Dark pop artist XYLØ releases long-awaited debut album unamerican beauty
Having started out as a duo with her brother, XYLØ aka Paige Duddy has been releasing unapologetic lyric-driven songs covering themes of loneliness and feeling like an outsider since 2018 when she embarked on a solo career. Previous single releases and four successful EP’s such as pretty sad, yes & no, The Ganglands Of My Heart and OUTSIDERS CLUB have helped the dark pop artist build a loyal fanbase around the world. Today, she’s finally released her long-awaited debut album unamerican beauty— a solid offering with a combination of stunning vocals and enchanting melodies co-written and produced by long-time collaborator Lee Newell.
“The album to me is one long road trip in the car, reflecting on my youth and the innocence that has been lost. The things that once meant so much to me like family, womanhood and pride in my country have taken on a totally different meaning. America has changed and so have I.” — XYLØ.
The album follows previously released singles “aliens”, “red hot winter”, “sugar free rush” and “sweetheart” which have all garnered support from outlets and tastemakers such as Rolling Stone, EARMILK, Spotify and many more. The title track and focus track of the album is accompanied by a captivating music video directed by XYLØ and Newell. It takes a look at the highs and lows of living the so-called “American Dream”— a perfect introduction to the overall theme of the album.
The standout track “family politics” is an emotionally-charged song that will instantly connect with listeners if they pay close attention to the lyrics. Built over a minimal production, XYLØ examines the strain and breakdown of family dynamics.
After years of patiently waiting for the album, the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has delivered not only a project with replay value, but a surprisingly powerful one that will be placed among some of the best albums of 2022.
Stream unamerican beauty (Pretty Records / Opposition) below: