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Hi kids, it’s been a hot second since I’ve done one of these posts where I dump a bunch of underappreciated albums onto /popheads
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The original concept for this post was there would be five projects from each month of the first six months of the year but January was so dead that fell apart so we’re just going with it. Yes some of these are only available on Bandcamp… and what about it?
Description: This was one of the first releases to really catch my attention this year, The Big Moon are an up and coming indie rock band who got rave reviews for their debut album and this sophomore release sees them going in a more poppy direction. Taking cues from both the ‘60s and the ‘90s (it’s weird but it works), the group apply the typical indie synths, guitars, and pianos but use them to craft slow burners with anthemic choruses and quirky lyrics. The songs are unassuming at first but you’ll be singing along and waving your lighters by the end. Thematically the album trumpets positivity in the face of impending doom… they were ahead of the curve I guess.
- Genre/Length: Indie Pop / 42 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: Women In Music Pt. II
- Other Reference Points: Phoebe Bridgers, The Regrettes, motivational pep talks from your gal pals
Sample Track: “Your Light”
Description: Let’s get dirt obscure, as in, 17 monthly listeners on Spotify obscure. Described on her Bandcamp page as an “incorporeal pop princess,” the neon webcore aesthetic of this EP’s cover should instantly clue you in to what kind of project it’s going to be. With vocals that are more vocoder than human and cheap synths there’s a very specific appeal to this music that you’ll either love or hate and I don’t know, maybe this one is actually trash and I just have terrible taste but I found this to be very charming. The songwriting is actually very solid with strong melodies and memorable lyrics that really nail a lovestruck vibe. It’s pop through a funhouse mirror, not really “hyper pop” but definitely hyperactive pop.
- Genre/Length: Electro-Bubblegum / 18 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: 1000 Gecs and the Tree Of Clues
- Other Reference Points: SOPHIE, Kero Kero Bonito, too much sugar
Sample Track: “Flatline”
Description: This is one of the more straightforward dance pop albums on this list and although the songs in general are fresh and good, they’re given an extra edge by their solid lyrical content. Although this album is entirely in English Mirei is Japanese and her experiences growing up in Osaka and Tokyo form the subject matter for this album; sometimes that’s as simple as talking about boy problems, sometimes it leads to her tackling more complex issues like the toxicity of the J-idol system. She’s got a clear, strong voice that sits well over electronic production and she rides these slick beats just right. It’s a great album that really marks her as a potential pop girl to keep an eye on.
- Genre/Length: Dance Pop + R&B / 33 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: Ungodly Hour
- Other Reference Points: NIKI, LOONA, strutting down a street bathed in neon
Sample Track: “Lonely In Tokyo”
Description: Singer-songwriter iyla is a hard one to describe. Her songs are based in hard hitting trap beats but the melodies and production layered over this are elegant (based in soul and almost classical at times) and it gives her a fresh, unique sound; her lyrics have this same sort of duality between layered metaphors/unconventional vocabulary and blunt/crass jabs. It’s the best of both worlds, reaching across the aisle to appeal to fans of all kinds of genres thanks to smart writing and production. Her serpentine voice is clean and strong as she both sings and raps her way through this strong collection of songs about liberating herself from all of the toxic people in her life. She’s also a visual queen, check out some of her music videos as well because they’re excellent.
- Genre/Length: R&B + Pop / 22 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: Cape God
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Sample Track: “Cash Rules (feat. Method Man)”
Description: After a fairly traditional indie pop debut Angelica Garcia drew inspiration from her Mexican/Salvadoran heritage (as well as Catholic imagery) for this release and it’s a nice taste of a perspective we don’t see very often in “mainstream” music. She has a punky energy about her that I’m into; while still broadly in the “pop” category, these songs are delightfully twisted walls of sound full of fury. She wails like La Llorona (who’s the subject of a song on the album) over screaming guitars and ominous vocal loops and it’s a little bit terrifying, but definitely intriguing. A difficult album to describe but a compelling one to listen to.
- Genre/Length: Alt-Pop + Indie Rock / 48 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: Petals For Armor
- Other Reference Points: Kate Bush, Grimes, first generation brujas
Sample Track: “Jicama”
Description: I don’t normally enjoy shoe gaze but I found this album very charming. The adorable cover art should tell you exactly what kind of album this will be (something warm and intimate) but it also reveals that primary reference point for the album is the ‘60s, which can be heard in the melodramatic skits between songs and the subtle touches of blue eyed soul that give some flavor to the twee indie pop songs. This is actually a companion album for a documentary made by one of the members of this band and like the film it’s a tribute/deconstruction to the romantic comedy, lampooning the tropes while also being perhaps just a little nostalgic about them.
