Nic Harcourt’s Best New Music: Pip Blom + More


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It’s Friday, which means it’s time for Spark’s music expert and legendary L.A. radio DJ Nic Harcourt to weigh in on what new music he’s got on repeat at the moment. Below, he shares his newest picks added to his Spark Radio playlist and shares a spotlight on his favorite earworm of the week.

New this week:
HAIM: Cherry Flavored Stomach Ache
Clairo: Amoeba
Hana Vu: Maker 
Soccer Mommy: rom com 2004 
Pip Blom: It Should Have Been Fun 
Foxing: Draw Down The Moon
Slothrust: Once More For The Ocean 
The Red Pears: Not in the Cards

Pip Blom: It Should Have Been Fun

Dutch group Pip Blom (named after the band’s vocalist) recently announced their sophomore album Welcome Break, (a follow-up to 2019’s Boat) set for release October 8, through Heavenly Records. We’ve already heard the first single “Keep it Together” and new on this week’s playlist comes the next one “It Should Have Been Fun.” Pip, whose brother Tender supplies additional vocals said: “A very important thing of all the tracks is the dynamic between Tender’s and my vocals. I feel like we really compliment each other’s tones. Maybe it’s because we’re siblings, but whatever it is, I love it. Tender did a lot of singing for this record, mainly for the choruses and bridges. She continued: “When writing the tracks for the record I wanted there to be a song that didn’t have the structure of verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus 2x. It’s a common structure of course, and I figured it could be cool to switch it up a bit. When the track starts it feels like it’s going to be a very sensitive, calm song. The verses capture the feeling of sadness, disappointment in yourself and someone else. But when the chorus starts the energy switches. It’s more angry, being fed up, wanting to change something, like there’s a tipping point. I really like how the track has these different parts that flow into each other. I can’t wait to play this track live and really give it our all when the final chorus hits.”