Some threads in this thread that I dropped but are still intriguing to me, at leastAlso when thinking about the "dark" "moody" pop and rnb, it's relevant to consider movies and TV that are popular ATM - Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, True Detective, (even Game of Thrones?).
High definition textures, "cold" filters, dark shadows, psychic unease, paranoia. James Bond becomes a therapy case. Some of those BBC dramas are like this too -The Bodyguard, The Night Manager. IdleRich's thread about Lynne Ramsay made me think of this.
Amazing post, big man, and relevant to that dua lipa tuneAlso, if there is an ironic aspect to the more upbeat pop music now, that's of a piece with the moodier stuff insofar as its no longer "innocent".