Music Talk: SOPHIE and hyperpop

Music Talk Listening Club: Sophie and hyperpop

Music Talk is Alachua County Library District's monthly music discussion program. During the first week of each month, we'll post a blog about an artist, genre, or music-related topic. On the fourth Tuesday of each month at 1p.m., we'll meet on Zoom to discuss! ACLD has a fantastic and wide-ranging collection of music cds, music documentaries and concerts, and music-related books, so the sky is the limit to what we can cover! This month we're getting into the music of SOPHIE and similar artists who perform in the genre that's come to be known as hyperpop.

Come back on Tuesday, May 25th at 1 p.m. for our Music Talk Listening Club: SOPHIE and hyperpop on Zoom.

Background

SOPHIE was a performer and producer who made the kind of forward-thinking, experimental music that has come to be known as hyperpop. SOPHIE's early singles "BIPP" and "Lemonade" established her as an innovative producer and led to work with artists such as Madonna, Vince Staples, and Charli XCX. her early singles were collected on her debut album, Product. SOPHIE's excellent 2018 album, Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album. SOPHIE tragically died in 2020, after an accidental fall.

SOPHIE's influence on contemporary pop and dance music can be heard in the work of other artists in the hyperpop genre. Hyperpop is a kind of maximalist take on pop music, where tempos are often over-driven, vocals are pitchshifted up, and musical styles and signifiers are recombined with gleeful abandon. Charli XCX, an actual pop star, is probably the most recognizable name, but artists such as Rico Nasty, 100 Gecs, and A.G. Cook, are breaking through, as well.

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4 great hyperpop albums

SOPHIE.Product by SOPHIE

 

 

 

How I'm Feeling Now album coverHow I'm feeling now by Charli XCX

 

 

 

Sawayama album coverSawayama by Rina Sawayama

 

 

 

I'm All Ears album coverI'm all ears by Let's Eat Grandma

 

 

More Music Options

Did you know that with your library card, you can download five free songs every week? And they're yours to keep? Freegal (rhymes with legal) gives you access to millions of songs, including those by hyperpop artists, such as Charli XCX, Rico Nasty, and Hannah Diamond.

Prefer to stream your music? We recommend This is SOPHIE and hyperpop on Spotify and SOPHIE Essentials and SOPHIE: Behind the Boards on Apple Music.