EQ Music Blog https://eqmusicblog.com The freshest electronic pop and indie music blog online since 2009. Tue, 20 Apr 2021 08:41:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6.3 https://eqmusicblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/cropped-EQ-Music-Logo-512px-32x32.jpg EQ Music Blog https://eqmusicblog.com 32 32 Listen to “He Said She Said” by CHVRCHES https://eqmusicblog.com/listen-to-he-said-she-said-by-chvrches/ Tue, 20 Apr 2021 08:41:19 +0000 https://eqmusicblog.com/?p=30098 CHVRCHES return with synth-pop banger "He Said She Said." Not so quietly open up a conversation about gender inequality & we are here for it.

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The new week is off to a good start for electronic pop fans. CHVRCHES have unleashed a new track “He Said She Said” ( a Hottest Record In The World, premiere with Annie Mac.) It has been three years since the Glasgow trio released their acclaimed third album “Love Is Dead.” Resulting in probably the longest break they’ve had between putting out new material. As documented on their social media platforms. Lauren, Iain and Martin have been hinting at new music for some time. Speaking at various points during the lockdowns and sharing comments about working on CHV4 while working apart. Meaning with Lauren and Martin self-isolating in Los Angeles and Iain in Glasgow they’ve had to connect up digitally. Leading them to undergo a creative experience unlike any other they have encountered before.

The band started dropping video teasers online last week, something was afoot, although we didn’t know quite what. Now we have synth-pop banger “He Said She Said,” and it appears they have much pondering and contemplation to get off of their chests. The track “He Said She Said” is their vocal platform for opening up a conversation about gender inequality within the music industry and in general.

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After reflecting on the balancing act that is expected of women. Lauren Mayberry explains of “He Said She Said“…

“Be successful but only in the way we want you to be. Speak up for yourself but not so loudly that you steal men’s thunder. Be attractive but only for the benefit of men, and certainly don’t be vain. Strive to be The Hot Sad Girl but don’t actually be sad in a way that’s inconvenient for anyone. Be smart but not smart enough to ask for more than what you’re being given.”

It is appreciated, and am I grateful that Lauren has spoken up for all womankind because a lot of what she talks about is familiar and encountered by women daily, the world over.

I am loving that, with their latest releases, London Grammar, MARINA and now CHVRCHES are all crafting messages about femininity. Produced in the kind of sonic, electronic music styles, which equally captivate, listens. Like a holy trinity of female voices in pop calling for gender equality Hannah, MARINA and Lauren, have valid points to make, but if I might add a word or two further to what they have said. If we are looking upon a hot new trend in music, personally, I am here for it.

Connect with CHVRCHES
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CHVRCHES/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chvrches
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chvrches/

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Listen to “You” by Regard ft Troye Sivan & Tate McRae https://eqmusicblog.com/listen-to-you-by-regard-ft-troye-sivan-tate-mcrae/ Mon, 19 Apr 2021 07:36:57 +0000 https://eqmusicblog.com/?p=30088 Emotive, electro-dance. "You" from producer Regard x Troye Sivan & Tate McRae's silky harmonies plant them in a dreamy, sonic universe.

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Not content with his 2021 BRIT Award nomination for Best British Single a collaborative effort with RAYE on “Secrets.” The Kosovan DJ and producer Regard, who is not so incidentally held in high regard (see what I did there?) for his deep-house stylings. Has opted for a shift in sonics when bringing on board the much sought after vocalists Troye Sivan and Tate McRae for his new cut “You.” Troye having recently experimented with sonics and softer stylings himself on his “In A Dream” EP and track “Take Yourself Home” is therefore not such a big shock announcement that he should turn up as a vocal, lead on this emotive, electro-dance-pop banger. Tate McRae whose style is soothing anyways, and has, on the other hand, risen, through the ranks of sad pop. Steps in as a standout choice of vocal companion. And as such, it shouldn’t be any surprise that Troye and Tate’s silky harmonies plant them in their own, dreamy, sonic universe.

