Yep, 5 Seconds of Summer is moving along

On their new album, the Australian band makes impressive songwriting strides with sonic storytelling and drum fills

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With their crunchy guitars, gang vocals, skinny jeans, and just-naughty-enough lyrics, 5 Seconds of Summer (or 5SOS for short) peaked at #24 on the Hot 100 charts back in 2014 with their breakout single, “She Looks So Perfect.” The four Australian teens had gained mainstream attention after establishing an internet presence with YouTube covers and then being invited to open for One Direction on their international Take Me Home tour in 2013. However, while amassing an army of teen pop fans, the band also garnered attention within the alternative scene.¬† Continue reading “Yep, 5 Seconds of Summer is moving along”

“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””