Friday, May 15, 2009

Chris Sorbello: Electropop Diva


Ok, I admit it. I occasionally suffer from pop envy. It seems like every second ho in Europe owns a keyboard and spends their time churning out brilliant pop tunes. Meanwhile, in Australia, the pickings are comparatively slim. Bucking that unfortunate trend is the amazing Chris Sorbello. This Sydney based diva is making serious waves with her killer electropop anthems. Imagine Kylie mixed with Lady GaGa (perhaps with a sprinkling of Little Boots thrown in for good measure) to get some idea of her sound.

Chris first appeared on my radar last year with the fabulous "Danger Zone". It's the kind of song that slowly crawls under your skin. It took a couple of listens but I eventually fell for the crisp synths, icy vocals and poptastic chorus. For me, this ranks right up there with Isabel Guzman's "There Must Be Something" as the best unreleased pop track of 2008. New remixes continue to appear, so there's still a chance that "Danger Zone" might see the inside of a record store yet. Make sure you check out this gem below:



Danger Zone

Since "Danger Zone", Chris' sound has evolved to a whole new level. Her music is now darker, edgier and much more electronic. However, she is still wholeheartedly and unashamedly POP. The diva has a bunch of new tracks streaming on her Myspace and they all deserve your attention. My favourite is probably "So Lonely", which wouldn't sound out of place on Kylie's "X". The production is pure Bloodshy & Avant, while the chorus is pop bliss. The intro reminds me of "The Glamorous Life" but that could just be my Melissa Tkautz obsession raring its ugly head.

I also highly recommend "Ten Minutes Longer" - a floaty, pretty pop track that showcases Chris' softer side - and the slightly dirty "2 Seater Ride". This is the new anthem for backseat bitches across Australia! I'm less taken with the cool, robotic beats on "Symbiotic" and "Love Spam" makes me laugh for all the wrong reasons but even it's still fierce in a Lady GaGa gone wrong kind of way.

Chris Sorbello is definitely an electropop diva to watch in 2009. I have a feeling you'll be hearing a lot more from her in the near future.

12 comments:

Justin said...

I like Danger Zone and So Lonely! Some of these songs do indeed sound like they could have been on X. Her voice is a little bit too vocodered though I mean surely to god she can sing better than Shitney Spears and Poopa Adrool. Save the vocoder for those trash acts.

Jay said...

She looks like the permatanned Goddess K Lo in that first picture!

Paul said...

Hamayzing. I like a lot. i need a good pop chantreuse in my life right now, cos i sure ain't buying what lady blahblah is flogging. Danger Zone is brilliant and So Lonely is just gorgeous from start to orgasmic finish...

Anonymous said...

Awesome tracks - So Lonely and 10 Minutes Longer are the faves. I wouldn't pass over Symbiotic too quickly, after a few plays its pretty catchy bitches!

Ro Ro said...

totally love it! She deserves breakout success. Maybe she can open for Kylies american tour! LOL! Glad you're back and bringing us fresh diva's to explore.

BJ23 said...

hey cool find.......love the vocals on dangerzone. Lets hope she comes out of the shadows and actually graces us with her presence grrrrrr....

Poster Girl said...

Wow, I love the bite of "Danger Zone"--it's a different kind of '80s synth from the kind most people right now are using. Your tips on her MySpace are great, too! Nice find, Mike.

Anonymous said...

Mike you are on the money here mate. Her sound is fresh and she doesn't look like all those others out there! Love So Lonely. I'll defi8ly be buying if she relesases.

RBK said...

She's fresh, she's exciting and both tracks are on point. Well found Mike and here's a talent waiting to be snatched up!

Robpop said...

Oh she is amazing. The music is great. Needs work on the image. Not entirely. So Lonely is amazing.

She needs to put this out immediately. A mini-album already!

The Prophet said...

This danger zone song u have in the player is hot!

Scarlett said...

Wow, I like this girl! :D "So Lonely" and "Danger Zone" are really top-notch pop tunes - I hope she releases one as a single. I suppose an album would be too much to wish for at the moment! :)