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  • Review: "Rock Bottom" - ROSIE

    “Rock Bottom” is the glimmer of hope we keep on reserve, especially when dealing with trying times. It’s a gentle reminder that “You can only go up from here.” A reminder that one can rest assured in having been through the worst of the worst already and knowing what that looks like. On my first listen to this gem, I noted that it is rather sad, but also empowering it shows us that there can be beauty in pain. It solidifies the fact that growth is painful, but necessary. From the first strum of the guitar, the listener should definitely prepare themselves to either a) cry , b) make a sad face/remember sad times or, at the very least, c) let oneself remember a painful time in your life. ROSIE recounts pondering the world’s view of her - “Everyone says I seem so happy.” But, contrasts that with the truth of the situation. “No one saw the quiet tears.” There is the saying that the happiest people hide the greatest pains. Although ROSIE appears to have mastered the art of masking, she can be truthful within and to herself. She knows the struggles that she has faced, what she has worked to overcome. “I take a bad day and call it a blessing.” It takes a certain kind of strength to be able to take a bad day and call it a blessing. When one thinks of a blessing, it certainly doesn’t involve a bad day. But, ROSIE issues a gentle reminder that sometimes you gotta roll with the punches and be grateful for it all. “I’ve seen the worst nights and never forgot ‘em.” While it does feel amazing to come out of a hard time, it is difficult to forget that time. As the old adage goes, it’s the bad/hard times that make the good/easier times better. Without pain, one cannot appreciate joy. ROSIE has realized this fact and brought it to life in this beautiful reminder to never lose hope and practice optimism at every given chance. ROSIE’s soft demeanor to her voice drives home the point of contentment and the slightly louder singing in the chorus is the fight being revived inside her. Speaking about the process of creating “Rock Bottom”, ROSIE stated ““‘Rock Bottom,’ explains why I am the person I am today. I’ve overcome many hardships over the years, from grieving the loss of a dear friend, to battling anxiety and depression, and this record recounts it all. More than anything, this song is about finding light within the darkness, taking a negative experience and turning it into positivity, or as I say in the song, realizing that ‘nothing looks bad when you’ve seen rock bottom.’” An American singer/songwriter, Rosaileen Scher graces our brains/ears creatively as ROSIE. ROSIE describes her musical stylings and lyricism as “Spreading mental health awareness through music. After much hard work, 24 year-old ROSIE found success through her song “Never the 1” going viral on TIkTok. Rosie’s social media presence includes a multitude of followers across the world wide web, with the count growing by the second. ROSIE has been releasing music since becoming a viral sensation in 2020. You can catch ROSIE on tour next month starting in Georgia. If ROSIE’s single “Rock Bottom” speaks to you and you wish to hear more from her, follow her on all socials below and keep up with her as she cements her name in the world! Written By Keiunna Thompson FOLLOW ROSIE: Instagram | Spotify  | TikTok   | Facebook   | YouTube

  • Review: "Limits" - Erin Bloomer (feat. Birdee 王煒)

