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From eerie indie to piano-led ballads and soulful hip-hop, our favorite songs from the week

Kay Young: White Teeth From pertinent, powerful lyrics to layered sonic structure, London-based recording artist Kay Young’s soulful new single “White Teeth” impresses on multiple levels. “White Teeth is a bittersweet song,” Young says in a statement about the track, which she wrote, produced and recorded herself. “I wanted the listener to see the world through the eyes of an innocent child who is yet …

Madison McFerrin: Hindsight

Madison McFerrin’s “Hindsight” begins as a seemingly simple piano ballad before her layered vocals and soft percussion (from Louis Cato) lead it into a textured, synth-speckled piece. Written, performed (except the aforementioned drums) and produced by McFerrin, the languid, reflective song is “a love letter to Bernie Sanders” that she composed in May. The overall message of the lyrics remains universal, and she explains, “It’s …

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Ballads, bops, break-up songs and an '80s anthem in our round-up of music this week

Orville Peck: Smalltown Boy (Bronski Beat Cover) Since its 1984 release, Bronski Beat’s seminal “Smalltown Boy” has remained an expression of hope and liberation from isolation and homophobia—and now masked cowboy Orville Peck has recorded a cover of the electro-pop anthem. Replacing the synth riff with a twangy one, and Jimmy Somerville’s soaring falsetto with his own booming, classically trained vocals, Peck transforms the classic …