While the end of 2021 was largely uneventful in music as artists and their teams took a rest from working and releasing new music, the start of 2022 is vastly different as many artists have dropped new and exciting content for us to begin our year.

In today’s New Songs Sunday, we look at a range of new songs from dancehall, drill and R&B to neo-soul, dream pop and rock. 

1. Shenseea – Dolly 

The Jamaican singer gives us a fun Caribbean-influenced dancehall song. Like a young Stefflon Don, Shenseea sings and raps confidently with a message of self-love and body acceptance. 

2. Modern Studies – Light A Fire 

The indie pop band from Glasgow will appeal to Belle and Sebastian fans with their similar sounds. “Light A Fire” is a sweet, dreamy and charming song that will relax you. 

3. The Pictish Trail – In The Land Of The Dead 

Johnny Lynch, a.k.a The Pictish Trail, is an indie-pop artist who has produced an eccentric and inventive little track with “In The Land Of The Dead”. 

4. Bonobo, Joji – From You 

“From You” is a sad, dreamy song with its greatest strength being Australian-Japanese artist Joji’s moody vocals. Joji won millions of listeners’ hearts in 2018 with the viral music video “Slow Dancing In The Dark”.

5. Amber Mark – Most Men (A COLORS SHOW) 

The New York-based singer made her long-awaited debut COLORS performance by revealing her latest track from her upcoming album. “Most Men” is a vibry neo-soul song with empowering lyrics about women in love who tend to make the wrong choices. Look out for her album ‘Three Dimensions Deep’ which comes out on 28th January. 

6. MARINA – Pink Convertible 

The Welsh popstar’s deluxe version for her album ‘Ancient Dreams In a Modern Land’ has come out and “Pink Convertible” is a highlight on the record. Its sunny atmosphere betrays the darker themes.

The lyricism talks about rich, consumerist people living in Los Angeles in their own bubble while the world around them burns, literally and figuratively.

MARINA is indeed one of the few mainstream artists who isn’t afraid of singing about socially relevant and specific dark subjects. 

7. PJ Harvey – The Words That Maketh Murder (Demo) 

The English rocker has released the demo of “The Words That Maketh Murder”. The choir of men’s singing is hauntingly brilliant and it anchors the whole thing just like it did

in her previous demo for “Let England Shake”. We cannot wait for PJ Harvey’s demo version of the ‘Let England Shake’ album to come out. 

8. Let’s Eat Grandma – Happy New Year 

The British pop duo from Norwich gives us a banger, electro dance song about New Year celebrations and close friendships. “Happy New Year” evokes a positive and jubilant message of platonic love and promises of never-dying loyalty for the year to come. 

9. Alaska Thunderf*** – 22 

The influential drag queen gives us a song about being close to turning twenty-two and looks back at all the past struggles that make one who they are. “22” is a soft ballad and quite a move away from the performer’s edgier content. 

10. Moonchild – Tell Him (feat. Lalah Hathaway) 

The neo-soul and alt R&B band from California gives us another soothing and chill tune titled “Tell Him” with outstanding guest vocals by Lalah Hathaway. 

11. Halsey – People disappear here 

Singer Halsey has released the extended version of her album ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’. The album can be split a little roughly into two groups: pop songs and metal-rock songs.

“People disappear here” belongs to the second group. It’s heavy, stylish and angsty with similar themes as the “dark underbelly of California” of MARINA’s “Pink Convertible”. It surely holds its own in the presence of the other songs on the original album. 

12. Softcult – Gaslight 

Softcult is a duo that performs alternative rock, dream pop, and shoegaze, and hail from Canada. Their latest single, “Gaslight”, has that classic indie pop/rock vibe which fans of the genre will love while also having some hard-hitting lyrics. 

13. AURORA – A Dangerous Thing 

“A Dangerous Thing” is one of the rawest lyrics by AURORA as of late. The faux joyous and cult-like spiritual themes which the Norwegian songbird usually performs are traded in exchange of a deeply emotional and mournful rumination about toxic relationships, manipulative but charmful partners, and the struggle that one undergoes under their hold. 

14. Queen Millz – Winner

UK rapper Queen Millz has enormous levels of confidence for someone her age and it shows in “Winner”. The mixing could have been better and her voice could have been louder. 

Check out the “New Songs Sunday” playlist on Spotify: 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7sx3pAGDtZ9F99c0ChftRB?si=4olNjOUVSE2d6C mkrIPBng&utm_source=copy-link

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