    British Electro-pop star Erin Bloomer has just released her first single of the year with “Limits" (feat. Birdee 王煒 ). This track covers a lot of bases, from learning about others' intentions to less than ideal relationship epiphanies. Erin had this to say about the content within the song, “We’re keeping it fun and upbeat, but if someone’s taking advantage of you, it’s all about sticking to your boundaries and setting limits. Stay strong, be resilient, and always believe in yourself.” Yeah, she means business. With co-written lyrics such as, “Woman’s intuition tells me that you’re bad news,” and “Picking up the pattern I’m no longer confused” the track heavily focuses on someone who has gained clarity or understanding in a current or former relationship. The emotional depth of “Limits” is a complete contrast to its exciting pulsating dance beat, so not only will you be able to relate to this song, but you’ll be dancing to it as well! If I had to pin down the mood of this song, it would be electrifying. The fast tempo of “Limits” makes it an excellent (and easy) choice to dance to. The track’s upbeat, EDM style beat paired with its gut-punching lyrics will definitely get your heart rate up, and if you don’t believe me, take a listen for yourself. Both Erin and Birdee’s vocals sound powerful yet simultaneously intimate. I believe this juxtaposition of qualities is one of the most unique and compelling features of the collaboration. Production-wise, the texture of their voices enhances the melodic qualities of the track; it’s almost as if their vocals begin to blend with the musical instruments. Collectively, “Limits” is immersive and memorable; and it’s destined to be a summer dance hit. Erin Bloomer makes a triumphant return with her latest single entitled, “Limits,” now available everywhere! Hailing from the UK, Erin is a breakout talent who has earned a name for herself through social media and breathtaking live performances. Her 2021 candid breakup anthem, “F U & F Her Too” went viral on Tiktok (where she has now accumulated nearly 70k followers).  Speaking of large audiences, Erin also boasts over 181k monthly listeners on Spotify , thanks to her catchy music and ability to resonate with people all around the globe. Erin’s vibrant energy shines more than ever through this electro-pop dance track. This song also  features rising Australian indie-pop star Birdee 王煒 who wrote and sang the second verse of “Limits.” Birdee 王煒 is known for her high energy performances and unique stage presence in addition to some of her biggest hits, “See You, See Me” and “Faded Friends.” If you adore “Limits” and can’t wait to hear more from Erin Bloomer and Birdee 王煒 , make sure to follow them on all social media listed below! Written By Casey Hascup FOLLOW ERIN: Instagram | Spotify  | TikTok  | YouTube FOLLOW BIRDEE 王煒: Instagram   | Spotify  | TikTok  | YouTube

  • Review: "Freak Like Me" - Stillyoung

    If you’ve ever been called a “freak” in the past, then you understand how difficult it can be to allow yourself to be vulnerable in your relationships. To be your authentic self means to take a necessary risk because it is important to feel pride in your uniqueness. The latest release by artist Stillyoung, “Freak Like Me,” delves into that feeling of being completely open with another person, but also emphasizes the importance of staying true to yourself and embracing what makes you a “freak”. The song itself is a fun indie pop anthem with bright guitars that deliver a perfect summer’s day. “Freak Like Me” is a song that is necessary because it influences the need to be real and vulnerable in our relationships in order to grow into the person that we were meant to be. “Freak Like Me” is driven by such a pure pop sound that uplifts you the way the intent of the song’s story does. However, there is still a feeling of mellowness that comes in the form of the gentle and smooth vocal performance. One of the most important aspects of this is the themes of trust and trusting one another through the good and bad parts of each other, It’s about managing the difficulties and putting faith and one another. “We’ve got all the time in the world if you choose to trust a freak like me” presents this idea directly, as it expresses how no matter one’s quirks, these relationships can thrive if you choose to wholly trust each other. Overall, “Freak Like Me” is completely infection the way the tune sticks in your head and there’s so much fun to be had with it. Stillyoung is an artist from California and “Freak Like Me” is the first release and it perfectly gives us a presentation of what’s to come for Stillyoung. This music project marks a new chapter for founding member Jeff Wright as he has been open about working on himself to reach a better place in his life. As clearly presented by “Freak Like Me,” Stillyoung has a level of authenticity that can often be overwhelming, but still very necessary. What Stillyoung has done is create a safe and introspective space to help listeners understand themselves better and feel safe enough to be themselves. Stillyoung plans to perform shows in California in September and plans to release more music soon, so keep your eyes open as to where Stillyoung goes next. Written By Chantal Charles FOLLOW STILLYOUNG: Instagram   | Spotify  | Facebook  | YouTube   *Sponsored Post - Discovered on Musosoup. A contribution was made to help create this article. #SustainableCurator

