Following the release of her latest single “Love You,” Joyce Cisse offers a playlist of the pop anthems that shaped her mission of self-love and shame-free amusement
In 2021, flowerovlove—otherwise known as Joyce Cisse—released her first EP, Think Flower. She was 16, with a handful of mesmerizing singles under her belt, gearing up for summer holidays in her hometown of London.
Much has changed since then for the artist, but her rising talent—encapsulated by hazy, soulful vocals and wisdom beyond-her-years—holds strong, catching both the industry’s attention, and that of an audience of peers. Gen Z’s Next Pop Superstar, one headline brands Cisse; “flowerovlove is ready for world domination (but first she’s got to finish school),” reads another.
Last year, the artist released A Mosh Pit In The Clouds, her sophomore EP marked by dreamy guitar riffs and climbing vocals. Just last month, she followed with “Love You”—a single co-written with her brother Wilfred Cisse, championing universal love, beyond romance. Part of Cisse’s allure is a self-awareness around youth. While teenage musicians might strive to sound grown-up, and those in middle-age look longingly toward the past, flowerovlove writes from the here-and-now. Her body of work is nostalgic for Gen Z childhood, and of-its-time in a way that’s hard to come by in the digital age, where misrepresentation runs abound.
For Document, Cisse curates a scene-by-scene soundtrack to adolescent romance—featuring the pop anthems that shaped her sound, and her mission of self-love and shame-free amusement.
“Shut Me Up” by Mindless Self Indulgence
“When you first meet someone and fall delusional from love. This song is perfect for setting the scene—lyrically, it tells a story of how it feels to be deeply infatuated with someone.”
“Somebody To You” by The Vamps
“In the honeymoon stage, when you’re obsessively adoring them. This song is so nostalgic. I grew up with it.”
“Fall for Anything” by The Script
“When you’re in your It’s all about you, everything you do is cute era. With ‘Fall for Anything,’ I feel like I’m walking through a wonderland. The production, melody, and lyrics feel so sparkly and cute.”
“Steal My Girl” by One Direction
“Being protective over the person you love, and glorifying them. ‘Steal My Girl’ presents love in an obsessive way—when you adore someone so much, and can’t believe they love you back. I’ve been a 1D fan forever.”
“Mrs Magic” by Strawberry Guy
“It’s over and there’s hurt. In the simplest way possible, ‘Mrs Magic’ makes me feel euphoric.”
“Cruel Summer” by Taylor Swift
“Reminiscing the relationship. This song just radiates with good vibes, but lyrically [leans] more towards pain.
“I Love You Always Forever” by Donna Lewis
“Being okay with the fact that it’s over, and that you’ll always love them. This song is [about] accepting that it’s time to let go, and that’s okay.”
“Who Says” by Selena Gomez & The Scene
“In your self-love era. You can use this song as an affirmation. I grew up with it, and it definitely subconsciously encouraged me to understand how beautiful I am.”
“Rtrrtd” by Wilfred Cisse
“In your slay era—being confident in yourself and in your own sound. This is a feel-good song, but not in the traditional way.”
“MONOPOLY (with Victoria Monét)” by Ariana Grande
“I am a goddess. That means knowing exactly who you are and what you want, and not taking anything too seriously. This song beams with goddess energy.”
“18” by One Direction
“Everything happens for a reason, and I’m finally at peace. Get to know yourself by being alone. Try things you never thought you’d do. Anything that gets you out of your comfort zone.”