Some piping hot new tracks 05/04/21

Here’s a super casual dive into some 2021 releases that have been on repeat so far this year:

‘Head Cheerleader’ – Pom Pom Squad

We love Pom Pom Squad. So this absolute banger of a new single is much welcomed:

‘Found My Friends’ – Hayley Kiyoko

I absolutely love Hayley Kiyoko and it’s not just because she’s a fellow J-person, it’s because of one of the unequivocal best songs of 2018 that she made with Kehlani called “What I Need”. Banger.

‘But She Loves You’ – Merk

I’m straight up obsessed with this song. To me this is firsthand evidence that you can make songs that can compete with the likes of LCD Soundsystem and The Weeknd with one hundredth of the production budget, as long as you have the vision and passion. Love this track.

‘Haircut’ – Petey, Miya Folick

Big Miya Folick fan, reposting the meme bc it’s hilarious:



And love Petey too, saw him at echo park a few months ago and went over and introduced myself like a psychopath. This song is amazing, exactly what I’d hope for from these two masters of melody.

‘ang3L oF dE@th’ – Lonemoon

Don’t get me started on Lonemoon, the savior of modern music. majikaL girlfrienD​+​*​.​! was dope.

Anyways I wish I could cover them all but I cant (I guess I could technically) but if you want to hear the rest blast that follow button on the Indie Pong Spotify playlist for periodic updates:

Joy Stops Time and Miya Folick Stops Mates

I was just posting on Instagram about Raise Your Voice Joyce (Joyce!) the other day and now we’re back again with another cut off the same 2018 album by Fucked Up, Joy Stops Time.

Unbelievable. Folz, not George the well-known Indie Pong writer but rather his kid brother, sent me this song and I believe described Miya’s voice as almost ghostly, an apparition yearning for more through repressed emotionally charged vocals crescendoing into a haunting explosion of feeling.

This could have been my introduction to Miya Folick, but it was wasn’t. In fact it was her single (I think?) Stock Image, which is a for sure banger.

As you can see, Miya is a fellow hapa, holllaaaaa.


So I heard that one and then subsequently listened to the album and assessed that she was really good and that I couldn’t wait to hear some future releases. I went along and made my Best Tracks of 2018 Playlist, which I was and am still extremely proud of, like it was just any other Christmas vacation at home drinking Old Styles and diligently listening to music late at night after my brother and sister had fallen asleep to 3 Ninjas Strike Back (if you know you know, hapa classic).

And then about a month later my world stopped. Because I heard this one of a kind absolute beauty:

Oof. Let me just play that again:

Unbelievable. I realized I had missed probably the best song of the year and I was like:

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This is seriously one of my favorite songs of the decade, just an absolute showstopper.

That’s all, I unequivocally love Miya Folick.

Here’s the Tiny Desk, hadn’t heard it but discovered it while writing this blog, yay.