Miss You, which found its groove by tapping into that distinct mix of despair and dance pop that made Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” so irresistible. As a songwriter, Aplin is notoriously hesitant to conform to a single style, flitting between disco-beat-powered cuts primed for the charts, piano ballads tailor-made to fit alongside Lady Gaga’s “Million Reasons” on heartbreak playlists, and indie-rock stompers reminiscent of How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful-era Florence + the Machine. For all the superstars Aplin is continually referencing, she might just be one in the making.
Gabrielle Aplin has come a long way. The singer-songwriter got her start as a teenager posting acoustic covers on YouTube, and now she’s making a mix of thoughtful pop and sparkling synth-driven numbers. She honed the latter over the course of her latest EP, last year’s