Happy Mem day weekend!
Noteworthy album & EP releases:
Mellow Moon, Alfie Templeman
My Friend Mica, Boyish
Blue Skies, Dehd
Banish The Banshee, Isaac Dunbar
closer to closure, Lexi Jayde
i used to think i could fly, Tate McRae
Forest In The City, UMI
Cruel Country, Wilco
In chronological order:
“Don’t Forget” – Sky Ferreira
Release date – May 25
Sky Ferreira’s highly-anticipated return is here! Her first single since 2019, “Don’t Forget,” (not to be mistaken with Demi Lovato’s 2008 song and album of the same name), is reminiscent of the sounds we’ve heard on her 2013 debut album Night Time, My Time. While Ferreira HAS released a handful of singles since her debut project, it feels like we’ve been waiting a lot longer: to me, the few singles that we did get in between those years didn’t feel like they were actual songs that she wanted to represent her discography as a whole.
“Don’t Forget” plays similarly to the music from Night Time, My Time, featuring synth-pop sounds, horns, a catchy guitar riff, and a melody that reminds me of “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette.
Way back in 2019, Ferreira first teased “Don’t Forget” in a Pitchfork interview, where it was described as “a new wave time warp, a lovely bit of nostalgia therapy for people who were never there.” Ferreira’s second album, was initially set to release in 2015, but faced delays due to scheduling conflicts and health issues.
“Hello” – Gia Woods
Release Date – May 26
Persian pop musician Gia Woods started the long weekend off with the announcement of her new EP, Heartbreak County Vol, 2, assumed to be dropping later this year.
“Girl you were broken before we met/ I tried to warn you to save yourself/ How could I love you when I couldn’t love me first,” Woods sings on the hook of “Hello,” an absolute electro-pop banger that rivals artists like Rebecca Black and Kim Petras.
“’Hello’ captures the initial feelings I felt at the beginning of my breakup — a mixture of sad and angry,” Woods tells PAPER. “One moment you think you’re on top of the world and the next moment you get knocked off and humbled very quickly.”
“Sunburn” – Isaac Dunbar
Release date – May 27
If you have listened to any of Isaac Dunbar‘s music, you’ve probably comparisons of his music to artists like like Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, and Pure Heroine era Lorde.
“Sunburn” is one of the songs off of his new EP, Banish The Banshee, and it has the intensity of a lot of the songs he’s released in the past, hinting at working through past relationship trauma and what it feels like to be living with that pain (in the way that a sunburn stings). Get it?
Dunbar, who’s only 19-years-old, has consistently been releasing fantastic alt-pop bangers since 2018: which means he was just 15-years-old when he made his debut. If history repeats itself, it seems like he’s on the cusp of blowing up at quite literally any minute.