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 Calum Scott, Brandi Carlile, Years & Years, and Holly Humberstone.
Join us inside…
Calum Scott – Rise
Serving as his third single of the year, Calum Scott continues to prove his excellence again and again. ‘Rise’ is an exhilarating tune that speaks of resilience and offers the reassurance we all need in difficult times. Built on a. foundation of beautiful harmonies, pulsating drums, and anthemic piano, ‘Rise’ sees the singer’s vocals soar to new heights. Heartwarming and as comforting as a sweater on a fall day, ‘Rise’ is Scott at the top of his game.
Brandi Carlile – Broken Horses
Fresh off the release of her latest album, ‘In These Silent Days,’ singer-songwriter extraordinaire Brandi Carlile has delivered one of her most compelling tracks to date. The track is sonically a departure for her as it embraces looser, broader sounds compared to her meticulously crafted folk songs on previous albums. However, that is this track’s strength, as the risk of new sounds payed off and warmer textures are the true backbone of the song. While she may have made a name for herself in folk music, make no mistake, Carlile is a rock star though-and-through and ‘Broken Horses ‘ proves just that.
Years & Years – Crave
Years & Years is back with another house music banger. A pounding house-inspired tune, the track leaves no subject off the table, as the focus remains on love, sex, and even domination. The track is the second single from the group’s third studio album, ‘Night Call’ and it is their best release so far from the project. Equal parts dangerous and sexy, it is enough to make Christian Grey blush. In short, they may have just created the house song of the year.
Holly Humberstone – Scarlett
Making waves in the indie-pop world over the last year, Holly Humberstone has created a tsunami on her latest tune, ‘Scarlett.’ Appearing on her upcoming ‘The Walls Are Way Too Thin’ EP, the track is a soaring synth-pop that reflects on the ending of a relationship. From heartbreak to healing, Humberstone delivers one of the most emotional and compelling songs of her career with the visceral details she creates. A true standout from one of pop’s most promising stars.
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