Bridgit Mendler got a raw deal. In 2012, the Disney Channel star (shout-out to Good Luck Charlie) dropped a pristine pop debut, “Ready or Not,” that performed decently but should have been a smash. The Fugees-interpolating single peaked at No. 49 on the Hot 100 chart, far too low to resonate with mainstream audiences, and Mendler’s debut album, Hello My Name Is…, came and went that fall.
Four years later, Mendler has at long last returned with a single that’s very post-Disney but no less beguiling than “Ready or Not.” Watch the video for “Atlantis” above.
“Atlantis” has been out since last month, but the brand-new video captures the progression of her style and presentation as she moves away from bubblegum pop. “Edgy” is too strong of a word, but there’s atmosphere in that yawning hook and promise in that yearning vocal performance.
Mendler’s new EP, Nemesis, is coming soon. Before it drops, watch a throwback clip of the pop singer chatting with Fuse: