Songs Of The Week (week of 17th November 2023)

Oh, Christmas is approaching quickly now. A huge number of songs I scanned for my Songs of the Week this time were holiday tunes – and while the leading track this week is a pop track by an emerging German artist, I just had to add a block of end-of-year tunes as well. The grand finale is (again) a block of really cool rock songs.


LOI – Am I Enough

It was really nice to see LOI at her tour kick-off in October 2023 in Cologne. At that show, the pop artist already teased her new single Am I Enough – it is truly amazing. Hope you enjoy listening as much as I do.


SOBI – Lifeboat

Lifeboat is the second single release teasing her debut album Beloved Child. Beautiful song by the Hanover-based artist, who grew up in London. She will have a German tour in March 2024 as well.


They Called Me Phoebe – Alone Under My Christmas Tree

After I recently reviewed her debut EP Overthinking, They Called Me Phoebe is back in focus on The German artist is opening the block of Christmas song – Alone Under My Christmas Tree does not feel too positive, but is a beautiful listen with the signature style of the artist.


James Cottriall – Christmas Glow

James Cottriall has also been featured in previous editions of my new release radar. This Christmas song by the British artist is truly magical. Finally, he does not need more than his voice and a piano for this lovely sound.


Thorsteinn Einarsson – A Christmas Card

The 1996-born Thorsteinn Einarsson was born in Reykjavik, but is nowadays living in Austria and Los Angeles. After thoughtful and emotional Christmas songs I featured in here, this one has more of a pop music character. Lovely one.


Rahel – Believe

With Rahel’s Believe, I am moving away from the block of holiday songs. This one is another lovely listen by the young artist. I enjoyed her music when I listened to her EP Blessed this year – and this German-English song is real blast.


Flore – Frankenstein

Typically, Flore’s music is described as dark popEven though the title Frankenstein does sound scary, the song is rather intense and energetic.


Ben Zucker – Wir sind immer noch hier

Ben Zucker sounds like Ben Zucker. He definitely defined a signature sound in the German schlager and schlager rock scene. Really good new single (“We are still here”).


Simon Will – Kuss

Born in Stuttgart, located in Cologne – Simon Will is a 27 year old content creator and musician, who is also known as Willboy. 800k people follow his YouTube channel – not only due to his great song recordings.


Armin Sabol – In The Midnight Hour

Armin Sabol is a German-Croatian guitarist, songwriter and producer. He worked with acts like Peter Schilling or Rage, but is also doing solo releases here and there. After his 2022 album Back in Blue received good critics, it feels that there is more music by him coming. Great!


Takida – Third Strike

Takida is a Swedish band founded in 1999 already. After they have been rather successful on domestic level, they more and more sneak into the European music market – after more than two decades. I already reviewed their album Falling From Fame in 2021. Third Strike feels to be a promising one.


J Mascis – Can’t Believe We’re Here

Joseph Donald Mascis Jr. – or simply J Mascis is majorly known as singer and guitarist of the US-American band Dinosaur Jr. However, he is doing solo releases here and there as well. The last album has been Elastic Days in 2018. Another album will be available soon.


Myrath – Child of Prophecy

Myrath are a metal band from Tunisia. Child of Prophecy is another teaser for a new long-play. Nice, unique sound.


Anchors & Hearts – Deathlist

Anchors & Hearts are a German band from Bremervörder who do hardcore music. Last year, the band already had their tenth band anniversary. Tour dates for 2024 are already published – Deathlist could be a nice one to boost the fans to the limit at that occasion.


Judas Priest – Trial By Fire

The British heavy metal legends released a new song this week as well. There hasn’t been a Judas Priest album for five years – let’s keep the fingers crossed that there will be one soon.


Old Gods of Asgard feat. Alan Wake & Mr. Door – Herald of Darkness

The full version of this song lasts amazing 13 minutes. For the Spotify playlist, I went for the less-than-four-minutes radio edit. The band behind this collaboration is the Finnish alternative rock band Poets of the Fall. The song is also part of the soundtrack of the video game Alan Wake 2.




Songs of The Week – The Playlist

You may also listen to my Songs Of The Week and songs selected in some of the previous weeks on this Spotify playlist:


2023 Postings with Gallery

Here are all my postings with a major size picture gallery published in 2023:


Songs of the Week with Icelandic Tracks

Here are all my Songs of the Week postings, which feature Icelandic artists:


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