June gifted us a ton of new music. Between all of the album releases and dropped singles, it can be hard to know where to start listening to all of this new material. Lucky for you, here's a curated list of some of the best new music released in June.
In no particular order, take a look at these 10 new music releases:
1. "Supercut" by Lorde
If you haven’t yet heard Lorde’s sophomore album, Melodrama, then you’re missing out. Although it’s easy to recommend every song, “Supercut” is one for the ages. With a building epic soundscape throughout and lyrical aesthetic (“We were wild and fluorescent // come home to my heart”) this song has self-evident quotabiity. It also has great potential to be belted while driving!
2. "The Man" by The Killers
If you haven’t yet heard it on the radio, “The Man” is a wonderful new addition to The Killers discography. With an intense beginning to start things off right, the song is sick. With Childish Gambino going Prince with his last album, you can’t help but draw comparisons between the success of "Redbone" and the sound change for The Killers's new single. They produced a great song, and it’s simply a positive jam to listen to.
3. "Better Off" by Handsome Ghost
If you are interested in listening to something softer, “Better Off” could be for you. Handsome Ghost’s discography is full of feelings, angelic back-up vocals, and stripped-down bridges. “Better Off” fits right in, and displays some absolutely lovely lyrics while they’re at it: “And I’ll be the pause when you’re telling your friends // How we were both better off.” A beautiful break up song, give “Better Off” 3.5 minutes of your time.
4. "To Be Human" by Sia featuring Labrinth
If you have made it to theaters to see Wonder Woman, then you might have already heard this one. It is played during the movie's credits. “To Be Human” is a wonderful ballad, but what else would we expect from Sia? With a chilling beginning, it makes the chorus all the more impactful. All of her featured artists pull their weight too; when Labrinth’s vocals kick in, his voice is smooth as hell. Inspiring and invoking your feelings, “To Be Human” is a beauty.
5. "Alone" by Halsey
The fifth track on Halsey’s hopeless fountain kingdom, “Alone” is recommended based on its different sound. Listening, it’s easy to hear the jazz influence on this electra pop record. A unique and wonderful combination, “Alone” is a great song and definitively a "Halsey" song in the lyrics.
6. "Million Bucks" by Smallpools
If nothing else, Smallpools is good for a killer summer song. Their previous album, Lovetap!, was the soundtrack for warm months, and “Million Bucks” elicits the same feelings of a fleeting, happy summer. The lyrics are cheesy but catchy: “And though my dollars are few // I feel like a million bucks, a million bucks”.
7. "Giants" by Lights
This single is the first off of Lights’s new album. The song is inspiring, telling us that “we could be giants.” With an epic nature to the chords and vocals, the music video only furthers this message with it’s post-apocalyptic to utopia journey. The stripped bridge really invigorates the song, as the final chorus is able to carry a dramatic build before going into the refrain.
8. "I Miss Those Days" by Bleachers
Bleachers is responsible for the hit “I Want to Get Better” which spoke to the mental health struggles of a highly diagnosed generation. Similarly, this new song says “I’m not sure we were meant to survive” and sympathizes with this same crowd. “I Miss Those Days” speaks to the nostalgia of the millennial generation too, stating “I know I was lost // but I miss those days.” Bleachers knows hows to write a hit to capture the Internet kids, and they’ve done it again.
9. "Two People" by Jaymes Young
Although the entirety of Jaymes Young’s new album, Feel Something, comes highly recommended, “Two People” is one track that deserves some extra attention. This song is both a showcase of Young’s style and his great lyrics. Heart wrenching, the lyrics capture the heartbreak of knowing that the person you love harbors affections for someone else. Young is a new sound to alternative rock, and his music is worth a long listen.
10. "Little of Your Love" by HAIM
Different than their other songs, “Little of Your Love” has country vibes. Unlike modern pop country music, this tune is reminiscent of early 2000’s country music, when The Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain ruled the radio. If your nostalgic for those days, you’ll love “Little of Your Love”.