Year-end lists are everywhere, but we’re not done introducing you to new music in 2018. Here are a few songs.
Brigetta – “Sick”: I first featured this artist (kinda) a while back—she originally performed under the sibling electropop collective Truitt, who I heard about via Phangs. “Sick” is her second single under her own moniker. Though the song’s lyrics communicate angst, the overall vibe of the song seems to go along with the feeling you gets when you turn the corner in an illness. You’re not better yet, but the fever has broken. I wonder if Brigetta wrote this song to be used as that point in prospective listeners’ recovery from a breakup. Acknowledge the hurt, but allow yourself to start to move on.
ufo ufo – “Fools”: Their Spotify profile simply says “indie music from los angeles, california.” Well, I’d say this is a pop band, but there’s a definitely indie The 1975 vibe. The synth driven 1975, not the guitar driven one. “Fools” sounds like a million songs I’ve heard and yet none of them. I have a feeling this is going to be one of those tracks that just gets under my skin, and that a few listens from now I’ll be a superfan. It’s catchy, but it also grows on you by the end of the song.
The Turbos – “Skyline”: Only a few seconds in, and I can tell this is going to be the most danceable Turbos song yet. This band is performing on New Year’s Eve, and this song will absolutely be a hit that night. Yep, I need this band to break out of their Columbus bubble and get on some major tours. We’re starting to see it happen: The Cordial Sins landed a support slot with Elvis Depressedly. These guys hustle; they’ll make it happen. This song could be a tipping point. Consider it a feel-good ending to their year-long grind of releasing singles.
Bonelang – “Red Dye #2 (feat. Jeremiah Jae)”: Here we find Bonelang being a tease for what is to come in 2019. This poignant discourse has a lot to take in its two-minute duration, but perhaps no line stands out more than “I only like the color red when it’s blood.” Musically, it’s pretty much par for the course Bonelang—yet still fairly unique in the hip hop/electronic landscape. Vocalist Samy made a comment to me about their music being unique at their last appearance in Columbus, following up with a statement that people will “catch on” eventually. Everyone I’ve talked to that has heard Bonelang has fallen in love immediately. I know there will be a tipping point. Will that tipping point be this single? I don’t think so, but it’s a nice teaser for the future. Enjoy the quiet of being a part of their fanbase now… an avalanche is coming.
Yacht Punk – “New Wave Denier”: I slept in way too much today, and I’m wishing I were somewhere a bit sunnier at the moment. Fortunately, I came across this song, which sounds like Dustin Kensrue of Thrice joined a new wave band. Reminiscent of the title, yes. Part of the point of the song, according to Graham Bockmiller, is to capture the feeling of being disillusioned by the current state of popular music. This song manages to dabble in the current mainstream alt-pop sound without being defined by it. It’s an airy song with attitude.