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Young “anxiety pop” artists are mashing up upbeat tempos with emotional, often dark, lyrics.

Oct 11 2019

Young “anxiety pop” artists are mashing up upbeat tempos with emotional, often dark, lyrics. Rising singer-songwriters like Kim Petras are growing the genre, following the path of Grimes, Lil Peep, and Billie Eilish. Their “sad bangers” are tackling Gen Z-relevant anxieties like dependence on technology, young love, and mental health. One musicologist suggests that because of media saturation, pop music “can no longer be this purely escapist fantasy.” (Elle)