New music from Liam Forde, Wrabel, Sophia and Paul Andrews • Instinct Magazine
With a new February stretching ahead of us, we need some new music to move us through the month. Check out these four new tracks ranging from catchy jazzy jams to soaring pop anthems, from smooth R&B to a touch of 80s new wave pop.
Pop/jazz singer and songwriter Liam Forde releases totally catchy single, “When My World’s in Tune”, from his upcoming debut album great to be here Release scheduled for March 25.
“The energy, jazzy beats and melodies of this song are meant to evoke the frenetic sophistication of New York City,” says Forde. “Then we found a cool honk and ‘When My World’s in Tune’ was born.”
The track’s intro is the epitome of New York chill before Forde takes us on a clever organic build of the chorus where we find ourselves rocking on a jazzy hook alongside sassy horns and bold percussive rhythms.
The New York-based singer and songwriter will celebrate the release of the new album with a concert on March 25 at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City. You can follow Liam Forde on Instagram here.
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Wrabel recently released the official music video for “wish you well,” his soaring pop anthem about the passing of a lost love.
In classic Wrabel style, our hero delivers tender, raw lyrics along a sonic journey that goes from zero to sixty and back down to simmering before a final burst of symphonic goodness.
I know we left it a little broken
all tangled up in the unsaid words
a few years now, hope you’re happy
I hope you’re happy to know that someone loves me
Wrabel had his first big breakthrough moment with his 2014 hit “Ten Feet Tall.” This was followed by other hits like “11 Blocks”. and the mighty LGBTQ-themed “The Village.”
In addition to being a songwriter for the stars (Kesha, P!nk, Backstreet Boys), American songwriter dubbed him “one of Hollywood’s finest songwriters for a decade” while Billboard said he was “ready for his breakthrough”. We agree.
Follow Wrabel on Instagram here.
Our singer/songwriter/producer Sophiareleased his first album, Brittle. The nine-track collection shows the Dutch-based artist oscillating with equal ease between infectious pop, mellow R&B and silky neo-soul.
“The album is called Brittle, because I am. Songs are fragile too,” says Sophia. “I have never been so honest in my entire life and it scares me to share everything with the world. But I have found in this process that there is strength in being fragile and vulnerable. It it takes courage to be fragile.
In “Questions,” she explores life after losing a parent and finds herself with questions you can never ask. “When you lose someone you have to cry, but I don’t think anyone really knows how to do that.”
“I want my music to be a safe place for you to feel seen and heard,” Sophia says in a press release. “As a queer woman in this industry, I hope to be that example for others.”
Check out “Questions” below, and you can follow Sophia on Instagram here.
Paul-Andrew second album, From afarleaves sad songs behind choosing to focus on creativity, authenticity and new beginnings.
“The deeper we got into the pandemic, the more I didn’t want to remember the sad aspects of it,” says Andrews. “I decided to save the slower songs for a different project and focus on the songs that had rhythm, that got me moving, going.”
Throughout the album, Andrews mixes echoes of 70s pop, 80s new wave and 90s dance with his own modern sensibilities. With a touch of Pet Shop Boys here, a bit of Tears For Fears there, Andrews stays focused on his musical identity on many levels.
“Into Existence” combines Andrews’ effortless vocals with a warm pop/synth soundscape as the artist and his lyrics analyze the creative process.
tune to another plane’s song
coming from distance bringing sound into existence
transform the alpha wave into frequencies
changing in an instant dragging the sound into existence
Press play for the groovy vibe and follow Paul Andrews on Instagram here.