First Out: New Music from Greyson Chance, Kim Petras, L Devine & More

Greyson Chance
Michaela McClure

Greyson Chance

As we get closer to Pride month, it's an important time to stay updated on the latest and greatest LGBTQ jams. Billboard Prideis here to help with First Out, our weekly roundup of some of the best new weekly music releases from LGBTQ artists.

From an entrancing new Greyson Chance single to a sugar-sweet new pop gem from Kim Petras, check out some of our favorite new releases this week.

Greyson Chance, “Honeysuckle”

On his latest blissed-out pop single, Greyson Chance gets real about the changing seasons and how they affect his personality. Named after the trumpet-shaped floral shrubs, "Honeysuckle" sees Chance singing through a vocoder laying out his different moods in winter ("Honeysuckle, fell from the tree/ Now let the world walk over you") and summer ("Honeysuckle, high in the tree/ You let the world live under you") all while giving fans an entrancing musical landscape to live inside for just over two minutes.

Kim Petras, “Malibu”

Are you ready for summer to finally arrive? Kim Petras sure is, with her beach-ready pop anthem "Malibu," a surefire contender for our song of the summer. With her usual hyper-pop sensibilities, blended with a slight retro flare for good measure, Petras sings about her desire to leave a lover, but she just can't seem to shake them, especially since "all [their] kisses taste like Malibu," as she belts. If you're dreaming of summer while stuck inside under quarantine, give "Malibu" a shot at transporting you straight to the beach.

L Devine, “Don’t Say It”

On "Don't Say It," British pop phenom L Devine strikes a heartbreaking tone with a simple message to her lover — " I want to believe it/ But don't say it if you don't really mean it." The track's verses play like smooth, subtle pop verses, before the bass kicks in on the singer's chorus, emphasizing that, as nice as it is to be told "I love you," it only works if it's real.

Gordi, “Volcanic”

The hypnotic new single "Volcanic" from Australian artist Gordi crackles with a sense of anxiety — something that just about everyone can relate to these days. Written "against the backdrop of a Christian family and Australia's same-sex marriage vote," the new song details the singer's nerves with a quiet, soothing energy, as she softly reveals to the listener "I have these moments where I panic/ When I shut down and go manic/ So eruptive and destructive like within I am volcanic." 

Mamalarky, “How to Say”

Indie rock outfit Mamalarky want to tell you how they feel, they just don't quite know what that is yet. On their fun, flippant new single "How to Say," the band tries to express themselves, but ultimately come up short, telling a love "Loves so subjective, I don't know you that well," all while giving listeners a perfect slice of lo-fi bliss.

D. Smith, “That’s Why I Love You”

If you're looking for a modern throwback to the days of soul, look no further then D. Smith's stunning new song "That's Why I Love You." In the single's retro video, the former Love and Hip Hop star croons her way through an old-school photoshoot, proclaiming to her lover that "You love me first/ And that's why I love you." It's the perfect kind of nostalgia trip that will boost your spirits and have you singing along in no time.

Arlo Parks, “Black Dog”

Sometimes, just by coincidence, a song can perfectly fit the situation you're currently lliving in. That's the case with Arlo Parks' latest, "Black Dog," an introspective pop track that sees the young singer trying to help someone through dark times. "I would do anything to get you out your room," she sings over soothing guitar strains. "It's so cruel what your mind can do for no reason."


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