Is it just me or was October the month for albums as opposed to singles? This month just felt less fruitful with individual songs I just had to have. That doesn’t mean there weren’t still good songs— on the contrary, there were quite a few. It just feels less than usual. But I’d still like to tell you about all the music I enjoyed this month, and so this post had to come to fruition (as will my review of Shania Twain’s Now later this week). And so, here’s a nice handful of songs I just loved:
- “Dream” by Bishop Briggs: Objectively Bishop’s happiest song, this track is about falling in love and letting go. Acoustic guitars and synths punctuate the track, but Bishop’s deep, soulful voice steals the show. The lyrics are poignant, Bishop wanting to be fearless and free but not quite ready to embrace the pain that comes with that. It’s such a good song and I wish Miss Briggs would just release a full-length album already!
- “Bang Bang” by Dua Lipa: A dark, smoky cover of the song popularized by Nancy Sinatra and Cher, this song is gloomy as hell. It chronicles a relationship doomed to fail from childhood to adulthood, the banging of a pretend gun symbolizing Dua’s pain. It’s such a foreboding cover, one you just have to check out.
- “Feelings” by Hayley Kiyoko: That’s right! Miss Kiyoko is back with another soft, gay track! This one is about not being ashamed of having feelings for someone. Society tells girls to not be clingy and to play hard-to-get, but Hayley has decided not to care. She’s sorry if being open about her crush is overbearing, but she won’t change how she acts or feels. It’s highkey a mood and I can’t wait for her first full-length album.
- “Collide” by Rachel Platten: I’ll be honest: I’ve never liked any of Rachel’s songs before. Granted, I’d only heard the two big singles, but I was unimpressed. This song, however, works for me. It’s tropical and bouncy, Rachel’s vocals similar to that of Carly Rae Jepsen. The lyrics describe a relationship that’s hit a rough patch, but Rachel doesn’t want to fight tonight. She just wants to be with her partner, in whatever capacity that may be. It’s sweet and fluffy, even aware that this truce may only be temporary. I don’t think I’m a Rachel Platten fan now by any means, but this is a good song.
- “Love You Like That” by Dagny: This fun pop track marks the return of another budding Swedish pop icon. In this banger, Dagny admits she doesn’t always open up or talk about her feelings. However, she still loves her partner more than anything. She envisions them getting married, even. It’s a cute, fluffy song and more proof that the Swedes should be running Western pop.
- “Piano (feat. Emily Warren)” by Frank Walker: You may think remixed piano is the last thing you want to hear, but you would be wrong. It sounds awesome. Emily Warren sounds like a young Amy Winehouse, her tone smoky and bluesy. The lyrics bemoan a breakup, but the thing that keeps haunting Emily is the lack of piano playing. The piano has become a symbol for their love through her lover’s playing and now it has been stripped away from her. It’s emotional, but not melodramatic. It even makes you wonder if she misses the relationship itself, or just an idealized version of it. It’s a great electronic track and is better than most electronic out there today.
- “Por Favor (Spanglish Version)” by Fifth Harmony & Pitbull: While the song would be eons better without Pitbull, this is still a bop and a half. Sung half in Spanish and half in English, it’s hot and sexy. The girls dominate the track, making you wonder if perhaps this is the direction they should take their music. It’s sultry and sweet, and you need to give it a chance.
- “Gorgeous” by Taylor Swift: This song is gay. I’m sorry, but it is. I will not accept any other interpretation (and there have been many, especially with Taylor and her team confusing timelines and relationships). Lyrically, it’s familiar territory for Taylor. She meets someone and immediately develops an immense crush on them. And I’m not saying that as a criticism. I mean, haven’t we all been there? Overall, it’s cute and far better than “…Ready for It?” which can choke.
- “So Tied Up (feat. Bishop Briggs) [moreBishop]” by Cold War Kids: This alternative jam pairs a lesser-known band with the talented Bishop Briggs (who you all know I love). The song is about a dysfunctional couple, one who can’t stand to back down from a challenge. Deep down, it seems the pair knows they’ll never last, and yet they can’t stay away from each other. They are “lover[s], best friend[s], [worst enemies]” and they wouldn’t have it any other way. And given how good the song is, neither would I.
- BONUS SONG- “Hallelujah” by Demi Lovato: A few weeks ago, Jennifer Lopez held a telethon called SOMOS One Voice in order to raise money for Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Demi took part in it and sang Leonard Cohen’s classic “Hallelujah,” which is objectively the greatest song of all time. And Demi’s performance was spectacular. Definitely check it out, if you haven’t yet. It’s mind-blowing.
What October music releases have you loved? Tell me about them in the comments!