Tuesday Tracks: Your weekly new music discovery

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Every week there’s a plethora of new music at our fingertips.

Artists on platforms like Spotify and Bandcamp are plentiful, and the radio offers a steady deluge of new singles, but who has time to sort through all that? RIFF does!

We’ve pooled our resources to find some of the best new singles coming out of all genres and backgrounds, so that you can find your newest earworm without all the drama. Enjoy this week’s hidden gems:

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Jesse Royal, “Always Be Around” – This track is the perfect embodiment of modern day reggae. Jesse Royal, inspired by classical reggae artists like Bob Marley and Jacob Miller, derives the classic, tropical influences of the traditional reggae movement into today’s music scene. Royal’s relaxed vocals groove effortlessly with the rhythm while eclectic synths and defined bass echo throughout the track. Jesse Royal’s upcoming album, Lily of Da Valley, will be released in September.

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Secret Colours, “Pins and Needles” – The Chicago-based band incorporates a mix of psychedelic and alternative rock to create an explosive, energetic track. The soft, mysterious chimes and low, ambient bass embody sounds of the ’60s psychedelic rock era while echoed vocals and blaring drums showcase a ’90s pop-rock persona. Secret Colours presents a universal track with a variety of sounds and melodies that can please different audiences. Secret Colour’s upcoming LP, Dream Dream, will be released July 9.

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Slow Dancer, “I Would” – Simon Okely, who performs under the name Slow Dancer, has a distinct voice. His heartfelt vocals at the beginning of the track turn to soft whispers as he sings: “I was quite the nonbeliever so I knew you were never meant to be all mine and no one else’s.” The Australian-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist emphasizes the stages of love and the development of raw, natural emotions relationships inhibit. Rhythmic guitar and soft strings give this track a powerful edge.

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Talay, “Drummer of The Band” – New York singer-songwriter Talay is a pop-punk princess who has studied ’90s alt-rock. The song has strong, raging guitar and energetic drums. Megan Talay has a powerful, defined voice that embodies artists like Avril Lavigne or Hayley Williams from Paramore. Talay’s music is also fun and playful, as she sings about the excitement and rebellion of dating a musician.

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Everything Turned to Color, “Everything Turned to Color” – The trio, composed of brothers Bryan and Kyle Weber, and their neighbor Neha Jiwrajka, sings abut the ups and downs of everyday life and the unanswered questions we ask ourselves every day. The worries and uncertainties of life can sometimes be terrifying, but Everything Turned to Color shows the beauty and excitement of the unknown on this upbeat, whimsical and folky track. The band’s debut album, Life Imagined, will be released June 23.

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Brenda Carsey, “Don’t Sell Yourself” – Carsey sings about the importance of being independent and the decline in morality and humanity in society today. Her vocals have a beautiful wide range, showcasing multiple talents as a singer-songwriter. Carsey’s band, the Awe, add sharp piano and brass, as well as jazzy drums. The Los Angeles-based artist presents personal experiences into her work in order to show the raw meaning about which she is singing. Carsey’s first full-length studio album, Solitary Refinement, will be released independently later this year.

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RUBY’S PICK: My favorite track of the week is Jesse Royal’s “Always Be Around.” It effortlessly embodies the aspects of the classic reggae genre while adding hints of modern-day synths and melodies that can appeal to fans of today’s pop music. The lyrics are fun and playful, making this a well-rounded song.

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