  • Review: "Electric Heaven" - ALEJ

    ALEJ’s latest release “Electric Heaven” is a chill piano summer pop/house song that smoothly transports listeners into a world of euphoria and escapism. The song explores the emotional journey of someone seeking a fun escape amidst the pain of a breakup. ALEJ paints a vivid picture of struggling with a broken heart, turning to drinking and smoking as temporary relief. “Electric Heaven” touches on themes of desperation and finding brief moments of happiness. ALEJ captures the power dynamic of the fallen relationship, portraying himself as helpless while his former partner holds control. This dilemma sets the tone for ALEJ to consider returning to his ex for one night, finding satisfaction in the fading joy of “Electric Heaven.” If you have experienced a recent breakup and are craving a night of fun and distraction, this song will resonate deeply and become your summer anthem. Musically, “'Electric Heaven” is a dynamic blend of pop and house genres. The dreamy piano chord progressions evoke a sound reminiscent of Calvin Harris' production on his 2012 album “18 Months”, making it an ideal soundtrack for summer night drives. Solid drum patterns provide a strong, consistent foundation, enhancing the seamless transitions from verses to chorus that elevate the listening experience. The production complements ALEJ's vocals superbly, allowing his atmospheric voice to shine throughout the song. ALEJ demonstrates his skill in merging introspective lyrics with catchy melodies. Despite its straightforward structure, the song's high-quality production and ALEJ's luminous vocals create an irresistible attraction perfect for those craving a memorable summer night out. ALEJ is an American pop artist that hails from Miami, Florida. He discovered his passion for music at an early age which has since been nurtured by strong family support. Introduced to music production through GarageBand by his sister, ALEJ began recording and uploading songs on Soundcloud, marking the start of his musical journey. His debut single, "Too Famous for Me," released in November 2020, highlighted his musical talent and quickly garnered attention from radio stations and blogs in the U.S. and Europe, accumulating thousands of streams. Collaborating frequently with London producer Andrei Sora, ALEJ has since released notable singles like "Phantom" and "Aries Seasons." These tracks, alongside others, culminated in his five-track EP, "Aries Season," in 2021, followed by his expansive ten-track album, "Luxe," in 2022. ALEJ's consistent output and musical evolution features his potential as a promising pop artist. Make sure to follow him on all socials to stay up to date with his musical journey. Written By Major Taylor FOLLOW ALEJ: Instagram | Spotify  | TikTok | Facebook  | YouTube *Sponsored Post - Discovered on Musosoup. A contribution was made to help create this article. #SustainableCurator

  • Review: “If It Wasn’t for You” - Caleb Hearn

    I love a good sad song that puts me in my feels and makes me reflect on things. And I have to say, Caleb Hearn’s latest single may just be a new favorite! “If It Wasn’t for You” is an impactful, slow, and emotional song where Hearn reflects on a past relationship and how its end still impacts him. He said that writing this song was a way to reflect on this past relationship and let himself finally move on. Hearn says a big influence for this song was Lizzie McAlpine’s song, “ceilings”. I can definitely connect a few similarities between the two, but Hearn was still able to make this song completely its own thing. And I think what he has created is genius. Upon my first listen to this song, I could sense a lot of similarities in style and tone between Hearn and Alexander Stewart ! I think Stewart’s “if you only knew” is a great example of this. I felt like I really connected with this song, more on a platonic level, and the friendships that have come and gone in my life. I think Hearn has an achingly soft voice, it kept pulling me deeper and deeper into the song. You can sense a lot of vulnerability in his voice, which makes sense given the meaning behind the song. These are things he never got to say to his ex, and now he’s spilling out his emotions on the page. It’s heartbreakingly beautiful. Caleb Hearn is a 23-year-old singer and songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. Hearn loves to write songs that make you reflect, and in doing so, he has earned himself over 1.5 million followers on TikTok. And on Spotify, those numbers just keep growing. To date, Hearn has reached an impressive 3.5 million monthly streams. If you haven’t had the pleasure of giving his music a listen thus far, I highly recommend his songs “It’s Always Been You” and “Damage”. This year, Hearn is set to release his EP, We’re Getting Older, and I couldn’t be more excited. I highly recommend everyone go listen to his music, and go stream “If It Wasn’t for You” everywhere, now! Written By Isabel Mays FOLLOW CALEB HEARN: Instagram | Spotify  | TikTok  | Facebook  | YouTube

