in the joyful video for "Unico (ユニコ)"—a sweet song that references the Osamu Tezuka anime and manga of the same name. Featuring a flurry of bright hand claps, twinkling synths, twangy guitar strums and midtempo beats, KOM_I sings (in Japanese, naturally) about a wistful unicorn fated to wander the world in loneliness. Narrative aside, the track is pure lush, shimmering electronica.
"Dig Down," Muse
The iconic English band delivers fiercely funky dystopian rock on "Dig Down," a one-off single meant to keep listeners satiated until the group releases their new album next year. Fortunately, the track—and its post-apocalyptic, action movie-themed music video—is an enthralling slow-burner. Muse's wobbling electro-rock anthem evokes the spirit of Prince with a searing, neon-hued electric guitar riff, and its fists-in-the-air lyrics would make Katniss Everdeen proud. Vive la révolution!
"Baby Who," The Aces
Utah soft-rockers The Aces deliver uplifting, sun-kissed pop-rock on "Baby Who," a melodic ditty about overcoming obstacles of all natures, from boy problems to small town woes. The four girls—whose debut EP, I Don't Like Being Honest, is out this summer—provide dreamy cords and sparkling harmonies, making for a light, airy listen reminiscent of carefree teenage summers past.
"House Party," Brenda Mada
Madagascar-born, Belgium-bred pop newcomer Brenda Mada breaks onto the scene with an infectious midtempo jam on "House Party," the sultry, summery video for which drops today. Brimming with pool party-primed island flavor and jazzy production (that bass though! the squeaky sax riff!), Brenda's "House Party" is all slinky R&B-pop perfection, and you're invited.
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