Future Nostalgia delivers much needed distraction

We may all be cooped up in our houses, missing out on senior activities but on the bright side some of my favorite artists are more active than ever. 

Late last week Dua Lipa released her second studio album Future Nostalgia a week early. Whether this was because of the quarantine or the fact that it was leaked in its entirety is up for debate.

Dua Lipa’s style is not new to me. I’m definitely drawn towards what one may call “trashy pop” but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. She’s received criticism in the past for contributing to the culture of “trashy pop” and I avoided listening to her music when I wasn’t alone to avoid being branded tasteless but I’m going to say I thought this album was pretty good.

I’ve been listening to the album pretty much nonstop since it came out and I haven’t found myself skipping a single song on the discography. The album sounds so cohesive and there aren’t any songs that stick out as misfits.

Some of my favorites are Future Nostalgia, everyone’s favorite TikTok audio Don’t Start Now, Physical, Hallucinate, and most of all Break My Heart.

Break My Heart is my self proclaimed “quarantine bop”. When the lyrics include, “I should’ve stayed at home,” it’s hard to argue with my logic. My favorite part is when she transitions into the chorus. The pre-chorus has this sort of floaty sound to it and the chorus turns that into a bassy rift. The music video for it wasn’t bad either.

The album’s namesake, Future Nostalgia, is another song on the album I play on repeat. Whether it’s because she compares herself to John Lautner, one of my favorite American Modernist architects, or the menacing voice whispering, “future,” into my ear between lyrics I can’t tell.

I’m glad artists are releasing content for us while we’re all dealing with the quarantine blues, it’s helping distract me from the cold hard realities of the situation we’re in.