  • Review: "The Actress" - Goldie Boutilier

    Teasing her latest project, Goldie Boutilier has delivered the first single from her upcoming EP with "The Actress." The EP shares its name with this titular track, being set to come out later this year. Speaking to the inspiration of her recent release, Goldie reveals, "This song is my triumphant return. I’ve grown, conquered my demons, and now stand confident. It’s a sassy statement to men and anyone who believes they hold control over me. I used to claim I was a great actress due to a life spent pretending. Now, I am in the driver’s seat. I am The Actress, and everyone is an extra in my movie." Soft and mysterious, Goldie gives a mystifying performance in "The Actress." The captivating, melancholic track features darker melodies, suspenseful instrumentals, and seductive vocals, coming together to create a compelling alt-pop soundscape. Giving a feeling of timelessness, "The Actress" seems to draw inspiration from '70s and '80s pop-rock, having a hint of influence from acts like Blondie and the Eurythmics . Goldie's wispy, intoxicating voice adds another layer to the nostalgic ambiguity, sounding somewhere between Debbie Harry and Lana Del Rey. Charting her path as a musician from a young age, Goldie Boutilier began performing at the age of five, citing Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette as her early influences. She was signed to her first record label, Interscope Records , at the age of 21, later bouncing between different labels and aliases until returning to her Nova Scotian, hometown roots. From there, Goldie re-established herself as an alt-country star, leaning into the 1950's and '60s Americana image. She began achieving much success as an independent artist, garnering over 11 million streams on various platforms and catching attention from the likes of Elton John and Zane Lowe. Promising to be her best release yet, Goldie's upcoming EP, The Actress , gives an authentic look into the artist's life. Her writing process has sent her on a journey of self-discovery, leaning into aspects like integrity, purity, vulnerability, and a healing return to herself. Written By Cheyenne Johnson FOLLOW GOLDIE BOUTILIER: Instagram | Spotify  | TikTok  | Facebook  | YouTube

  • Review: "Love Of My Life" - Bellah Mae

    “Love Of My Life” is Bellah Mae’s latest release.  The song focuses on the reflection of  a relationship post- breakup.  More specifically, a third party reflection.  It is one thing to mourn the relationship known from one’s own perspective, but when a breakup occurs and it’s seen from the outside, the point of view and facts of the relationship change astronomically.  Of course, she does reflect largely on her own emotions, being heartbroken and overwhelmed.  But, there’s a piece of the song that offers something new, the idea that this wasn’t the lifelong fairytale she saw it as.  “Love Of My Life” is an expression of what happens when only one person in a relationship sees the other as their soulmate. The song begins with the first reckoning of this realization, the breakup itself.  Bellah Mae has a voice perfect for pop, low and emotional but more than capable of reaching iconically upbeat choruses.  The lyrics are delivered mostly in a storytelling format, but Mae does something different.  She actually speaks to the listener one on one, breaking the fourth wall in grainy commentary that pairs the primary vocalism.  Her biggest play on perspective though, it being the most notable theme of the piece, comes in with the chorus.  This segment offers first her former partner’s perspective stating “It’s not like you're the love of my life” immediately followed by a complete reversal of this, singing now from her perspective “You're the love of my life”. Bellah Mae got an early start to her music career.  She grew up with a family that was completely entrenched in music, with a grandfather who played in a band and a father who adored it.  She’s been playing guitar and writing songs since she was a child and has held both skills close to her heart.  Her songs come from a largely personal place as well.  Her first hit, “Boyfriend of the Year”, was exceptionally vulnerable and garnered an audience on social media first because of it.  Every song she writes, she writes truthfully and intimately, she’s never even carried an unsentimental guitar- keeping the same named one for years.  Find more of these hard hitting heartbreak songs below and follow Bellah Mae for more information. Written By Hailey Schap FOLLOW BELLAH MAE: Instagram | Spotify  | TikTok  | YouTube

