Best New Artists of 2021 – Massachusetts Daily Collegian
A year of impressive beginnings
While all of our favorite old artists, from Adele to Drake to Taylor Swift, have blessed their fans with new music this year, new voices have passed under the radar. Here are seven artists who have burst onto the scene this year that you should keep an eye out for in 2022.
With a gritty, distorted sound that sits somewhere between Paramore and Bikini Kill, Softcult is quickly making a name for itself in the alternative music arena. Composed of twins Phoenix and Mercedes Arn-Horn, the group seems to draw most of its inspiration from shoegaze and pop punk. Their debut EP, “Year Of The Rat,” contains five equally impressive tracks. “Take It Off” is a scathing feminist statement that begins with the striking phrase: “You don’t want a girlfriend / You just want a doll”. If the Canadian duo maintains their current momentum, you can expect to hear a lot more from Softcult over the coming year.
If you’ve been on TikTok at any point in the past year, you’ve heard of PinkPantheress. She released her debut album, “Hell”, shortly after a few of the project’s singles went viral – and the rest of the track list doesn’t disappoint. Its sound is reminiscent of Lily Allen, Grimes and Clairo, but it cannot be easily categorized. It’s totally unique: an exploration of Y2K trends and something completely new. The sounds of the English artist appear to be made for the Internet, most of them lasting less than two minutes. If you’re looking for a glimpse into the future of pop music, you might want to turn your attention to PinkPantheress.
CARR’s debut album “I’m Just Bored” can be described as a delightfully indulgent appeal to all the guys who’ve wronged the LA-based singer-songwriter. On “Kiss Me When I’m Dead”, she laughs: “You can fuck me in your head / Close your eyes and pretend / That we are more than friends.” The rest of the album is chock-full of witty insults, all delivered with a polish of cuteness. CARR manages to take all the classic struggles of the young adult, especially as a woman, and renew them.
Disciple of Lana Del Rey, the EP “Liquid Bombshell” by Soulex is a very neat first album. From clever puns on “Honda” to dark and hypnotic melodies on “Black Sabbath,” the Atlanta native has all the makings of a great songwriter. Its sound is a sultry mix of hip-hop and pop, with a little bit of Amy Winehouse-style angst for good measure. With a carefully crafted aesthetic reminiscent of vintage pin-ups, Soulex is undoubtedly one of the most unique artists to emerge this year.
Although she started releasing music in early 2020, Susannah Joffe took to the indie scene with “Backseat,” a single released in April 2021. Her second single from last year, “My California” has experienced similar success, which is not surprising. given his evocative handwriting captured in lines such as “The world flashed orange and all eyes were on you / Wish I had known that in July the skies would never be so blue”. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Joffe’s country roots are evident not only in his storytelling abilities, but also in his raw, nostalgic sound.
The Australian singer gained traction on TikTok with her 2021 debut single, “Josh”, a bubblegum-pop breakout anthem. In November, she revealed a softer side with the release of “Heavy,” which while still drowned in the synth, showcases a slower, more dreamy sound. To close the year, Peach PRC wrote “Christmas Kinda Sucks,” an incredibly catchy track mixed with cynicism in lines like, “Reindeer are just a few UPS trucks”. Considering she has yet to release a full EP, she is definitely one to watch in 2022.
English singer-songwriter Griff has been on the music scene for a few years, but didn’t release her first studio album until June 2021. “One Foot In Front Of The Other” is a euphoric journey through a world of pop melodies and liveliness. , layered voices. The standout track, “Shade Of Yellow” is surprising with its use of distortion and well-crafted lyrics, while comfortably encapsulating all of the best elements of pop. The album received incredibly favorable reviews, and her latest single, “One Night” effortlessly matches the level of excellence set by her debut.
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