Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the stay-at-home orders being asked of by nearly every state, many artists have had to delay albums and new music, but that doesn’t mean all artists have disappeared because there are plenty of lesser-known artists who are using this period to their advantage and getting their names out there.
Here are some of the best new tracks that I’ve listened to over the last couple of weeks. Make sure to give these artists a listen as most of them will be dropping or have recently dropped an album.
“Cayendo (Side A – Acoustic)” – Frank Ocean
Now, we all know who Frank Ocean is, and this track is definitely welcomed for those trying to get in their feels over the next couple of weeks. Although, I wasn’t a big fan of “Dear April” due to its lifelessness, I adore this track. Gut-wrenching vocals and instrumental along with Frank going bilingual on this track as well. Definitely give this one a listen.
It’s good to see Quelle Chris back releasing new music, and it’s no surprise that all three of these tracks are great to listen to. These two will be dropping a joint album called Innocent Country 2 later this month. It is the sequel to Chris’s 2015 project of the same name. There is definitely a jazz influence on these tracks, so I am pretty sure we will get a mostly jazz-rap album, and I am 100 percent here for it. I am highly-anticipating this record.
“itkanbe [sonice]“- Knxwledge, Anderson .Paak
A nice little track with Anderson .Paak over it for a majority of the track backed by an R&B instrumental. It’s Anderson .Paak. He can do no wrong.
“Heaven’s Nail and Hammer” – M. Ward
This is an intimate piece of blues-inspired Americana. Ward’s vocals are very relaxing to listen to, and the instrumental is very submersive and sticky that you will just want to drown in it. This song is on the album Migration Stories, which is available now.
“Infinite Scroll” – Jess Williamson
On the brink of her third album, I’m definitely glad to have finally started listening to Williamson. This track has a great synth backing to it. The chord progression is outstanding, and Williamson’s vocals are a thing of brilliance.
“Capital Crimes” – Andrew Bird
Up-beat piece of indie rock that goes after the government on this one. For all you rebels out there, this is the track for you.
“Held Down“- Laura Marling
A lovely piece of harmony-laden folk rock. Marling is dropping her newest album Song For Our Daughter on Friday.