March has been a month filled with hope for the future. There is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. While life is slowly going back to normal and we and our loved ones are getting vaccinated, there has been time to appreciate all the good music that has been released these past few months.
Focusing on this past March, there have been many new releases from well-acclaimed artists. To start off the list, lets begin with the Queen of Pop herself, Miss Taylor Swift. Swift is currently in the process of re-releasing her discography due to her legal battle with Scooter Braun. “You All Over Me” was released March 26 quite out of the blue.
Swift informed fans that the song was written back in 2008, but unfortunately, never saw the light of day. However, I think the 13 years was worth the wait because this song is flawless. I’m going to be honest, I have never been a fan of country music. However, this beautiful song that is underlined with banjos, harmonicas, and guitars, is nothing but dreamy.
Swift captivates us with her reminiscent lyrics about a love that has died out. She can’t seem to shake that one lover who has left their mark on her. Swift’s evocative imagery breaks our hearts in more ways than one. Even though the lyrics appear heartbreaking on the surface, she combines longing with happiness. She is glad that she can’t forget this person because they have made an impact on her life that she will remember forever. Swift has done it again, ladies and gents.
Now changing our focus to Pop and Contemporary R&B, Justin Bieber released his new album titled Justice this past month. One of the singles released off the album is called “Peaches”. This track features Daniel Caesar and Giveon as accompanying vocals. While I admit, I am not a fan of Bieber (despite my avid phase when I was 12). However, this song has been embedded in my mind since I heard it. The jazzy song mixes upbeat lyrics with a catchy beat to create a melodious song. The track is accompanied with a plethora of jazz instruments while overlaid with a captivating and repetitious drum beat. Although Bieber’s music isn’t my cup of tea, he definitely captures my attention with this particular song.
Although this last song was technically released April 1st, I think it deserved a quick sign of recognition. Olivia Rodrigo rose to stardom with her acclaimed hit “Driver’s License” back in January. However, she just released another hit that deserves the same amount of accolade. Her newest single, “Deja Vu”, starts off with a catchy riff that resembles a xylophone.
In the song, Rodrigo reminisces about an old love and how quickly they seemed to move on. She points out the fact that her ex seems to be recreating the relationship that they had with someone new. It all seems like deja vu to her. Fans have pointed out how Rodrigo’s admiration for Taylor Swift is clearly demonstrated in the bridge, where a resemblance to Swift’s track “Cruel Summer” is shown. Overall, Rodrigo’s powerful vocals, catchy riffs, and expressive lyrics combine to make another hit. She definitely has a strong career ahead of her.
2021 has several upcoming new album releases. We can look forward to new music by Lorde, Adele, Foo Fighters, Billie Eilish, Lana Del Rey, St. Vincent, King Princess, Clairo and so many more. From alternative to indie, from rock to pop… this year has it all.