Thursday, September 28, 2023

This Week’s Music: Carly Rae Jepsen, Avicii And Frou Frou

This Week’s Music is a weekly column that discusses the week’s best, worst, and most interesting songs. We try to select songs of different artists and genres to keep things interesting and to please a variety of music fans.

This week’s column features Carly Rae Jepsen’s last single before the release of her much awaited album, Avicii’s first song of his posthumous album and Frou Frou’s comeback. Check them out.


Carly Rae Jepsen – Julien

“Dedicated,” Carly Rae Jepsen’s fourth album, will be released on May 17. “Julien” is the first track of the record and it’s a great opener that promises more of what fans and critics have come to love about Jepsen’s music and style, which is layered, more complex than it appears to be on a first listen, and always entertaining. Unlike “Party for One” and Jepsen’s last couple of singles, “Julien” is a little more contemplative, darker and melancholic, a good look for her new album which promises great things.


Avicii – SOS

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“SOS” is the first song from Avicii’s posthumous album. It features Aloe Blacc, who worked with Avicii on EDM staple “Wake Me up.” The influence is obvious; you can spot the pair trying hard to retrace their old steps, looking for the same amount of success and influence that the first song achieved. This isn’t the case, “SOS” feels like a song that came out a couple of years too late, one that belongs to another time when EDM was still at it’s most basic form. Still, the song was released by the Avicii’s family as a way of honoring his achievements and all the proceeds will be donated to charity, so at least there’s plenty of good intentions.


Frou Frou – Guitar Song

“Guitar Song” is Frou Frou’s first song since 2003, when the duo split up amicably and each member decided to work on their own careers. Made up of Imogen Heap and Guy Sigsworth, there’s plenty of talent in Frou Frou to keep things interesting and different. “Guitar Song” is an easy song, perfectly described by its own name, with a simple set up of instruments and Heap’s powerful and singular vocals. Frou Frou is going on tour this year, giving them the opportunity to deliver songs that have their unique staple.


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