15 Songs you need to hear right now

1) Dear Nora – Sunset On Humanity

Dear Nora, a beloved band, is making a comeback with new music and a tour after ten years of silence. Their new album, "Skulls Example," will be released on May 25. The guitarist, Katy Davidson, says the album talks about how our strange, high-tech world today contrasts with the ancient, unchanging parts of life. It looks at human beings and our abilities. We can do amazing things that make us seem almost like gods, but at the same time, we are searching for happiness and trying to survive. Many of us struggle with addictions and simply long for love and family. This new album dives deep into these themes, exploring the complexity of modern life and human desires.

2) serpentwithfeet – bless ur heart

Serpentwithfeet, an emerging artist who has already caught the attention of big names like Björk and Grizzly Bear, has been hard at work in the studio. He's been collaborating with famous producers such as Clams Casino, known for his work with A$AP Rocky and Vince Staples, and Paul Epworth, who has worked with stars like Adele and Rihanna. Building on the powerful vocals and ambitious soundscapes of his 2016 debut EP, "blisters," serpentwithfeet is now introducing his new song, "bless ur heart." This song is an impressive teaser for his upcoming debut album, "soil," which is set to be released on June 8. "Bless ur heart" showcases serpentwithfeet's unique style and emotional depth, promising an album full of rich, soulful music. Fans are eagerly anticipating the release, excited to hear more of his innovative sound and heartfelt lyrics. This new song marks an important step in his musical journey, highlighting his growth as an artist and his ability to create deeply moving music.

3) Courtney Barnett – Need A Little Time

Last month, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist Courtney Barnett released an addictive single called "Nameless, Faceless." Now, she is giving fans another taste of her upcoming album, "Tell Me How You Really Feel," with a captivating new song called "Need a Little Time." The new album is set to come out on May 18, 2018.

4) Scarlxrd – We waste time FADED

If you need to blow off some steam, Scarlxrd's new song "We waste time FADED" might be just what you're looking for. This track features Scarlxrd's intense vocal delivery and hard-hitting, distorted trap metal sound, which might appeal to fans of industrial Hip Hop pioneers Death Grips or the rising rap punk group ho99o9. Despite gaining more mainstream appeal, Scarlxrd stays true to his aggressive style. The music video for "We waste time FADED" is a brutal mix of influences, drawing from nu metal, Japanese anime, and Hip Hop. The visuals and sound come together to create a fierce, energetic experience that's perfect for letting off some steam. Whether you're a long-time fan or new to Scarlxrd's music, this song is a powerful addition to his discography.

5) Preoccupations – Disarray

Preoccupations' new album "New Material" has just been released, following the debut of their music video for "Disarray" earlier this week. The song "Disarray" features a melancholic melody that is truly transporting, capturing the band's distinctive sound. The new album continues to showcase Preoccupations' talent, with an especially noteworthy final track titled "Compliance." This epic ending song is a must-hear, adding a powerful conclusion to the album. Fans of the band and new listeners alike will find "New Material" to be an engaging and memorable addition to their music collection.

6) Video Age – Hold On (I Was Wrong)

New Orleans duo Video Age clearly loves retro sounds, blending them with futuristic pop experiments. Their new song "Hold On (I Was Wrong)" features main beats reminiscent of the 80s Italo disco band Fun Fun's hit "Happy Station." However, the similarities end there. Video Age elevates their music with sophisticated arrangements and thoughtful lyrics, taking their 'retro futuristic' funk pop to the next level. Their unique style pays homage to the past while pushing boundaries, making "Hold On (I Was Wrong)" a standout track that showcases their innovative approach to music. Fans of both classic and modern sounds will find a lot to love in Video Age's latest release.

7) Purity Ring - Asido

It's been five years since Purity Ring released their debut album "Shrines." To celebrate this anniversary, the band has shared a new song as a special gift to fans while they work on their next album. The new track, "Asido," features the sparkling synths and throbbing bass that define the electro-pop group's signature sound. "Asido" captures the ethereal beauty that fans have come to love from Purity Ring, providing a perfect holdover until their next full-length project is released. This standalone song is a wonderful reminder of why Purity Ring's music is so enchanting, keeping listeners engaged and excited for what's to come.

8) Alvvays - Dream Tonite

The Canadian quartet excels at creating deeply romantic music, and this is especially clear on their second single from the upcoming sophomore album "Antisocialites." The song, "Dream Tonite," perfectly lives up to its title, offering a dreamy slice of melancholy. The poignant line, "If I saw you on the street / would I have you in my dreams tonight?" feels like the best lyric Morrissey never wrote. This track beautifully showcases the band's talent for blending heartfelt emotion with captivating melodies, making it a standout piece from their new album.

