The groovy subgenre, synth-pop that originated in the late 70s has made a hell of a comeback in the recent past with mainstream pop stars like Ariana Grande, Charli XCX, Drake, Lady Gaga, and even Queen Bey herself taking the synth way. Several other synth-pop bands and artists like The 1975, Chvrches, Kraftwerk, and Troye Sivan have also been gaining increasing popularity of late. One of these emerging newcomers, Sigrid Solbakk Raabe, known more commonly as Sigrid dropped her much-awaited debut album titled Sucker Punch just in time for International Women’s Day.
After causing a wave in the music world in 2017 with her debut single ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’, the artist released three singles, ‘Strangers’, ‘Sucker Punch’, and ‘Don’t Feel Like Crying’; all of which had millions of views on Youtube with ‘Strangers’ being the most popular track. Sigrid’s anti-glam, yet stunning aesthetic made everyone do a double-take at the 22-year-old who has been breaking gender-based norms ever since she appeared in the music scene. The Norwegian artist’s debut album carries on this no-frills image with catchy choruses, minus the fanfare of production that epitomises most of today’s dance-pop.
The 12-song album comprises of groovy tracks that demand to be danced to, or at the very least played during a chill road trip with the squad. The only exceptions to the rule being the mellower ‘Level Up’, ‘In Vain’, and ‘Dynamite’; that would make you want to look out a window into a rainy night while you sip on hot chocolate. ‘Business Dinners’ is one of the most quirky tracks on the album. Its feel good-vibe is accentuated by the lyrics, “Standing on the shoreline, I just wanna swim and float” and its catchy repetitive “I’ll just try to be me” fits most with the artist’s pop renegade persona.
The message Sucker Punch seems to spread is that of triumphant self-love. Her undeniable grace emboldened by a sense of complete self-acceptance will make you want to be your own best-friend; whether you’re as basic as the primary colours or a complicated mystery. Being unafraid to be yourself is the key. The near-perfection of the earworm tracks combined with the rawness of the more mellifluent ones make for a spectacular debut that leaves us in anticipation of what this promising pop rebel will give us in the future. --- Tanya