- Genre/Length: Indie + Shoegaze / 44 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: Swimmer
- Other Reference Points: The xx, Chairlift, pop art
Sample Track: “The Ugly Truth”
Description: How kind of Taylor Swift to drop a folk themed album right before I posted this, I hope it inspires people to check out this album because it’s one of the strongest written/performed albums I’ve heard all year. The “everyday poetic” lyrics don’t pull any punches and the storytelling they accomplish is very impressive; it’s rare that an album can consistently tug at your heartstrings and stir up emotions like this. The singers commit with their whole hearts and have great chemistry with each other and a lot of the power of the album draws directly from their superstar performances, as well as the thunderous folk music arrangements. Prepare to want to run around the woods after this one.
- Genre/Length: Folk / 46 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: Folklore
- Other Reference Points: The Civil Wars, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, lyrics that make good fanfiction titles
Sample Track: “Battle Cries”
Description: This was technically two EPs but they’re companion pieces she dropped at the same time so I’m counting them as one release. The Japanese/Korean rapper continues her quest for world domination with a fun collection of pop-rap songs that show off both her singing and rapping skills. As always Chanmina displays impressive range not just vocally but musically, managing to serve piano ballads, dance pop, and autotuned trap bangers on the same EP while still feeling cohesive. There’s range emotionally as well, with songs for both the club and sitting alone in your room crying, and you can bop to both. Another great display of potential from a cool up and coming artist.
- Genre/Length: Pop-Rap / 11 + 11 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: It’z Me
- Other Reference Points: Tierra Whack, Rico Nasty, being a bad girl with feelings
Sample Track: “Voice Memo No. 5”
Description: Hey, by any chance does anyone on this sub like disco? Thought so. While this album isn’t quite plucked right from the ‘70s Niia’s take on simmering dance pop definitely involves some callbacks to the era along with a more modern trip-hop sensibility that keeps this album sounding fresh and adult. The music is lush with subtleties, burning like a blue flame even as she spends the album describing a relationship that’s cooling off. The sheer aesthetic of it all is impeccable as well, it’s very… sensual and refined. I feel like I should be wearing all black and smoking on the balcony of a gorgeous mansion while listening to this.
- Genre/Length: Pop + Alt-R&B / 42 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: What’s Your Pleasure?
- Other Reference Points: Perfume Genius, Kehlani, art films
Sample Track: “Whatever You Got”
Description: Firebrand freshman rapper Chika made a name for herself with her impressive freestyles she would post to Instagram, and on her debut EP she proves she’s more than just a viral moment. Her star gleams as she spits intelligent bars that paint the picture of a bright young woman on the cusp of greatness who knows what she wants and what she’s worth. She’s a fierce rapper through and through, but her songs have an understated pop appeal to them thanks to the synth drenched production and the soulful choir she taps to provide hooks and backup vocals. Also she’s bisexual and some of the songs deal with that, so let’s support her ladies!
- Genre/Length: Rap / 20 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: Suga
- Other Reference Points: Ashanti, Queen Latifah, feeling unstoppable
Sample Track: “Songs About You”
Description: Little Dragon have been a band since the ‘90s and have released music pretty consistently over the past two decades, drawing attention for their subtly experimental tendencies and their lead singer’s husky voice. Their latest album sees them doing a little bit of everything, dipping into electropop, r&b, indie, jazz, funk, and the end result is very easy on the ears. It’s gentle, thoughtful music on a polished, glossy album with a hint of an edge; although lacking in bombastic bangers it’s perfect to luxuriate in during a chill session.
- Genre/Length: Electropop / 47 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: ~how i’m feeling~
- Other Reference Points: Blood Orange, Kelela, crunchy music
Sample Track: “Where You Belong”
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- Try If You Liked: 111 (by Pabllo Vittar)
- Other Reference Points: Lizzo, Mykki Blanco, block party music
Sample Track: “Chasing Rainbows (feat. Kesha)”
Description: Ingrid Andress co-wrote “Boys” by Charli XCX, but this is a country album. But it’s a good country album! Her writing is sharp, her voice is powerful, and the emotions she plumbs seem genuine; all the ingredients that make for great country songs. Her lyrics are cutting and she displays a lot of vulnerability in how she allows herself to be weak, strong, or even the butt of the joke at times. Thematically all of the songs take place in the liminal space between being in love and being alone, and her takes feel very fresh despite the traditionally “relatable” subject matter. I don’t listen to a lot of country but I’d still wager that this is one of the best releases of the year so far!
