Thursday, January 26, 2023

Blondshell - "Joiner"

Photo by Daniel Topete

We became smitten with the music of Blondshell (aka Sabrina Teteilbaum) last month when she released "Veronica Mars." This month sees the release of "Joiner." It's similar to her previous single, except without the fiery explosion at the end. "Joiner" is a mid tempo song that melds your standard singer/songwriter fare with more of a dreampop sound. It's filled with tons of fuzz and harmonies, and leans into a more modern pop sound at times without ever losing its rock edge. And then there's Teteilbaum's voice, which might just be the loveliest one to ever hit this level of slacker cool. While there have been a ton of 90's inspired artists lately, Blondshell is the first to bring that sound into the current century to this extent.

Blondshell says of her new song:

I was listening to a lot of Britpop when I wrote this song. A lot of those bands like The Verve, Pulp, Suede, and Blur channelled dark subject matter, drugs, and all this dirty stuff, but with a fun acoustic guitar under it. I was listening to The Replacements, too. That’s what this song was inspired by sonically. I wanted it to feel like you’re watching HBO, where even though it’s heavy, it’s still a good time."

You can watch the video for "Joiner" below. Blondshell's self-titled debut album is due out April 7 on Partisan Records, and can be pre-saved here. For more on Blondshell, check out the artist's website.

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