On Volume 16 of Acentric Magazine’s Staff Picks of the Week, we give you beachy vibes, pop anthems, and a little metalcore, to warm up your 3 day weekend. This acentric playlist features the most enjoyed songs played throughout the week, chosen by yours truly. We hope to introduce you to sounds you’ve never heard before and create nostalgia for the tunes you do know.
This week’s playlist features music off of Fifth Harmony’s new album, a little skate punk from PUP and a powerful song of hope from Julien Baker!
“Dreamers” by Willa
As I end my stressful junior year of high school, I’m constantly looking for upbeat pop anthems to start my summer off on a high note. Willa’s music makes me feel like running just because I’m young and because I can, which makes “Dreamers” off of her newly released debut EP Criminals + Dreamers the perfect track for both dreaming and dancing. Oh, and the breakdown in the bridge? Actually makes me feel like I could “walk through walls.” (Briana McDonald, Writer)
“Something’s Off” by Hatebreed
Seven albums and twenty years into their career, metalcore mainstays Hatebreed have a modern classic on their hands with “Something’s Off”, one of several highlights from their new record The Concrete Confessional. The song’s main groove manages to be monstrously heavy and super catchy at the same time, and the gang vocals in the chorus suggest that this one is gonna crush in the live environment. Frontman Jamey Jasta also ventures outside his comfort zone to immense success with some melodic singing in the bridge. Add this to your gym playlist immediately and watch your reps triple! (Ryan Panny, Staff Writer)
“If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will” by PUP
PUP, a skate punk outfit from Toronto, released their sophomore album Friday, May 27th. The Dream is Over is ten tracked gritty fuck-you to all those that oppose the four piece. Vocalist Stefan Babcock opens the album with “If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will”, implying that he and his bandmates are on the verge of killing each other while on tour, even counting down the days until he will be home. (Zoe Dillman, Photographer)
“Hollow Life” by Coast Modern
I discovered this song a few days ago and have listened to it non stop. It’s almost got a haunting sound to it, but beachy at the same time? And it totally works. This is one of Coast Modern’s few singles they have, which is even more impressive seeing how good the song is. (Emma Watts, Photographer)
“Talk Too Much” by Coin
This one has been out since early May, and I kid you not I have listened to it at least twice a day, everyday. It is such a fun song, no matter what you are doing or where you are, when the chorus comes on you just have to sing along and dance/flail around. Go ahead and have a listen, you’ll see what I mean. (Kathryn Farley, Social Media Manager)
“Be Young , Be Foolish, Be Happy” by The Trans
With summer beginning, some beach music is well-warranted! This tune is bouncy and uplifting – perfect for any morning commute or trip to the beach. (Erin Wilson, Social Media Coordinator)
“Dope” by Fifth Harmony
Fifth Harmony are the definition of girl power and there was no doubt in my mind that their new album 7/27 was going to be dope! The song is catchy and makes you want to roll down the windows in the car and scream the chorus for everyone to here. The whole album is just perfect for a road trip with a group of bad chicks! (Camille Wilcher, Social Media Coordinator)
101” by WALLA
Can’t remember how I found this song – possibly from browsing Spotify, possibly from Googling songs about the 101 Freeway (as you do). This little tune has got a sweet, dreamy quality with enough of a fun beat that just feels right for these June gloomy days. The lyrics are sweet, too – who doesn’t like referring to your friends as your brothers and sisters? (Shannon Dodson, Writer)
“B.O.B.” by OutKast
I went to dinner with a friend the other night and at a random point in our convo he asked me ‘what’s your favorite OutKast song?’ And I had to think about it for a few minutes. He proceeded to tell me his was “B.O.B.” for a plethora of reasons. And even though I finally whittled my fav OutKast song(s) between “Elevator and “ATLiens,” I could not stop listening to “B.O.B.” during both long and short drives. It pumps me up everytime I hear it and it has everything you ever want in a track: a beat you can’t help but move to, insanely dope lyrics, electric guitar, a little bit of gospel and some dope scratching. After listening to “B.O.B.” the last few days, it’s definitely a contender for my top three OutKast tracks. (Lorrie Reyes, Writer)
“Go Home” by Julien Baker
If it wasn’t for my pals at AbsolutePunk.net (now Chorus.fm) a while back, I never would have been introduced to Julien Baker’s music. It seemed as if she was all that was talked about for quite some time, so of course, I had to see what the fuss was about. Thank God I did. Julien Bakers’ debut album Sprained Ankle is raw, honest and vulnerable. At the core, it’s simply a girl and her guitar/piano, but the pairing of her soft vocals, ethereal instrumentation and piercing lyrics make it so much more than that.
This song, especially, strikes a chord whenever I hear it. It’s a desperate plea. The singer gives out cry for help that feels almost hopeless, but at the very end there is a beacon of hope as she finishes the song with a sample of the popular hymn “In Christ Alone.” I was able to ask Julien what her thought process was for including that hymn and loved her response: “I love the lyrics to that song. It also reminded me of God’s continued love even when I felt really estranged from faith…”no guilt in life/ no fear in death” and also “no power of hell/ no scheme of man/ can ever pluck me from his hand”. I got really attached to the idea that no amount of failures could separate me from redemption, and I wanted that to be the final message left on the recording.” (Angelica Nicolle Abalos, Editor-in-Chief)