Lowell - "Summertime"
When we first heard Lowell, we used words like catchy punk-pop and edgy. We had begun to categorize the new artist based off only a few songs. With "Summertime," Lowell reminds us why that's sometimes problematic. The downtempo ballad is a stark departure from anything she previously put out, choosing to focus on her emotive vocals rather than an infectious hook. It's melancholy, it's beautiful, and most of all, it makes us rethink the box we started to put her on. For a new artist, that versatility is indispensable.—Katie K.