Your First Listen: Week of August 30th

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Each week we feature five remarkable songs that you need to hear on Your First Listen. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here. Your First Listen airs Monday to Friday during the following times: 1:50pm / 6:50pm / 8:50pm.

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Halsey – “I Am Not A Woman, I’m A God”

Halsey has shared her new Nine Inch Nails-produced album, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power. “Everyone’s like, ‘Oh, it’s like this is a girl power album,’ and I’m like, ‘No, it’s not,'” Halsey says. “Also, not for nothing, but the lead single is ‘I Am Not a Woman, I’m a God’ — it’s not a girl power album. From the jump, I’m like, ‘I’m not a woman.’ I’m not saying any of that.”

Bakar – “The Mission”

Bakar’s first new track of the year is here, and it’s called “The Mission.” “To me, the song is about the want and need for a better future, especially for 1st generation kids of immigrant backgrounds – telling our stories is so important. I’m trying to represent and reclaim my Islamic faith for a new progressive generation. This is ultimately about peace but so often our symbols and flags have been hijacked for the wrong purposes. I see what’s happening in Kabul this week and pray for the people there.”

CHVRCHES – “Good Girls”

CHVRCHES recently released their new album, Screen Violence, which featured standout track “Good Girls.” “The opening line (killing your idols is a chore) was something I wrote after listening to some friends arguing about the present day implications of loving certain problematic male artists — I was struck by the lengths that people would go to in order to excuse their heroes and how that was so juxtaposed to my own experiences in the world,” frontwoman Lauren Mayberry explains.

Grandson – “Rain (feat. Jessie Reyez)”

Grandson and Jessie Reyez’s “Rain” was released via The Suicide Squad trailer in June. In the video for the track, the pair get in on the action with Harley Quinn, Peacemaker, and Bloodsport. “Shooting the music video for ‘Rain’ gave me the opportunity to slaughter a bunch of stunt men with a battle axe and be a rockstar on the same day,” grandson says. “It was unbelievably fun, and after a year stuck inside, I think this movie is a much needed opportunity for us to just turn our brains off and watch some shit blow up with our friends. This song captures some of that energy, but still addresses the very real issue of how to take your trauma and learn from it; to alchemise

Kacey Musgraves – “Justified”

Kacey Musgraves is back with her second new single of the week, “justified.” The track comes from her forthcoming album, star-crossed, out September 10th and it serves as the follow-up to the title track. The poignant new track sees Musgraves reflecting on her divorce from country singer Ruston Kelly. “justified” is an emotive track filled with punchy percussion and dreamy synths. Musgraves croons some catchy lines like, “If I cried just a little, and then laughed in the middle / If I hate you, and I love you, and I change my mind.”


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