If you forgot that new music exists in a week dominated by U.S. presidential election news, well, you wouldn’t be alone. But as always, musicians — including Monsta X, Miley Cyrus, Brittany Howard, and more — are here to lend their voices to pain and comfort, grief and celebration, and sometimes, just good vibes.
Covers are in this week, with Miley teaming up with Stevie Nicks to reimagine “Edge of Seventeen” alongside Miley’s own ‘80s rock-inspired track “Midnight Sky,” and Brittany Howard giving a new voice to the classic show tune “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Elsewhere, check out new offerings from Monsta X, Paloma Mami, and more.
Below, here are our selections for Teen Vogue‘s Best New Music Friday.
Miley Cyrus ft. Stevie Nicks, “Midnight Sky (Edge of Midnight)”
Who knew Miley Cyrus’s recent song “Midnight Sky” and Stevie Nicks’s 1981 hit “Edge of Seventeen” would go so well together? Turns out Miley and Stevie did. Their new mashup uses the framework of “Midnight Sky” with the iconic guitar riff to “Edge of Seventeen,” blending the two songs together with each artist lending their voice to the other’s song — a reimagining so smart it feels natural.
Monsta X, “Night View”
Monsta X’s new album Fatal Love is here, with lead single “Love Killa” as the flashy hit (and it is indeed a good one). But b-side song “Night View” is a whole mood, with a quietly thudding atmospheric beat to go along with its spacey lyrics. “Don’t know what to do, dunno what to do,” the song goes. “So why don’t we just nod all day?”
Paloma Mami, “For Ya”
“When I describe ‘For Ya’ to anyone, I simply say, ‘It’s such a vibe,'” Paloma Mami said of her new song in a statement. She’s not wrong: her newest single “For Ya” is a fabulous cathartic trip through her musical aesthetic. She added that it’s meant to be a sort of “trance,” soothing and calm as it tells a story of expressive love. We’ll be over here watching and counting the days till the release of her debut album.
Amy Allen ft. Pink Sweat$, “What a Time to Be Alive”
The latest from up-and-coming singer-songwriter Amy Allen and R&B hitmaker Pink Sweat$ is a fairly devastating recounting of the past year called “What a Time to Be Alive.” It’s bleak, sure, but the “what’s next” of it all is very present against their pretty vocal harmonies. “This song is a call to action and a cry for help,” Amy said in a press statement. “It’s a song about what we’re leaving to future generations, asking what we’re doing to ensure a more beautiful, more safe and more sustainable planet.”
K/DA, “I’LL SHOW YOU” (TWICE, Bekuh Boom, Annika Wells)
Ongoing pop League of Legends collaboration K/DA released debut EP ALL OUT this week. The virtual concept of K/DA centers around four members, who are visually represented by League of Legends characters. Their songs are sung by a variety of different artists (so far including members of (G)I-DLE, Madison Beer, Bea Miller, Lexie Liu, and more), and a highlight on the EP is TWICE contribution “I’LL SHOW YOU.” The song features vocals from TWICE members Jihyo, Nayeon, Sana, and Chaeyoung, in addition to Bekuh Boom and Annika Wells — and it’s a seriously infectious jam.
Brittany Howard, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”
Oft-covered show tune “You’ll Never Walk Alone” — originally from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel — actually got two covers this week, one from Lana Del Rey and one from Brittany Howard, the vocalist and guitarist of Alabama Shakes who has also embarked on a critically-acclaimed solo career. The timing is appropriate for new versions of the song to crop up, given its empowering message amid a contentious, drawn-out U.S. presidential election. And Brittany’s voice is, as always, a dream: confident, full, yearning, hopeful. “At the end of a storm, there’s a golden sky,” she reminds us, “and the sweet silver song of a lark.”
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