Halsey’s New Chapter…And It’s Not Dark

“I never said it’s a pop album, I just said it’s not an angry one, and thank god I sat down to write and realized I wasn’t angry anymore. It feels good to have that weight off my chest,” Halsey tweeted after news came out that her next album will not be as dark as her previous single and girl power anthem, “Nightmare”.

Halsey – AKA – Ashley released a new single titled “Graveyard” last week. Although the name sounds quite ominous and blends in with her melodic cryptic poetic pop, “Graveyard” is deep and it’s real. The New Jersey native shed some light on the new song with Zane Lowe, saying, “In some ways it’s a metaphor. It’s about like loving someone to death, kind of. And then in other ways it’s actually pretty literal. There’s a lot of moments in the song that are pretty literal, which was kind of scary to write about. But you know me, I find the scary thing and I do it.”

The song feels more at ease than “Nightmare“. Halsey gives us a deeper look at love and how it affects her, how it becomes her, and how she lives through it. She sings with ease, “they say I may be making a mistake, I woulda followed all the way, no matter how far. I know when you go down all your darkest roads, I woulda followed all the way to the graveyard.” The chorus is light and follows a steady drum beat as Halsey tells her own honest story. If the rest of the album is this colorful and cohesive, then sign me up.

In case you didn’t know, Halsey is also a talented artist (shocking…she can do it all). She took on the challenge of painting her own album artwork and filmed herself live while she did it. Check out the finished product here:

 


 

Who You Need: FINNEAS

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WHO: FINNEAS

WHERE: Los Angeles, CA

GENRE: Pop

TOP SONG: “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night”

While searching for “FINNEAS” on Spotify, you might find his artist page and feel inclined to read his “about” where he honestly writes “Bios are boring”. Not only is this a testament to FINNEAS’ overall view on the music industry but also deconstructs the notion that listeners should just care about the music and nothing else.

On his latest single, “Angel” a gentle piano guides the song into a lovely ode to his girlfriend, Claudia. He dedicated another song to her appropriately titled “Claudia” earlier this year. There’s no doubt love is on the brain, but FINNEAS also took the time to write a song about losing a best friend on “I Lost A Friend“. He opened up in regards to this change of pace saying, “I’ve made a lot of music covering romantic relationships and a lot covering family but I’d never been able to articulate what it feels like to lose a friend until now.” The song is a raw look into a meaningful friendship and how sad it is when it’s gone. “I’ll be fine without him, but all I do is write about him,” FINNEAS achingly sings throughout the powerful track.

Oh…did I mention he’s on tour with Billie Eilish? Playing guitar and opening her shows… because he’s her BROTHER. Somehow, amidst the fame chaos, he remains “low key” in his musical endeavors, not trying too hard to be seen. FINNEAS seems to genuinely be happy with making music – no matter the success. Grounded and mature are two words to describe the singer, songwriter, producer after watching a recent interview he did with his sister and Zane Lowe.

With a slew of impeccably produced singles under his belt, I can only hope FINNEAS is working on an album to be released sometime in the near future.

 

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Who You Need: Gia Woods

WHO: Gia Woods

WHERE: Los Angeles, CA

GENRE: Pop

TOP SONGS: “Heart Won’t Forget” and “Only a Girl”

Gia Woods is making her own rules, as we hear on her track “Jump The Fence.” She sings with a raspy sweetness, “I’ma jump the fence, won’t second guess, cause the way ya got me feelin’s, got me feeling dangerous.” Her sultry attitude draws you in at the start of every song. Her latest single, “New Girlfriend” features a light/groovier beat, read more below to find out the inspiration behind it!

What do you want people to feel while listening to “Jump the Fence”?  

“I want people to trust their own intuition more. I think a lot of times people get in their own way by always needing outside reassurance or acceptance. This is about overcoming that and doing whatever it is that makes you the most happy!”

What can fans expect from your debut EP? 

“I’m really focused on releasing tons of new music. So lots of singles and eventually an album or EP. But definitely new music every month! So you’ll have to stay tuned to find out!”

What’s your opinion on LGBTQ representation in music? 

“I like the fact that it is becoming way more widely accepted than any other time, and that so many talented artists have been brave enough to be open and vulnerable through their art. But I also just hope that people don’t treat sexuality as a new fad.”

Who are some of your current musical influences? 

“I’m always listening to different genres. But especially been listening to a lot of 80s and 90s music!”

Explain new single, “New Girlfriend” and how that song came to be? 

“This was an outside song that I had heard through my A&R. I fell in love with the topline as soon as I heard it, and I knew exactly how to make it my own so I booked a day with the writers and we tweaked the lyrics. Then I spent some time referencing production ideas with the producer and it all came together super naturally. It was an honor to work with people I truly respect! This is one of my favorite records that I was lucky enough to make mine.”

Learn more about Gia Woods, here!


 

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On Repeat: “Just Thought You Should Know” – Betty Who

With the arrival of Betty Who‘s third album, titled Betty, comes 90’s infused pop ballads and dance tunes meant to bring smiles and memories to all who listen. “Just Thought You Should Know” feels retro and emotional; a true standout on one of her shiniest albums to date.

Betty shed light on the song saying, “‘Just Thought You Should Know’ is one of the songs I’m the most proud of in my career. I’m really emotional (duh) and in relationships sometimes it’s impossible to share that with someone who doesn’t feel the same way about you, even if they did at one time in your lives.”

She sweetly sings, “I can still feel you, you’re everywhere, I can taste your lips, hear your voice in my head.” Poignant Whitney Houston-esque beats and simple pop chords make this song heartbreakingly magical. Following the typical pop formula, Betty’s voice takes on softer notes and swiftly works her way up to a belted chorus.

Listen for yourself here:

Also watch this gorgeous stripped down version:

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Cautious Clay’s “Reasons”

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“Reasons” feels different from any other Cautious Clay song. It’s lined with exuberant hip-hop elements; starting with a deep guitar riff then swiftly back into a rhythmic beat. Keeping his harmonic background vocals and soaring alto notes as he croons about making mistakes, changes, and being honest.

“I did it all for the no, I did it all for the no good reasons, I said it all for the need, I always knew you would change like seasons” Clay preaches on the chorus. “Reasons” is edgy and urgent, unlike the slower yet philosophical themes of Clay’s previous work.

The Brooklyn-native is working on an EP to be released early next year.

Listen to “Reasons” here: