January 6: Weekly Round-Up

New year, new playlist.

As an avid runner, my playlists wear out faster than my sneakers, so the struggle of finding new music to keep things interesting on long runs is real.

I’m constantly looking for a new song to throw into the rotation, with genre and tempo rarely being of importance. (If you haven’t tried running to a heart-breaking ballad, then you are missing out on some wonderfully intense sprinting. Outrun those feelings, baby.)

As I can’t be the only one looking to keep their collection fresh, here is my weekly round-up of lesser known songs to try out during your long commute or while cleaning up your apartment.

Woman Lover Powerful | Daniella Mason

Genre: Pop
Release Date: September 6, 2019

Daniella is a beast of an artist, both lyrically and vocally. She has written tracks for A-listers, and even toured with Demi Lovato.

This song is essentially just a 3 minute confidence boost. It’s fun, it’s danceable, and the chorus never fails to fire me up.

Blame It On The Kids | AViVA

Genre: Alternative
Release Date: November 16, 2018

AViVa labels her music as alt pop-rock emo, which seems like a mildly overwhelming ensemble on paper, but it makes for a sonically unique and pleasing sound in reality.

I have soft spot for songs that give me small dose of anxiety and the introduction to the chorus of this song does not disappoint. The pause before the rush of instruments gives the song a really suspenseful and impactful vibe.

I Am Falling For You | Loving Caliber

Genre: Pop
Release Date:
May 18, 2018

Loving Caliber is a Swedish trio with a primarily acoustic collection.

I Am Falling For You is best described as light-hearted and sweet. It’s reminiscent of earlier Ed Sheeran tracks with the rapped verses and background beat-boxing.

Rocky Raccoon | Charlie Parr Ft. Nicholas Mrozinski

Genre: Rock/Pop (but with some definite twang)
Release Date:
December 6, 2011

Charlie Parr is a folk blues musician from Duluth with over 15 albums released since 2002.

This cover of The Beatles’ Rocky Raccoon has been chaotically divisive my household, but I stand by my love for this twang-ified version. It’s impressively different from the original and it’s wildly fun to sing along to.

Strange Girl | The Zolas

Genre: Rock
Release Date:
January 1, 2012

The Zolas are an indie-rock band based in Vancouver, Canada.

I’ll start off by admitting that I’m a bit biased in including Strange Girl. The Zolas are my favorite band and they deserve more recognition. So, I’m highlighting my second favorite song by them (S/O to Escape Artist) in this week’s round-up. Strange Girl is a strong rock song, with some beautiful lyrics to bat.

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