Downstairs, All Ages
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Tuesday July 16, 2019
Gloominess, silence, blood, and sexual violence are all themes that drift like fog or persistent, thundery, summer’s rain through Nicole Dollanganger’s Natural Born Losers, the 2015 album that’s the first and only release on Grimes’ label Eerie Organization. “American Tradition” is written from the perspective of a girlfriend in an abusive relationship with an athlete, his medal-winning persona outweighing the evil. “Poacher’s Pride” recounts the shooting of an angel with her father’s rifle, the angel being either a literal angel or metaphor for the killing of animals, and “In The Land” focuses on distressing attacks made by convicted criminals David Parker Ray and Theresa Knorr (An earlier track, “Rampage” is written about a shooter in the Columbine High School Massacre).
Accompanying these narratives are Dollanganger’s distinctive vocals, high-pitched, prolonged and innocent like a child lost in thought, and the eerie bed
of electric guitars. Her latest release, album Heart Shaped Bed (released 26 November via Crystal Math and Eerie Organization), follows the
same mood but with the guitars replaced by the pitter-pattering of piano and tales of destructive romance being a focal point.