Things We Love This Week: PHOEBE ∆X∆, Julia Church, David Numwami

Welcome back to Things We Love This Week! Below are three of the finest new music picks to help you see through these increasingly brisk, chilly evenings spent inside with a soothing cup of Horlicks and the heating turned up to 11. Aural comfort for Autumn, you could say…

PHOEBE ∆X∆ – Things

PHOEBE ∆X∆, like the rest of us, knows that nothing else can cause your heart to bloom and break like growing pains. Her second track Things is a quietly introspective exploration of coming-of-age fears that unfurls to reveal a crisp indie-pop melody and an intimate, crystalline vocal, and one that revels in the vulnerability of raw emotions.

The feelings here are complicated, unapologetic, perfectly tender, and the 19-year-old sweeps the listener along as she muses on naivety, hopelessness and everything in between. As a nervous synth keyboard hook emerges into the instrumentation, you feel as though you should reach out to hold her hand as she dances through the anxiety. 

Julia Church – Don’t Really Care What We Call It

The highs, the lows, and the painful semi-awkwardness of an early relationship are so vividly painted in Julia Church’s latest release, Don’t Really Care What We Call It. A heavy sense of unease is wrapped up in a floating melody, as the Durban-born vocalist loosens her emotions via gleaming, harmonic layers.

You don’t need to have experienced this state of flux to feel this lush, glowing song’s emotional weight, or to empathise with the increasing levels of fragility and self-doubt that Church finds in herself. The lyrics are pensive, vulnerable, and hit home. Against a minimalist arrangement, this is a moment of realisation.

David Numwami – Beats!

In need of a lockdown 2.0 pick-me-up? Then David Numwami has got quite the track for you. The Brussels-based artist’s second single, Beats!, is an effervescent nugget of French pop gold that is sure to lend itself to your next kitchen disco (remember those?!). The funk overtones are striking, and implore you to let loose for three uplifting minutes.

The joyful, lighthearted music video creates a colourful portrait of unfettered bliss as Numwami dances in and around eye-popping, hand-sketched animations. Above all else, though, it encourages its audience to join in on the fun and pull off similar slinky moves. With Beats!, another round of quarantine may not be that bad after all.


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