I started listening to my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify last year. Some weeks feel like a hard slog, and it’s probably never going to give me back to back bangers, but I’ve found some real gems along the way.
FRITZ is one of those happy discoveries. It’s the “dreamy noise-pop” project of Newcastle, Australia’s Tilly Murphy. I love albums that make you feel like you’re inside this self-contained diorama, a small world that someone else has constructed to show you around their life. Pastel is a wonderfully noisy, shoegazey, soft-grunge bubble, filled with songs about growing up, friendships, hopes, dreams, and the trials of being a teenager. It’s sweet and sentimental and nostalgic and gorgeous, and bursting with the best 80s and 90s vibes.
“Jan 1” is the closing track and my favorite on Pastel. It sounds like a list of hopeful New Years’ resolutions dipped in teenage melancholy and splashed across layers of droning guitars. It’s like, “I have some lofty goals, but I know who I am and it probably won’t go that well, and that’s okay as long as it’s a bit better than last year.”
I feel you, FRITZ.