New FUV Faves: Week of July 25
Below, a quick snapshot of some of the new releases you'll be hearing on WFUV this week:
Lizzo, "If You Love Me"
Lizzo's "If You Love Me," from her third album, Special, is a pensive, soulful mid-tempo ballad that's pretty straightforward in its simple request of acceptance: "'Cause if you love me, you'll love all of me or none of me at all." On a 2020 episode of David Letterman's Netflix series, "My Guest Needs No Introduction," the singer and songwriter explained her own optimism and what motivates her to write, saying that to make "a Lizzo song, you gotta be positive." That formula may be part of why the classically-trained flutist was able to write an estimated 175-200 songs for Special. Lizzo returns to New York for two shows at Madison Square Garden on October 2 and 3.
Margo Price, "Fight to Make It"
Margo Price's new song (which she first premiered at the Newport Folk Festival in 2021) has two tour de force guest appearances from Mavis Staples and Adia Victoria. Written by Price and her husband Jeremy Ivey, all "Fight to Make It" proceeds from Bandcamp sales will benefit Noise for Now, which enables musicians to connect with grassroots reproductive justice organizations, including abortion access. This is Price's latest partnership with Noise for Now, following recent fundraising around a cover of Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me," released earlier this spring. Margo is on tour through the end of the year.
Rachel Chinouriri, "All I Ever Asked"
London singer-songwriter Rachel Chinouriri's third EP, Better Off Without, follows last year's critically-acclaimed Fourº In Winter EP. That release earned this fast-rising artist her a prestigious nomination for the Ivor Novello Rising Star Award with Apple Music. The first single from Better Off Without, "All I Ever Asked," was partly inspired by a friend's romantic upheaval, but Chinouriri gave this sparkling, sweetly summer-kissed song her own personal spin. (A mere tease of "All I Ever Asked" ended up going viral on TikTok earlier this year too.) An alumna of the Brit School, which counts fellow grads like Adele, FKA twigs, and Rex Orange County, Chinouriri opened for Sam Fender's big Finsbury Park gig in mid-July that also included Fontaines D.C. and beabadoobee.
Tegan and Sara, "Yellow"
The Vancouver-basaed duo's latest soaring single of heavenly harmonies, "Yellow," is from their tenth album, Crybaby, released on October 21. It's the identical twins' first album of all-new material since 2019's Hey, I'm Just Like You, although earlier this year, they released Still Jealous, a reimagining of their 2004 album, So Jealous. Tegan and Sara recorded Crybaby in Seattle and Los Angeles with producer John Congleton (Angel Olsen, St. Vincent, Regina Spektor). The sisters' video for "Yellow," directed by Mark Myers, is an homage to Coldplay's video for their song of the same name — and there's more small screen plans on the horizon. Tegan and Sara are co-producing a new Amazon Freevee series with actress Clea Duvall, called "High School," based on their own 2019 memoir. Tegan and Sara launch a North American tour this autumn with Louisville's Tomberlin, playing New York's The Rooftop at Pier 17 on October 29.