WYEP’s Album of the Year: boygenius’ ‘The Record’
boygenius has created a template for collaborative genius while capturing the angst of young women in a transitional world.
Their debut full-length album, The Record, highlights their individual strengths while creating combustible textures and sharp-edged lyrics through a merged musical vision.
Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, and Julien Baker had already forged solo career successes before Baker suggested creating a trio.
The balance of Bridger’s vulnerability, Dacus’ sweet, witty perspective, and Baker’s intellectual intensity blend into songs that encapsulate the excitement, expectancy, and challenges of early adulthood.
Although the music is muted in tone with layered vocals and instrumentation, the lyrics are often deceptively subversive and darkly amusing.
Much of the content focuses on relationships, but not necessarily of the romantic variety.
These songs are aimed at the connection between women, the passions of friendships and the bonds of dependency with someone who understands the world the same way you do.