Spotify Release Radar and Discover Weekly picks
By Sonam Kaloti, Arts Editor
Spotify treats me to a great selection of music every week, whether it be through my Release Radar or my Discover Weekly. I thought, “Why keep these treasures only to myself?” Therefore, I decided to share some gems.
“come out and play” by Billie Eilish
The first song is a soft, acoustic holiday ballad by Billie Eilish. This song was created in partnership with Apple for their holiday “Share Your Gifts” campaign and co-written with Eilish’s brother, Finneas O’Connell. The ballad itself is emotional and wistful. Eilish sings to a friend to come outside and play with her, instead of staying alone. The song has warm references to coffee and snow, making it a cozy little fireplace tune. The visual ad paired with the tune features a girl who has creative talents but doesn’t show them to the world because she is too nervous. On his Twitter account, O’Connell said that he and Eilish “got sent an incredibly early version of this commercial when they were still putting it together and [they] wrote this song while watching it.”
“I Knew You When” by Marianas Trench (Explicit)
“I Knew You When” is a pop-rock type of song. Marianas Trench is known for meaningful lyrics presented in music that you can move to. “I Knew You When” is a sad song about past loves, with an upbeat tempo sure to get anyone dancing. Pleasing harmonies are prevalent throughout, with a fun, catchy chorus and triplet beats. Lead singer of the band, Josh Ramsey, spoke of the song on Twitter, saying the song “is about long term, messy, real life love. Love with consequence. Not drunk lust, or ‘living just for tonight,’ or ‘SHOTS!’” Marianas Trench has an upcoming concert at the Orpheum on March 29.
“I Got Top in Bikini Bottom” by Joey Trap (Explicit)
Warning: This song is extremely explicit! As we know, college kids are “cool”, and cool kids listen to rap. However, the definition of cool keeps being altered. Serious rap music is good, sure, but more and more music on topics like SpongeBob SquarePants keep being released—and there must be a reason. The best explanation I’ve found is that the music is simply fun. Music doesn’t always have to be serious; music can be just enjoyable, and I’m glad the world is finally getting on board. This song is only a minute and a half, but it spits straight fire! Just kidding, but this is the kind of song you blast in your car with your friends as you all scream the lyrics together. My only advice is to keep the windows up.