10 Days of Taylor: Carly Rae Jepsen, Chvrches, and life in a post-'1989' world
(Welcome to 10 Days of Taylor, our epic countdown to the epic finale of the most epic pop tour of all time: Taylor Swift’s 1989 Tour, stopping Halloween Night at Raymond James Stadium. For all of our Taylor Swift coverage, click here.)
If it seems like every pop song these days is powered by sweeping synthesizers, echoing vocals, gigantic hooks and impeccable, '80s-inspired production, that's because a lot of it is.
For that, perhaps, we can thank Taylor Swift.
In the year since Swift dropped her pop magnum opus 1989, the pop music industry has seemingly bent to her will. Songs like Rachel Platten's Fight Song, Hailee Steinfeld's Love Myself or Halsey's New Americana are good representations of this new, empowering sound.
So are two new albums, Carly Rae Jepsen's Emotion and Chvrches' Every Open Eye. While it might not be accurate to say they were directly inspired by 1989, Swift's success with that album made the pop landscape much friendlier for them to exist. And they happen to be carving out their own niches within that landscape.
For our full reviews of Carly Rae Jepsen's Emotion and Chvrches' Every Open Eye, click here.