Photo: Lera Pentelute
Dreams do come true. Boygenius, the project of Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus combines the prodigal songwriting and raw talent of three of the industry's most promising up and comers. Each singer found success in solo projects, with Baker's Turn Out the Lights, Bridger's Stranger in the Alps and Dacus's Historian each receiving wide reaching praise and marking the genesis of their careers.
Boygenius made headlines with a triple release of singles off their forthcoming six-track EP, set to come out November 9. Each singer brought individual songs to the table and the three added final touches together, curating a sound with a little piece of each member's distinctive genius inside. This is the kind of project we all fantasize about, but never actually expect to happen.
"Stay Down" is a gentle song, with softly delivered words floating calmly on top of guitar swells and panned drums. Baker's vocals stand naked on their own until the other two join during the chorus. This song is chilling, and leaves listeners breathless as a verbed out guitar rings through the silence at the end of the phrase.
"Bite the Hand" picks up a bit, and maintains intrigue with unexpected rhythms and anticipated lines. Fronted by Dacus, this song has a melody that both finds hurt within and soothes it simultaneously. She carries the hook with the line, "I can't love you how you want me to." The attention to detail on this song is apparent, with small moments shining throughout and an unexpected vocal after the song has seemingly ended.
"Me and My Dog" begins with distant guitar getting closer and closer until Bridger's vocals come in. The delivery and conversational lyrics sound like the reading of a diary, showcasing the trio's affinity for simple lyricism that goes straight for the gut. Bridgers sings,
"I wanna be emaciated. Wanna hear one song without thinking of you. I wish I was on a spaceship, just me and my dog and an impossible view."
The project originates from the friendships the women discovered in each other after playing shows together, hanging out backstage and finding inspiration in the same music. Baker comments on the conception of boygenius, saying
"When we met, Lucy and Phoebe and I were in similar places in our lives and our musical endeavors, but also had similar attitudes toward music that engendered an immediate affinity. Lucy and Phoebe are incredibly gifted performers, and I am a fan of their art outside of being their friends, but they are also both very wise, discerning and kind people whom I look up to in character as much as in talent."
The three will have plenty of time to spend together this fall, as they are set to go on a North American Tour, with Bridgers and Baker co-headling and Dacus opening. This will be a historically significant concert series, so keep an eye out for tickets.