Yesterday I got addicted to a couple of pop artists that would have been have huge in the 80s, when MTV and pop radio were occasionally daring. OLD PERSON ALERT, I know, I know. I’m not going down the “why doesn’t MTV play music anymore” route. All I’m saying is that a bunch of great songs come along each year and get stuck in Pitchfork land, marginalized as indie tracks and cradled by people who sneer at–*hack, hack*–popular music.
Cred and artistry matter, but put those qualities aside for a second. I’m referring to songs that are built to please, by musicians who, I suspect, would like to break free of the weird little indie nerd enclaves and score a major hit. Songs that are actually catchier, and fresher, than the perfectly fine but oddly routine Gaga and Katy and Miley fare battling up the iTunes chart. Listen: I like a lot of Gaga, Katy, and even Miley. I like Taylor and Timberlake. But geez, is Daft Punk the only crossover act that’s allowed in a year?
So here: Great new pop from Sky Ferreira and CHVRCHES. Play these in the car and at the gym and tell me they don’t belong in every car, every gym.