At only 22 years old, Michael Turzilli has already lived a full life. After battling addiction, he cleaned up, got sober, and sought refuge in creating music under the moniker, Skinny Blonde. He moved to New York and quickly realized how competitive it was to stand out in the world's cultural capital. "It's a scary realization when you move to New York and realize that there are countless other young musicians with the same influences as you, doing the same thing as you, trying to find their way. It gets overwhelming."

City Girls explores this phenomenon of narcissism within artistic communities. While the lyrics and compositions often come off as tongue-in-cheek, the subject matter at hand and the weariness of Turzilli's voice help keep the tracks grounded. The overall sound of the album is a conglomerate of hip-hop, lounge, lo-fi, "retro surf", with a sprinkling vintage video game electronic stylings - like something you would hear Porches or Javelin do. And there is no escaping Turzilli's baritone, bordering bass, vocals. His voice is weathered and in a way validates the playfulness of the music and lyrics.

The opening track and first single, 'King' introduces his first run in with realizing the competition he faced with trying to make it as a musician in New York. The song looks back through the eyes of someone who was once on top and has come to realize that will you may be on top in your little circle, they are 100 others chomping at the bit to dethrone you. The best song on the album is 'Artist'. With the opening line, "I watched you take your shitty photo/ It might be good/ What do I know," how could it not be? The song digs hard and calls out people claiming to be "artists", glorifying serious conditions like depression and anxiety, all for the sake of thinking that's what they need to do to be validated in the creative community. The entire song is a gold mine of snarky quips befitting for that one person we all know.

At only five songs, City Girls is a brief EP that gives you a taste of what Skinny Blonde is capable of. Musically, this is an album you have to come at with an open mind. While the layers and build ups are well composed, some of the embellishments and sonic sound bites can feel a little forced. But only a little. And maybe that's deliberate, being in conjunction with the themes of the album as a whole. Now that's how you become an artist.