This week was an amazing one for music, giving us the release of Lana Del Rey’s much awaited album, The 1975’s latest single, and Charli XCX’s collab with HAIM.
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 was an amazing one for music, giving us the release of Lana Del Rey’s much awaited album, The 1975’s latest single with a social message, and Charli XCX’s collaboration with HAIM.
Lana Del Rey – Doin’ Time
Since its release, “Norman Fucking Rockwell” has been hailed as one of the best albums of the year by critics and fans alike. It consists of 14 songs that blend together seamlessly, with most containing Del Rey’s controversial and poetic lyrics and her beloved mellow and California-like sounds. The album ends up embodying a perfect example of an artist who knows exactly what she’s doing and what she wants out of her music.
The 1975 – People
The 1975 are one of those bands that can bounce from genre to genre, producing songs that are mainstream and others that are much more niche. “People” clearly falls into the latter category, wasting no time with pleasantries and jumping right into business with lyrics like “We are appalling and we need to stop just watching shit in bed/And I know it sounds boring and we like things that are funny but we need to get this in our fucking heads.” It’s a far cry from their more standard and bland songs; it’s a welcome and vibrant change.
Charli XCX and HAIM – Warm
“Charli,” Charli XCX’s upcoming album, is set for release this September. As of now, it features collaborations with Lizzo, Christine and The Queens, Sky Ferreira and HAIM. “Warm” is clearly Charli’s song, capitalizing on some of her most popular techniques. While the autotune is a little heavy on this song, HAIM makes a good match for Charli XCX, adding some layers with their harmonies and rhythms. “Warm” is nothing revolutionary, but it’s interesting and fun, a fitting song for the end of summer.