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This weekend’s slate of new music releases comprises relaxed beats, disco jams and upbeat tunes that make for the perfect spring playlist.

Following up her hit January single “drivers license,” Olivia Rodrigo leads the lineup with “deja vu.”  The casual tune features the soft sounds of a xylophone looping behind Rodrigo’s captivating voice. Although the track's sound is relaxed, its lyrics are anything but mild: “Do you call her, almost say my name? / ’Cause let's be honest, we kinda do sound the same / Another actress / I hate to think that I was just your type.” I expect that Rodrigo’s single will fuel more drama between her and Joshua Bassett, her co-star on “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” – in the best way possible.

Dayglow’s “Woah Man” opens with soft strums of an acoustic guitar, layered with bright electric guitar riffs. The track has a rosy sound and Dayglow’s soft voice is perfectly paired with a gentle and steady drum beat. Overall, the single radiates warmth and would be the perfect song to listen to while floating in a pool on a hot summer day.

Dove Cameron’s “LazyBaby” is reminiscent of ‘70s disco music. The track features muted electric guitar alongside a funky bass line that brings the beat to life. The lyrics are strong, bold and make for an excellent hype-up song: “Killing myself, just to give you life / And you don't even care / Laying there taking it easy / But that's not fair / Don't need you to love me lazy / Looks to me like you might need replacing.”

“Cold Blood” by Junior Varsity kicks off with a deep electric guitar that propels the song forward. Junior Varsity performs each verse in a sing-speaking fashion that blends elements of rap and alternative music. The single would seamlessly fit into the soundtrack of an angsty coming-of-age movie with lyrics like “Well a cop drove by with brake lights / And asked for my license and registration / I said "It's not my car" / But can't you see were trying to make out here / In the backseat.”

“I Eat Boys” by Chloe Moriondo is a song that on the surface sounds like a soft acoustic guitar track but is much more than that. I was captivated by the mellow single’s vicious lyrics, “I'll eat you whole / Pull out your teeth and take your soul / Stir some blood into the punch bowl.” The harsh lyrics do not match the soft tone of the track, which makes for an interesting song that I will play on repeat this weekend.

As the weather gets warmer and the skies become clearer, this weekend’s lineup of new tracks is an ideal soundtrack for soaking up the sun. From Olivia Rodrigo’s relaxed yet intense breakup song, to Dove Cameron’s disco tune, there is something for everyone this weekend.

 

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