Baylist: January 24, 2017
Baylist – a curated weekly playlist published on Tuesdays containing tracks that have caught Omnisound's attention, relevant to the Bay Area and beyond!
By Nicole White
By Nicole White
“Issues” by Julia Michaels
Julia Michaels, the singer on Kygo’s popular track “Carry Me,” released her first solo track on Jan. 13 and it already has over 5 million Spotify plays! Last weekend, I was surprised to hear “Issues” playing in Berkeley Social Club, a popular trendy new restaurant on University Ave., and to see singer Tyler Glenn from Neon Trees sporting the song on his Instagram story. Julia Michaels has written songs for major artists ranging from Gwen Stefani to Justin Bieber. She is definitely going to be one to watch as her solo career begins.
“Everything to Me” by Great Good Fine Ok
On a whim, my boyfriend and I decided to go see Great Good Fine Ok at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco last Friday night. We had sampled their music and liked the band’s vibe, but we were absolutely blown away by their live performance! They had incredible energy and a plethora of light-up instruments–I would definitely recommend their show. Initially, I thought the group would have an EDM focus based off of the futuristic cover art on their new album titled III which was released earlier this month. However, although there are some apparent EDM elements in their tracks, I would classify their music more of a mixture of indie pop fused with synthpop. Think Two Door Cinema Club meets Walk The Moon meets Saint Motel meets Seven Lions.
“Sooner Or Later” by Aaron Carter
I hate to say it, but this song is good. Like really good. The song was released on Jan. 20 and currently has just over 250,000 Spotify plays, but be prepared for that number to grow exponentially in the coming days. Seems like a bit of a modern pop sellout, but it’s catchy and will most definitely catch on. 2017 just might be Aaron Carter’s come back year.
“Jump” by Lupe Fiasco (feat. Gizzle)
Recently the 2012 hit “Battle Scars” came up in my shuffle and I thought… What happened to Lupe Fiasco? Recalling early high school memories, let me tell you Lupe Fiasco is back. He released the singles “Jump” and “Wild Child” this month. From the artist that also brought us popular song “The Show Goes On” in 2011, Lupe Fiasco’s newest single “Jump” surely bumps. Last year, Lupe Fiasco had reported plans of releasing three new albums, but ultimately cancelled them after a freestyle track released on SoundCloud in Dec. 2016 was removed for hate speech. After this fiasco, he claimed that he was going to retire from music. However, that retirement was short-lived as he now he has plans to drop an album titled Drogas Light on Feb. 10, 2017, which will include the two new singles.
“Waking up (Acoustic)” by Pvris
I love Pvris and have seen them perform twice, but I had never noticed that they have an acoustic 4-song EP until a friend text me about it this week. Singer Lynn Gunn has a beautiful voice on the band’s typical rock songs, but there is something especially striking about her acoustic vocals. With mesmerizing vocals, the EP is addicting–especially the opening song “Waking up (Acoustic).”
“Winter Workout Plan” by Felix Snow
Producer Felix Snow has a mysterious persona. He has produced artists such as Kiiara and Leona Lewis, but has recently been working on his own projects. He is currently in Terror Jr, a pop-trio whose female lead singer’s identity is yet to be revealed. The Terror Jr vocalist has been rumored to be Kylie Jenner, although she has denied these claims. “Winter Workout Plan” is a track off of Felix Snow’s new 2017 EP “No Winter Without Snow” in which he partnered with artist Wintertime. The song is short, clocking in at a mere 2 minutes and 23 seconds. However, it is musical quality over time quantity. With simplistic modern beats, “Winter Workout Plan” is characteristic of Felix Snow’s minimalist style.
“Breaking Up My Bones” by Vinyl Theatre
Although they haven’t released new music since 2014, Vinyl Theatre is currently touring with popular early 2000s rock band Dashboard Confessional. Vinyl Theatre blends punk, rock, and synthpop to achieve a very distinctive sound. “Breaking Up My Bones” is an upbeat song that always makes me want to dance… and now I can dance to it live because Vinyl Theatre will be opening up for Dashboard Confessional on their San Francisco tour date at the Fillmore on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017!