23-year-old American singer-songwriter Claire Cottrill, known professionally as Clairo, is back with her second album Sling. The album was co-produced by Jack Antonoff, who worked with Taylor Swift and Lorde. Constantly evolving and learning, Clairo has been releasing covers and music for a decade now. Following her 2019 indie-pop chamber album Immunity, the young artist’s rise to prominence came quickly, and soon she had songs certified platinum and ranked on Billboard.
As the world fervently awaits the star’s second album, Clairo responds with an almost anti-climatic album. With her almost characteristic sound against a backdrop of warm melodies and emotional chords, Clairo embraces her independent roots and stays true to herself.
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Moving away from his sonically smoother debut album, Clairo builds on sounds familiar to Sling, which oscillates effortlessly from track to track. Clairo seems to be stuck in this void of his sounds, fleeing the next big step in his music.
Nothing new or surprisingly creative has come out of this album. These words may sound harsh, but it was only in comparison to the previous one that Clairo created for himself. What seemed to lack repetitive instrumentals and harmonies was made up for by Clairo’s lyrical prowess. The songwriting is a factor of this album that cannot be questioned.
With 1970s country folk at its heart, Clairo creates art, perhaps not as inventive as the tracks in Immunity, but classic sound nonetheless. With vintage piano, acoustic and electric guitars, and chamber pop strings seamlessly blended, Clairo achieves a very retro sound accompanied by lyrics from a modernist Gen Z musician. Perhaps it is a monotonous album. , but he still has multiple leads. Innocence contrasted with harsher realities makes “Bambi” a star; it seems so personal speaking of universal truths. The melancholy “Reaper” and the hazy “Amoeba” are my personal favorites while “Blouse” and “Zinnias” shine brightly and fit perfectly into Clairo’s niche.
Rather than music that makes you want to start screaming out the window and dancing to it, Sling brings a more “chilling out in the room on a rainy day while humming a tune you can’t forget” feeling. This album feels real. Down to earth, exploring a life of ups and downs, speaking with ease in uncomfortable slices.
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