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glittr – [aldn]

Hyperpop has pretty much consumed my life over the past few months, and I constantly find out about new artists on a daily basis. Out of everyone I have come across, aldn has become one of my all-time favorite musicians for more reasons than I can count, and when I first heard his song “glittr”, I was undeniably sold. You can only imagine how over the moon I was when I found out he was dropping a music video for this hit, and I was even more excited to learn the fact that Daniel Jordan K and Overcast were taking the reins for this visual, so I had to share it with you all as soon as I possibly could. Opening up, aldn is sitting in the middle of a dark, empty room typing into an old computer before pressing a button to prompt the song’s drop. When this happens, he is transported to another dark scene where shiny green strands of tinsel drape behind him as actual glitter covers his face and hair. Obviously, glitter is a major part of this visual, but so is the color green which comes up again sporadically during a scene where he sits …

Get Refreshed: The Unreal World of zootzie, The Real World of glaive, and raegun Responds With Ease

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Nick D’Apolito Preface: In Memory of Lucas Foster This column is not the place for mourning, but it certainly is the place for memorializing. So much has been said about the impact of Lucas Foster – a beyond-exceptional writer who suddenly passed away this weekend – by so many others far closer to him; as a longtime admirer of his work, craft, and overall presence in the grander music blogging space, however, I feel as though I have a necessity to extend my greatest gratitude for what he was able to do during his short, yet remarkably resounding life as an equal-parts human being and master of their craft.  Be it subconsciously or direct as can be, reading the work of Lucas whenever I could inspired many of the undertakings I went through in my much more active blogging days. He was the ever-true root that others, and even he himself, grew out of as this online blogging landscape blossomed more and more over time. By extension of this notion, it would be difficult to dispute that anyone …

detest me – [Glaive]

If you haven’t already realized that Glaive is legitimately the future of music, then you’re already behind the curve. That’s alright though because he decided to bless fans with another insanely good song entitled “detest me” as well as an unbelievable music video that is the perfect accompaniment to the record itself. Opening up with the instrumental produced by a slew of hitmakers like Jasper Harris, Hagan, Alexander Walter Bak, Haan, and Whethan, we are introduced to some incredible acoustic guitar riffs that get the song off to a gentle start before the beat drops and brings the energy to an all-time high, incorporating some heavy bass, synths, and percussion that truly takes this record to a new level. As Glaive begins singing, there is a sort of loneliness to his voice that makes it almost seem isolated and alone. As the beat begins to grow in energy, so does Glaive, though, and the way he inserts more and more enthusiasm as the instrumental picks up just combines the two components of the song perfectly, leading us to an epic pique that brings the house down and makes you want to get up and dance before bringing us back down …

Get Refreshed: One Year Of “How I’m Feeling Now,” The Nature of aldn, and Nigo Being Nigo

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Parent Company Fresh Reflection: A Year Later, and How I’m Feeling Now Is Better Than Ever I never thought I’d say this, but let’s ignore “hyperpop discourse” for a moment. You know, the discourse that began in the summer of 2020 and still fervently lingers to this very day. It has made up the majority of this column’s content, the content of my closest working contemporaries, and has cast a cloud of influence over all music discourse and its respective content. It has dominated my life, and it has probably dominated yours, too. And I’d like to forget about it… at least for like 5 minutes or so. Because I want to take us all back to the album that arrived just before all of this discourse truly started to kick off and become as inescapable as it did and still is. Just before all eyes were placed on Charli XCX’s role in making the hyperpop playlist as forcefully influential as it is today, she put out an album that, in the context of everything discussed here, acted …

what was the last thing u said – [aldn] & [glaive]

When it comes to Hyperpop, glaive is definitely a name you know and love, and while many fans of the subgenre might be familiar with aldn, so many outsiders need to listen up and realize what they’re missing out on with his incredible music. Most recently, aldn teamed up with glaive to bring a brand-new record to life entitled “what was the last thing u said”, and although there are constant moments of self-doubt and reflection, it’s something that can speak to any listener on a deeper level if you just take the time to truly listen. Opening up with the production which aldn handled himself, per usual, the song begins with some electronic-based organs of some sort that are complemented with some sounds that sound completely digital. Although the bulk of the first verse contains literally no drums or percussion, it paves a sturdy foundation that is calming and alludes to a massive break which eventually comes in the chorus once the beat drops and we’re greeted with some massive, big-room synths and other instruments that take you by storm and full consume every last bit of your attention. As aldn sings throughout the first verse, his words are …