  • Review: "Bunny" - Erica Manzoli

    Erica Manzoli has just released her second single of 2024, “Bunny”! The heartfelt track’s title references the pet name Erica and her boyfriend call each other. She describes all the nuisances of her relationship she enjoys; her nicknames, the playlists he’s made her, the songs he sings out of tune to her, and all of the sweet words he shares. But, she tells him “don’t you go waste your breath” because she only needs to hear one thing to make everything okay: bunny. In the second version, she admits that they fight and argue sometimes, but  “there’s one word that always pacifies.” Erica shared on her Instagram that “Bunny” is the first love song she’s ever released, and it’s definitely a powerful debut. “Bunny” is a synth lover's wonderland. This song, which is her exit out of her sad girl era, features layers upon layers of beautiful synths that create this unique soundscape. Her vocals immediately stand out to me: they are crisp yet a bit raspy, but it is so comforting. However, my most favorite part of the song are the background vocals. They are light, airy, and are so angelic. The drum beat drives the song, and is that classic drum beat that you hear in a lot of love songs in 6/8 time. In general, this song perfectly aligns with the sentimental lyrics Erica wrote. And in my opinion, there is no better description of this song than a long, warm hug. Erica Manzoli is a 22 year old singer, songwriter, and musician from South East London. She attended the prestigious BRIT School, a performing and creative arts school in England. After graduating from BRIT, she began playing piano, writing songs, and traveling across Europe to collaborate with various musicians. Once the pandemic hit, she looked inward and rebuilt the way she wrote songs, composing each note and lyric with purpose. Her debut EP, “I’m Okay, I Promise”, was released in 2022, gained much attention and landed her on Spotify and Apple Music playlists such as New Music Friday, New Music Daily, Fresh Finds, New Pop, In My Room, and Life Sucks. The same year, Erica provided backing vocals to Cian DuCrot's smash hit, “I’ll Be Waiting”, which currently boasts 185 million streams on Spotify alone. Erica has also been dipping her toes into live performance, selling out her debut London headline show. It’s clear that Erica’s singing and songwriting talents will continue to impress audiences for many years to come. Written By Lauren DiGiovanni FOLLOW ERICA MANZOLI: Instagram | Spotify  | TikTok  | Facebook  | YouTube

  • Review: "I Am The Man" - Elle Baez

    In my opinion, there can be no shortage of feminist anthems, and singer Elle Baez seems to be on the same page. Her recently released single “I Am The Man” is upbeat and fun, and her voice drips with spunk and attitude as she declares herself ‘the man’. With a doo-wop inspired sound, she contrasts the connections usually made with women from this era, by adding a trap beat in the background and more focus on the lyrics than the vocal harmonies. This addition gives the sound her own personal flair, and also highlights the change she is claiming women have gone through- opening their own doors and holding their own hands. This track was written by an all female team, and each line makes this feat all the more clear. Baez’s soulful voice sings lines about doing things that make her feel empowered, such as “I take the trash out / rockin’ lingerie” in the first verse, and in the bridge, where she sings “I bathe in rose petals / That I sent to me / I’m snackin’ on chocolates / I bought ‘em, my treat”. She also sings lines that poke fun at toxic masculinity and stereotypes usually found in gender roles, such as “Watch me stand while I take the piss out of you / Can you be as man as I am?” This track as a whole is a feminine feel good song, with equal parts uplifting and empowering as it is simply fun to listen to. Elle Baez is a Latina singer-songwriter who has been making it her goal to empower women with her music. She has released tracks called “I Love My Body” and “Pretty Insecurities”, which discuss her journey as a woman finding her way in this world while staying body positive and promoting self-love. She has been on the rise performance wise, opening for artists like Bea Miller and Leah Kate. Her vocal sound has been compared to artists like Adele and Kehlani, but her sound is much more pop and fast paced, such as artists like Medhan Trainor and Katy Perry. Make sure to follow the social medias below to stay tuned for more uplifting and feminist music from Elle Baez. Written By Tessa Maddaloni FOLLOW ELLE BAEZ: Instagram | Spotify | TikTok | Facebook | YouTube

