Songs You Should Hear: Genre-Bending Adventures

This Friday, we will continue to diversify your sonic palettes with multi-colored soundscapes full of imagination.

We’re excited to present this week’s Songs You Should Hear, because all three of this week’s selections stretch genres past perceived boundaries. Craftily-woven, diverse influences are the name of the game this week — and it’s a game we’re delighted to play!

Artist: Bandaid Brigade
Song: Perfect
Genre: Yacht Punk
Why You Should Hear It: This one is a fun, jangly tune that brings the deft pop rock arrangements of ELO to mind, while maintaining a slightly crunchy, hard rock edge. “Perfect” is a tongue-in-cheek commentary on those who think that their you-know-what doesn’t stink, and serves as a spirited preview of what’s to come on the band’s forthcoming album, Sex Is Terrifying, set for release August 26.

Artist: Jazz Robertson
Song: It Ain’t Me
Genre: Pop
Why You Should Hear It: This emotionally moving, theatrical pop ballad was written to serve as a reminder of what it means to be valued in a relationship. Robertson tells UMC: “The narrator recognizes that when you value something, you take care of it. You don’t need be forced or convinced; you care for it because you love it, and the same goes for a relationship.”

Artist: Lone Tree ft. Bensoul
Song: Woman
Genre: Rock/Experimental
Why You Should Hear It: Here comes one of the more fascinating submissions we’ve received in recent memory. The Kenya-based quintet’s members have, collectively, lived in 10 countries and speak six different languages. Those influences shine through to create an otherworldly blend of rock, Afrobeat, reggae, soul, and electronica that is quite unlike anything else we’ve heard lately.

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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