“In one other life we have been arsonists,” goes a lyric on this primary album from Boygenius, the supergroup consisting of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus – three of essentially the most considerate, wry and quietly highly effective indie-rock songwriters of the previous decade. It’s a telling line for music that blazes with feeling, and is unabashed about drolly skewering and analyzing the male ego (see: songs about internalised notions of masculinity and contours reminiscent of “And I’m not an previous man having an existential disaster at a Buddhist monastery writing sexy poetry” on a observe referred to as Leonard Cohen).
On the unassumingly titled The Document, this formidable trio of singer-storytellers complement each other with their typically harrowing, diary-like candour. When their strikingly pure vocals mix in folky, elegiac concord they’re extraordinary, as on the opener, With out You With out Them, or in starker, lyrical moments , once they handle love, friendship, philosophy, self-effacement.
A latest Rolling Stone cowl story was headed “Boygenius: The Supergroup We Want”. It feels legitimate: on The Document, Baker, Bridgers and Dacus pack layer upon layer into their sound, standing tall and beautiful.