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Against Deception | November 8, 2020
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HYPERPOP is an acronym for the phrase “High Energy Pop”. It is nothing more than a music label that has nothing to do with any type of music or pop music. Commonly known as “aqueous electro-pop”, HYPERPOP artists are typically from the alternative, hardcore, and underground music scenes. The term HYPERPOP was created in the late 1990s by artist Kim Fowl. However, it has become a part of the mainstream over the last few years, as many other artists have re-branded themselves using the term.

 

Hyperpop is an exaggerated or rather loosely-defined musical genre and sub-genre characterized by an maximalist or poppy take on popular music – often including elements of rap and heavy metal. Artists commonly tagged as being part of the hyperpop/PC music scene include bands such as Clean, Danse, nebula, and No I.D., though the latter is not really a part of the genre by any stretch of the imagination. Common vocalists and guitarists associated with the hyperpop/PC genre include Kim Fowl (aka No I.D. ), Kyle McDonald (of Sonic Youth), and others. Artists frequently involved in the PC/ HYPERPOP scene include the aforementioned bands mentioned above as well as Chumbler, Skylab, and Rusted Planet.

 

Popular hyperpop artists and groups include artists such as Danse (also knowns as Dokken), nebula, and Clean. While these and many other examples are certainly present, there is no definitive list of definitions for the term “hyperpop”. This genre, like so many others, is subject to ongoing debate among music critics and others interested in artistic definitions. There are many potential confusions as to what exactly is and isn’t a hyperpop tune. This article attempts to clear up some of those definitions.

 

When discussing definitions for this fast paced genre, it’s important to remember that the music is actually sung or at least instruments are used in some form. The earliest known example of a hyperpop tune is probably “Everything” by Danse. A more obvious example is the song “Bodhisattva” by Clean. One difference between hyperpop and pop music is that instead of vocalizing, most artists will add instrumentals to the end of their songs as a means to achieving a “rock” sound.

 

One major distinction between the two genres is that hyperpop is considered to be a new wave style of music, much in line with the new wave of electronic music of the ’80s. Some modern artists who have been involved in the art of creating new wave styles of music have been credited as being part of the hyperpop/new wave genre. Many different subgenres fall under the umbrella of this specific style of music, such as pop, rockabilly, shoegaze, alternative, metal, and so on. A less obvious distinction is the difference in sound. Both genres are usually very smooth and mellow, while other styles have more distorted guitars and drums.

 

Pop artists like David Bowie, Justin Timberlake, Amy Winehouse, and Macy Gray have released music that falls into the hyperpop realm. The styles can vary widely, but the basic elements remain the same. vocals are softer, instrumentals are prominent, and there are often many instruments within the composition (i.e. keyboards). Most artists involved in the hyperpop sound have very open vocal chords, allowing their performances to grow along with the song.

 

Unlike pop music, hip-hop beats are harder, making them ideal for rap songs or dance music. This hardness and distinct vocals distinguish the hyperpop beat from other styles of beat. Often, a rapper will break the fourth wall to let their lyrics rise above the instrumental music to create a unique sound that is not typical of other artists’. Other rappers may prefer to put the beat first and have the vocals come in near the end, creating a looped, distorted sensation that many listeners love.

 

Unlike pop and rap, it is not necessary to follow the crowd or try to be in style. Hyperpop is characterized by pure, natural vocals. The music is more melodic than lively, with a greater emphasis on the piano or keyboard. Many producers consider it to be a new genre all on its own. The styles and sounds are still evolving, but the overall goal is to produce music that is truly unique, as well as more melodic and soothing than other types of music.

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