As the summer months continue to race by, fans are still on the lookout for new music from queer talent. Billboard Pride is here to help with First Out, our weekly roundup of some of the best new weekly music releases from LGBTQ artists.
From Neon Trees’ first new album in six years, to Dorian Electra’s mesmerizing new single, check out some of our favorite new releases this week.
Neon Trees, I Can Feel You Forgetting Me
In the six years since Neon Trees released their last full-length studio album Pop Psychology, the alt-pop quartet has clearly been zeroing in on a new sound. With their new album I Can Feel You Forgetting Me, the group sounds all grown-up; the sugary pop-rock stylings of songs like “Animal” or “Everybody Talks” are gone, replaced now by more rock-based (but still pop-adjacent) sonics, with some truly introspective lyricism from frontman Tyler Glenn. “Writing this record was extremely cathartic,” Glenn said of the new album in a statement, adding that the album “sounds like one full night of reflection, alone at the bar, walking past the places you’d go with them, texting them when you shouldn’t, and ultimately embracing the idea that no one else can complete you.”
Dorian Electra, “Give Great Thanks”
Dorian Electra has always been an artist who thrives on experimentation. With their new single “Give Great Thanks,” that experimentation is on full display, as Electra twists their vocals in and out of a distorted synth line. Singing to their lover about their love of domination, Electra sings a warped tune of gratitude for submission. “Thank you, thank you, thank you for my punishment,” they croon on the song’s chorus. “Thank you, thank you, thank you, you’re so generous/ I’m too proud of just how well I deal with it/ Anything for you.”
LP, “The One That You Love”
LP wields her distinctive vocals like a surgical knife on her latest single “The One That You Love.” Accompanied by a smooth, folk-rock melody, LP cries out to her lover, telling them “I’m really trying hard but i don’t understand/ Tell me oh, oh, oh/ How to be the one that you love.” The video’s addition of an isolated western setting (complete with a barn, some cowboy hats and a horse) only adds to the song’s immediate appeal.
Finn Ronsdorf, Odes EP
After introducing himself to fans across the world, Finn Ronsdorf has finally arrived with his debut Odes EP. The brand new 6-track project sees the 21-year-old German singer exploring the nature of love within the context of jealousy. Especially on his latest single “First Time,” Ronsdorf is able to paint a beautifully complicated portrait of fresh affection that will leave listeners contemplating their own complex relationships.
Vardaan Arora feat. MRSHLL, “I Don’t Wanna Know”
On his latest single “I Don’t Wanna Know,” NYC-based singer Vardaan Arora is ready to leave his date at the door. The song’s smooth, synthy production exudes the kind of confidence that Arora doesn’t normally exhibit in his music. With the addition of openly queer K-pop icon MRSHLL, the song transcends into something worth tuning into, especially ahead of Arora’s debut EP (out on August 21).
Ben Hazlewood, “Revelry”
Australian pop singer Ben Hazlewood wanted to create a music video that fans living through the current global pandemic could relate to. So, with some clever editing and a cast of actors on deck, the singer created “Revelry,” his new Zoom-inspired video that shows a group of people drinking their problems away while stuck on a video call. The smartly-animated visual only adds to the moving message of Hazlewood’s lyrics, as he sings “I feel like I’m losing my mind/ Joining in the revelry, I’m gonna break this time.”