Today’s pop music landscape is SO MUCH different than it was in, let’s say the late 90s early 2000s when boy bands and bubblegum ruled the charts. [Mostly] gone are the days when groomed (to-be-popular-by-record-executives) young pop stars sang other people’s words over flimsy, cookie-cutter beats. While those types of artists DO STILL EXIST, pop music on the whole is in the midst of a revolution of sorts. More and more pop artists today are entering the game with ideas of their own and a specific vision of who they are and where they want to go. As a pop music lover, this is all very exciting, if I’m being honest. One new artist that I’m particularly excited about is Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter (and music teacher) Erica Gibson. Her debut single, “Out Of My Mind” premiered last week and is now available to purchase (iTunes).
“Out Of My Mind” is a shimmery electropop bubble bursting with intelligent pop lyrics, a catchy chorus and an infectious production by the songs co-writer Scott Stallone. Very promising indeed. Erica Gibson is pretty much everything I like about pop music today. Her sound falls nicely within the modern pop music spectrum, seamlessly squeezing in with more well-known (or getting there at least), buzzy contemporaries like Ryn Weaver, Melanie Martinez, Tove Lo, and Verite while still managing to carve out a space of her own. Initially after hearing “Out Of My Mind” Gibson’s phrasing and tone was giving me a more electropop Inara George (songwriter and 1/2 of The Bird & The Bee) vibe (check out a personal favorite B&TB song, “Love Letter To Japan” for reference). Not entirely the same obviously, but I think the comparison is warranted (and NOT a bad thing at all!).
Erica Gibson strikes me as a versatile singer whose vocals could lend themselves just as nicely on a dance track (and she has dabbled!) as they could on a chilled-out electronic mid-tempo or folky-pop ballad. I’m interested to see where this burgeoning new artist goes with her career. I know it can be hard for an indie artist hustling on his/her own, but with the right people behind her I think she shows TREMENDOUS potential. If the rest of her material is as delicious as THIS first taste, I think she’s off to a promising start—and with love already pouring in from taste-makers like The Line Of Best Fit, Kick Kick Snare and All Things Go among others, it looks like I’m not alone in this sentiment!