Abby’s Weekly Music Review—Rina Sawayama, Claud, and More

I always look forward to Thursday nights, anticipating when the clock will finally strike midnight and Friday’s new music is released. Here are some standouts from this week’s music drop.

  1. 1. “Love It If We Made It” covered by Rina Sawayama

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    This Friday my favorite pop princess, Rina Sawayama, dropped the deluxe version of her album “SAWAYAMA,” much to my friends and I’s delight. Included in this exciting addition of her iconic album was a cover of the 1975’s “Love It If We Made It.” Rina gave it her own electropop, feminine twist, giving the song a new energy I never would have expected. If you haven’t heard Sawayama’s music I would definitely give it a listen. Some of my personal favorites are “XS” and “Cherry.”

  2. 2. “Soft Spot” by Claud

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    If 2020 has taught me anything, it’s that Claud is the new queer pop icon we’ve been waiting for. Their songs are soft, sweet, and far too relatable. They’ve been recently recruited by Phoebe Bridgers’s record label Saddest Factory— clearly, I’m not the first person to see their musical potential. Their single “Soft Spot” is disgustingly catchy, with upbeat guitar tracks and honest lyrics. Claud’s debut album, “Super Monster,” comes out on February 12 and I can’t wait to listen.

  3. 3. “Is There Something in the Movies? (Briston Maroney version)” by Samia and Briston Maroney

    Samia is another rising star that I think everyone needs to listen to. Her first album, “The Baby,” came out in August of this year and it exhibits some of her best work. One of her most honest songs, “Is There Something in the Movies?,” feels lonely and melancholic, really emphasizing Samia’s vocal range and songwriting abilities. Samia also announced recently that “The Baby Reimagined,” a full-length album of Samia’s music embellished by other artists, would be coming out in January. Briston Maroney’s take on “Is There Something in the Movies?” was exceptional, with his deeper, raspy voice pairing well with Samia’s melodic sound. This duo is something I never knew I needed, so be sure to check it out.

Tune in again next Sunday to hear my opinions on next week’s new releases, or follow my Spotify for more music suggestions!

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