If being honest, “You” seems to have been tailor-made Troye Sivan. In as much as the production of the track goes, Regard has stepped right into Troye’s sonic pop realm. I could easily and wrongfully assume Troye had linked up with his “In A Dream” producer, the Swede Oscar Görres again. Regard has really changed his melodic production values for “You.” It is good to see some diversity in his musical stylings. As helps with keeping things fresh.

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Emotiveness is what links these three artists together. Regard admits to always striving to write with lyrical and emotive depth in mind. Tate and Troye are both the kind of lyrical, singer-songwriter pop artists who thrive on being authentic and upfront. For “You” they detail their struggles with being dumped without being given an explanation why they have been brushed aside. Evidently, there were no clues that this fate was looming for them. They are attempting to rebuild but are inhabited by old feelings, that keep catching them off-guard. These are vibes Tate and Troye work well in and now Regard can also doddle a new tick box onto his musical CV because of coming through with sensitive, sonically alluring “You.”

Connect with Regard
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DjRegardOfficial/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DardanRegard
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/djregardofficial/

Connect with Troye Sivan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/troyesivan
Twitter: https://twitter.com/troyesivan
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/troyesivan/

Connect with Tate McRae
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TateMcRaeOfficial/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tatemcrae
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tatemcrae/

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Listen to “Heart on the Line” by Peter Strand ft Oliver Sääv https://eqmusicblog.com/listen-to-heart-on-the-line-by-peter-strand-ft-oliver-saav/ Mon, 19 Apr 2021 07:07:08 +0000 https://eqmusicblog.com/?p=30091 Expect to hear more of exciting new songwriter Peter Strand. "Heart on the Line" affirms his gift of lyrical imagery is gaining ground

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I am always up for indulging, in new Scandinavian pop offerings. It isn’t like there is ever any shortage in supply of these immaculately turned out, releases, anyways. Mores to the point that I am confronted by too many choices of where to begin. Choices between, a relied upon old favourite or plump for something utterly new and emerging. Today I am opting for the latter. A new song from Peter StrandHeart on the Line” featuring the vocals of Oliver Sääv. Strand is an exciting new songwriter from Helsingborg Sweden, impressively coming up through the ranks since 2019. Oliver Sääv is an aspiring pop star and former contestant on Swedish Idol 2017.

Songwriter’s don’t often receive the recognition they deserve. After all, a song without lyrics is an instrumental. And as such its greatest use is to create an ambience. Lyrics, help build intricate stories and convey messages. Songwriting and songwriters are important. With “Heart on the Line” Peter Strand reflects upon the connection between vulnerability and love. How both interplays when a relationship irreparably veers off-track. Through his honest approach to songwriting, Peter evokes heart-wrenching feelings about unbalancing in relationships. When one partner shows more commitment and how because of it, the bond which was once shared irreparably breaks down.

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Vocalist on the track Oliver Sääv checks in with these emotions. There is fragility at times in his voice as well as tenderness and bittersweetness. At one time, he has experienced these feelings and it shows in his sensitive delivery of the lyrics at hand. “Heart on the Line” does more than touch upon emotions, it stirs them up and invites us into the headspace and experience the stuff which is going on in there. It is the mark of clever penmanship and thoughtful songwriting processes from Peter Strand. Expect to hear more of the exciting new songwriter Peter Strand. His gift of lyrical imagery is gaining ground.

Connect with Peter Strand
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mr.Peter.Strand/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PStrandkvist
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/peterstrandmusic/

Connect with Oliver Sääv
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/oliversaavofficial/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oliversaavofficial/

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Watch “Dover Beach” by Baby Queen https://eqmusicblog.com/watch-dover-beach-by-baby-queen/ Fri, 16 Apr 2021 08:08:57 +0000 https://eqmusicblog.com/?p=30085 For the freshest, most illuminating indie-pop, Baby Queen always serves. "Dover Beach" takes us from melancholy’ to uplifted within a beat.

