Songs You Should Hear: PuffHost Brings the Good Vibes, Esquire Brings the Love Back + More

I had an idea last week, somewhere in the midst of getting ready to move into my new apartment (Friday) and throw NashLive’s first ever festival (Saturday). That idea is to feature a few songs in a single article, quick hits-style, and to tell you what we like about them!

In the future, the idea is to have other UMC contributors (not just me) give their staff picks for the week. But for now, I don’t see any harm in starting this party. With that, I welcome you to…

Songs You Should Hear: October 6, 2021

Artist: PuffHost
Song: That’s Alright
Genre: Alt-Pop
Why You Should Hear It: Coming off the heels of 2020’s timely album, Sleeping Through the End of the World, the always interesting, often philosophical Nashville alt-pop duo returns with a bright new anthem where, it seems, they’ve made peace with what they cannot control. On “That’s Alright,” it’s apparent that PuffHost’s Ethan Rose and Myke Wilken have recharged living in “Low Power Mode”clever reference in the second verse, by the way — and they sound ready to rock a stage near you.

Artist: Sarah Manzo
Song: Say It Slowly
Genre: Pop/Soul
Why You Should Hear It: To get ready for this Friday at The East Room, first of all! Sarah joins Dakota Ryley and Julia Kahn for an exciting, all-female pop bill presented by NashLive! and hosted by Music City Movement. Beyond that, this upbeat blend of pop, R&B, soul, and jazz will have you grooving, and Sarah’s warm vocal fits the sultry soundscape like a glove!

Artist: Esquire
Song: Feelz
Genre: R&B
Why You Should Hear It: On Monday’s upcoming episode of The Quinn Spinn, Esquire lets us all know that he’s here to “bring the love back.” If “Feelz” is any indication, he’s well on his way to achieving that mission, placing silky, Usher-inspired vocals on top of an instrumental that serves as a modern homage to homage to legends like Barry White and Lou Rawls.

Also, Esquire is one of many artists joining us at Cobra Nashville for A Night of Nashville Hip Hop on October 16. Let “Feelz” serve as a preview!

What do you think we should hear? You’re always welcome to let us know! And, if you’re an artist (or represent an artist), you can fill out one of these forms to put your music on our radar!

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