On The Stereo #45

16 July, 2019 in Music

Getaway Dogs. Photo: Zachary Schneider

Getaway Dogs is (left to right) Spencer Higgins, Kai Killion and Chili Corder. Photo: Zachary Schneider

The new songs on heavy rotation from Getaway Dogs, Okaywill, Emma White, Saweetie, Eilen Jewell and Lucy & La Mer


GETAWAY DOGS
ONLY IN RETROSPECT
Self-release

Uncluttered and dreamlike, this contemplative number is one of those songs which immediately calms the listener. Whether merely as a background accompaniment to your day, or at the forefront of your mind, the effect is the same, and is achieved through a considered use of groove, rhythm and Kai Killion’s soothing vocal. DH


OKAYWILL
COLD
Majestic Casual

Cold is self-consciously small-scale: it sounds like a lover recreating a sensual R&B track to their audience of one, and is all the more charming for it. The brass line that serves as the post-hook is wonderfully silly, and underneath all this is a mastery of songcraft that wins the listener over. BD


EMMA WHITE
TEN YEAR TOWN
Whitehouse Records

Sweet sweeping vocals and poignant lyrics from this exciting country artist make this a real standout. It’s a stripped-back, thought-provoking guitar-led ballad that shines a light on the pitfalls artists come across on the road to success. It’s all about how it takes 10 years to become an “overnight success”. LK


SAWEETIE
MY TYPE
Warner Records

A short sharp burst of crunk revival, this flip of Petey Pablo’s Freek-A-Leek bangs just as hard as the original did 16 years ago. And Saweetie’s call-and-response hook sets the track off perfectly, ice-cold sex rap in the tradition of Trina or Lil Kim with a Bay Area twist. BD


EILEN JEWELL
CRAWL
Signature Sounds

A careening fiddle guides this rocking country number. With Jewell arguing the toss between embracing the future and longing for the past, it’s only fitting that she’s accompanied by a track which feels like it could veer off a cliff at any moment – rather that than be stuck in the middle of an identity crisis. DH


LUCY & LA MER
BLUE DRESS
Self-release

It’s just been Pride Month and this country-pop single is an LGBTQ anthem celebrating all of our differences. It has a soulful feel and a laid back production making it a real standout from an artist well and truly on the rise. It has the real potential to be a big hit. LK


Words: Duncan Haskell, Ben Devlin, Laura Klonowski

Listen to these songs and other On The Stereo selections via the Songwriting Magazine Spotify ‘Music Reviewed’ playlist.



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