Your dramatic art-pop ballad of the day


Maybe it’s the fact that it’s dark at five o’clock right now, or maybe it’s the fact that I’m still a kid at heart, but lately when I’m not listening not stuff for work, I listen almost exclusively to music that calls for the descriptor “nocturnal”: a deep, chasmic reverb and a deep, dark bass and someone singing and / or rapping on deep emotional stuff. So obviously a lot of R&B mixtapes and Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drank)” more or less on repeat.

I also listened a lot Super ultra, the second mixtape by Briton Charli XCX, who pushed the boundaries of electro-pop. It’s short but ambitious, combining the singer’s unmistakable Legitime Pop Star aura with sounds drawn from rather obscure parts of underground electronic music. It is not always successful. Track 1, for example, features a rap by Internet personality and The Grimes Video Star Brooke Candy making me wish it was physically possible to pick up her rap with my hands and throw it out the window.

But when it hits its marks, it really, really works. After the jump, you can listen to “Forgiveness,” a heart-wrenching electro ballad as worthy of rehearsal as the night is long.


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