9) Wolf Parade - Valley Boy

After reuniting and releasing an EP last year following a five-year break, Wolf Parade is now preparing to release their first full-length album in almost seven years. "Valley Boy" offers the first glimpse into this highly anticipated record. Written in the wake of Leonard Cohen's passing and the tumultuous 2016 election, the track captures the anxious atmosphere of the era. It's no surprise that it has quickly become a favorite during their live performances. "Valley Boy" is a potent reminder of Wolf Parade's ability to tap into the zeitgeist and deliver music that resonates deeply with listeners. Fans eagerly await the release of the full album, anticipating more of the band's trademark blend of raw emotion and infectious melodies.

10) Kesha - Woman

Although this song debuted just two weeks ago, its impact continues to resonate strongly. And rightfully so—every aspect of this track commands attention. After enduring years of legal battles against her former producer and alleged harasser, Dr. Luke, Kesha boldly asserts her independence with unapologetic flair. Backed by the legendary Dap-Kings, she delivers a powerful anthem of self-sufficiency. With each resounding note, Kesha reaffirms her strength and resilience, inspiring listeners with her unwavering determination. This song is more than just music; it's a testament to Kesha's triumph over adversity and a celebration of empowerment.

11) Mister Heavenly - Beat Down

This indie rock supergroup surprised fans when they reunited to create more music after releasing their only album back in 2011. Comprised of Nick Diamonds (known from The Unicorns/Islands), Honus Honus (from Man Man), and Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse's drummer), the band's collective sound exceeds the individual talents of its members. Their latest track, "Beat Down," showcases their infectious energy, demonstrating why this side project is a standout in the music scene. With its lively vibe, "Beat Down" is a testament to the group's ability to create music that is both enjoyable and engaging, proving that their reunion was well worth the wait. Fans eagerly anticipate more from this dynamic collaboration, eager to see where their musical journey will take them next.

12) Ty Dolla $ign - Love U Better (feat. Lil Wayne & The-Dream)

Ty Dolla Sign's newest single is a lively and provocative tune that's sure to get you moving. Produced by DJ Mustard, this track offers a tantalizing glimpse into Ty's much-awaited sophomore album, "Beach House 3." With its infectious beats and playful lyrics, the song sets the stage for what promises to be an exciting musical journey. As fans eagerly anticipate the release of the full album, this first look leaves them eager for more of Ty Dolla Sign's signature style and infectious energy.

13) Tyler the Creator - 911 / Mr. Lonely

In "911 / Mr. Lonely," Tyler, the Creator reunites with Frank Ocean, marking another collaboration following their previous work together on "Biking" in April. This reunion is fitting as Tyler delves into his more introspective side. He candidly admits, "I am the loneliest man alive, but I keep on dancing to throw them off." This line captures the complexity of his emotions, blending clever wordplay with heartfelt vulnerability. The song is a dynamic blend of frenetic energy and occasional moments of poignancy, showcasing Tyler's prowess as a hip-hop artist who isn't afraid to explore his innermost thoughts and feelings. With each verse, he invites listeners into his world, offering a glimpse of the highs and lows that define his journey.

14) Waxahatchee - Recite Remorse

With "Out in the Storm," singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield delivered one of the standout albums of the summer. At its heart lies the poignant and introspective centerpiece, "Recite Remorse." This track captivates listeners with its droning organ, steadily building to a dreamy and poignant crescendo. Against this backdrop, Crutchfield's pointed lyrics resonate even more powerfully, drawing listeners into her world of introspection and vulnerability. "Recite Remorse" stands as a testament to Crutchfield's artistry and the emotional depth of her music, leaving a lasting impression on all who listen.

15) Lorde - Supercut

Lorde's "Melodrama" stands out as a strong contender for the best pop album of the year, and "Supercut" is undoubtedly one of its standout tracks. Against a backdrop of electric beats, Lorde skillfully distills her latest relationship down to a highlight reel. The song captures the bittersweet essence of reminiscing about past highs, even amidst regrets. It's a feel-good montage that's only truly appreciated in hindsight, yet it resonates deeply with anyone who's ever found themselves caught in a whirlwind of nostalgia. At just twenty years old, Lorde demonstrates an insightful depth in her music that hints at even greater revelations to come with age. "Supercut" is a testament to her talent and maturity as an artist, leaving listeners eagerly anticipating what future insights she'll bring to her music as she continues to evolve.