When Megan Bulow’s ‘Damaged, Vol 1’ dropped a couple of years ago, the impressive newcomer was still in high school and her besties had “Like This Guy,” “Not a Love Song” and “Lines” blasting through the sound system in the cafeteria. Turns out they weren’t the only ones listening. In the last year “Love Song” has clocked almost 30M Spotify streams, and become an eloquent statement of intent for anyone who wants to be both involved and not involved in a new romance.
With a gentle purr of a voice that leaps out when contrasted against the radiant electro-pop that she’s becoming more and more expert at crafting, the singer, who has graduated school and moved to Canada, is earning a sizable rep. That’s been enhanced by ‘Damaged, Vol 2,’ which arrived at the start of the summer. bülow takes a few cues from Avril Lavigne when it comes to the “honesty-above-all” school of songwriting, so the big blast of candor in our two dscvr performances is now a signature trait. “Honor Roll” is a dreamy hang-wringer that finds her wondering about the balance between partying and adulting, and “You & Jennifer” is a barbed retaliation to a cheating bf. Watch ’em both, share ’em with a friend, and head to the ‘Damaged’ EPs for more bülow.