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 Kacey Musgraves, Troye Sivan, Yebba, and Phoebe Bridgers.
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Kacey Musgraves – Breadwinner
After her GRAMMY-winning effort, ‘Golden Hour,’ Kacey Musgraves has traded in the sun-soaked rays for nights speaking to the stars, as she grapples with her divorce from Ruston Kelly on her ‘Star-Crossed’ album. A contrast to ‘Golden Hour’s ‘High Horse,’ ‘Breadwinner’ plays out over a muted dance beat, plucking guitars, and perky strings. More than a song about being taken advantage of and divorce, it chronicles the reality of losing confidence from a place of security. Easily the best song on ‘Star-Crossed,’ ‘Breadwinner’ is a course in the pains of moving on.
Troye Sivan – Angel Baby
Troye Sivan is back with his first solo music in months. However, it was worth the wait. His latest effort is an intimate pop power ballad anchored with atmospheric synths, a pounding backbeat, and distorted electric guitars. Packed to the brim with yearning and romance, the song recalls the great ballads of the 80’s; however, it does them better with a more earnest approach to the subject matter and production. Simply put, Sivan has delivered his most romantic song to date, one that becomes as classic as the decade that inspired it.
Yebba – Boomerang
On her stunning debut album (‘Dawn’), Yebba is fearless, confident, and vulnerable. Case in point, the magnificent ‘Boomerang.’ Bongos, flutes, and clacking instrumentals pave the way for Yebba’s powerful voice to recount the tale of seeking revenge on an abuser. Compelling from start to finish, Yebba has secured her place as one of music’s brightest rising stars with ‘Boomerang.’
Phoebe Bridgers – Silk Chiffon
Indie pop darlings Phoebe Bridgers and Muna have teamed up for a masterclass in creating the perfect song. From the opening acoustic guitar notes, a fire is sparked that ignites into a blast of bubblegum indie pop that cannot be put out. Lyrically, the song is an effervescent ode to queer love, ever exhilarating, ever tempting, it is manifested through physical means of comparing it so silk chiffon. ‘Silk Chiffon’ is a prime example of both stars at their absolute best, a best that is unmatched by any of their contemporaries.
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