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.
Against the rich, flamenco-style guitar licks, Jamila Woods’ beguiling voice sounds especially enrapturing on her latest, even as she’s laying out her boundaries. (YouTube)
Canadian dream-pop band Alvvays’ new album, Blue Rev, is already being heralded as their best, and its gently careening ballad “Tile By Tile” is the group at its most beautiful and devastating. “I shouldn’t have ever called it love.” (YouTube)
All Time Low may be 20 years into their career, but they still sound fresh on “Sleepwalking,” a new bop that gets a lot of its charm from a zippy synth line. (YouTube)
Songwriter Gracie Abrams has emerged as a truth-teller for the conditions plaguing her generation, and on her latest, her torch (and pen) has never shined brighter. (YouTube)
On Fever Ray’s carnal and disquieting first song in five years, front woman Karin Dreijer expresses conflict about returning somewhere; we couldn’t disagree more. (YouTube)
“Good girls only go bad,” goes the sugary-sweet hook on Los Angeles singer Maya B’s new song. Consider it the new anti-cuffing season anthem for hot girls everywhere. (YouTube)