French-Korean alt-pop newcomer spill tab is harnessing the influence and relatability of digital collaboration in her EP ‘BONNIE’ - a modish onslaught of dance-pop, rife with hip collaborators and TikTok-able moments. Flying from the hyperpop highs of ‘PISTOLWHIP’ to the dreamy psych-rock influenced ‘Velcro’ with Gus Dapperton, spill tab shows off her sonic versatility, sponging up her influences to create a sharing platter of anti-pop that sparks all the senses. ‘Grade A’ dives into the fear of being unable to meet romantic expectations, and shines when JAWNY takes the mic with his devilish drawl, quipping “Lady, you driving me crazy, why you gotta frame me?”; a pleasing antagonist to spill tab’s sonic pleasantries. ‘Anybody Else’ is the perfect midnight love song, filled with whimsical introspection and dusted with a relatable lofi intro/outro, however together these songs feel disjointed and lacking in thematic unity, both lyrically and musically. While the diversity of styles and experimental moments spell a promising future for the fame-bound pop newcomer, this project lacks the coherency of an EP, more resembling a collection of ideas resulting in a mixtape of sorts. However, spill tab certainly makes her mark here, layering momentum carefully and using the freshness of collaboration to drive the project forwards.
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