THE 10 TOP CHILL SONGS IN THE WORLD THIS WEEK
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Check out the following songs from Max Leone, PACIFICA, Adam Melchor, and more.
MAX LEONE – UNTITLED
Having recently showcased a more psychedelic side to his sound on "the craziest thing i've ever done," We Are: The Guard favorite Max Leone is returning to his emotional core on the tender "untitled." Lifted from his brand new EP Malleable, "untitled" is a soft acoustic ballad that hears Max quietly reflecting on his anxieties about everything from growing older to the threat of climate change. "Writing 'untitled' felt like unloading all these little weights I had been carrying around with me," explains Max. Listen.
PACIFICA – LIVING FOR THE WEEKEND
The countdown to 5 o'clock is on, and PACIFICA is here for it on his latest single "living for the weekend." "Lyrically, the song is very much about growing up, the dread of the 9-5, and the need to reset," explains the rising artist of the cut. Bringing together PACIFICA's sublime vocals and a tranquil array of beats, "living for the weekend" is a blissful listen from beginning to end. Combine that with some Cure-esque gothic nostalgia, and "living for the weekend" might be our favorite discovery of the month.
ADAM MELCHOR (FEAT. LENNON STELLA) – LIGHT YEAR
He recently put his prismatic spin on ELIO's "@elio.irl," and this Friday, Adam Melchor is back in our ears with "Light Year." The song hears the Los Angeles singer-songwriter teaming up with Nashville actress Lennon Stella to deliver a soft, country-tinged ode to "feeling far from the things you love, the people you love, the place you want to be, or even the emotions you strive to feel," with Adam and Lennon's warm, homely-like voices intertwining with ease over the gentle acoustic fingerpicking.
SACHI OASIS – LONDON
With only one song to her name, Sachi Oasis is as brand new as they come. The Berklee College of Music student sounds like no amateur, however, on her debut single "London." Clocking in at two-and-half-minutes, it's an alluring listen about the appeal of British boys. "You don't like The 1975/But they're the reason that I'm liking your vibe/Ooooh/I'm American," sings Sachi over reverberating guitar licks and organic beats on the cut, with the rising artist delivering a titillating vibe for summer nights everywhere.
EMMIT FENN – FAR FROM HERE
It's no secret Emmit Fenn's music is the definition of cinematic, and this Friday, the Los Angeles-via-Berkley singer-songwriter is finally getting to pair the filmic sounds of "Far From Here" with a video to match. Directed by Samy Mosher, the deeply, deeply beautiful clip follows the story of a father who builds a robot in the vision of his late daughter. An apocalyptic tale of love and loss soon follows, with the concluding scene almost certain to leave you in tears. Gorgeous.
KESHI – BESIDE YOU
I think this YouTube comment puts it better than I ever could: "I've never wanted to marry a song so badly." Houston's keshi is bringing a dose of lo-fi sweetness to our Fridays with his latest single "beside you." Produced by Madeon, "beside you" hears keshi cranking up the charm and then some as he goes after the girl of his dreams, with trap hi-hats backing the adorable topline: "Don't lie, baby don't lie/His love never felt right/Switch sides and I'm beside you/If you say it's alright."
SKYLAR STECKER – QUESTIONS
We Are: The Guard favorite Skylar Stecker continues her meteoric rise through the R&B ranks this Friday with her beguiling latest single "Questions." The follow-up to "Superman" and "FWY" hears Skylar once again making the most of her powerhouse vocal abilities, with her runs meeting the minimal beat with effortless ease as she questions the intentions of her lover boy: "Oh boy, I gotta question/Question, question, question/Do you feel da tension/Tension, tension, tension?" Intoxicating.
SASHA SLOAN (FEAT. SAM HUNT) – WHEN WAS IT OVER?
Everything Sasha Sloan does hits like a sucker punch to the chest, and her crushing latest single "when was it over?" makes for no exception. The follow-up to Only Child hears Sasha collaborating with Sam Hunt to deliver a lovelorn country ballad about a relationship in ruins. "When was it over for you?/When was it over?/When was the moment you knew/That you were gonna walk out eventually?" sing Sasha and Ben over heartbreaking banjos on the devastating cut, which was produced by King Henry.
BLÜ EYES – BREAK UP WITH A FRIEND
There's no shortage of songs about relationship breakups, but what about when it's a friendship that's coming to an end? It's this very topic We Are: The Guard favorite BLÜ EYES sets out to explore on her moving latest single "Break up With a Friend." Described by the TikTok starlet as one of her "favorite songs" she's ever written, "Break up With a Friend" is a genuinely tragic portrait of a doomed friendship that hears BLÜ EYES positioning her emotive dulcet tones front and center.
JMSN – ROLLING STONE
Just under three years on from the release of Velvet, JMSN's Christian Berishaj is back and sounding more hypnotic than ever on his latest single "Rolling Stone." The first single to be unveiled from Christian's forthcoming album Heals Me is a bedroom mixtape essential from beginning to end, if you catch my drift. Bringing together JMSN's sensual falsetto croon and funky wah-wah guitar riffs, "Rolling Stone" is a captivating groove that's best listened to between the sheets.
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Jess Grant is a frustrated writer hailing from London, England. When she isn't tasked with disentangling her thoughts from her brain and putting them on paper, Jess can generally be found listening to The Beatles, or cooking vegetarian food.