INTO’s roundup of our favorite new releases vows to remain purposefully intersectional in highlighting the best in queer music, both emerging and established. Because when things take a turn and you need a lift in spirits or just a distraction, music continues to serve as one of the most practical forms of self care.
Our queer musical intake in August was hearty and fortified. Haters will say it wasn’t the impact of Leo season. With their latest album, Resolution, self-released this month, Shamir brings us one of the most important rock songs of the year with “I Can’t Breathe,” in remembrance of the murders of Eric Garner and Tamir Rice. Yves Tumor continues to explore new sounds in their second track release this year, “Licking An Orchid,” paired with a haunting visual. Blood Orange released Negro Swan, narrated throughout by Janet Mock. Global popstar on the rise Rina Sawayama came out as pansexual this month in her song “Cherry,” referencing a girl gaze. Cherry emoji Twitter, rejoice.
Hayley Kiyoko won a VMA and shouted out queer women of color. Troye Sivan’s second album Bloom hit airwaves, and its pure pop ambient bliss portrays queer love in broad, defiant strokes. Pabllo Vittar snapped when she gave us a look at what inflitrating Elon Musk’s estate might look like in a new video for her song, “Problema Seu,” complete with a Naruto-style shinobi-run at 1:48. Finally, Brooke Candy continues this recent trend of queer supergroup tracks enlisting Mykki Blanco, MNDR and Pussy Riot in “My Sex” which looks like really glossy imvu porn.
Listen and subscribe to our playlist of the best new releases in queer music below.