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- Using the moniker Boy Jr., songwriter and producer Erica Allen-Lubman has created numerous pop-music mash-ups on TikTok that have gone viral.
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- The cover image for Boy Jr.'s "Simping for the Villain."
On Sept. 30, Boy Jr. released two full-length tracks based on her viral TikTok posts from this past summer. The first single, “Simping for the Villain,” is an original piece in which Allen-Lubman comically discusses falling in love with a story’s antagonist. The second song, “Hyperpop Mr. Brightside,” is self-explanatory — it’s a hyperpop version of the 2003 hit single by The Killers.
On “Simping for the Villain,” robotic synths are heard alongside a thumping bass line and distorted guitars. Allen-Lubman’s voice enters into the equation with tone and phrasing reminiscent of avant-garde indie rocker St. Vincent.
The lyrical content is light-hearted enough to put a smirk on the listener’s face. Allen-Lubman playfully pontificates on the reasoning for her attraction to the anti-hero, singing, “I don’t know what gets me going about the ones with malicious intent / Or maybe it’s just the character design?” As the song comes to a close at just over two minutes, she flexes her skills as a guitarist with a solo fit for The Strokes or Arcade Fire.
“Mr. Brightside (Hyperpop Version)” is a prime example of the highly popular versions of songs that Allen-Lubman has covered on her TikTok. On this track, she warps her voice with autotune, creating a sound akin to early-aughts “mall pop” artists. The tempo is sped up from The Killers’s original, converting “Mr. Brightside” from a melancholic breakup song to a clubbing anthem.
Allen-Lubman keeps busy updating her followers on TikTok daily with new mashups and original music, with a second full-length album planned for December. Until then, “Simping for the Villain” and “Mr. Brightside (Hyperpop Version)” serve as a preview of what’s to come — and a great excuse to host a private 2000s-themed dance party with your best friends.
Emmarae Stein is a freelance writer for CITY. Feedback on this article can be directed to email@example.com.