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The world has been waiting for Holychild's big debut album for what feels like forever now. Comprised of singer Liz Nostico and multi-instrumentalist Louie Diller, the duo has been an instant favorite everywhere from small music blogs to big industry names like Billboard, and both parties hopped on the bandwagon early. When they signed to Glassnote Records it was a huge deal. The Shape of Brat Pop to Come hadn't even been released yet, but in March the album's lead single 'Running Behind' was featured in the official Apple iWatch commercial.

What makes Holychild stick with you is that they create music with a message that truly, deeply sinks in. It's sarcastic, and smart, and calculated. It's cultural commentary accompanied by a banging beat. It's a rebellious form of pop music intended to make people think. With newer "alternative" pop acts like Charli XCX and Shamir making headlines for their unapologetic outspokenness and willingness to call out the industry's bullshit, Holychild fits right in while also standing out.

Holychild's MINDSPEAK EP dealt with the role of the female in American culture from different angles. When I interviewed the duo in Washington, D.C. late last year, Nostico explained some of the concepts that she was already channeling into the LP. Her main topic of interest was the notion around human vulnerability. "I want to really be aware of when I'm vulnerable and why I'm vulnerable, and really tap into that," she said. "I also feel like when other humans are vulnerable, it's just such a nice place to connect with other people and I really want to just try to connect with people on that."

At the time, Nostico assured that there would be a few love songs in the mix , but she would continue to focus on the pressures that are placed on women by our society ('Nasty Girls', 'Money All Around'). This promise is evident immediately on the album's peppy opener, 'Barbie Nation'. It'll have you shouting every word at the top of your lungs, and this rush continues throughout. 'Plastered Smile' is so catchy that you might not even realize it's about misogyny. Contrary to the song 'Tell Me How It Is', 'Monumental Glow' is a slow jam that doesn't drag as Nostico talks us through the highs and lows of fame.

'Best Friends' has that sweet taste of bubblegum pop to it at first, but then you realize it's a twisted take on following the pack and never thinking independently, and it's kind of a mind fuck. Then there's 'Diamonds On The Rebound' which examines power dynamics in relationships. 'Regret You' is an amazing post-break-up ballad, followed by the tongue-in-cheek closer 'U Make Me Sick'.

Holychild won't provide you with answers to solving the (first) world's many problems, but they get the conversation going and that counts for something. The artists are self-aware, and everyone's in on it.

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