California Emo Kids Burrow Their Drama Deep

The Jealous Sound ache with lush pain, driving deep into an emo-pop chamber of fleeting beat imagery and Central Valley barrenness. Love festers; bodies blister; a tear-drenched Kleenex sticks to a night table. "Did you find something deeper?/something profound?/The sun's coming up as we're coming down." On Kill Them With Kindness, Blair Shehan highlights his poetry like a 13-year-old's diary. He baldly breathes words that make you hoarse without speaking, bleed without cutting, broken without breaking up. Drums and guitar burrow metronome infectiousness into belly range, resonating in your rib. Shehan rolls out details—how her eyes flutter like an addict. He tells you "you're in crisis with a backbeat."

Shehan anxiously toasts feelings you can't fight, comfort you find, and sleeping through the night, but the catch-22 is that sometimes those feelings make it harder to sleep. "Please lie still," he whispers, like Jean Rhys medicated and searching for stability in quicksand. Then, even softer, but in a loud, urgent way: "Won't you be my answer?"

 
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