At its best, Samira Winter’s Ethereality recalls the songwriting of Weezer’s blue album and the feeling of Last Splash-era Breeders and Malkmus’s pop distortions. On the song “Blue Eyes, ” she even explores some of the terrain mapped by Beach House. Utilizing soaring, anthemic dynamics and universally relatable topics of young adult insecurities and struggle, she’s pushing the limits of her guitar playing and stretching the conventional confines of what a pop song is supposed to be. It’s easy to describe this as “dreamy” or “sun-drenched” pop … but there’s something more elusive happening. While this album might seem easy to interpret at first, repeated visits reveal a melancholy undercurrent masked by bright arrangements. Really, Ethereality is based on an artful examination of post-millennial emotional confusion. This generation is becoming very able at presenting a calm demeanor that masks the chaos just beneath the surface, and Winter expresses the beauty and turmoil of lives lived today, adeptly displayed by the subtle aggression of “Best Of It” or the draggy nonchalance of “Sunshine Devine.” This is music speaking to the experience of youth in the world today, particularly interpersonal relationships—a reservoir of turmoil that never runs dry. Ethereality seeks to address these concepts in a uniquely individual way, not as an observer but as a participant. This is an album about searching—for self, for love and for others who understand. There is nothing ironic about this endeavor. Ethereality is an earnest attempt to find kindred spirits.
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