Once Sept. 5 hit and the festivity days of labor day weekend / welcome week were over my brain turned from craving upbeat pop and rap tracks to melodic folk and alt-rock songs. Strings and electric guitars take the place of electronic drums and synths.
I don’t think pop artists are the peak of authenticity or anything. That would be ridiculous. But I think there are lots of tiny moments of carefully constructed earnestness, moments where they really mean what they’re singing.