Popgression is a specialist music show, looking at
experimental and industrial pop music of the 21st century.
Over the last ten years in particular, both mainstream and
independent artists have turned to the harsh and abrasive
sounds of industrial music to enforce their pop. In blending
what we typically receive as pop music with forms such as
electronica, hip-hop, and even nu-metal, the concept of genre
becomes pushed to its very limits – and occasionally
becoming somewhat non-existent.
A particular triumph is that many of these artists
appear to be women. The likes of Charli XCX, Grimes, and
producer SOPHIE have turned to experimenting with new
sounds and genres. For example, whilst Charli XCX’s mixtapes
showed her capabilities when exploring new genres, her last
two studio albums Charli and how i’m feeling now (which was
produced during lockdown over six weeks) demonstrate its
potential in reaching mainstream audiences. A frequent
feature of experimental pop also appears to be collaborations
between artists, sometimes reaching upwards of five or six
artists per track.
Whether you call it avant-pop, art-pop, or experimental,
there is no denying that pop is currently facing a progressive
movement which may change its future forever.