Music Monday: 5 Songs You Need to Hear Right Now

TWINKIDS, a quiet riot, and the Brooke Candy-Erika Jayne duet you never knew you needed.

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  1. Pom Pom Squad – “Heavy Heavy”‬

    One of our favorite Brooklyn “Quiet Grrrl” bands just dropped a massively relatable and rightfully angsty song about the emotional exhaustion of pretending things are fine when they are clearly not. Fronted by Mia Berrin, a queer woman of color, “Heavy Heavy” is raw, primal, cathartic, and necessary.

  2. Brooke Candy feat. Erika Jane – “Drip”‬

    Been wishing that Brooke would break out of her shell? Well, get ready to hide your kids, hide your wife, and double-click your mouse to this NSFW cat-themed bop that has her teaming up with Erika Jane so that they can live out their best Selina Kyle fantasies. The bouncy beat and breathy, sensual lyrics have us feeling triggered, turned on, and just a little bit scared. Meow.

  3. TWINKIDS – “Eighteen”

    TWINKIDS is made up of Tokyo-born singer-songwriter Gene Fukui and Floridian pianist-producer Matt Young, and their latest cut, “Eighteen,” tackles the anxieties of being young and queer. Prepare for some legit heartstring-tugging as the song recalls those first loves we thought would last forever, and how it felt like the world was ending when they didn’t. Soak up its dreamy, nostalgic ’80s-synth vibe as you reflect on how much you’ve grown.

  4. Glass Battles – “Septilizine”

    Inspired after hearing a dermatologist describe a skin bacteria that has a symbiotic relationship with fungal proteins, Glass Battles wrote this track about a parasitic romance. Described as “a get-well-soon card for both parties of a toxic relationship,” it’s a dark electro-pop jam with a video that unfolds like some sort of early-’90s acid trip.

  5. Lewis Blissett – “Killing Butterflies”

    Like some funky, futuristic experiment Ariana Grande and Olly Alexander cooked up in a lab, Blissett gives us hope for Gen Z’s future. “Killing Butterflies” is a disarming, genre-defying brand of “horror pop” with a visually stunning video to boot.

Photo: TWINKIDS shot by Ivan Dario.

Jay writes about music and pop culture since us LGBT folks pretty much run these kinds of things.