Elio, Elio, Elio (from the final scene of “Call Me By Your Name”).
Yes, this might be dramatic, but allow me to force this comparison for just one moment, because listening to Clairo’s new single “Bags” (in anticipation of her debut album Immunity, due Aug. 2) launched me immediately into the heart-wrenching headspace of the following quote from Andre Aciman’s “Call Me By Your Name” (CMBYN):
It was the first week of college, and I felt funky. Ostracized to Baits II housing, I decided to hit the town as a fresh blood and search for a hipster coffee shop with the hopes of preventing alienation from creeping in at all corners.
Lil Nas X’s smash single “Old Town Road” has risen as a cultural phoenix that ignited the weirdest parts of the internet, personifying the cowboy emoji and igniting an inescapable “yee-haw boi” energy that has lead the meme empire to its climax.
Circa Waves impresses with their extension into darker moments, weaving between guitar driven, upbeat energy into dark and soft moments which cross-examine the link between our environment and our integrity.