In this week’s instalment of What’s Going On, we’ve got the latest from Lil Baby, Tiny Ghosts, Rêve, and Switchfoot. Plus, “new-ish” music from Queen. As always, if you dig what you hear, be sure to stream and follow the artists.
Queen – For the first time in over 8 years, we’ve got “new” Queen music featuring Freddie Mercury. The lost and previously unreleased track “Face It Alone” was teased during the summer by Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor at the Royal Jubilee concert, leading to fans around the globe to clamor for its release. Originally recorded in 1988 during sessions for the band’s 13th studio album Miracle, it only made sense for the track to be released as the first single from the forthcoming 8-disc Queen The Miracle Collector’s Edition box set. Discussing “Face It Alone”, Roger Taylor says: “We’d kind of forgotten about this track, but there it was, this little gem. It’s wonderful, a real discovery. It’s a very passionate piece.”
Listen to Queen’s “Face It Alone” below.
Lil Baby – Fresh off of dropping his Tears For Fears sampling Budweiser Anthem of the FIFA World Cup 2022, Atlanta rapper Lil Baby has released his long-awaited new album, It’s Only Me. The 23-track project is the follow-up to the artist’s 2020 breakthrough sophomore album My Turn and is poised to further cement Lil Baby’s place as one of the most prominent contemporary stars on the music scene, not just in rap. It’s Only Me has many features, from tried and true acts like Young Thug and Future to rising stars like EST Gee. The latest song released from It’s Only Me is “Heyy” and the surefire banger also comes with a flashy Ivan Berrios-directed music video.
Listen to Lil Baby’s new single “Heyy” below.
Tiny Ghosts – There’s nothing spooky about indie dream-pop duo Tiny Ghosts. On their new single “What For?”, guitarist Eric Morgan and lead vocalist Dayan Marquina create a fuzzy yet shimmery propellant slice of bedroom pop. “What For?” also holds the distinction as the first music video Tiny Ghosts have been in together. The pair previously released an animated Animal Crossing video to accompany their cover of AFI’s “The Days of the Phoenix.” Talking about the recording process of “What For?”, Tiny Ghosts’ Eric Morgan says: “I’m super proud of ‘What For’ because it’s the closest we’ve got to capturing the sound and emotion in our heads to tape. It was also the first time we got a chance since starting TG two years ago to actually be in the same studio at the same time which just felt amazing.”
Listen to Tiny Ghosts’ new single “What For?” below.
Switchfoot – California rockers Switchfoot are throwing their hat into the festive music ring with their debut holiday album, this is our Christmas album. Due out on November 4, we’ve got the first taste of what to expect with the single “California Christmas.” Sonically, the song feels like a throwback to the California sound of the 1960s and conjures up beach days, but that’s entirely by design. Speaking on how “California Christmas” came to be, Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman says: “All the classic American Christmas songs sing about snowmen and chestnuts on warm fires… and as much as I love nostalgia, I wanted a song that captured the idiosyncrasies of San Diego during December. When I’m home for the holidays I’ve got sunshine, tamales, surf sessions, and a Christmas tree at the beach.”
Listen to Switchfoot’s new single “California Christmas” below.
Rêve – Reigning Queen of Canadian dance-pop Rêve is delivering a healthy dose of nostalgia on her new single “Whitney.” As you’d expect from the title, “Whitney” pays homage to the strong pop divas of the past. Produced by hitmakers Banx & Ranx and Joel Stouffer, the track also interpolates Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman.” Talking about what inspired her new single, Rêve says: “‘Whitney’ was written as an homage to my childhood idols, highlighting all of the things I admired about them. The way they made me feel while I watched them entertain has stuck with me throughout the years and has been the driving force behind the pursuit of my own career as an artist.”
Listen to Rêve’s new single “Whitney” below.