I am not sure Psychic Twin (real name Erin Fein) could have planned the release of her debut album any better if she had tried. Strange Diary arrives in the wake of the enormous success of '80s-dripping nostalgia machine Stranger Things, and the second track on Psychic Twin's album, entitled 'Strangers' features a dark, arpeggiating synth that should perk up more than a few ears.

But make no mistake, Fein was not looking to cash in on nostalgia. No, Strange Diary was recorded over the course of four years, two states and one marriage. This shows in the music, as Fein directs her lyrics at an unnamed other, sometimes yearning to be closer to them and sometimes hoping to get away. "These songs are 100% a diary of my life over the last four years," Fein said in the album's press release.

Her four years of craftsmanship has certainly paid dividends here, though, as Strange Diary is an absolutely staggering album. The single 'Stop In Time' features woozy, warbling synths creating the perfect backbone for Fein's towering vocals. Meanwhile, the throbbing, atmospheric heartbreak of tracks like 'Hopeless' and 'Lose Myself' help to keep the emotional stakes high throughout the album's 37-minute runtime.

There is a wealth of breakup albums in this world, but I would be hard-pressed to name another one that was written over such a long period of time, and that covers the period before, during and after the dissolution of a relationship. And while such a broad spectrum seems like it could get messy or difficult to convey over just nine songs in less than an hour, Fein seems to sacrifice nothing in telling her story this way. In fact, the concise nature of the LP lends itself well to the emotional punch she seems to be aiming for with Strange Diary.

The album features production from Jacob Portrait, the bassist for Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who has also handled production and mixing for bands like STRFKR and Whitney. His experience behind the boards certainly comes in handy here, as his deft touch allows many of these songs to come alive with widescreen, Technicolor clarity.

Psychic Twin maybe a newcomer to the synthpop circuit, but Strange Diary does not give this away. It feels like a tightly wound, meticulously crafted gem of an album. When you tack on the album's intense emotional resonance, Strange Diary has vaulted itself into the conversation for the year's most powerful albums.