After a month of amazing music to kickstart the new year, female artists are owning February when it comes to this month’s roundup.
I am unapologetically in love with Sabrina Carpenter so it goes without saying that I had to include ‘Fast Times’ in February’s best releases list. The glistening new track recently topped a Billboard music poll where music fans voted it as their favourite new release of the week and deservedly so. Co-written with John Ryan, Julia Michaels and JP Saxe, the electrically charged single builds up throughout, in a disco-pop way, while her dreamy vocals drip smoothly over the top. With a funky beat to dance to, the honest track captures the whirlwind feeling of being in your early twenties and continuously reminds you to live in the moment. It’s the perfect upbeat song to perk up your mood and it comes with a kickass music video too.
Though Tate McRae’s ‘She’s All I Wanna Be’ has been blowing up since we first heard the snippet late last year, the full track was released this month and is better than already expected. The angsty pop song, which comes with a beautifully narrated music video, sees McRae sing about jealousy over an electric guitar. There’s no denying that the coming-of-age track is a hit. It’s ridiculously catchy, full of pulsating guitar riffs and borderline anthemic. Despite its melancholic matter, she perfectly captures euphoric catharsis which radiates through the bouncy hook and overall, the track sounds like it was pulled straight out of the best pop years (the early 2000s-2010).
I feel like kickass music videos are on-trend at the moment and Mimi Webb isn’t shying away in ‘House On Fire’. The cinematic visuals explore a revenge fantasy where Webb exacts revenge upon a cheater as she reprograms him in hospital. Her star power practically pops off the screen as the clip’s climax with a show-stopping dance routine, that Webb impressively leads in a firefighters uniform, and showcases a plot that everyone who’s been wronged in a relationship may dream about carrying out. The upbeat production is currently tracking to debut straight inside the Official Charts Top 10 and with the rest of Webb’s discography, it’s safe to say she’s the queen of breakups.
With her album also dropping this month, who would I be if I left out the Pop Punk Princess? ‘Love It When You Hate Me’ stays true to Avril Lavigne’s pop-punk roots and will have you screaming every lyric like it’s 2007 again. The angsty, energetic track tells the tale of a toxic relationship, lyrically, as Lavigne spills how she secretly loves the way she’s being hurt and in all honesty, it sounds like it could’ve easily been found on her third studio album ‘The Best Damn Thing’. The pop-punk attitude is met with a modern twist due to Blackbear’s feature and comes with a pulsating gritty energy that makes it addictive to the ear. It’s an immediate anthem that takes you back to the best era of Lavigne and will be on repeat for sure.
Despite having already found her niche as an actress while dabbling in music since the start of her career, 2022 is the year that Dove Cameron breaks out as a musician. ‘Boyfriend’ is a dark, dramatic and demanding track that explores the complexities of relationships and everything in-between. On the surface, this track champions queer relationships as Cameron sings about being a “better boyfriend” for her crush and the production is absolutely enticing. The romantic theft atop a smouldering pop stunner is a slow-building hit full of villain-esque styled beats that only draw you in and calls to mind mysterious underground bars. The new single leads to her upcoming highly-anticipated debut EP and marks a more confident, ominous sound that we are all excited for. It will be quite the journey to finally see Cameron go above and beyond her Disney status and get all the recognition she deserves.
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