Will’s Rundown: January 22, 2021

“Them Days (Live from the Sofar Listening Room) – Iamtheliving; “Buttercup” – Haleluya Hailu

Upcoming scoops

  • Boy Pacific, the new album by Francis Henson, comes out on Sunday, January 31. Check out the first single here if you missed, and the second one here.
  • “Park Sounds” by indie-rock band Blue J comes out next week. We’ll get it here then.

“Them Days (Live from the Sofar Listening Room) – IAMTHELIVING

Listen here on Spotify.

This live track is the latest release from R&B and hip-hop singer-songwriter Iamtheliving, real name Rian Peters.

He wrote this song with Vancouver producer legend Chin Injeti–his frequent co-writing partner–and Ashleigh Ball, who is best known as the lead singer of Hey Ocean.

But let’s embed Peters’ previous single with fellow artist Teon Gibbs called “Puppa” here.

Iamtheliving and Teon Gibbs aim to drop a collab project called JNGL soon. Check out what it feels like:

Why do I embed this video and not the one from the headline? Because “Them Days”–the latest recording–is property of Sofar Sounds, and I don’t like Sofar.

But I love all of the music by Iamtheliving and friends!

“Buttercup” – Haleluya Hailu

CONTENT WARNING Explicit language

This lofi folk-pop track is my introduction to Haleluya Hailu, a young singer-songwriter attending Burnaby North Secondary School. It’s her second single.

The bedroom-pop Yeti mic arrangement is nice and casual. The backing vocals make it feel live, despite Hailu’s layering of all the parts.

Hailu earned media coverage of her activism for an issue at her school in summer 2020. We’ll see how her multidisciplinary talent keeps evolving and where her energy drives more outcomes.

By Will Chernoff

William Ross Chernoff—known as Will to friends and colleagues—is a Canadian bassist, composer, entrepreneur, and writer. As jazz artist William Chernoff, he released his first album Aim to Stay in 2020.