Next week there will be a special “Songs of the Week – end-of-year review” edition, so this is the final playlist of the year.
Let’s dive into the best new releases of this week.
It‘s their first new music in two years – The Problem of Evil by To Kill A King. The British indie rock band has taken a year off to write their third album. This new song is a trailblazer for it and according to singer Ralph Pelleymounter, it‘s just the right time to share it. The song „is about prayers going unanswered. It’s about a person trying to reconcile an all-powerful God with the evil in this world“, sounds about right thinking about the past year… Musically, the sond is darker and more driven compared to their earlier works, but it sounds unique and brilliant.
„There‘s still love in the silence“
English singer JP Cooper released a demo version of a new song this week. You might know his voice from the Jonas Blue single Perfect Strangers (remember the beautiful stripped down version? I slobbered over it here). Also, his first solo single September Song was played a lot on the radio lately, so you might know that as well. The new one is called In The Silence and it is a simple, beautiful sounding track with very lovely and also sad lyrics.
Happy Family by Sundara Karma is the next single the band shared from their forthcoming debut album Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect. I had to put it on the Songs of the Week list as I‘m very excited for the album. The song itself is quite sad and different to its predecessor She Said. It sounds a bit more folkish (is that a word?) and is very long, but it doesn‘t feel like it.
At first I wasn‘t sure about this collaboration, but it‘s sounding great. I Don‘t Wanna Live Forever by ZAYN and Taylor Swift is the title track of the soundtrack to the second Fifty Shades Of Grey film (Fifty Shades Darker, I definitely won‘t watch that). It appears as if the film makers, despite making redundant films, proved once again that they have a way with music (read all about the soundtrack to the first film here). The song is romantic, yearning and catchy – a good combination.
„Though I try to trick myself,
there‘s nobody else“
Rather Be With You is the beautiful new single by singer-songwriter Sinead Harnett. It‘s a mixture of R&B, electronic pop and even a little bit of soul. The song‘s persuasive sound makes your mind wander you get lost in the music.
I didn’t want to make a Christmas list, but I couldn’t resist putting at least one Christmas song on today. British singer-songwriter Frances has covered one of my favourites: O Holy Night. Her voice is amazing, so this is rather perfect.
For more Christmas songs, check out this Songs of the Week Special from last year. Nothing much has changed in the Christmas song division, they’re still great.
Let me know your thoughts on this week’s playlist – I would love to hear from you. Did you enjoy all of this year’s Songs of the Week? Here’s a list with all the featured songs. I will pick my Top 10 of them for next Monday’s playlist, so let me know your favourites.