If you have been following Sonically Awkward this past month, you'll know that August was a busy one. It featured the first Contributor Series on SA, focusing on each Contributor's unique taste in music, and consisted of each person's take on a 'Songs of Summer' playlist. There was an extended vacation to the Cayman Islands, which was a much needed reset on the brain. I have gotten back into the habit of reading on a daily basis, and have experienced a much more relaxed state of mind thanks to that. August also featured tons of great releases. Let's dive in a little more closely as to what made the month of August's top songs exactly that.
First up on the list for August is Buddy's single 'That Much'. This is an artist SA has been a fan of since his debut single 'Shine', which was produced by Pharrell. His smooth delivery, easy to hear lyrics, and incredible beat selection are what will keep him in the forefront of the up-and-coming hip-hop scene. Another name in this realm is Jazz Cartier, whose song 'Nobody's Watching' also makes the August list. Minneapolis' own Lizzo, by way of Houston, released 'Water Me' at the end of August, and is a perfect jam for the end of summer parties that are starting to come up. I had to include a track from Billie Eilish's debut EP, and 'idontwannabeyouanymore' is just that. She is an artist making a definitive mark on the music scene right now, regardless of what her age may tell you.
Say what you will about Taylor Swift - I've been a hater myself in the past for the over the top pop and country tones that just don't click for me. When I saw she put out a new track, it was played with apprehension. Then the drums kicked in. This is nothing like the Taylor that we know from Red or even 1989. This is a defining, course-altering song for the former country star. Juicy J, who is still riding the late career rollercoaster, partnered with Offset of Migos on 'Flood Watch', a piano-driven hip-hop track. POWERS' 'Just Kids' is a perfect summer jam, production that lifts you up, as Panama would say. The list also features tracks from Dirty Projectors, Anna of the North, Dominique, Tori Amos, The War on Drugs, and more.
Felten Faves - August 2017
Buddy - 'That Much' (E)
Dirty Projectors ft. Dawn Richard - 'Cool Your Heart' Ludwig Goransson Remix
Jazz Cartier - 'Nobody's Watching' (E)
Lizzo - 'Water Me'
SG Lewis ft. Col3trane - 'Smart Aleck Kill' (E)
Taylor Swift - 'Look What You Made Me Do'
Juicy J ft. Offset - 'Flood Watch' (E)
POWERS - 'Just Kids'
Anna of the North - 'Fire'
Timeflies - 'Nobody Has to Know' (E)
Miguel ft. Travis Scott - 'Sky Walker'
Morgan Saint - 'You'
Dominique - 'Use Me'
Billie Eilish - 'idontwannabeyouanymore'
Tori Amos - 'Up the Creek'
The War on Drugs - 'Up All Night'