It’s a strange position for Finius O’Connor to find himself. We have released a sad and gentle debut album with an ironic name, uniquely known as Billie Eilish’s brother and producer Finius. Optimist: It is clear that he still has gas in the tank for his work.
Most of the songs here deal with some sort of disappointment or pessimistic view of the future. Some people wonder if a new relationship will come true, like the “concert six months from now,” while others, like the “medieval” about the nature of ephemeral fame, like Hollywood. There is also.
It’s written primarily for the piano, but too often it’s modlin and gloomy. Sometimes it shines a bit brighter, like “The Kids Are All Dying,” which combines “Benny and the Jets” style chord trampling with, hopefully, heartwarming lyrics about the state of the world.
To be honest, I’m a little downer.
Stream: Around my neck, now happy, what they say about us
So go to hell
So go to hell Is a spectacular debut from the mysterious Pink Pantheress, named after the TikTok account that made this British singer and producer famous just a few months ago.
If you have a teenager at home, you might notice “Break It Off,” which combines speed garage beats with Panteres’ sweet vocals (earworms that dominated the algorithm throughout the summer).
Nine more non-skippable hits are added here, cleverly interpolating Sweet Female Attitude’s 90’s hit “Flowers” with “Pain” and house classic “Gypsy Woman” with “I Must Apologise”.
Coupled with the generation of sparkling hyperpops, these doses of nostalgic sampling form the perfect sparkling underlay. Panteres has hook ears and her top line dances overhead-if you’re lucky enough to hear any of these tracks on the go out at night, as you do. A brilliant record that can only be dreamed of by others who have high hopes for TikTok.
Stream: Pain, break it down just for me