Secrets – [Midwxst]

One of the most telling signs of prolonged superstardom as a rising act in any given music scene is when that very artist successfully comes through with a full-length project that exemplifies all that they have worked towards leading up to said project in itself. It is a true moment of self-fulfillment — one that practically any iconic artist can say they have experienced at a single point in their career.  Accomplishing that feat is certainly one thing on its own, but we’re talking about something of a different story when that very project exudes nothing else but pure passion and creative integrity as a result of all of this work put in. Not only does this sentiment work to elevate the aforementioned concept, but it also makes the sheer quality of whatever project being discussed that much greater in the process. While it is quite clear that 17-year-old pop prodigy Midwxst infuses this exact sense of passion into literally every single track he comes through with, he has successfully gone above and beyond to achieve all that these previous descriptions have to offer in such graceful fashion with his debut album Secrets.  Over the length of 9 exceptional tracks, …

Precious – [Aldn]

In a landscape dominated by close connections dating as far back as 2018, no one has climbed up the ladder in regards to the next era of pop music quite as far as Aldn has this year. Bursting onto the scene with a tellingly dynamic status about himself – what with his subdued and laid back delivery no matter how intense or otherwise his instrumentals come off – he’s taken all that defines this genre’s nuanced place and has carved out his own niche in the process.  In his short time in the spotlight, he has released single after single that adds something new to his ever-growing arsenal of styles — regardless of how little or the least bit noticeable these things are from the outset. “Precious” is his latest in this string of releases, and not only does it stand on its own as yet another fantastic offering in his nearly spotless catalog, but it’s also a perfect culmination of what each of his past singles have led up to in the place he stands currently. Wasting no time whatsoever, the relatively short track jumps right into things with Aldn’s soft inflection leading into a grooving instrumental that keeps …

Experience Meets Potential As Midwxst and Aldn Team Up For New Single “Backseat”

Article by Billy Bugara It is not often, especially in the youngest of music scenes, that you see a blatant “teacher and student” moment — an event where a veteran of their craft works in one-to-one correspondence with a rising star in that very scene. Though it doesn’t happen frequently, the results are almost always equal parts outstanding as they are gratifying. And yet, we are already observing a blatant example of this concept in motion before our very eyes, as the underground pop landscape just saw a tried and true veteran in Midwxst team up with the movement’s most talented newcomer Aldn for a new single in “Backseat” — and the results are nothing short of expectations. In fact, they even far exceed those expectations due to the fact that this track stands up against the best in either of their respective discographies, which is truly saying something given the talent that they both exude. “Backseat” takes the two’s most defining and superb features and puts them on full display, creating a song that is equally as solemn as it is exhilarating. Aldn’s soft and almost whisper-like vocal demeanor is matched perfectly by the ever-so-versatile Midwxst, who has proven …

ifls – [aldn]

Arriving on my radar during a deeply exciting time for “hyperpop” (if that’s what you’d like to call it), aldn has become my latest obsession in an evergreen world of genre-agnostic, innovative SoundCloud cuts, all of which are beginning to form one of the most exciting new developments in music. Blending genres without limit and creating worlds of cross-pollinated sonics, he’s a naturally compelling mind, and more importantly, an artist whose music is best consumed on repeat, just as aldn’s latest single – “ifls” or in long form, “i feel like sh*t” – can attest. Opening with the line “I got no inspiration,” “ifls” is a bedroom-set piece that reeks with authenticity. The succession of builds and drops in the production creates a spark of energy amongst the everyday, diary-like nature of the lyrics, while aldn’s constant introspection is lovably, well, honest. Hearing the simple yet endlessly catchy words, “i feel like sh*t,” against a mountain of guitar-led energy is unforgettable, and as the song goes on, aldn’s matter-of-fact songwriting only seems to get better and better. Needless to say, check out the song below and be sure to peep more from aldn here. Hyperpop has arrived in a wave of …