While Yanya’s music exudes the same disregard for genre that new music often does, there is a distinct sense of good old-fashioned rock in her songs. In a time of resurging nineties sensibility, her songs both pay homage to old-school grunge and mirror current nostalgia.
Written in a sunny Melbourne apartment during lockdown, the album reflects conversations Barnett had with friends when the world came to a stop, and the album’s themes reflect a conciliatory tone.
Touching on cancel culture and accountability, Crookes provides an almost anthropological lens on the political paradigm of our generation.
Yet, for all its sonic flourishes and upbeat tempos, Clerel’s music is deceptively melancholy; a closer listen reveals his lyrical tendency toward nostalgia and heartbreak. It makes sense, though, when we remember that an urgent affinity for American soul music was the catalyst for his art to begin with.