Another month of amazing music to take us into sad girl fall; here are our top 5 releases we’ve heard in October
Oh Wonder made this album about their relationship, whilst grappling with the fact that they might be breaking up. An honest introspection, and an insight into the intricacies of dealing with hurt with a partner, this album is filled with all kinds of songs: the angelic “Baby”, the kind-of-disturbing “Dinner”, the musically upbeat but lyrically anguish-filled “Rollercoaster Baby”, and the heartrending “Free.” Josephine and Anthony Vander West really pull out all the stops in this album, with the depth of the lyrics, the lilting melodies, and the beautiful music videos.
While this is not technically a new song, I can’t help but talk about the new music video!! Maybe it’s too soon to call the song a classic, but Traitor feels like a song teenagers in 2040 will listen to, lamenting that they were born in the wrong generation, as they shout out the iconic line, “Guess you didn’t cheat/ But you’re still a traitor.” The music video is reminiscent of “drivers license”: featuring close-up shots of Olivia who isn’t screaming in a burning room like in “good 4 u” or breaking TV screens like in “deja vu”, but is just trying to cope with heartbreak. She’s out to have fun with her friends. They’re riding a jeep, climbing fences, going to pools and arcades. Except, Olivia is very clearly not having a good time, because listen to the song, how could she?
This is the song for when your hurt has stewed around for long enough that it got bored with itself and realises that wait, why has it been hurting you, when it’s not you who did all the hurtful things! This is for when your pain turns to anger and becomes less and less afraid of sticking up for yourself. If you want to discover what that might look like, go no further than this song:
Before I even get to the song, let’s take a moment for the music video. Wow. Just watch it continuously, and let it mess with your sense of time and emotion.
This is such a lovely and happy song! In all this heartbreak, we’re really out here needing something soft and sweet which will tell us everything will be okay, and Gracie Abrams truly delivers: “Met you at the right time/ This is what it feels like.” This song will cleanse everything and give you hope, and when something does that, you just can’t stop listening.
YouTube Comments: “Anyone watching this in 2023?” Lila Drew, that’s who.
I can barely comprehend that 2021 has begun, let alone that it is drawing to a close, when Lila Drew takes us two years away from today. The titular lyric of the song is something so relatable, and so comforting to find in a song: “How did now turn into 2023?”
Her echo-y voice only enhances the feeling that this song is coming from somewhere far away, carrying a message for the present. Here’s the video. See if you can decode it.
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