Readers of That Grape Juice know how passionate we are about music – whether that be past or present.
However, unlike our other segments – Retro Rewind, TGJ Replay, and From The Vault – The Pop Stop is the most in-depth look at Pop songs that may have flown under the radar over the last week that you should know, rather they be from music’s biggest stars or those on the rise.
This week, we want to highlight cuts from Finneas, Lil Huddy, Allison Ponthier, and Holly Humberstone.
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Finneas – A Concert Six Months From Now
Now that his sister’s album is out, Finneas is taking the time to roll out his own album. While ‘Optimist’ is set for an October release date, he has shared the most recent single called ‘A Concert Six Months From Now.’ The acoustic-led ballad tells the story of an on-off romance. With each passing lyric, the tension builds on the embers of the smoldering relationship until it reaches a boiling point and explodes into a wall of guitars and angry drums on the chorus. A true testament to one of this generation’s greatest songwriters, ‘A Concert Six Months From Now’ is a true showcase of Finneas’ real, unmatched talents.
Lil Huddy – Don’t Freak Out
Teaming up with Travis Barker, Iann Dior, and Tyson Ritter, TikTok star Lil Huddy has given fans another pop-punk gem. ‘Don’t Freak Out’ is the perfect mesh between the modern music landscape and classic sounds of the 2000’s. Complete with acoustic guitars, a skittering trap beat, and heavy-hitting drums, Lil Huddy has created the rock anthem of the summer. While he may have gained fame on TikTok, ‘Don’t Freak Out’ proves that Lil Huddy was born to be a star regardless of his platform.
Allison Ponthier – Faking My Own Death
Rising country-pop star Allison Ponthier is ready for her time to shine. Case in point, the title track from her EP called ‘Faking My Own Death.’ The song is an emotionally stirring ballad that emphasizes overcoming her own insecurities and finding peace within herself. A plucking acoustic guitar, fragile strings, and a soft backbeat lay the foundation for Ponthier’s heart-rending vocal performance that is sure to draw a tear from even the driest of eyes. Easily one of the best songs of the year, Ponthier proves that she is more than a name you will know, but one you will not forget.
Holly Humberstone – Please Don’t Leave Yet
Holly Humberstone has not been on the scene long, but she has made a memorable impression all the same. However, this impact has gone beyond fan recognition and has extended to fellow musicians. Her latest song – ‘Please Don’t Leave Yet’ – sees her team up with The 1975‘s Matt Healy for a powerful synth-pop tune. Guided by ticking synths, eruptive drums, and a delicate piano, the song combines the aspects of a good 1975 song with Humberstone’s sharp songwriting talents to create a robust tune rich in colors and emotion. ‘Please Don’t Leave Yet’ proves that Humberstone is more than a talent on the rise, but an artist with a long career ahead of her.
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