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5 Songs I Love w/ Brandon Rosen

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

Brandon Rosen

New York's rising star Brandon Rosen is on a mission to revitalize the presence of piano-driven pop within mainstream music. He recently released his breathtaking new single and music video, 'Blurry,' across all major platforms, and we can't get enough of it. We wanted to know which five tracks most inspire and connect with Brandon.

John Mayer - Edge of Desire

It’s so hard to choose one John Mayer song for this - but I’m going to have to go with “Edge of

Desire” at the moment. Both the lyrical and instrumental hooks are so comforting and special. The lyric: “There I just said it, I’m scared you’ll forget about me,” is one of my favorites. It’s what everyone is too afraid to say at the end of a relationship, but John says it (3x).

Coldplay - O

“O” is truly such an underrated Coldplay track. But, I find myself more often than not just sitting at the piano and playing this riff. It’s so beautiful and evokes peaceful imagery. As Chris Martin sings, “Fly On,” the world feels calm, if just for a second.

Brandi Carlile - The Joke

I remember the first time I heard this vocal performance by Brandi. I think everyone does. I was sitting at a screening of Clive Davis’s annual pre-Grammy gala. When she hit the high note in the outro, my mouth opened in awe. Incredible. Plus, the lyrical perspective feels like Brandi is talking directly to you.

Dominic Fike - The Kiss of Venus

It’s not that I don’t love Paul McCartney’s version. I do, and of course, everything The Beatles

have done, but I love the modern spin Dominic put on this track. Putting a modern production

twist on such a classically written song resonates so strongly and evokes an edgy, sexy mood. It’s capped off by an even better vocal performance by Dominic, and the pitching of the vocal is done so tastefully. It’s been on repeat for several months now.

Harry Styles - Matilda

“Matilda” is such a beautifully written song. It’s so specific in who it’s talking to, but the truth in

Harry’s vocal performance and lyricism make me feel it every time. Between Amy Allen’s twist on the lyrics and the production duo of Tyler Johnson and Kid Harpoon, it’s classical songwriting with just the right dose of production. And the bridge chords are so tasteful and add another layer of harmonic density. In general, I’m a huge fan of this album.

Don't forget to stream 'Blurry' on all major platforms today.


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