After last week’s first slate of matchups, our field of competitors in Volume 4 of Glassetonbury has been trimmed in half. Haunted Like Human, Owen St, Nathan-Paul, and Conor & The Wild Hunt all emerged as voting leaders, breaking the 20-vote barrier in our Round of 32. These and twelve other songs have advanced to this week’s Sweet Sixteen.
Let’s take a look at our bracket:
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“Dress” – Charlotte Sands vs. “i’m still asleep” – la loye
Charlotte Sands‘ “Dress” has a bouncy, poppy and upbeat energy throughout. It offers big synths in the chorus and a pulsing bass, and this song would be a great addition to the music library of Charli XCX or Dua Lipa fans. It defeated “Get To You Girl” by Roy Juxon last round. Meanwhile, la loye‘s “i’m still asleep” features a downtempo, horn-driven intro that sounds like the child of “Lazarus” by David Bowie and “Fake Empire” by The National. The Dutch artist floats icy, airy vocals over a brilliantly-produced anthem of an instrumental. It defeated “This Is The End” by Sea Girls last round.
“It’s That Time Again” – Jesper Hasnaoui vs. “Soothsayer” – Haunted Like Human
“It’s That Time Again” comes from Oslo, Norway’s Jesper Hasnaoui. Laid back and mellow, this acoustic song carries a pleasant, wholesome, and warm energy throughout. It features a horn section and the occasional harmonica riff. It defeated “pressure” by Bmbu last round. Meanwhile, Nashville folk/Americana duo Haunted Like Human makes their return with “Soothsayer,” which released on November 20th. Vocalist Dale Chapman‘s lyricism is as poetic and inspired as ever, and the song features a full arsenal of instrumentation. It offers the same “cabin in the woods telling stories around the campfire” vibe that they consistently nail, but it has a bit more aggression and deliberate power behind each move. It defeated “Downtown” by Maella last round.
“Ferris Wheels” – Canyon City vs. “Right Now” – Cam Be x Neak x Sam Trump
“Ferris Wheels” is an acoustic folk ballad by Colorado-based Canyon City. It’s the fourth track from his EP “Circling The Sun,” which released on December 4th, and it has a very pretty, soothing quality that would make it ideal to listen to while resting at the end of a long day. It defeated “Come Over” by Coleman Hell last round. Meanwhile, “Right Now” is the sixth track from Cam Be‘s 2020 album “Summer in September.” It has the kind of smooth, laid-back energy of a Mac Miller song, and it features important contributions from Neak and Sam Trump. It defeated “Welcome To The Future” by Baby FuzZ last round.
“Next Time We’re Flying” – Landon Sears x Bren Joy vs. “Wild Times” – Nugae
Nashville’s Landon Sears caps off a busy 2020 with the endlessly groovy “Next Time We’re Flying,” which also features rising R&B artist Bren Joy. It features exceptionally-polished production work from Caleb Lee and feels like a really good Mac Ayers song with a healthy dose of talk-box. It defeated “Slide Wit Me” by LayNeverDies last round. Meanwhile, “Wild Times” feels straight out of the Tears For Fears playbook in all of the right ways. The minor-key track from Berlin-based project Nugae features a pumping rhythm section and haunting vocals. The song is their debut single and released on December 11, 2020. It defeated “Thieves” by Rolo last round.
“Laela” – Owen St vs. “Jaded” – MCKNA
Owen St‘s latest single “Laela” fuses elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop, and a little dose of indie. The Nashville rapper/vocalist has a little bit of the deep, resonant vocal tone of someone like Jacob Collier, and the song features expert instrumentation and a really nice breakdown at the end. Fans of Stoop Kids or Choker would like this song immediately. It defeated “Casa” by UKNWN and Fixupboy last round. Meanwhile, “Jaded” is a piano ballad from MCKNA, the Nashville-based pop artist originally from Grand Rapids, Minnesota. It’s her third single of 2020, and it really showcases her vocal power and control. It defeated “Still Dreaming” by brillion. and Pointy Features last round.
“Situational” – Stretched vs. “Las Vegas” – Dante Elephante
“Situational” comes from Los Angeles-based pop-punk outfit Stretched. If it were 2004-2006, this song would top the charts. It channels all of the best parts of the Yellowcard/Cartel/Jimmy Eat World era of rock radio. This song deserves to be played at whatever is left of Warped Tour, or at least the next Tony Hawk: Pro Skater soundtrack. It defeated “All Good” by Garrett Kato last round. Meanwhile, Dante Elephante‘s “Las Vegas” is a catchy, clavinet-driven jam that oozes West Coast vibes. The Santa Barbara, CA native released this funky, smooth single on December 4th. It’s easy to imagine coasting in a convertible driving down the freeway on a sunny summer afternoon while listening to this song. It defeated “Sweater Weather” by Jen Miller last round.
“Tiny Whale” – Nathan-Paul vs. “Ghosts” – Conor & The Wild Hunt
“Tiny Whale” comes from Cleveland-based jazz/funk artist Nathan-Paul. The song features a screaming saxophone, booming percussion, and tasteful guitar work, and it was the first track from his self-titled EP earlier this year. The song showcases some of the most advanced musical chops of the entire tournament, with impressive solos across the board. It defeated “Shapes” by The Foons last round. “Ghosts” comes from Baltimore folk/Americana trio Conor & The Wild Hunt. Their second single of the year, it starts off with a strong Drew Holcomb energy before exploding into a huge second half with massive background vocals. The song has an organic, natural build and feels deeply personal. It defeated “Stranger” by Blanks last round. It was also our voting leader last round in becoming the first song — so far — to break the 50-vote threshold in Vol. 4.
“Superglue” – Lil Late vs. “Losing Sleep” – Dylan Fraser
Los Angeles rapper Lil Late released his third single of 2020, “Superglue,” on December 1st. Melodic and brooding, it borrows elements of downtempo emo and hip-hop. The end product is a vibey track that would appeal to fans of artists like Post Malone. Meanwhile, “Losing Sleep” is the sixth and final track from Scottish singer-songwriter Dylan Fraser‘s “The Storm” EP. Fans of The Band CAMINO or LANY may really enjoy this nostalgic track. It captures Fraser reminiscing on how he wishes he could go back to a more youthful, less stressful time in his life.
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