You know that one friend that brags about being "early" on Phoebe Bridgers, or the one that listened to Moses Sumney and Perfume Genius before they were cool. That's you now. Times a million. Courtesy of the debut single of LA-based singer/songwriter Sabrina Teitelbaum, aka Blondshell, the future of trendy Williamsburg record stores and Lorem-like Spotify playlists alike.
All joking aside, Blondshell's "Olympus" is one of the more polished debut tracks you'll hear this year. A worldly and strangely cathartic ballad that calls to mind the emotional storytelling of Snail Mail or Japanese Breakfast, "Olympus" is an indie rock gem that can mean many different things to many different people. It carries an unmistakable grunge-bathed Cobain/Elliott Smith vibe that seeps through the track to make the lows hit just as hard as the highs. It's in that masterfully fluid songwriting that Teitelbaum finds her footing, allowing this one track to strike a dizzying range of emotions all at once. With a focus on being saved “not by Jesus but by validation,” Blondshell finds that perfect balance between dark and brooding and hopeful, therapeutic nirvana that gives the track so much replay value.
There's not much more to be said for this track that it won't say for itself upon first listen. It's an amazing and disarming debut that signals an extremely bright future ahead.