Hands up if you know how many different classifications of pop music exist?
If you said 11 – well done. According to some sources you would be correct! According to others pop music is simply what’s ‘popular’. That’s fine but I need to categorize things ok!
What are they I hear you ask? Well, click here for a quick rundown together with definitions, some sample songs and a full Spotify playlist, then check out the latest songs that have just been added to the awesome playlist below
‘Worlds Together’ – Jody And The Jerms
Jody and the Jerms formed in the Summer of 2019 in Oxford, England and are Alex, Jody and Niall.
Our first single Never Going Home (Oct 2019) was originally recorded in 1991 by the rarely- remembered New York shoe-gazers, The Belltower but Jody and the Jerms transform this plaintive rendition into a poppier, though no less pertinent, meditation on the futility of trying to relive Christmas’s past.
‘On The Line’ – The High Ceilings
The High Ceilings are a rock band from Sydney Australia who released their debut single Poppy Won in 2018 which was described as a “wonderful blend of the slacker delivery of Dylan, the weary, ragged strum and melancholic vibe of Neil Young and a streak of indie guitar rock in the spirit of Pavement”. Their second single “On the Line” follows in this tradition but with more of a country rock feel with the introduction of the harmonica and has been described by singer Ben Horder as “a song born out of feelings of frustration and helplessness”.
Post to Wire described hearing in the song “the country rock of The Band and Dylan filtered through modern day cosmic merchants like The War On Drugs and Kurt Vile as well as the jangly indie sound of artists like David Kilgour of The Clean”. Come Here Floyd described the song as having “a vibe that is knee-slapping and just delivers with honesty within the lyrics. Tom Petty, Dylan, Neil Young – what have you, you”re bound to have a fabulous time with this straight on song that’s perfect for the weekend of your life”.
‘I Don’t Even Know You’ – Dante Palminteri
Growing up between the East and West coasts, American singer-songwriter and actor Dante Palminteri matured his musical styling at an early age, drawing inspiration from John Mayer’s poetic mastery of the human psyche and Ed Sheeran’s genre-defying melodies. His lyrics narrate complex compilations about unrequited love, soul mates lost and found, and the growing pains of adulthood. Struck by the lyrical prowess of Americana muses Jason Isbell and The Tallest Man On Earth, Palminteri explores his own roots, weaving personal narratives on the intricacies of falling in love with whimsical acoustic melodies.
‘Violetear’ – Zerbin, ICELANDIA
Zerbin is a Canadian artist who rose to prominence in the Canadian indie scene with infectious tracks marked by emotive hooks and spiritual undertones. His works have been featured in international films, movie trailers, TV, and commercials, with best known tracks New Earth and Worlds on Fire finding spots in global advertising campaigns and features in film and TV including Grey’s Anatomy and So You Think You Can Dance.
‘Please Don’t’ – The Astronomers
Ben Baker and Michael Stensland’s passion for playing and writing music developed soon after they met in sixth-grade jazz band. That passion grew stronger and deeper as they transitioned into high school. In 2015, Ben and Michael formed a band with four close friends; that band performed at events and festivals around their home state of Wisconsin, drawing a strong local following and receiving accolades for their unique sound. After graduating from high school, together they created the electronic duo, “The Astronomers.” Mixing pop elements with distinct melodies, the duo is ready to introduce their sound to the world.
‘Keep Me Guessing’ – Abe Parker
Imagine if John Mayer met Ed Sheeran and they all moved to Atlanta to make a trap beat. That’s the best way to describe Abe Parker. Parker combines his guitar chops and pop sensibility to create a unique and infectious sound. Parker humbly began his musical journey living out of his car after moving to Atlanta, GA from his small hometown of Blue Rock, Ohio. Since then Parker has toured from Maine to California and shared the stage with acts such as Andy Grammer, Johny Swim, Ben Rector, Judah and the Lion, Andrew Ripp, David Crowder and many more.
‘Not The Girl’ – Natalie Shay
Natalie Shay is a 21 year old indie pop/rock artist hailing from North London. The multi award-winning musician has established an ever-growing presence, media acclaim and a loyal fanbase through her explosive live performances and viral-worthy anthems, recognising her as one of the UKs hottest emerging talents.
Combining her youthful and charismatic aura with her classical training and time spent at the prestigious BRIT School, Shay has finessed the ability to produce undeniably catchy music, whilst maintaining a musical maturity. Compared to the likes of Haim, Little Comets and Fickle Friends, the Londoner has absorbed a similar energy and dynamic within her new music.
‘Mystery Woman’ – The Pretty Visitors
After an extremely successful debut year, The Pretty Visitors have their sights set on much more in 2020.
2019 saw the release of four demos, features on BBC Introducing, and huge headline shows at The Wedgewood Rooms (Portsmouth), The Joiners (Southampton) and Heartbreakers (Southampton). The band have also played some notable support slots, with artists such as Circa Waves, Jaws, Billy Lunn (The Subways), The Family Rain, Sisteray and Cassia.
In February 2020, The Pretty Visitors release their first studio single ‘Mystery Woman’; an intricate, moody track, immersed with melodies you could swim in. This comes after the single has received its first plays live on BBC Introducing, a month before release.