6 Songs, 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Claire Cottrill was writing about crushes and stressing about college when her DIY music video for “Pretty Girl” went viral in 2017. Suddenly, the Boston-area teenager was an internet sensation. The song, a sly empowerment anthem about a girl realizing her worth, set the tone for diary 001, an EP of endearing, take-me-as-I-am confessions. With hypnotic nonchalance and polite cynicism, she ponders love (“Flaming Hot Cheetos”) and authenticity (“Hello?”) in a digitally altered world. But in the end, it’s her quintessentially teenaged daydreams—sketched best in the Danny L Harle duet “B.O.M.D.,” short for “boy of my dreams"—that make the project so relatable.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Claire Cottrill was writing about crushes and stressing about college when her DIY music video for “Pretty Girl” went viral in 2017. Suddenly, the Boston-area teenager was an internet sensation. The song, a sly empowerment anthem about a girl realizing her worth, set the tone for diary 001, an EP of endearing, take-me-as-I-am confessions. With hypnotic nonchalance and polite cynicism, she ponders love (“Flaming Hot Cheetos”) and authenticity (“Hello?”) in a digitally altered world. But in the end, it’s her quintessentially teenaged daydreams—sketched best in the Danny L Harle duet “B.O.M.D.,” short for “boy of my dreams"—that make the project so relatable.

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