There’s an arching sense of adolescence about the music of Minneapolis trio Now, Now, which recently (and wisely) shortened its name from the emo-mouthful Now, Now Every Children. Singers Cacie Dalager and Jess Abbott deliver minor-key harmonies over unapologetically angsty meditations on teenaged heartache while metronomic drummer Bradley Hale keeps pace. But a couple songs into the group’s new album, Threads, it’s clear this isn’t your typical stargazing naïveté. Dalager’s lyrics cut through steel. “I would kill to be your clothes/ Cling to your body and hang from your bones,” she sings on the driving, provocative single “Wolf.” Later on the same song, she offers an amendment: “I would kill to be the cold/ Tracing your body and shaking your bones.” It’s potently sad songwriting—think The Cure’s Robert Smith, but, y’know, young and female.
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