Clubs are closed. So are bars and arenas and coffee shops and theaters. But while live music has come to a terrifying halt , artists have been anything but silent during the coronavirus crisis. Musicians are currently bringing their art directly to their fans through live streams, surprise releases, and digital concerts.
"The Bigger Picture," Lil Baby
The sheer number of songs released each year has become so staggering, what with all the one-off singles and album tracks, that finding new music has grown increasingly difficult. That's where our list of the the best songs of the year comes in. We scour the output of major and up-and-coming artists and filter it all down to this frequently updated playlist of absolute jams. You know those songs that immediately make your mind "cut to" a sequence of memories or even a daydream of what-could-bes that play like a film reel? Venezuelan experimentalist producer Arca 's songs don't always sound like songs. Instead the FKA Twigs, Kanye-approved collaborator makes what can only be described as avant garde sonic bombasts. Puerto Rican trap artist Bad Bunny has become one of the most promising superstars and the biggest sweetheart across the globe. He pulls together a roster of fellow Puerto Rican rappers and lights up an intense, smoky production based around a meandering Missy Elliot sample. You can just tell there's nothing like a party hosted by Conejo Malo.
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Each week, Vulture highlights the best new music. Listen to them all. As the days grow dark and short and long drawn-out baths are the reward for a year of toil, the warmth of an acoustic paean to a dream of everlasting togetherness can fill a cold space with hope and the desire to recuperate for another trip around the sun.
As music listening habits become more specialized, it's easier than ever to miss a new song. Unless it gets put in constant rotation on the radio, earns a coveted spot on your favorite playlist , or pops up on the soundtrack to that hot new TV show, most tracks -- even from big artists -- fly under the radar for the casual music fan. Thankfully, we've got you covered. Below, you'll find five new songs of the moment that are worth taking time out of your busy day for. It doesn't matter what genre the song comes from or how popular the artist is.