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 Avril Lavigne, Mitski, NOTD, and Townsend.
Join us inside…
Avril Lavigne – Bite Me
Serving as her first solo single all year, Avril Lavigne has returned with another quintessential pop-punk song. Recalling her early work on her iconic ‘Let Go’ album, ‘Bite Me’ falls into similar territory sonically. Produced by Travis Barker, it features prominent drums and guitar throughout. All about raging at a former lover, when paired with the energetic production, Lavigne once more proves why she is the queen of pop-punk music.
Mitski – The Only Heartbreaker
After releasing the acclaimed ‘Working For The Knife,’ indie-pop icon Mitski is back with her latest song, ‘The Only Heartbreaker.’ An up-tempo 80’s synth-pop song, the tune is complete with a propulsive beat, keyboards, and tinges of distorted guitar throughout. Co-written by Dan Wilson – who has written with Adele, Taylor Swift, and others – he and Mitski join forces to reflect the pain that comes from messing up in a relationship. Tender, yet powerful, ‘The Only Heartbreaker’ stands as some of Mitski’s best music to date.
NOTD – Never A Good Time
The honor of this week’s most dynamic pop tune goes to NOTD, who team up with The Band CAMINO for this zestful tune. Built on heart pounding drums, sparkling guitar riffs, and accents of EDM music infused throughout, this song has the perfect recipe for a surefire pop gem. Easily one of the best songs of the week, ‘Never A Good Time’ is a strong standout from everyone involved.
Townsend – Sunrise
Appearing on singer-songwriter Townsend’s exquisite self-titled EP is a track called ‘Sunrise.’ This acoustic indie-pop tune reflects on the process of falling in love. As beautiful as the sunrise itself, it is complete with a gentle guitar progression, a soft backbeat, and gorgeous harmonies. A must-hear track, ‘Sunrise’ proves just how bright a career Townsend has in front of her.
Do you agree with our picks?
Mitski is synth pop goodness. Take note, Abel.
Avril doesn’t age. Nor her music.
Same soup from circa ’06. Time to evolve! Travis is hot despite tatts.
Dunno the rest.
You are very high maintenance seriously💅🏿 Avril’s last album “Head found below water” flopped hard. That’s why she released a commercial comeback song. If you did listen to her latest album, it was totally different vibe.
I have ALL her albums.
Right?!?! She looks EXACTLY the same… plus this song is lowkey kinda ok
She’s a vampire 😊