The top four brand new tracks from the week of December 5-11.
Forever Young – Cherry Pools
Cherry Pools are a brand new band hailing from Toronto, creating the most infectious electro pop music. Combining brilliant visuals with catchy melodies, Cherry Pools will have you wishing for summer in just one minute. These guys will be playing hundreds of festivals in the near future with their brand of memorable hooks.
Genre: Indie Electropop
RIYL: The 1975, M83, Passion Pit
Miles Away – The Animal In Me
Finally putting out music that isn’t a cover, The Animal in Me has a new track that is everything I was hoping this band could be all those years ago. Some great vocals and attacking breakdowns prove these guys know how to write a song, regardless of what their YouTube page would tell you. A soaring melody immediately catches my attention in the chorus, putting to shame rock bands who wish they could have something as anthemic. There’s no mistaking it: the female vocals are what set this band above the rest. Lots of bands have tried to effectively incorporate female clean vocals into a metalcore song, and it rarely works. TAIM were able to find a perfect blend combining a pop approach to a metalcore song with a hint of electronica and the right amount of heavy. This album looks all the more appealing now.
RIYL: Abandon All Ships, Conquer Divide, dangerkids
Ain’t That Why – R3hab & Krewella
Krewella could be a dead band by now, losing their main songwriter when producer/DJ expert Rain Man left in 2014, and the sisters were left without a producer. This was followed by lawsuits and counter-lawsuits that would kill most bands will to continue. But somehow, Krewella made it through all that, and then released an EP in 2016 that was well received. However, it wasn’t until this year that I truly felt like their careers were going to survive for as long as they wanted. This song, along with Alarm with Lookas proves the sisters know when to pick a feature, and they kill it. R3hab’s song feels catchy and fresh, but still familiar. The girls vocals match so well to this chill song. Krewella is here to stay, and they’re bringing along a whole batch of fresh talent with them.
RIYL: Dillon Francis, Hardwell, Martin Garrix
Meaning – Among Them
Some great, dissonant chords will always draw me in immediately. Though this is the first song I’ve heard from them, I can already tell their next release will be high on my best of list in 2018. They’re able to blend that really heavy djent guitar with some high, dissonant guitar work. With vocals that are atypical in this subgenre, they have enough difference to really stand out, while fitting extremely well within the genre. The breakdown got me moving around my living room, and that is always a good sign. Some great work from this band, and I look forward to what’s next.
RIYL: Northlane, Invent Animate, Capsize
As always, you can listen to all of the TetraT songs at this playlist here: