Walk the Moon – One Foot
Formed in 2006, Walk the Moon derived its name from the song “Walking on the Moon” by The Police. Alongside the Talking Heads, David Bowie, Tears of Fears and Phil Collins, the band has cited The Police as one of their greatest influences. Walk the Moon are well-known for their 2014 single, “Shut Up and Dance”.
The single “One Foot” was released in September, ahead of their upcoming fourth album. The song contains a hot funky vibe, and definitely grows on you the more you listen to it. With slightly discouraging lyrics during the verses contrasting to the upbeat tune of the song and the forward-looking lyrics during the chorus, it possesses an irresistible feel-good quality.
Au/Ra – Outsiders
Au/Ra’s music contains her own unique style, which could be described as otherworldly. The singer is known for her singles, “Kicks,” “Concrete Jungle,” and most recently, “Outsiders.”
A huge “Lord of the Rings” fan, Au/Ra claims she gets a lot of her inspiration from the franchise, having taught her to always be hopeful and that there is no limit to the imagination.
Pink Floyd inspired, “Outsiders” boldly states that it’s okay to be different. Defiantly against parties and the types of social gatherings that make introverts everywhere squirm, “Outsiders” holds a very motivational message for those who feel scared to be themselves when the world nowadays is so judgmental.
Au/Ra’s bright and hypnotic voice fits the bold, electric, composition of the music. With passionate lyrics and a powerful message, it brings a little strength to a world full of doom and gloom.
Kesha – Learn to Let Go
Kesha is a respected singer, rapper and songwriter. Known for featuring in Flo Rida’s “Right Round” and Pitbull’s “Timber”, Kesha’s single “Tik Tok” was, at one point, the best-selling digital single in history.
Kesha has gone through phases of country, pop rock, and finally electronic music. Her songs revolve around partying, supernatural moments, rebellion and grief. Her straightforward lyrics come from her love of country music and its storytelling style.
“Learn to Let Go” is mainly about escapism and individuality, with powerful lyrics and a strong dynamic it really creates a motivational and inspiring piece.
The Wombats – Lemon to a Knife Fight
Formed in Liverpool in 2003, the rock band’s albums have sold over 1 million copies worldwide.
Ahead of their new album coming out in February 2018, “Lemon to a Knife Fight” was inspired when the bandleader had an argument with his wife. The song is a metaphor for going into a situation that you knew was futile, but went into it anyway.
The vocals are clear and honest, making it quite mellow for a rock song. “I Brought a Lemon to a Knife Fight” is upbeat and fun, with enjoyable if not relatable lyrics.