ericdoa & glaive / cloak n dagger

The other day in a conversation I was asked what I think about hyper-pop. Easy enough, I love it. I found myself on a tirade of the cultural significance of the youth movement that is the ultimate culmination of rising trends in emo, electronic, trap, and pop all warped together. In times of turmoil the Gen X youth is growing up in a world of chaos and the music they have chosen to echo their emotions is exciting, raw, and unbelievable.

Two of the young stars leading the charge are quickly becoming household names: Glaive and Ericdoa. For the last few weeks the newfound best friends have found themselves teasing a collaboration project on twitter — where they also post memes and talk video games. I am rather unsurprised in sharing that the newest record by the hyper-pop savants, “cloak n dagger” is once again a great track.

The track was created in just a single day and both Glaive and Ericdoa completely go in. The track opens with video game-like synths that ring ominously and climactically just before the vocals enter the mix. To start the track welcomes a verse from Glaive where he expresses newfound feelings of resentment that result from catching a text he wasn’t meant to see. Quickly after, only at the twenty second mark, the track explodes into its huge and angsty chorus. It truly is a thing of beauty how quickly Glaive gets into the hooks of his track — no down time just pure excitement. 

With the chorus, there comes gorgeous harmonies, gritty drums, and an earworm of a melody. To best sum it up, the lyric echoes “so fuck you, I hope you rot in hell,” very to the point if you ask me. I really can’t stop bopping around to this hook. The track only gets better, however, as the bridge welcomes more angelic vocals from Ericdoa as he preps for his second half verse.

On Ericdoa’s verse, his vocal stood out to me as a clear highlight of the track. With a strong vibrato and rawness to his delivery the verse is a great compliment to Glaive’s more piercing vocal take. In the midst of verse 2 the track welcomes growing harmonies on the lines “but it’s too hard to fall for you again” that will send shivers throughout your body.

Ultimately, the track rides out into one last go with the chorus and a final explosive harmony, a perfect culmination of the general angst and beauty the track encompasses. Once again, the young hyper-pop stars have amazed me and I feel as if this won’t be stopping anytime soon. Make sure to really tune into what is going on with the likes of Glaive and Ericdoa and let us know how you feel about the youth-led hyper-pop movement. 

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