  • Album Review: "BRAT" - Charli XCX

    Image: Atlantic Records BRAT is Charli XCX’s sixth studio album. Following the massive success of her last album  Crash and her single “Speed Drive” for the Barbie movie, the record continues Charli’s streak of connect with audiences through her pop sensibilities and songwriting genius. TRACK LIST: 360 Club classics Sympathy is a knife I might say something stupid Talk talk Von dutch Everything is romantic Rewind So I Girl, so confusing Apple B2b Mean girls I think about it all the time 365 Charli XCX has always been ahead of the curve. She first broke out into the mainstream with her smash hit “Boom Clap” from her second album, “SUCKER,” in 2014. However, Charli’s career quickly took a new direction in 2016 with the release of her now iconic Vroom Vroom EP, produced by the PC Music label. It was an entirely new sound that shifted Charli's career entirely. From there, her projects focused on experimental and electronic pop. Her use of autotune and unusual song structures have become signatures in her works, as Charli has become a face for the ever-growing hyper-pop movement. The singer-songwriter’s last album, Crash from 2022, took a slightly different approach, focusing more on classic straightforward pop hits. The album was Charli’s most commercially successful, but now, on BRAT, the singer is returning to her PC Music roots with a more vulnerable and mature perspective. BRAT begins with the single "360," a celebratory track about Charli's success and cementing herself as an icon. The singer's influence in the music landscape has been undeniable in recent years, with several of her contemporaries taking inspiration from the singer's hyper-pop sound and party-girl aesthetic, which Charli nods to with cheeky lines like "I'm your favorite reference baby." The track is a deserved victory lap. Charli XCX is an it girl, so it only makes sense to open the album with an it girl anthem and its accompanying video featuring numerous other iconic women like Rachel Sennott and Julia Fox, the latter of whom Charli namedrops on the track. It's a perfect opener that sets the mood for the brattiness to come. In the lead-up to this record, Charli tweeted, "i was born to make dance music..i came from the clubs..xcx6 is the album i've always wanted to make." "Club Classics" epitomizes her rave upbringing. With its warbly pounding beat and repeated "right now" sample, the track is insanely catchy and begging to be danced to, which is fitting considering the song is all about wanting to dance at the club to good music. "Club Classics" is a braggadocious banger, where Charli rightfully asserts her dominance as one of the best in the dance electropop scene right now, as she states, "I wanna dance to me." The lyrics also shout out longtime collaborators AG Cook and HudMo, both of whom worked on the record, as well as late producer SOPHIE, who Charli laters tribute once more in the heartwrenching "So I." "360" and "Club Classics" are confident, fun openers to BRAT, but things quickly take a turn in the song "Sympathy is a knife," which is about intense jealousy towards another woman in the industry. There is a diaristic quality throughout BRAT, with its general lack of rhyme schemes and candid lyricism that is particularly telling within "Sympathy is a knife." Charli's verses about anger and suicidal ideations are brutal in their rawness, and the singer captures intrusive thoughts like few other artists can. This vulnerability carries over into the following record: "I might say something stupid." Despite being a less-than-2-minute interlude, "I might say something stupid" works as a thesis for the whole record. The track sees Charli in the bathroom of a party, wanting to leave because she feels like she doesn't belong. BRAT, as its title suggests, is filled with attitude and cockiness but also a deep insecurity at the root of that behavior. Charli brilliantly flip-flops between the two throughout the album, and "I might say something stupid" is the album's most honest portrayal of the vulnerable side to the party girl brat aesthetic. The following three tracks, "Talk Talk," "Von Dutch," and "Everything is romantic," return to that playful BRAT sound. "Talk Talk," is a cute love song about wanting to pursue someone who only communicates over the phone. The track has a hot pink Y2K aesthetic and the album's catchiest chorus by far with lyrics that don't take themself too seriously; "I followed you to the bathroom, but then I felt crazy," which is, unfortunately, very relatable. "Everything is romantic" is similarly lighthearted, celebrating the beauty in a trashy Italian beach with lyrics about bad tattoos and Jesus billboards. Sonically, these two tracks---espeically the latter--harkens back to the experimental hyper-pop sound