Sound Off: 10 New Songs You Need to Hear Now

Sound Off: 10 New Songs You Need to Hear Now

by Shaad D'Souza

It's impossible to be across all the new music out each Friday. 2020 has proven that, even in the face of hundreds of crises, there's little that can stop artists the world over from releasing hits week-in, week-out. Luckily, PAPER is here to help you out: each week, we round up 10 of our favorite new songs from artists — emerging and established — to soundtrack your life. From the surreal to the sublime, these songs cover every corner of the music world. The only criteria: they all have to absolutely rip.

Lana Del Rey — "Let Me Love You Like A Woman"

This spare epic of a ballad — which sounds almost Springsteen-indebted in its melody — is a throwback to the evocative, broad strokes scene-setting of Born To Die and Paradise. No complaints here: There's still nobody in pop who writes a torch song like Lana.

HighSchool — "New York, Paris and London"

The new song by Melbourne sibling duo HighSchool adds shading to the bright post-punk of their debut single, meditating on aesthetics and social validation. Released just as the southern hemisphere starts to warm up, it's a perfect accompaniment for morose spring days.

Omar Apollo — "Bi Fren"

This taut, meditative heartbreak song from Omar Apollo's new record Apolonio is angry and horny and lonely all at once, finding Apollo seething about some boy who broke his heart.

Rostam — "Unfold You"

Rostam breaks his two-year new music drought with this loose, airy crush song that was absolutely worth the wait.

Sharon Van Etten — "Let Go"

Sharon Van Etten's "Let Go," written for the Pepe documentary Feels Good Man, is far more beautiful than any song written about a weird green frog has any right to be!!!!

Helena Deland — "Dog"

Montreal singer-songwriter Helena Deland rides a crunchy, hypnotic groove on "Dog," a highlight from her debut album Someone New. While the song starts bitter, it eventually becomes far more complex than that, revealing Deland as a deft handler of conflicting emotions.

Julia Jacklin — “to Perth, before the border closes”

This patient, aching ballad builds to a bright, beautiful peak, Jacklin's repeated refrain of "everything changes" becoming more heartbreaking with every repetition.

GAUCI — "November"

This lovelorn, late-breaking highlight of GAUCI's debut EP is more pensive than the bombastic "Heartbeat" or epic "Anxious". Instead, "November" highlights a more sensitive side of the band's songwriting, away from the flashing lights of a club.

Major Lazer — “QueLoQue (feat. Paloma Mami)”

Summer never really ends for Major Lazer, as evidenced by "QueLoQue," a Paloma Mami collaboration that feels like it was concocted just for sweltering, mid-August nights.

King Princess — “Only Time Makes It Human”

This glittering, 2000s-throwback heartbreak song is sassy and deviously brazen: "All of her love became an album," King Princess sings over the song's chaotic, funky beat, "And I'm still the one who's crying." It's like seeing a car-crash in slow motion; I can't avert my gaze.

Photo courtesy of Lana Del Rey


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