It’s officially holiday party season, and we want you to have access to the ultimate playlists to help you DJ your soirees. In this week’s This Is Our Jam, we have two premieres (yay) from singer-songwriter EL MAR and grunge rockers Idle Bloom, alongside a banger from the ever elusive Sia. Then, we have a lo-fi dream-pop song from Kississippi, and we finish off this week’s mix with a lullaby-like gem from newcomer Wafia. Start listening and make the start of your holiday season a little bit more sparkly.
EL MAR’s latest melancholy folk song has us hooked. Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Joey Primero, who goes by said moniker, makes a gorgeous ballad layered with lush harmonies that you won’t be able to get out of your head. The tune is the title track of her upcoming debut EP The Road, due December 14. You can also catch her playing at The Bitter End in NYC on December 7.
We’re all for some moody, noise rock, and the members of Nashville’s Idle Bloom deliver. With emotional vocals akin to Speedy Ortiz or Hop Along, Idle Bloom’s “Pride Line” will let you fully feel your angst.
“One Million Bullets”
Sia is no stranger to theatrics, and her latest pop hit is a declarative love song that we’ve totally fallen for. No matter how big the production, Sia still makes every lyric and vocal feel so heartfelt.
Philly-based DIY duo Kississippi may have made the most anxiety-reducing song we’ve heard in a long time. The dreamy quality of the vocals and comforting harmonies make this and ideal listen for the chilly weather.
“Fading Through” (ft. Vancouver Sleep Clinic)
Paralleling Lorde and Wet, Wafia is new on the music scene, but her voice is strong and cuts like a knife. You literally hear the pain in her voice as she alternates choruses with Vancouver Sleep Clinic. This one’s a total beauty.