Kiss Yr Frenemies by illuminati hotties
An album titled Kiss Yr Frenemies from a band called illuminati hotties may seem frivolous. But in reality, the project’s brainchild Sarah Tudzin revels in the frivolity of it all: millennial young adulthood, modern romance, and all of its unforgiving bloat. Her pointed sarcasm, effortlessly throwing in stinging quips calling out ex-lovers and her own faults, is fresh air in contemporary indie pop songwriting, and paired with her buoyant guitar riffs, the music blossoms into what can only be described as joy. And while a great deal of the album is ecstatic alt-rock, there are a handful of ballads that no less illustrate her writing chops -- in fact, here she proves her stake as an emerging indie great. But nevertheless, Tudzin and her debut record are simply pure fun, as only she could proceed to interrupt a riot grrrl-like introduction of her own song with, "One, two, [that incessant noise made when sticking your tongue out]," before kicking things back up again. Kiss Yr Frenemies may go all the way there in how it explores emotional exhaustion, but Tudzin realizes she may as well make light of it.