Our weekly roundup of the Best New Bops on the planet has unearthed some v good songs this week.
#9: Maggie Lindemann – Friends Go
It’s been three years since Maggie Lindemann had her first-but-only hit in Australia Pretty Girl and it feels about time she gets another smash moment in this big-band expired singalong.
#8: The Kite String Tangle – P()L4R
An artist that for so long has made music that’s light and airy moving into a darker, harder, heavier sound is an excellent sign of progression.
#7: Lila Gold – Happy Idiot
The darkness of GRIMES, the brattiness of Charli XCX and the unique sheen of Lila Gold, this might be her best yet.
#6: Openside – Waiting For Love
If Echosmith & Paramore found a happy medium it’d be the joyous, anthemic pop of NZ kids Openside, who are opening for Anne-Marie next week. Bop.
#5: Two Door Cinema Club – Talk
This band will never get old. They will never be bad, they will never lose touch, they will never not produce bops. Talk is kind of the ideal ‘first-single-in-a-while’ and TDCC are just the band to deliver it.
#4: Allday – Protection
After you bitches all slept on Allday’s return single Wonder Drug late last year, he is back to inform you Protection is a total slapper.
#3: Tame Impala – Patience
When this blog first started we used to give a lot of shit to Tame Impala but a few years of progression has proven that Kevin Parker is a literal fucking genius (S/O PERFECT ILLUSION WHICH I WAS REMINDED THIS WEEK ABSOLUTELY SLAPS) and this bop packed with 90s pianos, a beat that grooves hard and a trademark Tame Impala ‘drawl’ on the vocal makes this an extremely good song.
#2: Brendan Maclean – Tenderness
Brendan’s “coming of age” album, after a decade of some of the most anthemic pop music to ever emerge from Sydney, is his most heart-on-sleeve writing since Stupid and a ‘fictitious’ band called The Boyfriends who assist with his most intimate work yet. Sure there’s bops like Quiet Company and Wolf Run which absolutely deserve your time but Tenderness, the album’s most… well fkn obviously tender moment… is the standout I don’t think I’ll get over for a while.
#1: Donatachi ft. Evangeline – Do What I Want
With references to spaceships, new whips & strawberry champagne the new Donatachi song, featuring the vocals of one of Melbourne’s most underrated smash-smiths Evangeline feels very on-the-surface like a really cute futuristic bop. But this song represents so much for Donatachi. It’s the first bop that’s really spoken about his queerness, and he wants it to be an expression of that. “The boys love the boys, the girls love the girls, they tell me to straighten up but I love my curl,” it says over a smash that’s as bubblegum as it is emotional, and that represents these artists & the diversity of pop perfectly.
THIS WEEK’S WORST
THE CHATS: Pub Feed. Ironic pop has gone too far.
Flume – The Whole Mixtape. I love the idea of a mixtape being a good way to express your music but the whole OTT 17-track thing Flume’s made is just… not good. Zero pop sensibility, and industrial production that SOPHIE was doing five years ago.
WHAT TO PREPARE FOR NEXT WEEK
JXN, who launched his music career with this more-than-ideal song late last year, has a new single. It features A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and that’s not even the most exciting part. The song is an absolute smash. You’ll enjoy it.
Gabriel Gassi is a Swedish kid who makes bops and his new one, out next week, will be here.
Leland is fresh off the Troye Sivan tour in Europe and has new music next week. We will 100% have it here.