Clairo - Immunity

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I didn't expect to fall in love with this in the way that I am. I didn't listen to her until I heard "Bags" a few weeks ago and it's now a tune that's been impossible to get out of my head for the past few days. I've been warm to a lot of the record as well, especially "I Wouldn't Ask You" which makes for such an excellent closer. Didn't know I missed it so bad before it came into my life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9HYJbe9Y18
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9l8zCOwEII

josh winters (josh), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 04:20 (one year ago) link

Yes! this is one of the best debut albums of the year. I was watching her genius video explaining the lyrics to “bags” and it might be the first time in those videos I actually see an artist explain a song eloquently.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 16:20 (one year ago) link

i really like her melodies, "alewife" and "bags" are both really good

very similar vibe to some of the tracks on last year's now, now album but a bit more subdued overall

ufo, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 16:51 (one year ago) link

listening more and it's largely wonderful. a few moments don't really work for me like the very very VW harpsichord flourishes and choir on "impossible" and the verse in "closer to you" feels underwritten but those are fairly minor complaints. "alewife", "north", "bags", "sofia", and "i wouldn't ask you" all feel like instant classics

also impressed by how seamlessly she does both dreamy alt r&b and indie rock

ufo, Thursday, 8 August 2019 09:50 (one year ago) link

this thread is subtly sexist and misogynist but the culture isn't ready for that conversation

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Thursday, 8 August 2019 13:39 (one year ago) link

lol

pomenitul, Thursday, 8 August 2019 13:42 (one year ago) link

also in case it isn't clear (apparently it wasn't clear?) I did like this record a lot

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Friday, 9 August 2019 15:44 (one year ago) link

it was pretty clear to me, your review was what made me most interested in the album

ufo, Friday, 9 August 2019 15:45 (one year ago) link

new single "i don't think i can do this again" with mura masa:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wUIexMVG9k

monotony, Thursday, 22 August 2019 07:36 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR8NvbZUs8M

great performance

ufo, Saturday, 7 September 2019 00:28 (one year ago) link

I know we don't have to choose but give me this over Billie Eilish any day, man.

alpine static, Thursday, 12 September 2019 15:36 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

just getting back to these after quick listen upon its release. Feeling it a lot more now rather than during the summer.

(•̪●) (carne asada), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 15:26 (one year ago) link

I feel basically the same way the OP does. I was skeptical, didn't particularly love (but also didn't hate) "Pretty Girl" and didn't fall for Immunity immediately. But boy has it grown on me.

alpine static, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 18:42 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmtZzo05pqQ

new antonoff produced album on its way, lead single is gorgeous

ufo, Friday, 11 June 2021 04:49 (one week ago) link

I voted Bags as my SOTY on this site in 2019 — i distinctly remember hearing it on the bus for the first time and thinking “oh my god” to myself about 90 seconds into the track

Not sure how I feel about this new one on first listen though. It’s pretty but I prefer Immunity’s light-r&b sounds?

josh az (2011nostalgia), Friday, 11 June 2021 05:12 (one week ago) link

Loved Immunity and its blend of folk and electro-pop. Hit a very nice balance despite a good deal of studio work that never sounded overworked. The songs were sad but the music wasn't. Restrained Rostam and Dave Fridmann was a perfect pairing that complemented her plain vocals.

This feels like a dirge in comparison. Gone is the chill bedroom pop. This is just sad. Hoping the rest of the album is a little lighter...

Indexed, Friday, 11 June 2021 16:09 (one week ago) link

i loved Immunity too ... it really grew on me, a lot.

this is a different thing that i also love / can love. if she does a whole album of this, i'll be on board. of course, if she just makes another Immunity, that'd be good too. :)

alpine static, Friday, 11 June 2021 17:34 (one week ago) link

immunity is a classic... this sounds like phoebe bridgers. not for me personally but i'm sure there's an audience for it

J0rdan S., Friday, 11 June 2021 17:36 (one week ago) link

I forgot about liking Immunity until about a month ago when "Alewife" was used in Mare of Easttown and wormed its way back into my head, and I played the album non-stop for about two weeks. Four or five really catchy songs, and the rest just keeps growing on me, too. I'm not sure what to make of this song, but I'm excited for the album.

Displaced Intimacy Coordinator (punning display), Friday, 11 June 2021 23:04 (one week ago) link

i'd be a bit disappointed if the whole album was bridgers-esque folk like this one but this is a good song & captures what makes her a compelling songwriter still so i'm on board

ufo, Saturday, 12 June 2021 03:58 (one week ago) link

Very Simon & Garfunkely. I dig it, but a whole album this dour would be too much.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 12 June 2021 04:04 (one week ago) link

Like the new song even if it's a little more Swifty than i would prefer


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