On March 26th, 2021, Lil Nas X dropped “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),” the lead single for his album “MONTERO” and a passionate declaration of queer love and desire. The single by itself would likely have received a largely positive reaction, as Lil Nas X already had considerable recognition. However, “MONTERO”’s music video featured Lil Nas X as an angel who rides down a pole from Heaven to Hell and gives the Devil a lapdance.
The 2010s was one of the greatest eras that music has ever seen, where bubbly pop reigned supreme and the music at nightclubs peaked in quality. Though I will listen to virtually any kind of music, I’m a sucker for anything with an infectious, danceable groove and a catchy melody. While not technically a 2010s-era pop duo, Club Eat’s single “Bubblegum” takes me back to those glory days. “Bubblegum” is an electronic pop song with wistful lyrics that capture the feeling of being used through the metaphor of chewed-up bubblegum. Cloaked in synth and saturated in glitter, the track pulsates with its relentlessly upbeat groove.
Jonathan Tsai, a.k.a. Mad Tsai, never really expected fame. Tsai started his career as a bedroom pop artist posting music online, locked in his home during a worldwide pandemic with his ukulele and overwhelming emotions to work through. While he had a significant fanbase before the pandemic, Tsai’s audience dramatically increased during lockdown when TikTok surged in popularity.
Why would one demonize love? It’s a question all queer people have asked ourselves and the people around us at some point in our lives. In the face of every discriminatory law, every crime committed against us, every right that is so quickly stripped away, it is safe to say that no one in the queer community has truly found the answer, — but that hasn’t stopped us from trying. Queer artist Sophia Eiss explores this question and the emotions tied to our inability to answer it in her latest single, “INNOCENT LOVE.”