Album of the Week - Beach Bunny - Honeymoon
Sometimes we need music to act as a calming agent - a centering meditation in our hectic lives. Ambient soundscapes, acoustic instrumentals, and even indie pillowcore can all serve this purpose. But other times we need music to spark energy - to grab our shoulders and shake away listlessness. Beach Bunny's new album, Honeymoon, falls into this second category. It is power pop album at its purest - sugary anthems about empowerment and taking charge, but also about dream boys and California, because why the hell not? Lili Trifilio (the band's founder and principal songwriter) got a big break after one of her songs went viral on TikTok last summer (what a world we live in!), so it is not surprising that her lyrics cater to such universal themes of adolescence. There are hints of Julia Shapiro in her delivery, but the most obvious comparison is with power pop peers, The Beths. Both bands employ plenty of guitar noodling, background singer wooing, and singer-led fist pumping. And like the songs on Future Me Hates Me, highlights on Honeymoon will surely inspire festival goers this summer to kick up dust while twirling around in fields of fellow fans, all of whom feed off this shared positive energy.