boygenius - 'the record'

8/10

Ever since they first emerged with their self-titled debut EP back in 2018, boygenius - the supergroup formed of Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus - took on a more mythical place within the scene in recent years. As each of its members grew in both popularity and critical acclaim since then, many began to wonder whether they would ever unite again for another new collection. But after a few years of collaborating with other artists, they finally release their eagerly-awaited debut album 'the record', a full-length that perfectly elevates their own distinctive directions.

While each member has been cementing their own unique guise within the scene recently, they all fall under the vague umbrella term "folk-rock", which seems to be the direction they take 'the record' in. Combining a subtle blend of warm and alluring songwriting with a progressive ideal on almost every track, boygenius are able to step out of their own individual aesthetics to produce something new and interesting for them as a unit. Capturing some beautifully serene and cinematic moments throughout, they are showing that their synergy runs so much deeper than many would have expected.

While supergroups as a whole tend to venture down a more self-indulgent avenue, 'the record' is more about highlighting these three as some of the best songwriters doing the rounds right now. With none taking a direct lead throughout this collection, they play to each other's strengths from start to finish, making for a wonderfully inviting and succinct listen.

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