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Goldpark, Sofie Mathiasen, Quarry, O. Wake, Brijean, Charlie Hickey and Kathryn Williams

Seven Fresh Songs #123

Listen to all our daily song picks on our playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Quarry — Chemical

British artist/producer Quarry offers a glorious slice of pop with the refreshingly upbeat “Chemical.” Out via Columbia Records, Quarry says about his new single:

“Chemical” is ultimately about letting go of things we can’t control — like the chemicals that shape us, racing through our bodies and colouring everything we see.

He continues:

We don’t get to choose how they make us feel, it’s just a reaction. Maybe today you weren’t ready for them, but if they catch you in just the right mood, those same feelings that hold you back can be what pushes you forward. The flash of inspiration, the flood of dopamine. These are all things that fly unpredictably, and remind us that we still have surprises worth waiting for. It’s frustrating to not be in control of how we feel, but at the same time, there’s something beautiful and inevitable about letting go.

Beautifully put. We particularly love the sentiment of surprises being ahead of us worth waiting for. Every single day is full of them and we can add some joy by listening to a vibrant song like “Chemical,” our Song Pick of the Day:

Connect with Quarry here.

Kathryn Williams — Answer In The Dark

Liverpool-based multi-faceted artist Kathryn Williams announced her new album “Night Drive” for July 15 on One Little Independent. The second single, “Answer in The Dark,” is a sweeping, nocturnal track with cinematic string arrangements.

Kathryn says about the album:

Some of it is questioning who we are, realising that being human is about flaws, humility, and the consequences of how we react to others. It can be about the longevity of a long-term relationship, how to keep the fire burning and to celebrate that. So many love songs are about the first moments, but this is about enduring love. The simple things that fill a day and how our dreams and wants are so separate from the daily grind. The final track is a philosophical musing on loss and gain in life. How by living a long life we will lose so much, but that in itself is riches.

Watch the video for “Answer In the Dark” below or listen to the song on your favorite streaming service:

Brijean — Shy Guy

We are huge fans of Cali duo Brijean, comprised of much thought after percussionist Brijean Murphymulti-instrumentalist Doug Stuart. The duo is announcing their new EP Angelo, with the irresistibly catchy “Shy Guy,” out August 5th on Ghostly International (pre-order/pre-save.)

Ultimately, the emotive “Shy Guy” serves as a motivational anthem for the wallflowers among us. Murphy sets the mood as follows:

“We are in junior high, we’re on the dance floor, what’s going down, who is dancing, who is not, how are we gonna make them dance?” The narrator, the MC, hypes up the room as conga-driven rhythms bounce between languid synth and guitar lines. “Show me how to move…I feel something…I know you feel it too,” Murphy sings sweetly, calling back to the opening lines of Feelings, and this time the audience chants it back.

Listen to “Shy Guy,” our Song Pick of the Day:

Connect with Brijean here.

O. Wake — Let’s Get All Pessimistic

O. Wake is the project of Brooklyn-based musician Ofer Shouval. With his second single, “Let’s Get All Pessimistic,” he takes you on a wild music ride against the negativity bias in the news that can become a self-destructive addiction.

Listen to our Song Pick of the Day below:

Charlie Hickey — Gold Line

“What’s the point of even trying” muses Charlie Hickey on the beautifully mellow “Gold Line,” and takes the listener on a joyful ride. The accompanying video supports the positive, inviting vibe, because that’s what the gorgeous track ultimately offers.

“Gold Line” is taken from Charlie Hickey’s upcoming album Nervous at Night out on May 20th via Saddest Factory Records (pre-order). Asked about “Gold Line,” the Pasadena-based artist says:

This is a song about being overtaken by a feeling that you know is bigger than you. It’s scary, but also really exciting and joyous.

Listen to “Gold Line,” our Song Pick of the Day:

Connect with Charlie Hickey here.

Sofie Mathiasen — Magnetic Love

Sofie Mathiasen currently attends school in Vienna but she comes from a diverse background and was raised in South America. Her first single, “Magnetic Love,” is an intimate but catchy pop song about the push and pull of a complicated relationship. She is currently working on more material for an EP, and if her debut is any indication, we’re up for a real treat.

Sofie says about the song:

“Hi! My name is Sofie Mathiasen, and I think everyone has a story worth being told. I watched, for years as two friends of mine struggled through a toxic relationship, hurting each other but also being the others source of asylum. They may as well have been magnets: they always found their way back to each other. I may have never experienced love, but I asked both of them their own perspective, and took it upon myself to put they way they felt about one another in the form of a song. I wanted to take something ugly and somehow make it beautiful. I wrote magnetic love just for that.”

Listen to “Magnetic Love” below on Bandcamp:

Goldpark — Lady Lightyear

Indie rock three-piece Goldpark just released the glorious “Lady Lightyear” and will be on tour throughout May and June, playing some of these shows with fellow Nashvillians The Thing With Feathers. I first noticed Goldpark thanks to their formidable cover of the New Radicals’ superhit “You Get What You Give,” which I immediately added to my Brilliant Cover Songs playlist.

Formed in 2019, Goldpark is the project of Wes James (vocals), Andrew Smith (guitar), and Kyle Neblett (drums). Asked about “Lady Lightyear,” the band says:

Love is the closest thing that we have to magic. It’s the only thing that drives us to cross countries, oceans, or even galaxies. There are traces of love in every truly great thing that we can see, hear or touch. All great art comes from some form of love. It doesn’t all look the same though. Sometimes it’s the fear of love. Or maybe the feeling of being broken over love. But it’s all love. Lady Lightyear is a song for all of the Milky Way and beyond to enjoy together. Leave the door open for love somewhere in the stars.

Love is truly magical and knows no boundaries. Great reminder to be open for love wherever you are or wherever you’re looking for it. Listen to “Lady Lightyear,” our Song Pick of the Day:

Connect with Goldpark here.

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