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Are the pop gods smiling on us this week or what? Although not before time, we’ve been treated to new Years & Years, MARINA and even Baby Queen has dropped off another new song in way of the super catchy “Dover Beach.” Have you also noticed these past few days there is a definite feeling of optimism in the air? The many fantastic, new pop releases which have turned up this week have absolutely helped with getting our normalised lives back on course. Speaking, particularly of “Dover Beach” by Baby Queen. Bella keeps pulling the freshest, and most illuminating indie-pop tracks out of the bag. She’s fast become a pop machine, releasing seven singles plus one EP within a year. A feat of some magnitude.

Even Baby Queen won’t deny her formative releases are tinged with the presence of various darknesses. She turned a corner with the vibey anthem “Raw Thoughts” earlier this year, “Dover Beach” picks up on this new Baby Queen trend. Having an insanely hummable melody while being less about various neurosis, favouring her hot take on relationships and love instead.

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The significance of “Dover Beach?” Bella says,

“In school, I was obsessed with this poem called “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold and I always wanted to visit the Dover cliffs, so I went there alone on a writing trip in October last year. I actually wrote the melody and lyrics of this song while I was sitting on the beach.”

I thought as much because I swear the charming, do, do, do, bit of the track was in some way inspired by the chimes of an ice-cream van. (Although that could just be me wishfully thinking about the next time I get to smash a 99 cornet, round my chops during a trip to the seaside. Yeah probably that to be honest).

The endearing story-boarded music video is self-explanatory of the track’s narrative, but if in any doubt, Bella reveals…

“It’s about being infatuated with somebody and seeing them everywhere you look. I was kind of pissed that I went to look at the beach, all I could think about was this person, hence the lyric “you stole the view of Dover Beach.”

We’ve all been there, stuck in our thoughts, the same as Bella, but not necessarily in Dover. Baby Queen takes us from melancholy’ to uplifted within a beat. Is it any wonder why I and many others are convinced she’s
poised for pop stardom.

Connect with Baby Queen
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/queenofthebabies/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/babyqueen
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/queenofthebabies/

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Watch “Purge The Poison” by MARINA https://eqmusicblog.com/watch-purge-the-poison-by-marina/ Thu, 15 Apr 2021 07:14:46 +0000 https://eqmusicblog.com/?p=30081 Whip-smart heroine Marina lights the fuse with spirited "Purge The Poison." Has us enthralled from start to finish. The full keg of dynamite

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Boom. Here we go. It’s MARINA time! Everyone’s favourite alt-pop queen just popped up to give us the all-important details we’ve been desperate to hear about. Her fifth studio album “Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land” is due everywhere on Friday, June 11th. I’m sure you will agree it is an announcement to whet hungry appetites. Thankfully, however, following on from the release of “Man’s World” last year we don’t have to wait any longer for our second taster track. Coinciding with the album and tracklist announcements. The Welsh-Greek singer-songwriter has unleashed a new track, “Purge The Poison.” A spirited offering, that’s undeniably Marina Diamandis in every way.

The release comes replete with a glamorous official music video, but holla! this time, I would like a lyric video arranged pretty, pronto, please. I love that Marina sings with such urgency and passion. The adrenaline pumped melody and the overall frenetic allure of the track whizz around at pace causing the lyrics to flash by at lightning-quick speed. Marina has a huge amount to say, and I really want to absorb all these poignantly profound statements by listening intently. I do feel a little bombarded with the succession of topics being covered on “Purge The Poison,” and found I really needed the quieter slower interludes to take stock, if only for a few brief seconds, before the track races off again.

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I do see what she has done (and she is rather an old master at it.) This is Marina’s way of giving us a jolt. She lights the fuse. Enchanting us one second and bewildering us in another, in the one hit. Urging us to give the song repeated listens and discover something new each time. A full keg of dynamite.

She had me enthralled at… “All my friends are witches and we live in Hollywood. Mystical bitches making our own sisterhood.”

