With finals week rapidly approaching, now is the prime time to find some new tunes for your study playlist. 

Listeners have a wide array of new music to choose from this week. Beyoncé’s acclaimed album Lemonade was released on Spotify and Apple Music, and there are new albums from Catfish and the Bottlemen and Wiz Khalifa

So whether you’re looking for relaxing, acoustic tunes to study hard to or you’d rather have something to distract you from the monotony of schoolwork, the latest releases are here to help. Here are some of the highlights:

TV and music collide

Commemorating the final season of HBO’s Game Of Thrones, a multitude of artists joined together to create music for and about the show. 

Titled For The Throne, the release comes just after Florence + The Machine’s rendition of “Jenny of Oldstones” appeared on Sunday’s episode of the show. The album features everyone form country’s Maren Morris to Muse’s Matt Bellamy. 

The album’s latest single, “Power is Power (feat. The Weeknd & Travis Scott),” from SZA references Cersei’s (Lena Headey) pivotal season two line that power is power, not knowledge. 

The world isn’t a happy place, is it?

Following the release of its chart-topping collaboration “Happier” with EDM artist Marshmello, British band Bastille is back with its latest single “Doom Days.”

Giving listeners a taste of its impending third album of the same name, “Doom Days” touches on multiple problems in society. From global warming to the world’s obsession with technology, lead singer Dan Smith sings in disbelief as he watches the world burn. 

No stranger to blending and bending genre boundaries, Bastille brings acoustic guitar, hip-hop beats as well as EDM-inspired synths all into one song. Accompanying the song, the band also released a karaoke style lyric video. Though the song sits at just two and a half minutes, it’s jam packed with enough fuel to spark your next existential crisis. 

This album is perfect for studying

Hailing from New Zealand, Aldous Harding’s third full-length is the perfect addition to any studying playlist. 

Sitting at a 40 minute run-time, Designer features Harding’s sickly sweet, but equally haunting, vocals from start to finish. The airiness of opening track “Fixture Picture” is sure to soothe any finals stress away. With surrealist lyrics and visceral imagery throughout the album, Harding’s already unique voice is highlighted and amplified. Never veering away from her style or niche in music, Harding brings indie, gothic folk justice with Designer

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