CHLOE MORIONDO’S “SUCKERPUNCH” IS A REVIVAL OF THE Y2K POP PRINCESS ERA
Chloe Moriondo, the cutie with the pixie cut and the long lashes that makes killer statement tunes is back baby. The twenty-year-old pop sensation has returned with her third album just months after her major-label debut album Blood Bunny. SUCKERPUNCH ushers in a new era for Moriondo, taking inspiration from pop queens like Britney Spears, Kesha, and Charli XCX to create a uniquely “Chloe” offering. The album is a drastic change from her previous understated indie-pop and jittery pop-punk style of Blood Bunny. Now we see the colorful, sticky-sweet, and girly side of Chloe that she perfectly presents in a classic fem pop style that pays homage to the early 2000s.
The opening track “Popstar” is heralding the beginning of Chloe’s new musical era. The song is dripping in iconic pop references, from Britney Spears to the “boots with the fur”. You know when the Flo Rida quotes drop that it must be epic. The preppy fast-paced beat and emphasis on the girly “pop princess” is heavily reminiscent of the Y2K pop era that is currently seeing a revival. It’s time to bust out the butterfly hairclips and teeny tiny miniskirts to appropriately jam out to this album.
“Fruity” is witty, punny, and pure sugar to the ear. It’s like the uber-cutesy, girly re-imagination of Harry Style’s popular song “Watermelon Sugar” combined with catchy bass beats and honey-sweet vocals. The song perfectly reflects Chloe Moriondo’s characteristic feminine baby doll style with psychedelic influences. She serenades her juicy partner, comparing her to a watermelon, sweet cherry, blueberry, etc. (bonus points for anyone who catches all the fruit references!) and just celebrates the joys of life. It’s a berry-happy song that just adds the perfect lemon twist to your grey days. See what I did there? *wink wink*
I’ll go apologize to Chloe rn for calling her cute so much because “Plastic Purse” is serving major bad bitch vibes and I’m here for it! The SUCKERPUNCH singer is embracing her spicy side and defying the cutesy image everyone has of her, especially her bf in the song. The whole song is directed toward her discontent with the ignorance and lack of attention from her partner. She says she is so sick of him not texting back (But fr why can’t men ever text back???) and him putting her down because she is being too cute and nice. Well, get ready because Chloe is so over it and won’t put up with petty little boys who can’t remember your fav things or use a phone. Preach girl, it’s time we all set our expectations higher.
One of my fav tracks from SUCKERPUNCH has to be “Celebrity”, followed directly by “DRESS UP” because your girl is a Barbie Girl at heart. But “Celebrity” takes the first place because it feels like the most personal and sincere song on the whole album. Moriondo is singing about the shadow sides of being famous that paints a dark image of the constant surveillance and pressure you are under when you are a star. What makes the song truly genius however is the contrast of the social anxiety-inducing lyrics paired with an upbeat melody that makes you feel like a teen dancing to Hannah Montana in your bedroom without a care in the world. In case you are not familiar with this highly specific feeling then let me enlighten you: it means that the beat drives through your body and makes you want to rock out like a Disney star on a stage, just banging your head, jumping to the rhythm of the music and letting your inner child live. The fade-out at the end just adds to the earworm characteristic of the song. It’s going to be stuck in my head for days, and I’m not even mad.
Chloe Moriondo is a musical chameleon and pop icon from Detroit, Michigan who seemingly conquered the pop genre overnight. She is the queen of rocking the blonde Betty Boop look, advocating for the LGBTQ+ community with her quirky personality and personal YouTube videos. Her unique music style has earned her a place on Billboard’s prestigious “21 Under 21” list.
The New York Times wrote about her previous album Blood Bunny with much enthusiasm and praising her Chloe for her work:
“Moriondo…is a pop-punk whiz, deftly hopping between musical approaches from spare to lushly produced, and emphasizing intimate, cut-to-the-bone lyrics.”
New York Times
Talk about talent! Chloe just recently joined mxmtoon on her North America tour rising (the tour) from May to June 2022.
Want to get to know Moriondo better? Check out her extremely successful YouTube channel kick-started her career.