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As the temperature starts to drop, so have groundbreaking singles from popular artists such as Miley Cyrus, LANY and Wallows.

Pop trio LANY released their third studio album, “Mama’s Boy,” on Oct. 2, diving deep into the childhood and hometown of the band’s lead singer Paul Klein. Transitioning from their upbeat, pop-focused sound on the band’s 2018 album “Malibu Nights,” LANY goes for a more stripped-down and instrumental vibe on “Mama’s Boy.”

I fell in love with Klein's relatability on “Mama’s Boy” where he delves into simple experiences like going to church, buying flowers and holding the door open. My favorite track from the album was “Cowboy in LA,” a perfect fusion of pop and country music. The simple lyrics, “Happy in a pair of jeans / Oklahoma, it made a man out of me,” felt like a freshly mowed lawn—oddly enough, one of my favorite things.

After going viral on Tik Tok for her iHeart Music Festival performance of Blondie’s 1979 hit “Heart of Glass," Miley Cyrus gifted her fans a full cover of the song released on all streaming platforms. Combining Cyrus’ platinum-blond mullet, glittery eyeshadow and raspy voice, Blondie couldn't have had a more perfect candidate to pull off its pop-rock classic.

Less interesting, Dua Lipa’s “Levitating [Feat. DaBaby]” sounded reminiscent of an overplayed radio hit from which you can’t seem to get away. The track pairs an out-of-place series of hand claps with a lackluster, pop-driven chorus, both enticing me to fall asleep rather than levitate.

Catering to indie lovers, Wallows released two singles, “Virtual Aerobics” and “Nobody Gets Me (Like You),” both from their upcoming album “Remote,” set to be released Oct. 23. An indie music connoisseur myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the track’s electronic synths, tasteful xylophone notes and melodramatic lyrics. Out of the two, I’d chose “Virtual Aerobics” as my favorite, as I enjoyed the relatable lyrics: “Wanna dress in what makes you like me / I’ll probably overwear these Nikes.”

Indie Mallrat’s “Rockstar” was a surprising favorite of mine, offering a melancholic yet easy-going take on falling in love with a rockstar. The lyrics, “You’re my darling, I’m on standby / Keep me guessing, make me crazy,” perfectly describe what I think it would be like to date a famous band member. Mallrat’s 2018 single “Groceries” roped me in with it’s carefree aura and “Rockstar” delivered the same vibe—making me an even greater fan.Popular

TikTok artist Dempsey Hope released his single, “Roller Rink,” a nostalgic reflection on roller rinks, nicknames and flip phones—all things that remind me of my childhood.

Although cheesy at times, the track kept me entertained with its descriptive lyrics, catchy chorus and upbeat vibe.

Whether listeners are looking for simple, pop-driven music from LANY or over-the-top indie tracks from Wallows, this week’s music releases have something for everyone. All in all, I’m just glad I’m not the only one who feels like a cowboy in L.A.

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

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