The debut release on Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory Records, Super Monster is a vertiginous but joyous coming-of-age reckoning with such young love. Claud sees relationships as games of endless wonder, intrigue, and second-guesses, a roller-coaster thrilling you even when it’s terrifying. If “Gold” turns the tension and indecision of a bad match into an undeniable bit of lithe disco, “That’s Mr. Bitch To You” uses a spurt of righteous indignation to fuse a little soul and emo into one breathless hook. Super Monster is like a compulsive compilation that Claud culled from a lifetime of musical enthusiasms—the arcing alt-rock of ’90s airwaves, the rapturous pop of ’00s chart-toppers, the diligent genre-hopping of modern online life. Claud emerges as the chameleonic mastermind of this mélange, channeling all of love’s emotions into songs so sharp they make even the hardest times feel fun.
Perhaps you are in the throes of one of these romantic moments yourself right now, resentful of a frustrating paramour like Claud during “Pepsi” or indulging in lust like “In or In Between.” Or maybe these songs recall those wild days and tough situations. Incisive, instant, and addictive Super Monster works on either level—to remind us of love’s wild ups and downs or to help us deal with them in real time. In that way, Mom, these songs are about dating, well, everyone.
STAFF COMMENTSsays: Beautifully melodic bedroom pop, thumping percussion and shimmering hooks bring the stories of Claud to life. It's no surprise that the first signing on Phoebe Bridgers' Saddest Factory is brilliant, but this is a clever and nuanced indie pop LP, brought with the vitality of youth. Top stuff.
3. Soft Spot
4. In Or In-Between
5. Cuff Your Jeans
6. Ana (ft. Nick Hakim)
1. Guard Down
2. This Town
4. That’s Mr Bitch To You (ft. Melanie Faye)
6. Rocks At Your Window
7. Falling With The Rain (ft. Shelly)