Welcome to another edition of Single Drop! This is a huge week for single releases and album announcements, with new tracks from The Killers to Rostam to Coldplay. Shania Twain has also dropped a new single, giving a taste of what’s to come from her upcoming album “Now”—her first album release in 15 years. Keep reading to see what we loved, what we didn’t, and what is sure to become a summer hit.
The Killers – “The Man”
By Michelle Guthrie
Coldplay – “All I Can Think About is You”
By Heather Gunn
Coldplay is readying their upcoming Kaleidoscope EP, with the release of a new single, “All I Can Think About is You.” This is a bit of a return to form for Coldplay, who in recent years have strayed from their classic sound in favour of more experimental melodies and EDM influences. After A Head Full of Dreams, an album that did so-so for the band chart-wise, they seem to be taking a step back to the sound that was successful for them in their earlier years.
While still playing off of the aesthetic for A Head Full of Dreams, this EP may be going in a different direction as far as lyrical content and influence. “All I Can Think About is You” gives off strong similarities from songs found on Coldplay’s early albums such as Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head. It’s the kind of song that has a slow groove and builds up seamlessly to a whirlwind, anthemic, gleaming track—much like the iconic hits “Clocks” and “Speed of Sound.” While it does sound like their older material, it’s not completely distant from what they’ve been working on and perfecting recently. It is a stunning combination of every era they have done thus far. If Coldplay are to make another album in the future, staying on this nostalgic kick is the way to go.
Imagine Dragons – “Walking the Wire”
By Caleb Fox
In anticipation of their third studio album Evolve’s release next Friday, Imagine Dragons have released one final single online. “Walking the Wire” is the kind of song that seems to have been written with stadium play in mind. Though it’s the slowest of the songs released from the upcoming album, it feels big and anthemic, with harmonious vocals in an instantly memorable chorus.
The music builds up throughout the track, and the chorus feels more powerful each time it’s reprised. By the time the single has worked up to its finish, it’s impossible not to imagine yourself belting out refrains of “look out down below” along with frontman Dan Reynolds at a live show during the upcoming tour. After four excellent tracks already released, Evolve looks to be another success from Imagine Dragons.
Shania Twain – “Life’s About to Get Good”
By Heather Gunn
The Canadian country music legend is finally, after 15 years, releasing a new album this September. The lead single, “Life’s About to Get Good,” is a song that sees Shania freeing herself from a bad relationship or a hard time in her life, and looking forward to what life will bring. It’s a fun, sing-a-long worthy track that had the whole crowd dancing when she performed it on the Today show this week. The song isn’t her best, but it is a great positive sound with Shania’s signature uplifting message and sassy twang. The single has a great build, and an overall modern country sound, but there are hints of the ’90’s country flair that Shania perfected.
Her last released single, “Today Is Your Day,” which came out in 2011, was allegedly going to be followed by an album, but after Shania’s continued issues with her vocal chords, that never ended up happening. The release of her upcoming album is hugely anticipated and will likely see massive success for the singer.
I saw Shania both during her Vegas residency a few years back, as well as on her North American tour that followed. She was outstanding during both, singing all of her hits and engaging the crowd—even taking some selfies in the aisle ways. Hopefully she incorporates her new material into a show with the hits, and takes the new record on the road in 2018.
Rostam – “Bike Dream”
By Michelle Guthrie
This week Rostam released a new solo track called “Bike Dream,” accompanied with an announcement that his debut album Half-Light at long last will be out on Sept. 8. “Bike Dream” is reminiscent of Vampire Weekend at its very core and beat. Rostam’s vocals sound gritted and frantic to the staccato of the beat. It has fluttery lyrics that are grounded by heavy drum beats, and come off as a quick streamline of thought. Fans of Vampire Weekend are sure to enjoy this track, as well as everything that Rostam has created thus far.
Arcade Fire – “Creature Comfort”
By Caleb Fox
This is the second single released off of Arcade Fire’s upcoming album Everything Now in as many weeks, and the track is something of a mixed bag. It starts off with a heavy focus on electronic elements, and establishes a catchy, upbeat melody that has a nice groove to it. It’s the kind of sound that one would expect from the Canadian alt-rockers.
But once the lyrics kick in, the song takes a much different, and darker, turn than expected: “Some boys hate themselves / spend their lives resenting their fathers / Some girls hate their bodies / stand in the mirror and wait for the feedback / Saying ‘god, make me famous / if you can’t, just make it painless.’”
Vocalist Win Butler goes on to sing about even darker themes such as suicide and self-harm. Of course, this isn’t the first time that dark and serious lyrics have been set to upbeat and bright music before; it happens frequently. But whether or not it’s effective here remains to be seen. On one hand, the songs very enjoyable and a lot of fun to listen to. On the other hand, the contrast between the lyrics might be a bit too extreme, causing the serious themes to get kind of lost in the music. Then again, maybe it’s just a song that will catch you off guard.
One thing’s for sure though, Arcade Fire has never subscribed to conventional songwriting, and likewise have never been afraid to experiment with their sound. We’re eagerly waiting to hear what they’ll do next.
Macklemore – “Glorious” feat. Skylar Grey
by Heather Gunn
In a lengthy Facebook post this week, Macklemore wrote an insightful and honest note to fans where he announced that he and Ryan Lewis are taking a break from making music together. Macklemore’s upcoming album will be solo, and “Glorious” is the lead single.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ last release didn’t see nearly as much success as their smash hit record The Heist (2012), so their decision to step back and make solo material may be a good move for them right now. Macklemore also has a young daughter who he raising along with his wife Tricia, so this break from heavy touring with Lewis is probably to focus more on his family. On “Glorious,” his first solo single since “Wednesday Morning” (a poignant, jarring song about the day after the US Presidential Election), Macklemore is reflecting on his career and the difficult times he’s struggled through. He’s coming to realize that his place in life right now is just as the title suggests: glorious. His flow on this track is effortless as usual, and Skylar Grey brings the chorus to life with her wide-ranging vocals.