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In a time defined by physical distance, music that pulls you in a little closer can feel sublimely reckless.

With the past month having been a dry spell for the music industry and, subsequently, my Spotify activity, upbeat new releases from The 1975 and The Killers were highly welcome companions during my weekend solitude.

The 1975’s “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know),” released Thursday, is poetic and sharp, with its brassy production and vulnerable lyricism on par with the band’s distinguished style.

Indulging feelings of lonely infatuation, frontman Matthew Healy croons his desire for the girl on his computer screen. The chorus oozes a particular candor, as Healy sings, “Maybe I would like you better if you took off your clothes / I’m not playing with you, baby, I think that you should give it a go.”

A long-devout fan of the geniuses behind “Chocolate” and “Somebody Else,” I was delighted by the song’s refreshing whimsy –– a recognizable and consistent quality across The 1975’s catalog. “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)” is a perfect addition to a day spent reading, baking or daydreaming.

The Killers pull no punches in “Fire In Bone,” an uptempo track released Friday that deviates ever so slightly from their well-known indie rock sound.

Although the track features drum licks akin to those in their older songs like “Read My Mind” and “Run For Cover,” its synthesized vocals give it more of a pop sound. I liked the song almost immediately, and for more than just its killer album art; the dreamlike quality of its instrumentals juxtaposes its unpitying lyrical subject matter in a way that somehow really works.

With its nostalgic teen angst, “Fire In Bone” is good listening for a night spent redecorating your childhood bedroom.

Charli XCX’s new single “claws,” released Thursday, is nothing spectacular. While I normally prefer that songs be at least three minutes long, I don’t think 30 more seconds could have given this track more depth. The melody is simple but forgettable, and the lyrics are full to the brim with cliches –– “We're so high, roller-coaster ride / Diamond bright, kiss me right, yeah.”

That being said, I’m not one to take shots at a pop song for being a pop song –– the track is cute, happy and well-complementary to a backyard picnic on a sunny day.

On the other end of the pop scale was a track that pleasantly surprised me –– Tana Mongeau’s “without you” is vulnerable and soft, bringing to mind early 2000s breakup anthems by artists like JoJo and Hillary Duff. The lyrics are honest, and the slow-but-intricate production offsets Mongeau’s voice nicely.

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