Posts tagged ‘Pop’

January 19, 2021

The B-Side: Estella Dawn

Welcome to The B-Side, our new daily column where we bring you a bonus song to check out, fall in love and live happily ever after with.

Mid-tempo piano driven ballads have been a popular subset of pop music for a few years now, but few do it as well as Estella Dawn does on her new song “Petty.” We get the usual lovely yet haunted voice over piano with minimal accompaniment on this track, but also interesting plucked and bowed string counter melodies, occasional wall of vocal harmonies and a chorus / bridge that swings in a way that opens the song up into something more. All of which is tied together by Dawn’s perfect vocals. This is a ready made pop radio hit, but with enough depth to win over the non-pop crowd too.

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January 12, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Irene Wilde

Avant pop artist Irene Wilde dropped an EP (Melancholia) and a full length (Spleen) in the waning months of 2020 that mix confessional lyrics of revelation with minimalist experimental production for a heady combination that turns even the casual listen into a deep dive into another sonic world. As much soundscapes as they are pop songs, quite a few of the songs hit like FKA Twigs as filtered through Bjork’s more adventurous explorations. A segment of pop music has taken a step in this direction due to the success of Twigs (and the more melancholic Billie Eilish songs), but few wade as deeply into the dark and murky waters as Wilde does, and that’s what makes her stand apart. Check out “Aesthetic” from Melancholia and “Blue Leaves” from Spleen below, as well as “balance” the first single off Wilde’s upcoming album PYRRHICAE below.

January 8, 2021

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words. 

Today we have new music from Radar Gold, Waltzer, Doppler Radar and The Local news, The Mommyheads and Poolside (with DRAMA).

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