Noteworthy album & EP releases:
Waiting to Spill, The Backseat Lovers
The Greatest Thing I”ll Never Learn, Dylan
Marginalia, Ella Jane
End of An Era, Emei
Heartbreak Country, Vol. 2 – Gia Woods
When I’m Alone, girlpuppy
Over & Over, Jackie Hayes
Girl Next Door, Kailee Morgue
Luv 4 Rent, Smino
Air Guitar, Sobs
Best Day of My Life, Tom Odell
Alpenglow, Trampled by Turtles
In chronological order:
“Can You Afford To Lose Me?” – Holly Humberstone
Release date – October 24
“Can you afford to lose me?” is a question that I would venture to assume that not many people say out loud. Sure, we all probably have thought about it, wondering if the person who seems to be relying on you in a toxic sort of way would really be able to continue their lives without using you as a crutch, but saying it out loud can make you sound like you’re on your high horse (yes, I am referencing Muna here).
But Holly Humberstone says it, multiple times in her new track, so often that it’s the title of the song. And she doesn’t make it sound like a narcissistic question: her delivery is genuine. Something like “Are you able to really let go of this? Because once you do, there’s no going back.”
The production and lyrics scream The 1975 to me so much it hurts.
“Into My Body” – UPSAHL
Release date – October 27
Remember the song “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld? The one that eventually was universally understood as a song about masturbation? That’s a similar vibe I get from UPSAHL’s new track, but maybe a less metaphorically straightforward but just as fun. “Into My Body” is UPSAHL’s latest single since “Antsy” in September and “Monica Lewinsky” in May, and it’s ahead of UPSAHL’s next EP, out in December.
“I wrote ‘Into My Body’ at the beginning of the summer after getting back from almost 6 months of touring,” UPSAHL explained in a statement. “For the first time in a while, I wasn’t surrounded by chaos and constant brain stimulation, so I was kind of left to me and my own thoughts. I got stuck in my head and was completely disconnected from reality.”
“Casual” – Chappell Roan
Release date – October 28
America’s next biggest pop star Chappell Roan has dropped another song, and it goes to show that she just keeps getting better and better. I had the privilege of hearing “Casual” live back in August at The Troubadour, and I had been anxiously awaiting the official release. I think everyone (or most of us) can relate to the struggles of dating someone who treats you like a significant other but refuses to call it anything but ‘casual,’ which is exactly what this song’s subject matter is about, along with some R-rated lyrics about performing some sex acts.
I haven’t thought any of Roan’s previous releases from this year (“Femininomenon,” “Naked in Manhattan”, “My Kink is Karma”) sounded very country, but there’s something about the melody in “Casual” that gives me that little twang that I didn’t know I needed from Roan.