Welcome to Freshly Squeezed, a weekly new music playlist: spanning country, pop, EDM and urban, mainstream and other.
As many sufferers of crippling mental illness will tell you, music is a gateway to remedy. An artist’s willingness to unveil their own tragic stories can often mend others in immeasurable ways, and for that, I am thankful. LOLO is one of those, a bold, crafty artisan of evocative, sometimes chilling, storytelling. On her burning soul-pop record, 2016’s In Loving Memory of When I Gave a Shit, our favorite record of that entire year, she exposed intimate but universal trials and tribulations. After a bit of a hiatus from the spotlight, but running across the country on various concert stops, she returns today with one of her finest, most visceral compositions to-date. “Leaning” swings low, her voice blistering the guitar which bubbles oh-so gently underneath her. She is a vision, so it seemed appropriate to kick off the brand new, just-pressed Freshly Squeezed new-music playlist. She’ll tear your heart out and make you reassess your own mental state in the same stroke.
But that’s only scratching the surface.
More Than This make a cannonball-sized splash with “Pursuit,” while Shakey Graves offer up a double-dose of Americana folklore. COIN expose their “Growing Pains”; Jesse Saint John makes us “Move” a little; and Ruby Boots, whose excellent sophomore album Don’t Talk About It is out today, examines systemic sexism and chronicles her femininity on “I am a Woman.” Also soundtracking our morning is Shanghai Blues, Wantigga, Cherry Pools, bülow, FINNEAS, Steve Moakler, Wade Bowen, James Bay, Bahari, KILLEN, Alela Diane and Darci, among countless others.
Below, we’ve got 51 lemon-splashed bangers, ballads and bold odes to consume.
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