I know that we haven’t talked about pop music in quite a while. I mean, we all do love our indie, punk, noise or whatever influenced bands that play the crappiest venues all to be able to release some tunes recorded in their bedrooms or garages via bandcamp or on small run vinyl. But from time to time there is an urge and a void that can only be filled by massive pop tunes. Tacky hooklines that block your ears for days and nights, one-liners that make you long for a relationship with the girl of your dreams (yes, there are lines in Modern Baseball’s songs or even in Blink 182 songs that will be similar, but let’s face it, it’s just not the same!). And they are mostly graced with audacious production and mostly sung by stunning girls.
Nevertheless the best thing about pop, and this is where I get back to the indie and d.i.y. roots within me, is, when you stumble across something brilliant that’s still a secret to most people out there.
I don’t know a lot of things about Grace Mitchell apart from that she’s 17 years old, and according to her Soundcloud account, she comes from Portland (what a great city by the way!). She’s also got a management. And her music is fucking beautiful! Today she released her first EP in the USA. But even before that she released most of the songs on her Soundcloud anyway. Any you better believe me, when I say that all four songs are hits.
First you take the base of blistering Chvrches electronica. Add a little bit of Tove Lo after-hour sexyness (yes, I’m thinking of the Hippie Sabotage remix). Then you might stir it up with a production that only Swedish pop masterminds seem to be able to create. And at the end you polish it all off with a voice that melts your heart and every inch of ice in antarctica. What we have here ladies and gentleman is not your ordinary plastic pop act or songwriter-turned-superstar (Gaga/Sia), but something much more fierce and exciting. If I was an A&R at Universal, Sony or Warner, I’d get my arse on a plane to Portland and scorch the whole city until I find the house this 17 year old lives in. Then I’d tell her parents how mentally insane and good her music is. In the end I’d sign her up to the label on her terms. Because if her EP is anything to go by, she’s got it all figured out anyway. Who needs any additional songwriters, if she knows best what it’s all about anyway?
And yes, in the end it is all about making great pop music!