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Undiscovered is a weekly playlist sharing our pick of the best new music from the world's most exciting emerging musicians. You heard it here first.
"Backseat Valentine" by Charlie Collins
Australian star Charlie Collins rings in her live shows supporting Gang of Youths in the coming week with “Backseat Valentine”, a stirring ode to spontaneity written in just an hour and recorded in ten minutes. She says, “I’ve never written a song like that ever...It's embracing the real fucking wild side of me, I love to go crazy and do spontaneous things sometimes.”
"paul blart mall cop" by girlhouse
Very, very loosely inspired by the Kevin James film of the same name, girlhouse’s new single “paul blart mall cop” tackles her struggles with depression head-on in an emotionally tumultuous story. She comments, “The story is of me facing the ultimate dilemma as a person that has dealt with depression for a majority of their life, not wanting to live but not wanting to die."
"Feel It" by Viji
Viji, aka Vanilla Jenner, pushes forward her musical journey with the release of her third EP today, including the cinematic tune “Feel It”. Viji reveals, "It was one of those songs that came out without any effort! The lyrics are all about pushing actions to the limit in order to feel something and embracing the chaos.”
"My First Apartment" by Cashma
R&B artist Cashma has just dropped her new album, "Purple Apartment". Centred around love, the release features silky, soulful vocals, shimmering synths and vibey, hypnotic melodies. She unravels stories from her own life, such as “My First Apartment” which touches on the mixed emotions of being alone for the first time. With a dedicated fanbase of people across the globe and over half a million streams for her music thus far, Cashma is quickly becoming an artist to watch.
"Milestones" by Cariss Auburn
Wolverhampton talent Cariss Auburn glitches it up with a jangly new R&B cut delving headfirst into difficult emotions, “Milestones”. She describes the track as being about “the pressure of expectation, about how hard it is to grow up with these markers of success and happiness ingrained into society - house, marriage, kids, stable job. It’s a song about how it feels to learn that you’re not the person you thought you were meant to be and let go of being defined by the lives that other people are living.”
"Round The Bend" by Malady
London up-and-comers Malady have been lighting up the capital’s indie scene for months, and they’re ready to prove why in their new cut “Round The Bend”, a vibrant expression of togetherness and friendship. They say it's about “about seeking solace in communal madness, acknowledging that life can be fruitful in spite and alongside it, as we’re all in it together and whatnot”.
”take u back” by Ryan Wright
Indie, dream pop artist Ryan Wright creates songs that don't make sense on paper — ethereal, otherworldly and at times unsettling, underscoring how surreal and disconnected from reality the experience of transitioning into adulthood can be. She has just dropped her new EP, ”A Dream I'll Forget”. The seven-track release, which includes "take u back", is the musical embodiment of the teenage experience in all its confusing, messy, exhilarating glory.
"Brown Skin Beauty" by Amaroun
Amaroun turns the dial-up on self-love in the second single from her forthcoming album, “Brown Skin Beauty”, an ethereal reclamation of her own narrative. She says, "This song is a battle cry and a lullaby to every brown skinned beauty out there doubting herself and is about courageously stepping into your power no matter what is holding you back.”
"Playlist" by Chanel Loren
An exciting debut artist enters the arena: the London-born, Sydney-based artist Chanel Loren’s life has been one of displacement and multiple homes, and she channels that into her genre-blending first single “Playlist”, a layered exploration of a complex situationship. She says, “I wrote 'Playlist' a few years back after reflecting on a 'situationship' I had with a guy. Things got messy and I was struggling to express my emotions. I wanted to understand those feelings so I made a playlist called 'Him'. I never wanted him to hear it... It was kind of my way of getting closure about the situation and knowing I'm not the only one who has experienced heartbreak.”
"Don't Like U" by Terry Presume
Florida fusion artist Terry Presume delves into the heady contradictions of life amongst materialism in his new cut “Don’t Like U”.
"Part of Me" by Nia Archives
Fresh off a hugely impressive year, Nia Archives keeps it rolling with a new EP drop today, including the moving lead single “Part of Me”. She says, “In the song, I’m talking about losing a part of myself after the breakdown of a predominant relationship.”