- Category: New Music
- Published on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 06:00
Passenger - Anywhere
Singer/songwriter Passenger – aka Michael David Rosenberg – returns with new single, “Anywhere.” “Anywhere” serves as the second single from Passenger’s forthcoming studio album, Young as the Morning Old as the Sea. Young arrives in late September. While that’s a few weeks off, “Anywhere” sufficiently whets the listener’s palate.
“Anywhere” features a relatively fast tempo with a breezy, light sound. A distinctive, recurrent riff gives this record a clear identity. Speaking of clear, clarity characterizes the vocals by Passenger. His distinct pipes beautiful paint the backdrop. Passenger never has to fight the production; it’s poised and perfectly assembled.
Some other highlights of “Anywhere” include an excellent chord progression. The refrain wins the nod for best progression. Besides Passenger’s awesome lead vocals, strong backing vocals support him on the refrain. Finally, there’s a wonderful assortment of sounds– guitar, organ, wind instruments, etc.
Train - Play that song
Train broke out at the tail-end of the ’90s with Top 20 earth-shaker “Meet Virginia.”
The San Fran band’s lead single from their second album, “Drops Of Jupiter,” was a global smash that won a Grammy in 2002.
They followed that up with another anthem for the ages in 2003, “Calling All Angels.”
By 2010, Train had cured cancer thanks to their mind-melting, six-times Platinum mega-hit “Hey, Soul Sister.” And, yep — it landed the band another Grammy. When will Beyonce ever?
Remember “Drive By”? Another smash-a-roo!
And now, Coldplay best be taking the next helicopter back to Amateurville, because Train are returning this Thursday, September 29, with brand new single “Play That Song.”
Shawn Mendes - Mercy
Shawn Mendes performed his dynamic new ballad "Mercy" on Thursday's The Tonight Show. Backed by mallet drums, electric guitar, bass and piano, the young singer-songwriter went from a hum to hard-hitting, melismatic vocal runs.
During his Tonight Show visit, Mendes also assisted Jimmy Fallon and the Roots by singing Twitter parody lyrics submitted with the hashtag #FallSongs. "Hello Starbucks, my old friend/ It's time for pumpkin spice again," he sang in the style of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence." Another highlight was his autumn-styled version of Adele's "Hello": "Hello, it's trees," he sang. "We were wondering if after all these months you'd like some leaves."
"Mercy" – which follows Mendes' Top 10 Billboard hit "Treat You Better" – highlights the 18-year-old's second LP, Illuminate. The singer recently released a guitar-smashing video for the dramatic power-ballad.
Niall Horan - This Town
One Direction's Niall Horan surprised fans with a debut solo song "This Town." The boy band has been on hiatus since releasing their fifth album Made in the A.M. last fall.
The acoustic song reflects on the things Horan never got to say to a lost lover. It's accompanied by a stripped down, black-and-white video of the Irish singer performing with "one mic" and "one take." Sia collaborator Greg Kurstin produced the song, which was co-written by Horan, Jamie Scott, Mike Needle and Daniel Bryer. The song's gentleness is reminiscent of many of One Direction's ballads like the Ed Sheeran-penned "Little Things."
"This Town" comes with the announcement that Horan has signed a solo deal with Capitol Records. "Thank you to all the One Direction fans for your love and support as always," Horan said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to the next part of this journey together."
One Direction's Liam Payne also inked solo deal with Capitol Records in July. Harry Styles signed with Columbia, while former member Zayn Malik has been on RCA since departing the band in early 2015. Louis Tomlinson remains the final member of the group without a solo recording deal since the band went on a break.