Volume 20 of our Staff Picks is sure not to disappoint with a few hit songs to get you through your week! Acentric Magazine’s weekly Staff Picks Playlist features the most enjoyed songs played throughout the week, chosen by yours truly. With this eccentric playlist, we hope to introduce you to sounds you’ve never heard before and create nostalgia for the tunes you do know.
This week we feature music from east coast duo Overcoats, a hit from X Ambassadors, and a new single from Trent Harmon.
“Unsteady” by X Ambassadors
Sometimes I come across songs with lyrics that are accurate AF to my emotions. Sometimes I find songs that give me all the feels. “Unsteady” easily checks off both of those descriptions. It’s just the right amount of a mixture between soulful and sad. I can’t stop listening to it. (Angelica Nicolle Abalos, Editor in Chief)
“Know the Feeling” by Halfnoise
“Know the Feeling”, the first single of Halfnoise’s new record is a summer hit. Halfnoise, better known as Zac Farro ex-drummer of Paramore, has shown a new side to his music and “Know the Feeling” is proof he can present himself as a strong solo artist. This new song makes you want to roll down the car windows, crank up the volume, and jam along. (Allison Del Fium, Staff Writer)
“WILD” by Troye Sivan feat. Alessia Cara
This new single has me feeling all sorts of things since it came out. Troye’s unmistakable style alongside Alessia’s vocals are the perfect combination and I don’t think there’s better way to put it. The new verse sang by Alessia is full of hope, the need of adventure and just to leave everything behind and have that WILD moment in life. (Erika Garcia, Photographer)
“Smaller Than My Mother” by Overcoats
This song is full of beautiful harmonies of an east coast duo whose voices perfectly compliment each others. “Smaller Than My Mother” is an honest song about a not so good relationship that gets you listening to it over and over to hear the story told again. (Emma Watts, Photographer)
“Desperation” by 1st Vows
1st Vows is Ryan Hunter’s (formerly of Envy on the Coast) solo venture, and if you’ve heard eotc before you know this man has talent. Lyrically and vocally. This song is the first single released and it’s subtle with perfect harmonies and some synth tones. Although it’s not what you expect from him you can still hear how personal his lyrics are. The song almost sounds like he ‘s fighting himself on his beliefs and/ or religion. Something that eotc lyrics have in common. Maybe he’s trying to convince himself of something…who knows. It’s open to interpretation, and that’s the best part of it. (Carolina Rivera, Photographer)
“There’s A Girl ” by Trent Harmon
So I knew this would be my staff pick this week ever since he announced the release date for this song. When I first heard Trent sing the song on Periscope, I knew I would love it even though the quality was pretty bad. The lyrics remind me of “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World because he talks about men doing the craziest things, and it all comes down to a girl. When he was on American Idol I knew he would do well in the music industry and I’m glad he is. Listen out for Trent Harmon, his music just puts a smile on your face.(Camille Wilcher, Social Media Coordinator)
“Foreign Fields” by Doji
I just discovered this song a few days ago, but it is super catchy and I find myself coming back to it nearly everyday. I love the vibes and refreshing sound of Doji. Doji is Isaac Solo’s latest project, and this is only the second single that has been released, but I’m liking what I’m hearing and look forward to more music! (Kathryn Farley, Social Media Manager)