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3/14/19

By Lenny Beer

We’re all so jaded; we’ve heard everything, we’ve seen everyone. However, there are times when certain songs just catch our attention, simply because they’re great songs. Will they all be hits? Who knows? In the hopes of catching a few before they make it, we’re presenting you with three to listen to and follow.

Mabel’s “Don’t Call Me Up” (Polydor U.K./Capitol) is a bouncy, one-listen pop song. Greg Marella and team are crushing at radio with this worldwide smash-in-the-making. I found it high on the streaming charts and checked it out, and it left me wondering: How can anyone not like this?!

While Sharon Van Etten’s “Seventeen” (Jagjaguwar/Secretly Group) approaches the Top 10 at Triple A, it also begins the always-difficult cross to Alternative. Whatever happens happens, but I keep going back to it, after discovering it in our own Post Toasted column. The sentiment of longing for youth always gets me, as does a guitar track and a devastating hook. And the folks at Jagjaguwar seem to have a knack for continually churning out exciting and progressive sounds. Don’t miss this one, and make sure to listen to it more than once; when it locks in, it really locks in.

Thanks to Epic’s Joey Arbagey for drawing my attention to AJ Mitchell’s “All My Friends.” Longing strikes again in this beautiful midtempo ballad that grabbed me mid-song and still won’t let go. Rick Sackheim and his Epic squad have entered the treacherous Top 40 waters, and they’ll need endless patience and resolve. After all, “Shallow” just exploded in callout…finally. This will take time, but it’s worth it.

Now, if someone would just call Felicity Huffman and Photoshop us into left field, we might be able to get a college baseball scholarship.