Every weekday, DIY’s new music know-it-all Neu brings you one essential new release to get obsessed with. Today’s Neu Pick comes from ShitKid.
Last Spring Åsa Söderqvist, better known as ShitKid, released her debut EP, a three track collection of gritty, DIY garage-pop recorded on a half-broken computer. She quickly followed it up with ‘EP 2’ but since then has been working pretty hard putting together her debut full-length album. Now she’s back, gearing up to release her debut album ‘Fish’ on PNKSLM in June and if ‘Alright’ is anything to go by, it’s set to be, well, more than just “alright.”
Åsa has built her core sound around her wonderfully unbothered, nonchalant vocal style; that’s no different here. She very casually sings about some of the more exasperating parts of relationships (“if you hear me cry/ It’s not cos you’re the best in love, and you know/ It’s just frustration”). She tries to pass it off as being “alright” in the chorus, which contains a nagging guitar riff that gets into your head just as much as the niggling thought that something might be a little off with your significant other.
It’s a little less fuzzy and just a touch more polished than some of her previous work, but that just lets her knack for a good hook shine through. But ShitKid hasn’t lost any of her don’t-give-a-fuck-attitude despite the slight added sleekness; prepare to give many fucks about her music though.
We’ve got the first spin of ‘Alright’ below.
ShitKid will play The Great Escape (18th-20th May), where DIY is an official media partner. Tickets are on sale now. Visit diymag.com/presents for more information.