Fresh Pressed [new music friday] – 135

By | December 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM

What better way to kick off a weekend than with new music? Fridays are always chock full of the latest songs and albums ready to be the soundtrack to everyone’s antics, and here you’ll find some of the week’s standout releases. Whether you’re ready to spin an anticipated song from a favorite artist or just taking a look at what’s out there, there’s a whole lot of tunes to dive right into. Who knows—maybe you’ll find your next obsession.

The Ataris
“The Boys of Summer”

No, it isn’t 2003 again—The Ataris really did re-release their breakout cover anthem “The Boys of Summer”. Turns out nothing really changes in almost twenty years, as this redone version is basically a carbon copy of their initial one. It was likely done for royalty purposes—they may get a bigger chunk of dough if people stream this one versus the first—but, either way, it’s still a fun trip down memory lane for old people like us.

Bowling for Soup
A Nice Night for an Evening, Vol. 1 and 2

If any band knows how to set the mood it’s Bowling for Soup! Err… ok… maybe they wouldn’t be the first choice. But they do rise up the ranks slightly with a double-album of piano renditions of their biggest songs, stripped down to the bone and all instrumental. It’s weird but so are they, so that makes it the perfect pairing.

The Front Bottoms
“Camouflage”

New Front Bottoms is always welcome. The indie-emo-pop duo have been consistently releasing at least something every year and even though 2019 might be considered a down year, by their standards, we still get a single in “Camouflage” to close out the final month. Featuring their patented sing-spoken word style in the verses, a repetitive chorus makes the song wonderfully infectious and accessible for both old fans and new.

Machine Gun Kelly
“Why Are You Here”

Machine Gun Kelly is no stranger to the rock scene. His 2017 record, Bloom, took the style in stride and his collab with Yungblud in “I Think I’m Okay” is one of the better tracks he’s been involved in this year. Naturally, he strings up his axe on the hard-hitting “Why Are You Here”, a track that’s borderline pop-punk and probably what A Day to Remember would sound like if he had a feature with them.

Mest
“Don’t Worry Son”

Pop-punk legends Mest drop a heartfelt slow-burner with “Don’t Worry Son”, a track taken off their upcoming full-length (out next year). It’s actually something Mest fans might be familiar with—the song was originally released as a demo in 2015 but years later the track, dedicated to frontman Tony Lovato’s son, gets a polished makeover and a proper release.

OneRepublic
“Wanted (String Mix)”

OneRepublic’s single “Wanted” gets a string mix to add some variety to the bubbling pop song—although it won’t replace the original in anyone’s listening habits. “Wanted” has a strong strong presence to begin with but now the track is overtaken by a lush orchestral arrangement that doesn’t sound overdone. With the song only barely over two minutes, though, it’s better off experiencing Ryan Tedder’s creation in its original state.

John Williams
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

No matter how you feel about the quality of Star Wars over the years, one constant is and always has been composer John Williams. Williams, who is rightfully regarded as one of the best composers of all-time, has been responsible for crafting the scores of every Star Wars trilogy from the very beginning. With this swan song in the trilogy, The Rise of Skywalker, Williams caps off a life-long achievement that is as epic as the films he composed for.

Billie Eilish
Live at the Steve Jobs Theater

There’s no debating who had the biggest 2019: The answer is Billie Eilish. Her debut full-length is a mainstay on end-of-the-year lists anywhere you look and 2020 can only heighten her superstar status. On the night where she was honored by Apple for a myriad of awards, she gave an unforgettable performance that highlights how strong she is live. Both the tracks available from the set, “Come Out and Play” and “Listen Before I Go”, are blueprints for how to recreate an album track to give it even more life in a live setting.

Various Artists
Cats: Highlights from
the Motion Picture Soundtrack

Cats is quickly becoming one of the worst-reviewed movies ever but, as a consolation, the soundtrack for it might be the only bright side. With its star-studded cast, the soundtrack is loaded with tracks from the musical as well as original cuts like Taylor Swift’s “Beautiful Ghosts”. If you try to listen to the songs without imagining creepy terrifying CGI cat fur, things aren’t all that bad.

Other new releases:
Monsta X  & Sebastian Yatra – “Magnetic”
Bombay Bicycle Club – “Racing Stripes”
Breathe Carolina – “Too Good” (Acoustic)
Young Thug – So Much Fun (Deluxe)
Steve Aoki, Ummet Ozcan & Dzeko – “Popcorn”
Daughtry – “Alive”
Kid Ink – “FUCKIZYOUDOIN”
Cam’ron, Wale – “I Don’t Know”
Henry – “可是我爱你”