JWestern – Aspirin

JWestern

Aspirin


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Author:

Jami Selikow

Published:
Apr 08, 2021

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169

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Sounds like:

Rex Orange County,
Gus Dapperton,
Yellow Days

Tags:

indie pop
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indie R&B
,
bedroom pop

Why do we like this?

I wear my Vans with the laces out because an ex from 9 years ago used to do the same. I use sweetener instead of sugar because my favorite aunt has always done so. I drink my coffee from the same mug every morning because my friend who now lives in Nepal gave it to me. I’ve been listening to Tool ever since an old friend introduced me to their music. My life is a mosaic of everyone I’ve ever loved, even if just for a heartbeat.

Love gets us in a twist, our hearts turn, we end up winding around highways in our mind when thoughts move too fast, but at the end of the day, would we wish it all away when every relationship, brief or lasting, makes us who we are?

This is what comes to mind when listening to croonings of JWestern, AKA John Gooding. “Aspirin” is an easy-to-digest track for those of us who already love the sounds of Rex Orange County, Gus Dapperton, Still Woozy, and Yellow Days. With a voice borrowed from the intersection of the R&B and hip-hop worlds, it’s no wonder “Aspirin” got my attention.

JWestern’s latest album — said to be more open and vulnerable than 2020’s debut EP, Just People — is largely inspired by late-night thoughts as he explains:

“All these songs stem from those moments, half awake, alone, writing

everything down on the notes app of my phone.”

If you’re as intrigued to hear more as I am, be sure to check him out on Spotify, SoundCloud, or YouTube. Happy listening, Shufflers.




Jami Selikow

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Benny Sings – Here It Comes

Benny Sings

Here It Comes


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Author:

Stacy Klein

Published:
Mar 10, 2021

Total plays:

177

Saved:
4 times

Sounds like:

LEISURE,
Rex Orange County,
Still Woozy

Tags:

chill
,
lo-fi
,
chill hip-hop

Why do we like this?

Ahead of his new album, Music, Benny Sings has released his new single “Here It Comes.” The single, released with an animated music video, is about growing up and feeling like the world is at your feet, ready for the taking. In a statement, Benny says:

“The lyrics are about me as a young boy, living on the streets in Dordrecht [a city in the Netherlands] with my skate crew, and feeling life presenting itself, and feeling excited about it. A time full of hope and bravado. My dad used to call us ‘Little Giants’.”

“Here it Comes” is a breath of fresh air in a world where music is often unnecessarily complicated and multi-layered. It’s composed of chill, lo-fi hip hop beats replete with a walking drumbeat, dreamy keys, and groovy synths. The lyrics are straightforward, honest and open, and are complemented perfectly by Benny’s signature brand of quirky soul. The song is a slow-moving, easy listening soundtrack to a sun-filled weekend.

Music is out April 9th, and features collaborations from the likes of Emily King, KYLE, Mac Demarco, Cautious Clay, and Tom Misch.




Stacy Klein

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