Emily Bootle

tv

'Pure' Navigates OCD in a Way We've Never Seen Before On TV

Based on Rose Cartwright’s memoir of the same name, the new sitcom is a comedic and heartfelt education in OCD beyond its affiliations with cleanliness and locked doors.
Emily Bootle
1.30.19
Noisey

Why, Exactly, Are The 1975 So Successful?

To understand how the hell they've achieved this, we need to lean in closer, to the intricacies of their songwriting.
Emily Bootle
7.24.18
Objectively Correct Lists

A Definitive Ranking of All the England Football Songs

What someone who knows music theory makes of everything from "Vindaloo" to "World in Motion" to (of course) "Three Lions."
Emily Bootle
7.11.18
pop science

The Music Theory Behind Why Sigrid's Vibrant Pop Is So Catchy

How the 21-year-old singer-songwriter went from a small town in Norway to winning the BBC's tastemaking Sound of 2018 poll.
Emily Bootle
2.9.18
Essays

Dua Lipa's "New Rules" Is This Year's Ultimate Lament for a Fuckboy

The song may be in a minor key but its message is upbeat: Screw sadness, don't answer the phone, not my loss.
Emily Bootle
12.7.17
pop science

Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" Is as Basic as Taylor Herself

The expert music theory behind why her comeback single doesn't at all slap, especially compared to her strongest tracks.
Emily Bootle
10.16.17
Essays

The Timeless Wonder of MGMT's 'Oracular Spectacular'

A decade on from neon leggings and slogan vests, their debut album still lives on as a record about letting go, immersing yourself in an experience.
Emily Bootle
10.2.17
pop science

The Actual Science Behind Why "Despacito" Bangs So Damn Hard

Sorry but there are a bunch of music theory reasons why this song has dominated 2017.
Emily Bootle
9.14.17
pop science

The Music Theory Behind Why Rihanna's "Sex With Me" Is So Sexy

Includes a link between the bonus track's chord progression and, well, Wagner.
Emily Bootle
8.3.17