Stream: New singles from Joyeur, Katzù Oso and Rudy De Anda
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A potpourri of styles in today’s singles roundup: Art-pop from Joyeur, bedroom R&B from Katzù Oso and tropicalia from Rudy De Anda …
After debuting auspiciously in 2018, Joyeur — singer-songwriter Joelle Corey, with producer Anna Feller — has continued to press all the right buttons. Corey’s keen lyricism and direct vocals steer clear of pop artists’ omnipresent pout, and her confessionals are elevated by Feller’s production, which is familiar but not cookie-cutter. As for the conceit behind Joyeur’s debut album, look no further than the title: “How to Love Yourself and Not Destroy Everything” (out May 25). And on the album’s lead track, “Underbelly” (the follow-up to the feisty “Don’t Wanna T”), Corey sheds layers of artifice as she welcomes the promise of love. Corey artfully sheds other layers, too, in the video she co-directed with Jason Adler. See Joyeur on June 1 at Kiss Kiss Bang.
KATZÙ OSO, “Thinking Too Much” (feat. Honeywhip)
Katzù Oso’s bedroom soul can melt candles without even lighting the wick. On singer-songwriter Paul Hernandez’s new Katzù Oso single, “Thinking Too Much,” a collaboration with Honeywhip, he’s thinking not so much about candles but yearning for what might happen by their light. “We were going for a very D’Angelo, R&B-type vibe. And since the demo versions, I knew Honeywhip needed to be on this one,” Hernandez says of the song, the follow-up to “Don’t Ask Why.” “Something about the instrumental … I could hear them on it, I could hear us harmonizing. Everything ended up flowing so naturally and it all just made sense together.” Catch Katzù Oso on July 8 at the Paramount, as well as Oct. 1 at the Ford with Thee Sinseers, Luna Luna and Irene Diaz.
RUDY DE ANDA, “Cascading”
Imagine you’ve just finished a hard day of work, arrived home (or someplace with a view) and poured yourself something relaxing to drink. Hit play on “Cascading,” the new single from genre-bending adventurer Rudy De Anda. He says the tune is a modern take on mid-1970s Brazilian soul, reminiscent of a Delegation meets Tim Maia and João Gilberto jam. “The more that I fell in love with the tropicalia Brazilian sound,” De Anda adds, “the better I understood how to translate it onto my own music.” It’s just De Anda’s second single since his 2020 album “Tender Epoch.”
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