Clairo Teases Upcoming Album With New Single "Bags"

BY LEXI LANE

Following the success of last year’s releases “Pretty Girl” and “Flaming Hot Cheetos” — which put her on the map of the music scene after her YouTube popularity — rising lo-fi pop darling Clairo gives fans a taste of what to expect off her first record Immunity, coming August 2nd.

This Friday, May 24th, Clairo dropped a new single called “Bags.” The new single features soft, breathy vocals from Clairo, who admits to overthinking a relationship with lines like “Pardon my emotions / I should probably keep it all to myself / Know you’d make fun of me” standing out in the song’s bridge. These vocals sit atop pleasant keyboard melodies and a steady tempo that feels as if it’s nearing a crescendo, but never truly does.

If the touch of relatable, vulnerable lyricism juxtaposed with relaxed vocals doesn’t pique enough interest, the other artists connected to “Bags” cement Clairo’s new place in the indie scene.

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The song features co-production credits from Rostam (Batmanglij), the former member of Vampire Weekend. Danielle Haim, from the indie sister trio Haim, also plays drums that are lightly featured in the background of the song.

Clairo is on a North American headline tour all summer prior to her debut album release, making stops at festivals including NYC’s Governor’s Ball, Boston Calling and Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.

Until Immunity releases in August, “Bags” is a strong first single and gives both fans and new listeners enough music and mystery to hold tight and see what the rest of the album will have to offer.

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