After a 2-week break The Pop Scribe 10 is back back back! Things went a bit quiet after my first rundown of the best new releases in pop, but now I’ve got a brand new selection for you to feast upon. Making this second playlist was actually a bit more of a struggle than last time as the obvious pop bangerz seemed few and far between BUT, upon closer inspection, these past two weeks have gifted us with some subtly brilliant slices of pop from some unexpected places…
The second edition of The Pop Scribe 10 includes:
Zara Larsson perfecting both the sad AND ‘symphonic’ banger
(Clean Bandit providing the symphony)
Delightfully twisted pop from newcomer Billie Eilish
Blondie doing their best version of Blondie in 2017
Gorillaz returning with their classic Eastern-infused electro
While some turn to hot water bottles and blankets as the winter months freeze on, these past few days I have found myself tuning into the wondrously comforting music of Iceland’s Ásgeir Trausti. Ásgeir’s music sits somewhere between the gentle folk of Bon Iver (For Emma era) and the chilly electronics of Björk (Vespertineera) and, at its best, these influences are blended into gorgeous electro/folk-infused pop…aka the sound of winter.
~Even as I write these words I can hear a voice in my head shouting: ‘Is this actually pop!?’ But let’s leave that for another post…~
The brightest of these Icelandic gems form a quintet of songs which I’ve very cleverly named: Ásgeir’s Winter Wonders. At a time in the year when everything can seem a little bleak, particularly if you’re ‘in between jobs’, these ‘Winter Wonders’ provide a perfect spot of Icelandic escapism in soothing pop form.
Wrap up and take a listen to the playlist below:
P.S. Ásgeir also has a stunning new single out called Unbound, but I didn’t want this to seem like a big ol’ promotional post. Nevertheless, check it out…