Here at Kim the FanGirl, we have a vast love for new music. You know this. You understand. Whether it be from our favorite artists or some new emerging talent, we always have time for some Fresh Music. This week brings us a group of artists in a collection most unusual; each voice vastly different from the next. A sweet, soulful voice from one well-known. Another, famous for her individual style. A Pop-Rock boy band from Melbourne. It’s an eclectic group of styles and sounds. Most will probably find an artist from their extensive playlists here. A new song. A new album. I can guarantee, you’ll be pressing that download button in no time.
Can Sara Bareilles ever do wrong? The answer would be a resounding, no. Two years after releasing Kaleidoscope Heart, our Pop Princess is back with a new EP. Entitled Once Upon Another Time, Sara transforms our perceptions, presenting us with a softer, more organic sound. Stripped down to the bare essentials, Sara stuns us with her raw, soulful vocals. Her voice is awe-inspiring. The tone is a bit more melancholy. The lyrics are more introspective. I’m in love with every Sara Bareilles album and this is no exception.
Sweet As Whole is unsuspecting at first, transforming into a beautifully hilarious expulsion of thoughts, almost Jason Mraz-esque. Lie to Me is a sweet mixture of Pop and R&B; the rhythm of words, entrancing. With classic Sara Bareilles style, Bright Lights and Cityscapes will have your heart melting. Piano focused with self-deprecating lyrics; it’s everything you want out of a ballad. The short album’s title track features Sara’s flawless voice in a heavy-hearted serenade, beautiful and intense. The final piece to this puzzle, Stay. I really have no words. A Jazz infusion. Heartbreaking, but hopeful. Sweet and wistful. It’s just . . . gah! You know what? Maybe you should just listen to it. Yeah, do that.