DETROIT – Here’s some new music to get your weekend started.
5 songs we have on repeat this week:
SOMEONE ELSE -- Bishop Briggs
Sarah Grace McLaughlin, better known as Bishop Briggs, released an intimate single ahead of her second studio album. The emotion in this song comes through clear as day.
The version of the song that was released is the original vocal take where Briggs was crying, according to the singer. The lyrics and her powerful voice combine to create something truly incredible to listen to. Briggs said she has tried singing the song live, but it’s still hard for her not to cry. The song has offered her a lot of healing since then.
“This song is everything I was afraid to say out loud. I went to the corner of the room and wrote this down and my stomach plunged. The truth was right in front of me and all I wanted to do was ignore it. I was hoping my subconscious would tell me a different narrative but instead there it was, screaming at me," Briggs said. “It’s not perfect but it’s honest and it’s real. Thank you for taking the time to listen.”
“I’m trying not to think about it / Push it to the back of my brain / But I hear it screaming shouting / I can’t even think of my own name / All I wanna do is be alone / Write a song by myself / All I wanna do is be alone / Lose my phone / Be someone else."
Fine -- Mike Shinoda
Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda dropped an energetic track about overcoming and fighting through battles.
“Fingers stretching out from nowhere / Reaching for my throat / They’re hungry for my skin / Teeth wide smiling that they found me / Circling around me / Slowly closing in while you sing / Everything is gonna be fine.”
The song is Shinoda’s first new music since he released “Post Traumatic,” a deeply emotional album where he addressed the death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington.
“Fine” has the energy of Linkin Park’s more recent work, where the band experimented with new sounds and deviated from its rock roots.
The track will be in Russian sci-fi film “The Blackout.”
Therapy -- New Politics
“Therapy” is a high energy track off New Politics’ recently released fifth album, “An Invitation To An Alternate Reality.”
The band was formed in 2009 by members David Boyd (lead vocals, keys, vocals), Søren Hansen (bass, guitar, vocals), and Louis Vecchio (drums). According to a release, the band secluded themselves over the summer just north of Los Angeles to finish up what they believe to be their most “innovative and reflective album.”
“With this album we wanted to give an escape to an alternate reality allowing everyone to interpret the music and lyrics in a way that’s meaningful to them," Boyd said.
"Crutch in the fault line / Somehow the fault’s mine / You say I never change / But I kill myself just to make you stay / only you make me feel like a loser / Only you make me feel like I’m dumb / I’m counting down the days till I come back home / Counting down the days till I come back home to you”
New politics are in Detroit with Plain White T’s and The Mowgli’s at Saint Andrew’s Hall on Dec. 18.
Angel -- Carter Powers
Singer Carter Powers released his first EP, “Usually Sad,” last month. Its release follows a series of singles dropped this year.
“Angel” was released as a single over the summer.
The entire EP is melodic and emotional.
“Angel” deals with isolating oneself, while still missing people and feeling alone in the process.
“Yeah I’m sad but at least I’m not alone / Living fast with no place to call my home / I won’t call back, leave your message at the tone, now / It’s in the past, I gotta do this on my own.”
Another Place -- Bastille, Alessia Cara
Bastille and Alessia Cara released “Another Place” and an anxiety-inducing video to go along with it. The song itself is beautiful and combined with the spirit of the video the emotion felt is intensified. Bastille singer Dan Smith’s voice and Cara’s mesh well together, creating an instant hit.
“So, don’t make promises to me that your gonna break / We only ever wanted one thing from this / Don’t paint, wonderful lies on me that wash away / We only ever wanted one thing from this / Oh, in another place, In another time / What could we have been.”
The video is in itself an experience. As the pair sing about a broken relationship, the wall cracks -- Smith tries covering it with duct tape but the cracks only grow. A black, viscous liquid beings to pour out of the growing cracks. Smith covers the crack with his hand, but it does nothing to stop the flow of the liquid. Through a massive window we see a rather large version of Cara, and various other scenes. Those scenes include a hurricane, a fire, what appears to be a burnt forest and other vivid scenes.
Other songs to check out:
- Track Record -- Miranda Lambert
- I Feel Love -- Sam Smith
- For My Daughter -- Kane Brown
- Immortal -- 21 Savage
- Dirt in my Eyes -- Cold War Kids
- Thompson Square at Coyote Joe's in Sterling Heights on Nov. 8 (Friday)
- Tool at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Nov. 9 (Saturday)
- The Maine at The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac on Nov. 13 (Wednesday)
- A Day To Remember at EMU Convocation Center in Ypsilanti on Nov. 16 (Saturday)
- Coheed and Cambria at The Fillmore in Detroit on Nov. 19 (Tuesday)