Hey guys! It’s Kim again. Another week has gone by, and that means another Songs of the Week is here! I’m surprised that I even came up with five songs this week, I was so busy this week (thanks AP US Government and Politics, you really know how to take over my life) but enough with that, and onto the songs!

1. “Promises” by Ryn Weaver

”Never meant to break my own promises…”

I’m sure most of you have heard of Ryn Weaver. She sang the song “OctaHate” and “The Fool.” Her only album out (besides the EP she released before then) is called “The Fool” and was released over two years ago. This song is almost kind of a self-reflection, with Weaver asking herself why she broke her promises and reflecting upon what could’ve possibly led her down the road to break them. She’s obviously trying hard to keep said promises, although they’re not specifically mentioned (except for one, in which she promises herself not to spend another night with her ex-lover). When she breaks them, that’s all she’s remembered for. I knew about this song for a while, but for some reason, this song repeatedly came up on my playlist this week so it landed on this list haha.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndm3U-QbuIU
P.S. I highly recommend listening to it with headphones, at least for the beginning of the song ;)

2. “Suckerz” by blackbear

”It may be crazy, we all suckers for something…”

Blackbear makes another appearance on my Songs of the Week articles with his song “Suckerz” off of his EP “Drink Bleach.” (BTW, I don’t recommend actually drinking bleach, but I’m sure most of you guys know already.) This song’s message is kind of like blackbear’s other song “do re mi,” which I reviewed in my first ever SOTW article. He’s trying hard to be the best boyfriend ever to his girlfriend by spoiling her with gifts and showering her with affection, but all she is is ungrateful and goes off to do things without him (like going to parties in The Hills, a wealthy area in California near LA) even though he wants to spend time with her. No matter how much she hurts him by doing this, he still loves her.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16S83ihNRQM
***EXPLICIT LYRICS***

3. “Chantaje” by Shakira ft. Maluma

”Tú eres puro, puro chantaje, puro, puro chantaje, siempre es a tu manera…”

If you can’t tell, this song is completely in Spanish. All of it. There is no English version, no “Spanglish” version, it’s just all in Spanish. Sorry! I found this song through my Spanish teacher, who was playing random Spanish pop songs in class one day and one of the songs was “Chantaje,” which translates to “blackmail” in English. I’m not going to translate the entire song for you guys, but it’s about how your lover being “pure blackmail that you can’t really do anything about it.” (I got that from genius.com haha)

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMxJgBoosU0

4. “Underdog” by Banks

”Even though I got a reputation unaccompanied, baby you could make this, baby you could make this as the underdog…”

I listened to this song for the first time today. In fact, I’m listening to it for the first time as I’m typing this. It’s very upbeat, very bright-sounding compared to her past songs on her two albums “The Altar” and “Goddess.” Her partner has very little self-confidence, which is why she refers to him as the underdog. She’s very hesitant about continuing this relationship because of his insecurities, and she’s willing to make it more serious if he’s willing to put trust in her and in himself. At first listen, it’s already one of my favorite songs by Banks.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ4oE_tL7IA

5. “How Does It Feel” by MS MR

”How does it feel to have my teeth in your heart? Don’t back down again, no one leaves a scar quite like I can…”

This song was also one I’ve known about for a long time. It’s off of MS MR’s most recent album, also titled “How Does It Feel.” All of the songs off of “How Does It Feel” are livelier and more upbeat than songs off of their first album “Secondhand Rapture” which was released back in 2013. The song “How Does It Feel” is no exception. The violins in the background and the light tone of the lead singer’s voice (Lizzy Plapinger) make this a song that you want to sing loudly at the top of your lungs in the middle of the night driving down an empty street with your friends (at least that’s what I would do).

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKSoSgNcHss

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Thank you so much for reading this week’s SOTW article! I hope you enjoyed it. :) Thank you so much to everyone who wished me a happy birthday today, I love you all! If you have any song requests or article ideas, don’t be afraid to send me a message. As usual, I will always answer back (unless I’m in school, some classrooms have better reception than others). I don't have homework this weekend (for once lmao) so I'll be a little more active than usual this weekend. :)

Until next time,
~Kim (@music_infinity)