November 9 street date. The rumors are true: boygenius, the band of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus release their self-titled EP debut November 9th on Matador Records. This illustrious trio is comprised of the most exciting and visionary young songwriters in independent rock, whose critically acclaimed albums were all released in the past year (Turn Out The Lights, Stranger In The Alps, and Historian, respectively). The album is prefaced by 3 tracks, one from each woman and shows how the project highlights each artist's individual voice and the spirit of cooperation inherent in the endeavor. "Me And My Dog" is the kind of mid-tempo broken-hearted love song at which Bridgers excels, piecing together intimate moments of internal monologue and direct address. Stay Down," meanwhile, burns with the aching intensity of Baker's best songs, rooted in her characteristic habit of staring down hardship with kindness in her heart. "Bite the Hand," which opens the EP, is perhaps the best reflection of the solidarity at the heart of boygenius. Dacus takes the lead, crooning, "I can't love you / how you want me to," as the song slowly builds, then deconstructs — by its end, all three women sing the line in a round, then close the song by singing it in three-part harmony.
Available now. CD edition. Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus formed boygenius after booking a tour together, but the trio had subconsciously been in the works for longer than that. Through a series of performances, chance encounters, and greenroom hangouts, the group felt an instant compatibility and comfort. The lyrically and musically arresting singer-songwriters and kindred spirits got to know each other on their own terms, producing their first EP along the way. With gut-wrenchingly personal yet easily relatable verses and spare, lilting melodic arrangements, all three are leading a new rock vanguard that values unflinching self-awareness and unassailable songcraft. Praise for "boygenius": 8.3/10 - Pitchfork (BNM), 8/10 - Exclaim!, 8.8/10 - Paste.