This Week’s Music is a weekly column that discusses the weeks’ 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 the terrifying return of Grimes, a queer break up banger from Zolita and a song from Los Unidades, which is really just Coldplay in disguise. Seriously. Check out their songs.
Grimes – We Appreciate Power
Grimes’ latest single is inspired by the North Korean band Moranbong, an all women group that sings songs that spread the message of dictator Kim Jong-un. Light stuff there. Grimes as always is bleak, terrifying and talented, interpreting the part of a “pro A.I. Girl Group propaganda machine” with aplomb. “We Appreciate Power” is absolute madness, making you shudder in fear of the state of the world while also nodding your head approvingly because its got a great beat. With lyrics that spread the message of our future A.I. overlords (“What will it take to make you capitulate?”), Grimes’ head looks like a scary place to inhabit. I believe what she says though; catch me downloading this song just in case my laptop has a mind of its own.
Zolita – Truth Tea
Zolita’s latest single is a break up banger, featuring a wild and fun video that displays some of the singer’s coolest traits. Known for her queer content and her honesty, Zolita is a young pop-star with an edge. “Truth Tea” is a story about heartbreak that has a great rhythm and that showcases the artists’ vocals and vision. I wish it wasn’t called “Truth Tea,” because it feels too much like a meme, but it’s definitely an interesting and unique experience, especially in the context of our social media-ruled dating world.
Los Unidades (ft. Pharrell) – E-Lo
Los Unidades is Coldplay in disguise. The British band’s side project is sadly more of what Coldplay has been doing over the last couple of years, forgetting that at some point in their careers their lyrics used to have some meaning and their vocals weren’t made up of Chris Martin’s catchy ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’. Despite the apparent vacancy of “E-Lo,” the song has plenty of good intentions and is part of Global Citizen’s EP. I guess that counts for something.