Billie Eilish and Khalid represent some of the music industry’s most exciting young talent, so it’s no surprise to see them linked up on a hauntingly beautiful new track here. Both artists have come into 2018 with tons of momentum, with Billie Eilish appearing on essentially ever major Artists to Watch list (and also my own) and Khalid doing the same and snagging some Grammy nominations as well. Thankfully none of their talent is wasted here on lovely, a subdued piano-led duet that sees the pair trading verses and layering gorgeous harmonies. It’s a very interesting blend of their respective sounds that come together to make something truly special. Both Eilish and Khalid are two of the artists with the highest expectations on them and “lovely” is evidence that they’re not only meeting them, but exceeding them. Be sure to check out “lovely” below and stay tuned for more hopefully soon.
I was definitely behind when it comes to Danish trio Off Bloom. I didn’t come across them until the end of 2017 when they appeared on Breaking More Waves’ list of Artists to Watch. Since then I’ve gone back and familiarized myself with their brand of left of center pop and now I’m fully on board. After they released their second EP, Lover Like Me, in September, the threesome stayed relatively quiet, but have now shared their first track of 2018 with Love Actually. While I had gravitated towards the groups more anthemic tracks like “Falcon Eye” or “rockefe11a”, “Love Actually” is a much more subdued track, while still maintaining elements of their off-kilter vibe, with great success. It shows off a different side to their sound while remaining extremely catchy and enjoyable. Off Bloom are another great example of Denmark producing some of the best pop music out there right now. Check out “Love Actually” below and get on board with the trio now.
Newcomer duo More Giraffes is certainly on my list of artists with the strongest debut singles of the year so far. They blasted onto the scene, and my playlists, back in February with their first effort, “Basement”, an eclectic mix of sounds that’s instantly irresistible and had me going back over and over. If you missed it, you should definitely check it out HERE. Now they’re back with their second ever track, Dinosaur, and it definitely continues their upward momentum. “Dinosaur” embraces the more electronic side to their sound, with more production breakdowns and it’s definitely heavier on the synths, with great success. More Giraffes are making playful electropop music you can’t help but enjoy. They have some reference points to people already making music (I mentioned WESLEE last time), but they’re totally unique in what they’re producing. Do yourself a favor and check out “Dinosaur” below and get on board with More Giraffes.
Rising artist King Princess first showed up on the blog a few months ago with one of the best debut tracks of the year in “1950”. It’s not only one of the strongest first efforts, but also one of the most solid tracks of the year. The music world seems to have taken notice too, as the song was widely covered across the internet and has since racked up a staggering 34 million plays on Spotify alone. If you haven’t heard it yet, be sure to check it out HERE. With all the hype, it’s an understatement to say people were eager to see what she would do next, and luckily she hasn’t disappointed with her second track, Talia. While “1950” played up the more indie side to her sound, “Talia” is a more straightforward pop song, showing off a different side to what she can do that definitely raises her stock moving forward. With two solid tracks under her belt, King Princess is certainly poised as one of the most exciting artists to watch. Be sure to check out “Talia” below and get on board with her now.
Although this is London artist Sinead Harnett‘s first appearance on Symbiosis, she’s been consistently releasing excellent music for years now. I first came across her in 2015 when she released her single “Do It Anyway”, a compelling track that was setting Harnett up to be a rising pop star with an R&B twist. Since then, however, she has seemed to more fully embrace the R&B/soul side of things with great success. Her self-titled EP in 2016 spawned two of my favorite tracks of the year, “Rather Be With You” and “If You Let Me” which was her first collaboration with GRADES, a working relationship that would continue to today with her latest track, Body. It’s a gorgeous, downtempo R&B track that shows off Harnett’s vocals beautifully. Sinead Harnett is one of my favorite rising R&B/pop stars and I can’t wait to see what she’s going to come up with next. Be sure to check out “Body” below or click HERE if you don’t have Spotify.
I’m so happy that AURORA is back! I’m been following the Norwegian pop star since she released her track “Under Stars” back in 2014, and have been a big fan since. Her debut album, All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, released in 2016, was one of my favorite pop albums of the year and has one of the highest hit rates of an album in recent memory; every track is a winner! After teasing new music for a while now, she finally has shared her newest single, Queendom, on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show. It’s a pristine piece of pop that picks up right where she left off two years ago but continues to show growth. AURORA has a special way of making pop music that’s totally accessible while still being completely in her own lane; no one makes music that sounds quite like hers. Do yourself a favor and check out “Queendom” below and hopefully get ready for lots more music on the horizon from AURORA.
UK-based artist Ben Khan is someone I wasn’t sure if I would ever have to pleasure of covering on the blog. It’s been almost three years since his last EP, 1000, and I didn’t know if we had heard the last of him or not. When I first heard his track, “Youth”, I was immediately struck by how he was able to craft a song that was full of strange production and sounds, but anchored by an incredibly catchy melody that gets you singing along right away. Well now thankfully he’s back and is showing the same kind of prowess on his latest track 2000 Angels. It starts out slow but builds throughout to something truly special. “2000 Angels” is a great example of forward thinking pop and hopefully is heralding great things for Ben Khan. Along with the track comes the announcement that his long awaited debut album will be released this summer so we definitely have more to look forward to. In the meantime, check out “2000 Angels” below.