Pop Shop Picks: Allie X, Sia, CuckooLander & More

Logan White
Allie X

Pop Shop Picks is back! Each Friday, we'll showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up our speakers. These can include a brand-new song or something that's been simmering; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop!

Allie X, "Prime"

Allie X had vaguely outlined her plan to take over the whole darn world to Billboard before dropping "Prime" earlier this week, and if "Catch" follow-up is a slight step down from the Toronto native's startling debut single, it also has about eight interesting things going on during its four minute, 13-second running time. Number one on that list: the spectacular "FORGET WHAT I NEED, GIVE ME WHAT I WANT, AND IT SHOULD BE FINE" rant to end the chorus.

Sia, "Chandelier"

After years of co-writing hits for artists like Rihanna, Beyonce and Britney Spears, Sia has stepped out with an unabashedly epic pop single of her own, for her first full-length since 2010. While many will be drawn to the bellowing defiance of the extended chorus, "Chandelier's" charm is nestled in the quieter verses, in which the bleary-eyed Australian songstress tries to convince herself that "Party girls don't get hurt."

Wye Oak, "Glory"

The austere vocals and unfussy arrangement of "Glory," the first official single from Wye Oak's forthcoming album "Shriek," is slightly reminiscent of another Baltimore duo, Beach House. But make no mistake: that zonked-out synth breakdown has no contemporary parallel.

CuckooLander, "Dumb Dee Diddy Dumb"

Not much is yet known of this unsigned singer-songwriter, but color us intrigued by this darkly catchy single and its accompanying black-and-white video, which were shouted-out a few times by Charli XCX on Twitter over the past week. "I'm stepping out of the background/I'm stepping out," CuckooLander croons on the bridge, an admirable manifesto for pop stardom. Keep an eye on this one.

Lykke Li, "No Rest For The Wicked"

Lykke Li wrote "No Rest For The Wicked" in Sweden while emotionally devastated from a recent breakup, and the track certainly sounds like it strikes a personal chord, with the songwriter choking out words over a sorrowful piano run. If the rest of Li's third album is this rock-solid, it'll be an essential 2014 release.


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