“9 (After Coachella),” Cashmere Cat ft. MO & SOPHIE
Released on March 31, “9 (After Coachella)” melds an initially tropical vibration with a journey through the inner workings of a discombobulated machine—and somehow this combination generates a uniquely pleasurable listening experience. The dissonance of shattering glass, snapping, and the robotic xylophone accompaniment contrasted with the clarity of MO’s vocals elevate the single’s message of longing and romantic confusion.
“The One,” The Chainsmokers
The Chainsmokers’ latest hit “The One” follows their typical formula of EDM interludes paired with the vocals of Andrew Taggart, one half of the less-than-dynamic duo, and the angelic vocals of some featured female. This song released March 27 as the third single for their new album Memories… Do Not Open, does manage, however, to deviate slightly with its heavier use of piano to convey the ballad’s take on a failing relationship.
“Love Looks Like,” Art House ft. Natasha Betingfield
With a beat reminiscent of Katy Perry’s smash hit “Firework,” “Love Looks Like,” released March 30, might at first sound like another cookie-cutter portrayal of falling in love. But Art House, along with the vocals of Natasha Bedingfield, tweak the archetype by utilizing an effective crescendo. The whispery, light rasp of Bedingfield’s voice mingled with potent choral support create a contagious fullness of sound.
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