Charli is known for on projects like Pop 2 and are some of the most danceable made-for-club records on the LP. The album's lead single, "Von Dutch," is pop perfection. The song's droning beat and repetitious melodic chorus are infectious, and the lyrics overflow with attitude. Dissing an unnamed person, Charli gets the brattiest she does on the record, opening with the brazen "It's okay to just admit that you're jealous of me." It's amazingly petty. The track was a standout single, and sounds even better within the context of the record. From there, Charli again opens a more emotionally vulnerable side of herself on the record. "Rewind" is introspective reflections on life post-fame, as Charli wishes to celebrity status feeds into insecurities about her appearance and commercial success that she used to never care about. The lyrics are a complete 180 from the tracks before it. Charli goes from "It's so obvious I'm your number one" to "I hate these doubts that keep running through my mind" with two songs. The album's dichotomy of brash confidence and internal pain is brilliant. Charli created a batch of songs that play into and reveal the mask behind her party girl persona and somehow made both categories of songs incredibly catchy and danceable. Similarly, "Girl, so confusing" tassels with fame as Charli discusses a tension between her and an unnamed fellow musician who she can't tell if she loves or loathes, lyrically referencing back to "Sympathy is a knife." "Girl so confusing" is the song that has stirred up the most conversation online, as many try to uncover who the song is about, but it truly does not matter because of the universal appeal behind it. Charli captures the difficulty that can foster within women's friendships that does not bash this other woman. Throughout the record, Charli is skilled at balancing her emotions with a keen self-awareness. "So I" is the most powerful and heavy on the record. A tribute to the late producer SOPHIE, who Charli worked with on every project from her Vroom Vroom mixtape in 2016 to her 2020 pandemic album how i'm feeling now, "So I" is an honest look at how regret and grief intertwine. The chorus interpolates SOPHIE's "It's Okay to Cry," as Charli discusses how the producer impacted her music and personality to this day; in the last verse, the singer asks if she "would like this one?" It is so raw it can be challenging to listen through, but it is easily the best song on the record for that very reason. The last batch of songs continues the album's uptempo, dancy sound. "Apple" is an experimental, 80s synth-wave-inspired song about wanting to run away from a person who hurt Charli. The song features a distinctive EDM mid-way breakdown about driving to the airport that is so abstract only a Charli XCX could do it. B2b is another club banger with a fun, repetitive chorus, ala previous Charli hits like "Unlock it." The singer's attitude is also on full display here as she sings, "Maybe you should run back to her." However, the standout track in this latter section is "Mean Girls," a homage to the type of women who worship Lana Del Rey and wear coquette clothes. The track is sassy with a chorus that will absolutely kill in clubs and live performances. Charli opposes her standard electro-pop sound in the chorus with a beautiful and fun jazz piano solo in the bridge. The jazzy sound gives the already New York-based track a New York sound while also making it stand out as one of the most unique moments on the record. The last two tracks continue the overarching duality of BRAT. Other than "Sympathy is a knife," "I think about it all the time" is the song with lyrics that sound most like they're coming from Charli's journal word-for-word. The track is an insight look into motherhood and debating when is the right time to start a family. The verses are not too catchy, but it's intentional; Charli is thinking out loud in this song as she confesses her feelings that many women Charli's age start to consider. While the album closer "365" is just a pure dance music banger. The track is a club-ified remix of "360" which connects the album and gives it a cyclical bow that ties everything together. In one of the best years for pop music in recent memory---seriously, name one major pop artist who hasn't or is planning to release this year--Charli XCX managed to create an album that not only stands out, but rises above as one of the year's best. BRAT feels like an amalgamation of all her previous work that improves upon them in nearly every way. It is honest, interesing, and endlessly catchy and proves itself as one of the best albums---in any genre--of 2024. Written By Lauren Nolan Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Spotify | TikTok | YouTube *copyright not intended. Fair use act, section 107.

