BY DANICA BRYANT

Tia Ward – Me and Me Too EP

Me and Me Too is a triumphant debut EP from Tia Ward, an emerging young artist from Hawke’s Bay with a flair for alt-pop. Her songs pair her direct lyrical approach with diverse production. Genre-hopping between nostalgic 80s synths, punky electric guitars and sinister dark pop, there is never a dull moment across the board. The angsty energy of What’s Wrong With Me is a clear highlight, whilst Panic on the Highway experiments in a blend of upbeat rap with soft, smooth Billie-Eilish-esque choruses. Tia’s passion for her craft shines through in both the laments and celebrations through this exciting release. 

The 1975 – Part of the Band

After a two-year break from their last record, The 1975 are back today with the lead single from their upcoming next album, Being Funny In A Foreign Language. Part of the Band is their classic brand of maximalism. It melds introspective, stream-of-consciousness lyricism with jazzy piano and saxophone embellishments. Fluttering, ambient and contemplative, you’ll fall truly head over heels for the band’s new musical era after only a few listens.

Tiesto and Charli XCX – Hot in It

Before its release, Hot In It was already trending on TikTok, a sound filled with clips of creators striking their best pose and sharing their favourite outfits. Now that the full collaboration has dropped, one listen will have you equally ready to storm the runway. Charli’s heavily tuned vocals carry a layer of sass over the pulsing dance beat that makes this song so undeniably perfect for the dancefloor.

Fancy Hagood feat. Kacey Musgraves – Blue Dream Baby

Fancy Hagood taps into the talents of Southern belle Kacey Musgraves for this beautiful new single, Blue Dream Baby. The two duet through hazy golden production, an ode to beachy days filled with mood rings and dancing in the sand. With sparkly acoustic guitars and crystalline vocals, the song blends country-folk and dream pop, into a joyous anthem that’ll leave you dreaming of summer.

Alvvays – Pharmacist

All distorted guitars and humble vocals, Pharmacist is the ethereal new single from imaginative indie band Alvvays. The shoegaze song moves at breakneck speed, perfect for a highway drive or a dance session alone at home, especially thanks to its thrashing closing guitar solo. Their upcoming album, as of yet untitled, will certainly guarantee more moody alternative tracks deserving of a listen.

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