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Artists like Mt. Joy, Bennett Coast and Ariana Grande offered music listeners an assortment of politically-charged tracks days before Election Day.

Ariana Grande released her sixth studio album, “Positions,” a fourteen-track R&B catalog sprinkled with noteworthy collaborations from Doja Cat, The Weeknd and Ty Dolla $ign.

“Position” showcases themes of politics, partnership and sex. While Grande’s effortless vocal runs originally made me a fan, it was her honest lyrics that kept me one. “off the table (Feat. The Weeknd),” displays Grande’s relatable lyricism perfectly: “Will I ever love somebody like the way I did you? / Never thought you’d be so damn hard to replace.”

Adding to the week’s politically charged music releases, Mt. Joy dropped “New President,” a passionate anthem that speaks for itself — and for much of the younger generation. The five-member indie rock band shares their political view, boasting themes of revolution and love views with the lyrics “We’re gonna tear down these fascist clowns / And free the world around us now.”

Bright Eyes and Phoebe Bridgers dropped “Miracle of Life,” a track adorned with western musical elements. The track discusses reproductive rights with the lyrics “Lay down on thе hard cold ground / Crying's such a soothing sound / Get cured with a coat hanger / Girl, you're in America now.” As Election Day approaches quickly, this single could not have been released at a more appropriate time.

French musician Myd released “Moving Men (feat. Mac Demarco),” a playful first single from his upcoming LP. The track intertwines Demarco’s signature distorted-sounding guitar slides with Myd’s electro-house production, creating an indie aura. I was pleasantly surprised by the pair’s over-dramatized depiction of movers: “Load up the truck / You sit up front / We’re not your friends.”

New Zealander BENEE dropped her latest single, “Plain (feat. Lily Allen & Flo Milli),” a harmonious conglomerate of indie-pop and R&B. Backed by an experimental beat, her lyrics exude the singular confidence I strive to have: ‘What a shame, your girl’s so plain / She’s got nothing on me.”

Californian Bennett Coast released his latest single, “Sunsick,” an upbeat pop track which delves into experiences of growing up and being reckless. The opening lyrics “I made a couple

friends last night / Woke up to see the sun staring in my face,” instantly painted a nostalgic picture in my head that had me hooked.

French DJ Petit Biscuit released his second studio album, “Parachute,” a collaboration with Diplo. Best known for his 2015 hit, “Sunset Lover,” Biscuit exudes an upbeat, tropical house aura that would be perfect for studying. My personal favorite off the album, “Burnin,” combines simple production with whimsical vocals from Biscuit: “No one ever treated me like you do / Every word you’re telling me feels so true.”

Whether one is looking to feel ultra-confident or ultra-focused, this weekend’s music releases offer a variety of politically-charged tunes sure to elevate the Election Day excitement.

Raegan Holland is the lifestyles editor for The Arkansas Traveler, where she previously worked as a staff reporter.

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