Gabriela Schmidt


Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of January 31, 2022


Every week, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK — your destination for the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's roundup features 10 of our favorite emerging and established artists.

Warner Records
“Boys Don’t Cry” - Anitta

Wildly popular Brazilian superstar Anitta details all the ways she doesn’t need a man on this thumping retro-pop banger with a gothic twist. (YouTube)

Jasmine Music Ltd.
“One” - Amber Mark

Amber Mark gets real about the trudgery of the daily grind on this energetic and soulful track that opens her insightful new album, Three Dimensions Deep. (YouTube)

Saddle Creek
“idkwntht” - Tomberlin ft. Felix Walworth

Tomberlin’s “idkwntht” — or “I Don’t Know Who Needs To Hear This” — arrives like a quiet revelation, full of wise one-liners and a meditative guitar rhythm. (YouTube)

Capitol Records
“Beautiful Lies” - Nija

If Nija’s assertive, confident flow on the bass-busting “Beautiful Lies” impresses you, it’ll make sense to learn that the 23-year-old has written hits for Beyoncé, Cardi B, and Kehlani. (YouTube)

Fat Possum
“Endless Time” - The Weather Station

“It’s only the end of an endless time,” opens The Weather Station’s piano elegy for the world, plagued by climate change. It’s filled with beautiful, sad details: “We can still walk out on the street and buy champagne grapes...It never occurred to us to have to pay.” (YouTube)

Julia Randall
“Tongues” - Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq’s throat singing is a weapon on “Tongues,” a sharp-edged spoken-word about reclaiming the Inuit vocal practice that oozes defiance. (Bandcamp)

“I Love This Song” - flowerovlove

Lo-fi whimsical grunge-rock from flowerovlove that’s all about relishing in lightness no matter how small: “Dancing around my room, ‘cause I love this song.” (YouTube)

“Superficial Intelligence” - Mor

Ye collaborator MAPEI, Fredrik Okazaki, and Thomas Rusiak are MOR, a new band making cyber-sounding electronica with a soulful human heart. (YouTube)

“Artery” - CLAY

San Francisco’s CLAY wields a beguiling, rich voice that is irresistible on her swooning new breakup song, “Artery.” (YouTube)

“flip phone” - janiegiirl

This bubblegum ode to the greatest Y2K relic, the flip phone, by newcomer janiegiirl is our latest obsession. (Stream)

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