  • Review: "Lie Lie" - Antigoni

    Rising pop singer Antigoni just released her first single of the year, "Lie Lie." The dance pop anthem chronicles Antigoni's experience trying to rebuild a relationship after the trust has been shattered. She narrates her feelings of betrayal and having her trust taken advantage of by someone that turned out to be disloyal. When the love is still there but the trust is gone, it can be difficult to figure out what steps to take forward. Antigoni expresses this sad sentiment over a fun pop beats. Even if you're not in this complex stage, "Lie Lie" is an exciting track to add to your streaming library. "Lie Lie" is a deep dive into the complex aftermath of Antigoni being betrayed in a relationship. While she wants to forgive this person because she still loves them, she grapples with the hard reality: the trust has been broken repair. This message is driven with lines like "Baby, we ain't felt the same / Ever since you said her name" and "Everything you say, I question / Our reflection's a broken mirror on the floor." If you've ever been cheated on or betrayed in other ways by the person you're dating, these lyrics will likely hit deeply for you. Between bright vocals, infectious pop hooks, and authentic lyricism, Antigoni has crafted a track that is perfect to dance around your room to. Greek singer-songwriter Antigoni began her professional musical journey by signing with Island Records in 2016. She worked with a string of successful songwriters, including Mark Batson and Michael Angelo. Since then, she has amassed over 71,000 monthly listeners on just Spotify. With an energetic dance pop sound similar to artists like Dua Lipa and Shakira, it is no wonder that she has already formed and continues to grow a following. If you enjoyed "Lie Lie," make sure to check out the rest of Antigoni's discography. You can also keep up with all the latest information on Antigoni and her music by following the social media links below. Written By Sydney Gray FOLLOW ANTIGONI: Instagram | Spotify | Facebook | YouTube

  • Review: "3 Minute Calls" - Grace Moore

    “3 Minute Calls” describes the difficulty that can accompany being there for someone struggling with their mental health. As the days pass, you can’t help but notice how little you hear from a certain someone. Despite the closeness between you, your amount of interactions dwindle and dwindle. It is clear to see that they desire being close but they are unable to be at the place they once were. Trying to navigate through these new rules proves challenging and you aren’t sure what to do. They crave even just a few minutes of a phone call, but you crave more than they can currently give. Many people going through their mental issues want to protect their loved ones as much as themselves. You have learned through trial and error that pushing past these new boundaries only drives them further and further away. What you’re fighting so hard for is already gone but it is hard to accept this. The ghost town they leave you in becomes isolating and all you desire is the relationship you once had. Click here to listen to "3 Minute Calls"! “3 Minute Calls” is a contemporary alt pop single that balances impressive lead vocals with a multitude of structural intricacies. The most noticeable aspect of this song is the impressive vocal performance offered by Grace Moore. During the first verse and pre-chorus, her vocals are seemingly growing in intensity. The chorus displays this performance more through increased vibrato and dipping into a higher register. Light vocal stems whispering against the lead vocals add onto the atmospheric experience. These vocal intricacies are most prominent in the bridge/outro as they form their own harmony-filled chorus. Typical folk instrumentals blend seamlessly with a contemporary production. Soft claps accompany the percussive beats and construct a soft musical experience where everything blends together. Grace Moore is a singer-songwriter currently based in London, United Kingdom. She has always been interested in pursuing music and attended LAAMP, the Los Angeles Academy for Artists and Music Production, in Los Angeles, California. At this one-year music program school, Moore was able to work alongside and study under music industry staples such as producer due Stargate. Stargate is known for their work with artists such as Rihanna and Katy Perry. After attending and graduating from LAAMP, she moved to London to begin her career with artist management company Ignition. While working with Ignition, she has released “3 Minute Calls” which is her first single. Make sure to follow her on social media and give “3 Minute Calls” a listen! Written By Willow Gray FOLLOW GRACE MOORE: Instagram | Spotify | TikTok

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