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Hook & Reel: Summer Jam of the Week – ‘Waking Up Slow’ by Gabrielle Aplin

Welcome to Hook & Reel, a series showcasing music that’s guaranteed to catch your ear.

Let’s start by counting down the 10 best things about this song:

10. The middle eight

9. The first 10 seconds

8. The pre-chorus

7. The pre-chorus

6. The pre-chorus

5. The pre-chorus

4. The pre-chorus

3. The pre-chorus

2. The pre-chorus

1. The pre-chorus

To briefly expand, Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘Waking Up Slow’ is an absolute triumph. She stuffs the untethered joy of Carly Rae Jepsen, the plainspoken desire of Betty Who, and the celestial glow of Goldfrapp into a dazzling, bright pop package that deserves countless listens. If you’re not familiar, get familiar with Aplin – “Waking up Slow” is the first taste from her upcoming EP Avalon, set to drop Sep 8. If this single is any indication of the quality of the rest of Avalon, then it’s going to be one of the best pop releases of the year.

Photo credit: Marco Castellani & Renèe Liszkai

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Chris Will

A DMV resident and aspiring pop music pro, Chris spends most of his free time playing rugby for the LGBTQIA rugby team the Washington Scandals and day dreaming of everyone Lorde could (and should) collaborate with.