Soundcheck: The Best 10 Songs The Week Of September 28, 2020


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. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

Indie musician Shamir Bailey has, criminally, long flown under the radar, crafting heartbreaking pop tunes that always seemed to push whatever genre he tried forward. This includes his latest single, a country-tinged track which feels like it belongs in the most riotous section of a Thelma & Louise-type movie. It might as well be the stark opposite of Sufjan Stevens' and Fleet Foxes' new albums, which join Bailey on this week's #Soundcheck. All tracks, however, deserve to be on your radar.

"The Ascension" - Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens' new album is a frenzy of electronic ciphers that courses with urgency. "The Ascension" is its tender, existentialist core.

"Sunblind" - Fleet Foxes

Reacquaint yourself with the crisp, cooler days of fall with this invigorating cut from the Fleet Foxes' latest album.



Rapper BIA turns an otherwise straightforward track into something memorable with her melodic flow and commanding delivery.

Epic Records

"Jackie Onassis" - ELIO

Glittery pop with a cinematic sheen is ELIO's irresistible MO.

Charlotte Grace Victoria

"Other Side" - Shamir

Shamir's new retro-gazing track can only be described as outlaw glam.


"Feelings Are Real" - Ziemba

Like Weyes Blood, Ziemba colors her baroque pop with an opulence that's simultaneously timeless and otherworldly.

Sister Polygon Records

"National Song" - Nana Adjoa

Over shifting, quicksand-like synths, Nana Adjoa delivers a searing message.

Latoya Van Der Meeren

"Night Call" - LIA LIA

Berlin's LIA LIA makes dark pop for "slaying demons." We agree.


"Little Nokia" - Bree Runway

Bree Runway expands her already-impressive repertoire once more with this jagged, punk number that feels zapped from the '90s.

Universal Music

"Still Here (Jacques Greene Remix)" - Kllo

Remix god Jacques Greene turns Melbourne duo Kllo's shuffling "Still Here" into an echoey, hazed-out reverie.

Ghostly International

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