Beach Bunny – Emotional Creature

Instead of whiny boy emo, it’s sad girls who are expressing their feelings with catch....
Beach Bunny : Emotional Creature
8.1 Mom + Pop
2022 
Beach Bunny : Emotional Creature

There’s a certain brand of messy relationship alt-rock that’s coming out right now, taking in the good and the bad and most certainly the ugly, but always unabashedly, whether it’s your faults, your partner’s faults, your friend’s partner’s faults, or just love’s fault. And instead of whiny boy emo, it’s sad girls who are expressing their feelings with catch. Sad girls like Lili Trifilio and her band Beach Bunny on their sophomore full-length, Emotional Creatures.

After the somewhat all-over-the-place COVID era debut Honeymoon (QRO review), Emotional hones its focus, particularly in the first half of the record, a bopping sway combined with uncertainty but frankness about everything in songs like “Oxygen”, “Gone”, “Eventually”, and “Weeds”. That focus does make them all a bit similar, but it’s distinctly what Beach Bunny do best, as the songs range wider but a bit thinner following late mid-album synth interlude “Gravity”.

While maybe not as refreshingly original as the debut, and yes, there are other people out there making music like this right now, it’s a great movement of great women about a great (and not-so-great) subject.

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