It’s not great that our second New Music Friday round-up of the year barely made it out on the day, but as famed philosophers Simple Plan once sang, “I’m just a kid, and life is a nightmare”.
Still, let’s cut all the usual preamble rambling and get straight into it before every country on this planet has rotated into Saturday – so without further ado, here’s what’s going on in the world of pop this week:
- It’s immensely overwhelming to think about how far Troye Sivan’s come in such a short period of time – not only in terms of commercial success, but his development into the act he is today, as witnessed in the grand audio-visual spectacle that is ‘My My My!’. It’s an actualisation of what we first caught a glimpse of during his performance at the BBMAs, back in 2016. While many designated breakthrough eras can disintegrate into haphazard efforts to win over as many listeners as possible – often by sanding down the bits that once made an act truly stand out – Troye’s performance on his first big stage felt particularly fearless in how true to self it was. There were no distractions or strategic angling; you either loved what you saw and hopped on board, or you didn’t – and that was fine too. At no point in his career has it ever felt like Troye Sivan: The Spectacle was at odds with Troye Sivan: The Artist, and that’s down to Troye’s understanding that the spectacle will never be sustainable or believable if he isn’t in the right place to support it. It’s that sense of clarity that makes Troye Sivan: The Pop Star so very special, and it’s what makes ‘My My My!’ such an absolute force.
- Upon hearing ‘Curious’, it seems more obvious than ever that Hayley Kiyoko is the James Bond we need and deserve. The song confirms Hayley’s got the charisma, confidence, and alcohol tolerance to make her a natural fit for the job – and that she could easily handle the soundtrack all on her own as well, which has to be a major plus for all invested parties.
- Skott now has an extremely excellent EP out for your listening pleasure, titled Stay Off My Mind. Its opening track, which the EP is named after, is a glorious, whatcha-gonna-do-about-love type of affair, all about letting go of the reins and trusting that you’ll end up exactly where you need to be, no matter how off-track life might currently feel.
- Carrie Underwood and Ludacris have teamed up for a song that’s only slightly less bizarre than the concept of Carrie Underwood and Ludacris teaming up for a song in the year 2018. Everything from its American Idol coronation song lyrics to that “which five Photoshop effects will make this gradient look more interesting?” artwork points towards ‘Champion’ being a hastily-cobbled together track for something along the lines of a Shark Tale sequel – but it’s actually for the Super Bowl, which is not quite as interesting but still explains most of the above.
And that’s that! You can follow the highly enjoyable playlist featured above by clicking right here, and make sure to check back next week to see what new tracks make it on.