10 New Songs to Add to Your Playlist This April
Listen to our picks featuring Lady Gaga, The Weeknd, Kygo with Miguel, Itchyworms, Hulyo, and more!
(SPOT.ph) We're welcoming April with some fresh music picks featuring Lady Gaga's cover of a classic tune, The Weeknd's heartbreak single, Kygo and Miguel's winning collab, Taylor Swift's latest MV, and Grace VanderWaal's empowering take on a Johnny Nash original. We also recommend top tracks from our very own Itchyworms, Hulyo, Munimuni, Better Days, and Callalily. Enjoy!
Song: "Your Song"
Artist: Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga just released this lovely cover of an Elton John classic. The pop songstress' version of "Your Song" features her unique pop-ballad flavor and her powerful vocals against an exquisite piano-led arrangement, complete with choral backing vocals.
Fun fact: The song is part of the album Revamp: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin, which is due for release on April 6. It will feature new versions of Elton John songs from other popular acts like Mary J. Blige, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, and Sam Smith, among others.
Song: "Sisikat Muli Ang Araw"
Count on Itchyworms to spread sunshine on a gloomy day. The band just released the music video for their latest single, which features their signature rock sound. While the song's message is on the serious side, the band does not fail showing the humor in the accompanying music video.
Fun fact: The music video features comedian Isko "Brod Pete" Salvador as its lead.
Song: "Call Out My Name"
Artist: The Weeknd
People speculate that The Weeknd's "Call Out My Name" references the artist's failed relationship with fellow singer Selena Gomez. The slow-tempo, electro-laced R&B track sees Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (the singer's real name) croon his way through heartbreaking and embittered lyrics.
Fun fact: The single is off The Weeknd's new record, My Dear Melancholy, which has has so far received good reviews. It has also been dubbed a breakup album according to some reports.
Song: "Kahit Isang Saglit"
You need to keep Hulyo in your radar for their distinct alternative sound and poignant songwriting. "Kahit Isang Saglit" features sincere lyrics paired with a memorable instrumentation.
Fun fact: Hulyo band members include Simon Panaguiton (vocals and guitar), David Alistaire Datu (guitar), Kadjo Sarabia (drums), and Michael Abalon (bass).
Song: "Remind Me to Forget"
Artists: Kygo and Miguel
Norwegian DJ and record producer Kygo and American singer-songwriter Miguel team up for a new club banger. "Remind Me to Forget" combines the two artists' electronic and R&B sensibilities. Kygo peppers the song with catchy beats, while Miguel lends his smooth vocals.
Fun fact: In real life, Kygo is Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, while Miguel is Miguel Jontel Pimentel.
Indie-folk band Munimuni deserves a spot in your music library, in case they're not there yet. Their latest poetic masterpiece is a touching love song entitled "Tahanan." The song has a hopeful message matches its intricate folk arrangement and relaxing vocals.
Fun fact: The band also calls their genre "makata pop," which is a fitting way to describe their sound.
Artist: Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift recently shared the music video for her single "Delicate." The mid-tempo pop ballad has a dreamier vibe than her earlier releases. The lyrics hint at either of these two things: The beginning of a relationship or possible troubles caused by fame.
Fun fact: Swift shows her goofy side as she makes funny faces and dances like no one's watching in the music video.
Artist: Better Days
Better Days combines rock and R&B in their single "Nararamdaman." The tune marries edgy and chill energies and features a hypnotic guitar-heavy instrumental during its second half.
Fun fact: Daniel Paringit (vocals and guitar), Rosner Mabuti (keyboard and backing vocals), Gelo Cabigon (bass), and Jaro Delos Reyes (lead guitar) make up Better Days.
Artist: Grace VanderWaal
Grace VanderWaal shares her empowering take on Johnny Nash‘s 1972 classic. In "Clearly" the 14-year-old singer showcases her vocal prowess as she belts through the chorus while accompanied by a gospel choir.
Fun fact: VanderWaal is the winner of America's Got Talent season 11.
Callalily tackles loss in their latest single, "Litrato." Amidst the rich rock instrumentation are heartbreaking lyrics. According to reports, frontman Kean Cipriano wrote the song for his father who passed away due to cardiac arrest March last year.
Fun fact: Callalily is set to perform in Singapore this month.