The lyrics I have picked out don’t tell you all you need to know about “Purge The Poison” by any means, but act as a catalyst for the onward sharing many other unfiltered truths covered on the track.

Oh Marina, you whip-smart heroine, you are too precious, by far.

Connect with MARINA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marinadiamandis/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarinaDiamandis
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marinadiamandis/

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Emerging Artist: LIBERTY https://eqmusicblog.com/emerging-artist-liberty/ Wed, 14 Apr 2021 09:19:47 +0000 https://eqmusicblog.com/?p=30075 An honest foray into emotive, blissed-out pop. Our intro to LIBERTY is "The Last Time." A track ready-made for the summer days ahead.

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“Imagine Empire of the Sun meets Troye Sivan meets this handsome Danish guy and his open-minded and constantly expanding pop universe.” The press release advised me. I didn’t read on further, because I shot straight through to the link included within. Without question, I absolutely had to hear the LIBERTY track “The Last Time” being pitched at me. (Besides, the lovely publicist who gave me the heads-up on this is always pretty much on the ball when alerting me to good, quality pop releases and new pop artists). So true. Going in for my first listen of “The Last Time” I totally clocked the Empire of the Sun vibes and the similarity between the lyrical nuances adopted by Troye Sivan. The track has, groove and I am feeling it.

You’ve probably noticed LIBERTY is rocking, a rock star image. That is because he is one of the most recognisable rock stars in Denmark. Before they split, Mattias Kolstrup was the iconic lead singer of the innovative electro-rock outfit Dúné. When kicking off a new solo project he is LIBERTY. A softer, more emotive version of his former musical self. “The Last Time,” the lead single of the singers upcoming new album “Moon Child Set On The Sun,” is a track ready-made for the summer days ahead. Festooned with an addictive breezy melody and finished off with sexy, trippy beats.

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”I was pondering a relationship going to shit. So I went all the way to the Kilimanjaro Mountain in Tanzania – I had to get as far away, and as close to the stars as possible. But of course, the further away I went, the more I thought of home and of her”. Says Mattias of the track while further adding. “When I reached the top, I met a strange old woman. She told me that I was a moonchild set on the sun and maybe, for once, I should just try to be where I was. Here, now. I heeded her advice and “The Last Time” was written then and there”.

Wow, what a story. I didn’t expect that. A, kinda spookish while at the same time, a spiritually enlightening experience was had if you ask me. It neatly explains the origins of the upcoming album title as well. Great news, because I was curious to know more about that. The shift to everything becoming softer. Blissed out dream pop, dripping in, uplifting ecstasy is a spellbinding power move. An honest foray into emotive pop. Very, well-done LIBERTY.

Connect with LIBERTY
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liblibliberty
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LibertyMattias
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mattiaskolstrup/

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Listen to “Osaka” by SHAED https://eqmusicblog.com/listen-to-osaka-by-shaed/ Wed, 14 Apr 2021 08:59:42 +0000 https://eqmusicblog.com/?p=30072 Feeding anticipation of the album SHAED celebrate "Osaka" Epic, widescreen, pop. Like a movie soundtrack without a blockbuster movie in tow

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Multi-Platinum American trio SHAED release their debut album “High Dive” next month (due May 14th.) They gave us a whopping great introduction to the upcoming release back in October 2020, with the feel-good anthem “No Other Way.” I feel now is a good time to step back in with the group as they’ve deployed a shiny, new synth-loaded cut “Osaka” lifted from the long-player effort.

The band says,

“”Osaka” was inspired by our trip to Japan in 2019. We spent two glorious weeks hopping around the island and playing massive festivals in Tokyo and Osaka. We fell in love with the culture, landscape, food and people, and had the best time of our lives. We left Japan with a confidence we never knew existed within ourselves. “Osaka” is an expression of that feeling.”  – SHAED

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This track is colourful and vibrant. Whereby SHAED most certainly seems to have given into, one of their boldest moves yet. “Osaka” arrives on a sonic plain which strikes with arresting dynamism. Not only does it boast a strong electronic presence akin to the psychedelia of MGMTTime To Pretend“, but it also exhibits a truly majestic vibe by way of stunning strings section features from the FAME’s Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra. The way the track swoops in, softly plateaus for a bit before perching you on a euphoric high, will cleanly take your breathe away. Epic, widescreen, stylings. Like a movie soundtrack without the blockbuster movie in tow.

