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 Róisín Murphy’s new single, Bon Iver’s return and the much awaited release of the Jonas Brothers’ new album. Check them out!
Róisín Murphy – Incapable
“Incapable” is an eight minute art pop song released in 2019. That fact alone is enough to raise a few eyebrows and to make people interested in something different to want to give it a listen. Róisín Murphy has always been known for her strange music, beloved for it and for the fact that she’s not scared to push boundaries and do unexpected things. “Incapable” feels like a throwback to disco and music from other eras, but also like something modern that would be playing in a chic museum. It’s a song that invites you to get lost in its repetitive rhythms and in the singer’s drone and powerful vocals.
Bon Iver – Hey, Ma
Although Bon Iver hasn’t released new music since 2016, front man Justin Vernon’s presence is never too far from the spotlight, making collaborations with other artists and producing great songs. Still, Bon Iver will always be his most successful project. On “Hey, Ma” you can see some of the staple sounds that have made the band what it is today, like the union of old school instruments and tech, enigmatic lyrics and auto tuned vocals. It all results in a song that will please fans even if it doesn’t show us anything new. No matter what, it’s always great to have Bon Iver back.
Jonas Brothers – Happy When I’m Sad
The Jonas Brothers’ comeback has been a big deal for millennials of all ages, especially those who grew up with a steady diet of Disney channel programing. Their much awaited album “Happiness Begins” is their fifth, and it follows a six year break. The Jonas Brothers are a boy band that appear to be different from the rest; instead of being a group of boys put together by some marketing machine because they’re cute and can sing, the siblings appear to be honest and genuine, a reason why so many fans are still there, eagerly waiting for their music. “Happy When I’m A Sad” is a sweet and catchy song with vulnerability to spare. It might even work for listeners who didn’t grow up listening to Disney channel songs.