- Category: New Music
- Published on Thursday, 21 July 2016 06:00
Fitz and the Tantrums - HandClap
L.A. rock and soul stalwarts Fitz and the Tantrums have announced the impending arrival of their third album. The self-titled set, due out June 10 on Elektra Records, will feature 11 new tracks, including the super-poppy lead single, "HandClap.
HandClap" picks up where more modern-sounding tracks like "The Walker" left off, giving the Tantrums' R&B rhythms and soulful vocals a glossy pop sheen. The track was produced by Ricky Reed of electro-pop group Wallpaper; most of the rest of the new album features production work by Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Kelly Clarkson, Foster the People).
Rob Thomas - Pieces
Returning to solo status after the 2012 Matchbox 20 reunion -- this time, the group didn't go on hiatus; they merely took a break while their singer pursued other projects -- Rob Thomas decided to broaden his horizons on 2015's The Great Unknown by working with a variety of different producers and collaborators this time around.
He hasn't entirely abandoned power ballads -- it's in his blood and it's something he does well, as evidenced by "Paper Dolls" and the spare, piano-anchored closer "Pieces" -- and he retains a fondness for surging, insistent anthems, the kind that fill arenas and airwaves with equal ease.
Twenty One Pilots - Heathens
Twenty one pilots released a song called “Heathens” that is set to be on the Suicide Squad soundtrack that will come out August 5th of this year.
Heathen is “a person who does not belong to a widely held religion (especially one who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim) as regarded by those who do” according to the Oxford Dictionary.
“Heathens” is not like any twenty one pilots song they have ever created. It’s slow and eerie. The simple piano notes in the beginning and Tyler Joseph’s overlapping vocals gives off a haunting vibe. Josh Dun’s drums are calm and steady, which is different from the classic twenty one pilots song where the beat relies heavily on the loud drums. It may be different from previous works, but it still sounds amazing. The production and quality is flawless and it’s super immersive – which is perfect for a song that is set to be on a movie soundtrack.
Katy Perry - Rise
Katy Perry unveiled her first new song in three years with "Rise," the singer's theme for NBC's broadcast of the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Perry also shared the single's video, a riveting montage of memorable moments and athletes from Olympics' past.
Produced by pop extraordinaire Max Martin, "Rise" is a galvanic sequel to her 2013 smash hit "Roar." Perry sings: "When the fire's at my feet again/ And the vultures all start circling/ They're whispering, 'You're out of time'/ But still I rise."
"This is a song that’s been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface," Perry said of "Rise" in a statement. "I was inspired to finish it now, rather than save it for my next album, because now more than ever, there is a need for our world to unite,” Perry said in a statement.