To think when SHAED started out they were similarly traversing the same sonic sphere as London Grammar and now how they have progressed to constantly shapeshifting while keeping everything exuding elegance (even the anthems). The same can be expected of “High Dive” SHAED’s debut album, the band via Instagram proclaim it to be…

“A true representation of the rare highs and tremendous lows we felt in 2020, and an attempt to find joy in the most challenging year of our lives. It’s about feeling depressed, getting drunk, finding love, feeling lost, finding confidence, mourning loss and feeling hopeful. It’s our greatest hope that when you listen to “High Dive” you can relate to these stories, get lost in the music, and sing these lyrics because we’ve all been through a lot together this year.”

Now that’s a statement that feeds my anticipation for this album. Until release day arrives, I’ll be contently tucking into the gloriously superb “Osaka” and loving it.

Connect with SHAED
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaedband
Twitter: https://twitter.com/shaedband
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shaedband/

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Watch “Starstruck”by Years & Years https://eqmusicblog.com/watch-starstruck-by-years-years/ Tue, 13 Apr 2021 07:11:09 +0000 https://eqmusicblog.com/?p=30065 "Starstruck" is the sound of Years & Years with added glitter. (VIDEO) You'll never guess who Olly is in awe of in a million years & years...

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If you haven’t heard the announcement already Years & Years is now officially an Olly Alexander project only. The news broke a month ago coinciding with confirmation new music would soon be on its way. It isn’t goodbye from Mikey and Emre completely, they both are still part of the family and will be involved with the project going forward. With Mikey continuing playing live with the band, while Emre will focus on writer/producer duties. Since Olly began hinting that a new single was imminent, naturally excitement has been building to the release of the latest offering, “Starstruck.” A title that conjures up several things. Being a mega-fan of somebody. Being in awe of the wonderous starry night-time sky. Perhaps being obsessed with the star-shaped tributes which adorn the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

To clarify, here’s Olly to tell us what the track is really all about.

“‘Starstruck” is about the rush you get when you’re with somebody you’re really into, it’s about holding onto a good feeling and not letting it go. Like most of us, I’ve spent the past year at home, and I wanted to create something super positive and fun for people (and myself) to bop along too. Whatever we’re doing or wherever we are in life, I think we all deserve three minutes of interstellar ecstasy.”

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Brilliant. I can’t blame Olly for having a hankering to leap on the disco resurgence trend. There was me thinking the door had been slammed shut on it once more after Kylie took us there last year with her ultimate celebration of party music, the “DISCO” album. Years & Years couldn’t wait to dive right in and work up a disco release all of their own. After all, Olly has form in the dance-pop arena when he hopped on the vocals on the Jax Jones track “Play.” “Starstruck” is the sum of Years & Years sound jiggling about inside a glitter shaker. A sparkly, cosmic delight. A party tune to gleefully stomp about to. And maybe it won’t be a stand-alone single for too long, as Olly is currently hard at work on more music to follow this release.

It is super nice seeing Olly having some real fun and antics with the music video. Spoiler alert. We get to see who he is starstruck by. You’ll never guess who in a million years & years…

Connect with Years & Years
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YearsAndYears
Twitter: https://twitter.com/yearsandyears
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yearsandyears/

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Emerging Artist: tiLLie https://eqmusicblog.com/emerging-artist-tillie/ Mon, 12 Apr 2021 09:10:14 +0000 https://eqmusicblog.com/?p=30060 Raw and direct. We won't be sleeping on the provocative electro-pop of tiLLie any longer. Releasing "Lose My Mind" has ignited her star power

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She’s wrapped in plastic. She isn’t a high school homecoming queen named Laura Palmer, though. This is Atlanta, singer/songwriter and catchy earworm pop maker tiLLie. She popped up in my online recommendations a short while ago, and for once, the Spotify suggestion algorithm came through with an interesting new find that perfectly aligns with my taste in music. It seems I’ve missed out on a lot of tiLLie’s anti-pop gems and quirky earlier offerings already. I won’t be sleeping on tiLLie any longer, since I’ve become awakened to her provocative electro-pop stylings.

