“I was busy thinking ’bout boys…”

Charli XCX asserts power and turns pop stereotypes on their head through the video for her new single, “Boys”

“I was busy thinking ’bout boys,” is the very first line of Charli XCX’s new single, “Boys,” but do not be misled — this song and its accompanying video are much more than a simple melodic musing on dashing young gentlemen. Released on July 26th, the new single from the British singer and songwriter mocks gender stereotypes common in pop music while demonstrating how in-control Charli is of her own artistry and success. Continue reading ““I was busy thinking ’bout boys…””

Begging for “Attention”

Charlie Puth’s addictive new single is made up of a divine bass line and a multi-layered tale of longing

Charlie Puth has been turning out pop hits like “See You Again,” “One Call Away,” and “We Don’t Talk Anymore” since he broke into the Top 40 world two years ago. His latest single, “Attention,” has been a slow-burner (being released on April 21st and only now peaking on the Billboard Hot 100 at the 45 position), but it DEFINITELY has the potential to rise to the top of the charts and — dare I say it — be a “Song of the Summer” contender, as much as this narrative now annoys me (more on that later). The isolation of various instruments help shape the story Puth is trying to tell, and it becomes clear upon multiple close listens that there are fascinating intricacies contributing to the complex emotions behind this song. Continue reading “Begging for “Attention””

Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu

Through their new single, The Maine succeed in describing the indescribable

Lovely, Little, Lonely; 8123 (c) 2017

The Maine hail from Tempe, Arizona, and their emotional new single “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu” is pure bliss. Released on March 3, this is the second single from the band’s upcoming record Lovely, Little, Lonely, which is due out April 7. In this song, lead singer John O’Callaghan lets out how he can never find the words to describe his feelings for someone he loves, and the result is three minutes and twenty-three seconds of utter euphoria. This song is supposed to represent an instant of revelation, and it does exactly that in a way that makes you want to relive the magic of this wondrous moment over and over and over again. Continue reading “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu”

All Time Low’s “Dirty Laundry”

The new single is emotional, experimental, and ultimately triumphant

Featured image taken from All Time Low’s “Dirty Laundry” video. Fueled By Ramen (c) 2017.

On Friday, All Time Low released their first single since Future Hearts, and it definitely signals a new direction for the band. It has been ten years since the release of their debut album So Wrong, It’s Right, which featured scene staple “Dear Maria, Count Me In,” and a lot has changed; after originally signing to Hopeless Records, switching to Interscope for Dirty Work in 2011, and returning to Hopeless, they have now moved to Fueled By Ramen. The single “Dirty Laundry” is indicative of this change, but its experimental yet emotional nature indicates that this is a positive and exciting new direction. Continue reading “All Time Low’s “Dirty Laundry””