Gemma Cockrell and Kiah Tooke
As the end of the academic year approaches, Gemma and Kiah review the latest releases from hidethehurt, Billie Eilish, Cavetown and bülow.
hide the wound – wait for me (Gem):
hidethehurt (Ollie Greenhalgh), who currently lives and studies in Nottingham, has released his new track wait for me. This is Greenhalgh’s sixth single in 2021.
The song’s instrumental begins with soft guitar strummings, reminiscent of the emo rap genre and artists such as Lil Peep. The track merges these emo rap influences with the euphoric, glitchy and distorted sounds of hyperpop. After the chorus, the bass drops and the track explodes in a flurry of synths and experimental sound effects reminiscent of artists like 100 Gecs.
hidethehurt is a promising young talent on the British hyperpop scene. He describes his combination of emo rap and hyperpop as “emo pop,” merging the two unique and popular genres to forge his own path in the music industry. He confessed that he wanted to become “UK’s greatest emo popstar”, and wait for me proves he has what it takes.
Billie Eilish – Lost cause (Gem):
Billie Eilish released her latest single Lost cause, the fourth single from her second studio album “Happier Than Ever”. Fans predicted the song’s title when Eilish posted a selfie on his Instagram account with the caption “Nothing But A Lost Cause.”
A little like Your power, Lost cause seems to be directed at her ex-boyfriend Brandon Quentin ‘Q’ Adams, as Eilish sings: “I thought you had your shit together, but damn I was wrong / You’re nothing but one lost cause.”
Eilish focuses on empowerment, specifically empowering women
Her old relationship seems to be a common theme of “Happier Than Ever” based on the singles released so far. At Lost cause, Eilish focuses on empowerment, specifically empowering women, through the accompanying lyrics and music video that features Eilish and a group of her friends.
Overall, compared to her debut album “When we all fall asleep, where do we go?” », The sound of Lost cause is slightly disappointing. It’s still a solid outing from Eilish, but he’s lacking a bit of his early advantage. However, it’s hard to judge an album from a small selection of singles, and I always look forward to ‘Happier Than Ever’.
Cavetown – Idea of her (Kiah):
The first single from Cavetown’s new EP ‘Man’s Best Friend’, Idea of her is a calming acoustic track that sets the tone for the rest of the EP. “Man’s Best Friend” is Cavetown’s second EP following on from his 2020 album “Sleepyhead” and is one of his most heartwarming releases. Known for its chamber pop sound, this new EP follows in the same style with its lo-fi sound.
Idea of her the lyrics detail the experience of unrequited love and the confusion around being in love with someone. Layered acoustic guitars and a slow melody give the song a peaceful and intimate sound while talking about more difficult feelings.
During the discussion Idea of her, Robin said, “Over the past two years I’ve written an embarrassing amount of songs about the same person. They always turn out to be the ones I’m most proud of, which is probably a testament to the strength of the feelings that person evokes in me.
While the EP has only seven tracks, a heartwarming and calming atmosphere is created that Idea of her embodies, being a light and bittersweet song. Following the release of “Man’s Best Friend,” Cavetown announced a tour of the UK in 2021 to promote the EP.
bülow – Revolver (Kiah):
Canadian singer Megan Bülow is back to release new single Revolver, an upbeat track that uses elements of electronic and alternative pop. Revolver is bülow’s second single released this year, although the sound of the new track contrasts with his previous single First Place with its vibrant and energetic sound.
The worms of Revolver contrast that with their simple sound
Revolver the fast pace gives the chorus a powerful sound, with the layered electronic vocals also contributing to the lively feel. The worms of Revolver contrast this with their simple, understated bass guitar sound paired with a fast-paced drum pattern. However, the song in parts seems slightly choppy due to the constant change in tempo.
Revolver is an intentionally inspiring song, bülow shared, “I want people to feel empowered by listening to it. You are as powerful as you want you to be. I don’t wake up every day feeling the most confident. No one is. made.” The song’s lyrics are about a powerful woman, inspiring confidence and self-confidence.
Revolver has a sound similar to that of ‘Damad Vol. 1 & 2 ‘EP because of its electronic sound with which it has been most associated.
Gemma Cockrell and Kiah Tooke
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