- Genre/Length: Country / 26 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: Kelsea
- For Fans Of: Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, country girls with pop appeal
Sample Track: “Both”
Description: This is a weird one, and I know I’ve said that several times but this is probably the weirdest album here. Recorded by the band mostly in live takes, this album feels like a series of jam sessions that were crammed into songs and the end result is sprawling tracks that grow and morph and shift wildly right before your very ears. Every single song is just an intense journey from start to finish, constantly subverting expectations and straddling the line between music and noise. In a strange sort of way it’s ear candy because it’s so refreshing to hear something so different, especially since the actual sound palate it uses is fairly traditional. It’s a fever dream of autotune, drums, and guitars; I can’t tell if this is genius or an utter mess but it’ll certainly hold your attention.
- Genre/Length: Post-Pop(?) / 53 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: Sawayama
- Other Reference Points: Devo, 100 Gecs, drugs
Sample Track: “Talk About”
Description: Yeah this album is actually pretty big and very critically acclaimed but I never see it mentioned so I’ll be the one to bring it up. A haze of hip-hop, jazz, and electronica, Thundercat demonstrates his strong grasp of musicality and crafts a creative album that flows very well. It’s a good album to vibe out to, music in this style isn’t exactly my forte but I found this album really easy to listen to. The sound palate is easy on the ears and there’s a sense of optimism (and at times humor) that keeps it feeling engaging throughout. Although a bit far from the usual fare of /popheads, this many critics can’t be wrong!
- Genre/Length: Hip-Hop + Jazz / 37 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: Heaven To A Tortured Mind
- Other Reference Points: Flying Lotus, Mac Miller, Adult Swim bumper music
Sample Track: “Dragonball Durag”
Description: Just as a heads up this album is entirely in Spanish, but don’t let you put that off! Lido Pimienta has a razor sharp voice that’s easy to listen to and crafted some great melodies for this album, plus much of its appeal is in the music. Although based in Canada she wrote this album about her native Colombia, and to do so she decided to draw upon the rich tapestry of the music of the Caribbean coast. While she sometimes plays these genres straight other times she’ll twist them up with bass and electronic production that gives them a more modern edge and makes this album a conversation with Colombia rather than just a straightforward tribute. It’s a wonderful tour of an under appreciated music culture.
- Genre/Length: Alternative + Latin Pop / 43 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: Las Que No Iban A Salir
- Other Reference Points: Rakky Ripper, Namasenda, critically acclaimed artistic pop
Sample Track: “Eso Que Tu Haces”
Description: Drag queen music is just barely a step above reality tv star music in terms of how seriously it’s taken, but I enjoy a lot of it and this EP is genuinely good. The original winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Bebe Zahara Benet taps into her African roots for this album and the Afropop stylings really elevate this EP. While still grounded in club friendly dance music the sounds of drums and banjo give the songs a depth and an edge that keeps them from feeling like the same disposable novelty songs we usually associate with Ru Girls. Bebe’s voice isn’t exceptionally powerful but it’s sweet and earthy; she sounds good here. She brought Cameroon to the club and it’s kind of a serve.
- Genre/Length: Afropop / 20 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US
- Other Reference Points: Bad Bunny, Big Freedia, music you can bob your head along to
Sample Track: “Banjo”
Description: Streaming numbers seem to indicate there have been a few decent hits off this album but I’ve seen exactly one (1) other person mention her on this sub so let’s talk about it. We always love a good r&b release and Alina knows what she’s doing here and effortlessly merges the worlds of old school r&b (with its rich orchestrations and nods to soul music) with new school r&b (with ever present trap drums and endless hooks) while retaining the best of both worlds. Perhaps one of the most romantic albums of the year, she boldly declares on the opening track that “[she] can see her whole life when she’s with you” and she spends the next fifteen tracks describing exactly what that’s gonna look like. The album is perhaps a bit too long, but when she sounds this good it’s hard to take that as a negative.
