The Drop – Empire of the Sun, Big Wild, & Léon
The Drop is us cutting through the massive jungle of new music that’s been released over the last seven days. We sharpen our proverbial machetes and cut through the shit to get you to the content that you need to be listening to.
This is The Drop.
Big Wild – Superdream
The debut album, Superdream, from Big Wild is quickly becoming a favorite for all of my playlists. It is a whole vibe that has me wishing it was summertime from one song to the next. Big Wild (or Jackson Stell) also takes control for the first time on the mic as the primary vocalist for almost the entire album. The album is a strong compilation of funky riffs and infectious electro waves, making this album my pick of the week.
Billie Eilish – “bury a friend”
This year, Billie Eilish is underway with new music being released left and right. This may be another big year for the young indie star—especially in the coming months as Billie is expected to be releasing her new album, along with setting out on tour. Her new single titled “bury a friend” keeps the tempo on pace with her whisper vocals (which is becoming her signature sound), and with its eerie and cryptic beats, this track is giving me goosebumps in a creepy, good way. This music video is also worth watching. Watch here to know why…
BETWEEN FRIENDS – “affection”
The local Los Angeles based band, BETWEEN FRIENDS, are also expecting to release a lot of new music in 2019. I am honestly just discovering them, but their music and their sound are so likable and cool. Their new single titled “affection” is a mellow indie ride of guitar riffs mixed with sweet and serene vocals. If you’re a fan of lovelytheband, Oh Wonder, or HAIM, then BETWEEN FRIENDS definitely fits right into that wheelhouse of music.
LÉON – “You And I”
Release after release, I become an even bigger fan of Léon. She has a voice that I find myself listening to nonstop, and she continues to release new music into the pop atmosphere that is so easy to gravitate towards. “You And I” comes from her upcoming debut album and is the title of her upcoming tour. This song gives so much energy, while talking about so much heartbreak—I just love it more with every listen. Léon’s debut self-titled album will be releasing on March 1st.
Empire of the Sun – “Chrysalis”
This year marks the 10th year anniversary of Empire of the Sun’s album, Walking on a Dream, that has become one of the most iconic compilations in indie/pop/rock. The band will be releasing a special edition vinyl of the album, along with the release of their new song, “Chrysalis.” The ’80s inspired groove is reminiscent of the days where indie rock was at an all-time high with bands like MGMT, Passion Pit, Cold War Kids, and Phoenix were all the rage and Empire of The Sun was leading the pack. In lieu of their anniversary, I am sitting here hoping that this means new music from Empire of the Sun in the upcoming year or so.