Album of the Week: boygenius - the record | 2023 Week 13
The first full-length record from the indie supergroup sees Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus powers unite for a truly special record + new albums from James Holden, DMA’s, Private Function, B. Cool-Aid and more
Back in 2018, the news that Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus were teaming up as boygenius set indie fans around the world into excitement overload, with their self-title EP released that same year proving that even early on, the trio were definitely greater than the sum of their parts.
Now the thing fans have been really waiting for is here - their debut, full-length album, the record, that sees the group cohesively and seemingly effortlessly drift between genres that allow each of the three’s specialties to shine through.
Album opener Without You Without Them perfectly sets the scene in atmospheric fashion, being a vocal harmonising acapella, before switching things up to just about the heaviest cut on the record, single and fan favourite of big, bold alt-rock sounds, $20.
From here, boygenius explore downtempo, enchanting indie rock, acoustic country, majestic indie pop and stripped back ballads, all perfectly complimenting the tracks that precede and follow. Not that there was any doubt as to their greatness by this point, but with the record, boygenius cement themselves as some of the most skilled songwriters and interesting artists in the modern indie world.
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The best of the rest of this week's records:
B. Cool-Aid - Leather Blvd. [Lex Records] USA
Coda Chroma - Dreamself [Echo Foxtrot] AUS
Alt Folk / Pop
DMA's - How Many Dreams? [I OH YOU] AUS
Rock / Pop
Gel - Only Constant [Convulse Records] USA
Punk / Hardcore
James Holden - Imagine This Is a High Dimensional Space of All Possibilities [Border Community Recordings] ENG
PACKS - Crispy Crunchy Nothing [Fire Talk] CAN
Indie / Rock
Private Function - 370HSSV 0773H [Private Function] AUS
Punk / Rock
The New Pornographers - Continue as a Guest [Merge Records] USA
Indie / Pop
V - Faithless [Heavy Machinery Records] AUS
Electronic / Industrial