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Review: Singles for the week of 3/15

“Break it Off”


Released Mar. 15, 2019


A song about jealousy after an ex moves on, “Break it Off” can be lauded for its raw honesty. However, lyrics like “I don’t wanna share your body” and “I just want the best for you” walk the line of controlling paternalism. Ambient synths accent AikJ’s vocals, which are made more powerful by heavy reverb and layered harmonies.



Billie Marten

Released Mar. 13, 2019

Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Billie Marten’s voice is breezy and honeylike. The song slides along at a slow, steady pace with a simple beat and bright guitar chords. It never reaches a dynamic climax or becomes heavy, rather its minimalism is what makes it stunning and captivating.




Released Mar. 13, 2019

Beartrap, LLC

Blackbear’s latest single feels sincere. It’s an interesting, unexpected mix of intricate production, orchestral instruments, deep beats, and builds that don’t lead to heavy drops, but rather serve as subtle segways. It’s textured but not overdone.