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Lose My Mind” is tiLLie’s first outing of the year. A pristine electro-pop banger, helmed by the sleek production strokes of Ryan Daly, a co-write between Asia Whiteacre, Grace Kelly and Kyle Moorman. Without hesitation, you’ll definitely, want to get up and moving to the catchy melody. However, if being honest, the sadness in the lyrics is most likely to stop you in your tracks. The singer cites the track as the most personal song she’s ever written. And pretty much makes us aware of this fact the second she begins to sing. In what has to be the most, raw and direct opening line in the recent history of pop. She lets her feelings flood out candidly. In what is just, the start of a huge outpouring of emotional carnage, drama and damage. “Last time when I was on tour with my abusive ex, he hit me in the face and then stole my song,” she announces, in a no-holds-barred manner.

Wow, no one could accuse tiLLie of not going there with these hard-hitting lyrics. Despite ripping up this page from her diary and translating it into a song. How is she going to feel every time she consequently performs this track, I wonder? She’s going to stand on a stage like a queen because she is one. For unleashing this song and having dealt with a tonne load of hideous things.

I am defo picking up on, some Allie X, kinda vibes from tiLLie. Releasing “Lose My Mind” she has ignited her star power. Undoubtedly, destined for success.

Connect with tiLLie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whoistillie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/whoistillie
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whoistillie/

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Watch “Talk to Me” by Andrea https://eqmusicblog.com/watch-talk-to-me-by-andrea/ Mon, 12 Apr 2021 08:41:30 +0000 https://eqmusicblog.com/?p=30057 Andrea is Macedonia's most buzzed-about pop star you haven't yet met. We dive in on her fun track "Talk To Me." Europop at its best.

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Macedonia is calling us or rather Andrea, Macedonia’s leading pop artist is. Being a country that does not pop up on our music radar terribly often, albeit around this time of year when a certain European based song competition takes place. You might therefore make the assumption this is the reason why the singer is currently picking up heat. But Andrea’s track “Talk to Me” isn’t even an entry for Eurovision 2021. She has purely become the most buzzed-about pop artist in Macedonia because of her powerful, soulful voice via the combined strengths of YouTube and the TikTok platforms.

I must say curiosity got the better of me when “Talk to Me” was dropped into my inbox. Most notably because it isn’t every day I’m being alerted to Macedonian pop releases, springing up in there. And because of being a country that doesn’t usually grab a lot of attention at Eurovision either. At home, Andrea’s on a trajectory to become Macedonia’s answer to Dua Lipa because of the way she approaches pop in a modern, engaging style. It feels like she’s trying to secure a radio hit with “Talk to Me.” With it being a bouncy, sing-a-long pop song about and awkwardness, shyness and acting upon crushes.

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The track is a Europop flavoured delight putting Andrea and Macedonia on the pop music map right now. She’s only just getting started, yet achieved so much in just five short months already. With “Talk to Me” delivering on a tried and tested vibe. Pop meets with dancefloor crossover possibilities meets fun, flirty lyrics, and will suddenly awaken many to the music sounds currently being produced out of Southeast Europe. No longer regarded as being out on a limb, producing radio-friendly pop that is on par with its European counterparts. Andrea had better get used to being a pop star real quick because chances are the leap from social media platforms to radio and TV won’t be far off.

Connect with Andrea
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andreamusic20
Twitter: https://twitter.com/andrea_music20
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andreamusic20/

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