- Genre/Length: R&B / 52 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: It Was Good Until It Wasn’t
- Other Reference Points: H.E.R., Kali Uchis, romance
Sample Track: “Take It Home”
Description: Marisa Maino gives me early ‘00s vibes, she’s got a lot of the spunkiness that defined the stars of that era. Her sound is a bit more modern but her approach to writing pop songs with strong vocally focused melodies feels like it’s rooted at least a few years in the past, not that that’s a bad thing! The maximalist production is a bit of a throwback as well, hearing the pop-punk guitars on some of these songs was definitely nostalgic. Her slightly bratty lyrics are kinda cute as well. If you’re looking for some classic (a little basic) pop girl vibes, check this out.
- Genre/Length: Pop / 52 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: Sad Songs In The Summer
- Other Reference Points: Demi Lovato, Avril Lavigne, teen movies from the '00s
Sample Track: “Hot”
Description: It's a shame this group disbanded on the heels of their most successful, critically acclaimed album yet, but they're survived by a strong discography of noise pop gems (even if they aren't on streaming). With insane, off-the-wall production that sounds like it was rendered entirely by broken computers, this album is incredibly polarizing. They moan and scream a lot of the lyrics but at the same time I actually love their voices, and the lyrics/song subjects are super campy but touching at the same time. You'll either love or hate this album, but if you love it you'll get a lot of mileage out of it.
- Genre/Length: Alt-Pop / 47 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: RTJ4
- Other Reference Points: 100 Gecs, Courtney Barnett, being a weirdo and proud of it
Sample Track: “Creep U”
Description: A teenage pop star with a somewhat dark, almost androgynous style the obvious comparison for Isaac Dunbar is Billie Eilish, but his inspiration for doing music is Lady Gaga and you can definitely hear that in his music. This EP has its fair share of moody slow jams that seem him intoning his way through a haze of synths and piano, but where he really shines are the more upbeat dance pop songs. He’s not afraid to let his freak flag fly and it results in some really lyrically interesting tracks that feature unusual imagery and address issues like homophobia and toxic masculinity. This is a really cute collection of pop songs, now is the time to get in on the ground floor of a rising gay pop boy!
- Genre/Length: Synthpop / 23 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: Kid Krow
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Sample Track: “comme de garçons (like the boys)”
Description: Even among the r&b scene I haven’t heard too much buzz around this album, so for once this isn’t just a case of /popheads ignoring an r&b girl, like, everyone’s been sleeping on this one. Devoted primarily to themes of self-love, Parisalexa’s debut album is a smooth stream of drippy r&b music complete with the stuttering trap drums and heavy melodies that have become the genre mainstays. She’s a good songwriter and her lyrics and hooks are easy to listen to, and her messages don’t grow repetitive over the course of the album. I don’t really have much to say about this one other than the fact that everyone I’ve recommended it to seems to have loved it so if you’re into r&b this one is a must listen.
- Genre/Length: R&B / 29 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: It Was Good Until It Wasn’t
- Other Reference Points: Summer Walker, SZA, straight up r&b
Sample Track: “Chocolate”
Description: At this point rapping over disco is something of a signature sound for Ric Wilson, but when he teams up with producer Terrace Martin they take that sound and produce magic with it. Ric’s heavy voice and relaxed flow sit really well on Terrace’s slick beats and together they create what sounds like the soundtrack of the best kickback you’ve ever attended. Although it isn’t quite entirely disco as there are a few more traditional synth pop style songs, these are still just as good as the more danceable tracks and there isn’t a a weak link on the track list. The songs are full of smart lines and positive vibes; this EP is brief but it’s really fun and super easy to listen to.
- Genre/Length: Rap + Disco / 17 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: A Little Rhythm and a Wicked Feeling
- Other Reference Points: Doja Cat, Yuna, walking down the neighborhood smiling
Sample Track: “Don’t Kill The Wave”
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- Genre/Length: Indie Rock / 25 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: The New Abnormal
- Other Reference Points: Mitski, Tank and the Bangas, casual nihilism
Sample Track: “Heat Death (Hold Me Here)”
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- Genre/Length: Pop + Alt-Pop / 49 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: Manic
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Sample Track: “I Confess My Love”
Description: Shawn Wasabi’s custom made MIDI Fighter 64 allows him to program songs using arcade noises, which he’ll often blend with more traditional electronic production. Over the past five years he’s created a really cute signature sound and all the buzz he’s built up has finally resulted in a debut album that puts this aesthetic on full display. He has a great ear for hooks and knows how to get the most out of his features, resulting in a very satisfying producer driven album. With songs that make constant reference to junk food and video games this is probably one of the sweetest albums of the year, and one of the most joyful as well.
