Sabrina Teitelbaum, a New York native who has now made Los Angeles her creative home, embraced a new, rawer sound as the world went into lockdown. Leaving behind her pop past, she emerged as Blondshell and released her stunning debut single, “Olympus,” which quickly received critical acclaim. Partisan, known for discovering and nurturing new talent, was quick to sign her after further successful releases, such as “Kiss City” and “Sepsis.”
Blondshell‘s self-titled debut album, produced by Yves Rothman, is a powerful and poignant exploration of the complexities of love and relationships while navigating a world that can be overwhelming and manipulative. Teitelbaum boldly confronts the turbulence and darkness of her experiences, fearlessly revealing the messy, chaotic reality of her emotions in every note. She demonstrates undeniable talent for melody and unique lyricism, conjuring up anthemic sounds reminiscent of Hole at their peak.
The album’s poppiest moment, “Kiss City,” features a soaring chorus that showcases the range of Teitelbaum’s remarkable voice. While each track presents a different shade of her emotional palette, they are tied together by the fearlessness with which she explores these complexities. The album ends on a high note with “Dangerous,” a heartfelt exploration of social anxiety and irrational fears, written in a way that makes the subject relatable and uplifting.
Blondshell’s self-titled album serves as a reminder that even in the darkest of places, there is light. With this album, Teitelbaum cements her place as a rising talent to watch.