Just like that, September 2020 is behind us. Although it may have been one of the fastest months this year, September did not shortchange us in terms of music. As someone who listens to music at almost every waking second, I have tried to keep up to date on what’s new this month. Now, I present to you all – the top five releases of September 2020.
“cowboy in LA,” LANY
A common trope in country music is that of the small-town person in a big world. Popular country artists wistfully sing about their traditions, their chivalry, and their love for the simplicity that they grew up with. Hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, LANY frontman Paul Klein draws on these feelings in “cowboy in LA.” The dreamy indie pop single is a more palatable version of the trope, but it still tugs on the heart strings as country music can.
“Drivin Thru the Night,” Petit Biscuit
French DJ and music producer Petit Biscuit takes a more narrative approach to his style with “Drivin Thru the Night.” Like with his breakout hit “Sunset Lover,” Petit Biscuit sticks with his electronic roots on “Drivin Thru the Night,” but he ventures out lyrically, talking about the need for freedom and aimless pursuit as a young adult. At only 20 years old, Petit Biscuit is making his mark in the music world and it’ll be interesting to see how his sophomore album shapes up with singles like “Drivin Thru the Night.”
“hole in the bottle – ballerini album version,” Kelsea Ballerini
More often than not, letting loose and having fun is the solution to a problem, especially if it’s a relationship problem. Country star Kelsea Ballerini enshrines this mindset in her upbeat and fun single “hole in the bottle.” This particular version is from her ballerini album, which is a stripped-down version of her more country-pop album kelsea. Something about the guitars and claps adds to the fun-loving nature of the single.
“as long as you care,” Ruel
Ruel typically sounds older than his 17 years, and that is still the case on “as long as you care.” The British-Australian artist sings about the strain that comes with his career on this 70’s-inspired track. It’s accompanied by an equally groovy music video, fit with warm undertones and questionable hairstyles. The single comes off of his upcoming EP, Bright Lights and Red Eye, which provides more insight on Ruel’s nascent career.
“Hit Different (feat. Ty Dolla $ign),” SZA
SZA’s long-awaited return is as ethereal as we all expected to be. “Hit Different” was made alongside Pharrell Williams‘ The Neptunes, yielding an exquisitely produced track. SZA sings about the ups and downs of a relationship and the liminal space between being in one and not being in one. The music video itself is a treat not only for SZA’s gorgeous looks, but also for the sneak peek of a new track at the end (“Good Days”).