Her lyrics speak to my own experience taking Citalopram with startling precision: “Wanted to feel you but I'm numb / Don't even realize who I've become.” Most unsettling is the way she captures such a specific, hard-to-explain experience of Citalopram, something only another SSRI-taker could understand. I felt misunderstood, yet at the same time, I couldn’t find clarity in my own feelings.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that Rex Orange County is only 21 years old — he’s been singing so maturely on the strength of his love since he was barely 18. In the three short years since the stellar bcos u will never b free, Rex has become indie pop’s darling, stealing listeners’ hearts with his impassioned (and catchy) songwriting. A lot has happened in those three years. 18 is a crazy age to rocket into stardom, and once you’ve become a star, there’s no going back. Rex hasn’t shied away from singing about that pressure.
Kero Kero Bonito is on a hot streak. The British indie-pop trio has spent the last year radiating big suburban energy with the nostalgic Time ‘N’ Place, and has since widened their sights with Civilisation I, dropping right before their North American tour. If Bonito Generation was a celebration of inner childhood cheer and Time ‘N’ Place was a reflection of early-adulthood melancholy, Civilisation I is a grimdark mourning of society’s imminent implosion.
Amid the current media talk about American studios altering their content to get through Chinese censorship, it makes me wonder how much Asian media producers are coloring their material to be Western-friendly.