- Genre/Length: EDM / 34 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: Dedicated Side B
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Sample Track: “The Snack That Smiles Back”
Description: Pop star MAX has (hopefully) got an album coming out later this year that I’m hotly anticipating, but first we get a nice little album from his side project Party Pupils. I love some festival bro EDM from time to time and this album is pure polished future funk fun that captures all of the carefree excitement of a neon night out. We kind of know what to expect from producer driven releases like this but I think it helps that MAX is a singer himself because it brings a grounding presence that ensures that these are true pop songs, not just trendy approximations of them. The songs are light and frothy ear candy, and hey, we all could use that sometimes.
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- Try If You Liked: Golden Hour (the Kygo one)
- Other Reference Points: Caravan Palace, The Knocks, producer driven pop
Sample Track: “Love Me For The Weekend (feat. Ashe)”
Description: Sondre Lerche has been a fixture of the indie scene for the past two decades, I had somehow avoided hearing about him until this year but I absolutely loved this album. He has a knack for making songs that feel “cozy” to listen to and this album flows smooth as butter thanks to the rich orchestrations and his expressive voice that carries his off-kilter melodies well. It’s a good album to put on an just chill out to. The lyrics come from out of left field at times but at their core they’re romantic, funny, and heartbreaking in equal measure. The album is somewhat messy at times with a few tracks lingering a bit too long but if anything that just makes it more approachable, and ultimately it’s a very pleasant experience.
- Genre/Length: Pop / 47 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: Set My Heart On Fire Immediately
- Other Reference Points: Rufus Wainwright, MIKA, music that soaks into your heart
Sample Track: “You Are Not Who I Thought I Was”
Description: Powderpaint are a queer pop duo from the UK with a delightful retro space children aesthetic and they dropped one of the hottest EPs of the year; these ’80s disco/Hi-NRG styled songs are overflowing with verve and they’ve got the melodies and production to match. I think they said it best on their delightfully tacky website, it’s an EP “full of sizzling synthesizers, funky guitars and retro grooves. The songs covered themes of trans identity, bad relationships, pseudoscience, and an unapologetic celebration of queer people's love and happiness.” This is music on a mission, and you can hear in the dramatic production and their strong voices as they sing (and rap) their way through the songs that they mean business. A must-listen imo.
- Genre/Length: Synthpop / 23 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: Future Nostalgia
- Other Reference Points: MUNA, Carly Rae Jepsen, queer anthems
Sample Track: “Constellation”
Description: Believe it or not Angela Muñoz is 18 years old, not that you’d know it from her rich voice and smart writing skills. The little girl has got soul, and producer Adrian Younge nurtures this talent by providing her with beautiful musical arrangements of romantic strings and tender drums that cradle her voice just right. These lush soul songs posit her as a wise beyond her years chanteuse, and it works. This album feels old school in a timeless way, calling to mind legends of soul past like Amy Winehouse and Sade who spun gold from the air with their music. While she isn’t quite at their level yet this is an impressive debut that makes me believe she could maybe get there someday.
- Genre/Length: Soul / 29 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: Lianne La Havas
- Other Reference Points: Amy Winehouse, Sade, classic movies
Sample Track: “I Don’t Care”
Description: Okay so this album was made by a genderqueer “multimedia fetish artist” who’s known for their “mad kawaii raver” style, Twitch streams, and “colorful kawaii rave nude art book.” I shouldn’t have to say much more than that but I’ll continue to type. Inspired by her dream of being in a ‘90s bubblegum dance group, Audra tapped producers Ash Nerve and Ada Rook to create tooth rotting songs that are simultaneously a revival of this classic sound and an extension of modern hyper pop trends. The lyrics are stupid in the best way possible, referencing memes and embodying the relentless pep that defines the album. Although the album is confined to Bandcamp it’s well worth at least one listen just for the sheer fun of it!
- Genre/Length: Bubblegum Dance + Hyperpop / 23 Minutes
- Try If You Liked: how I’m feeling now
- Other Reference Points: Aqua, Vocaloid, internet kitsch
Sample Track: “Spider” If you're wondering "why isn't ____ on here?" well it's because these are just my personal opinions and selections drawn from my limited experience. There's plenty of stuff out there that I didn't mention or haven't heard, if you'd like comment it below. Stay classy folks, hope the rest of the year is just as nice.
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