Frailty

Jane Remover

Frailty

One of the first albums the teenage producer bought on iTunes (or, rather, that their mom bought for them) was Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet; that title is also a pretty spot-on description of digicore, the genre pioneered by Gen Z bedroom artists that sounds like the internet feels. Still, there’s a realness to Frailty, the second album from dltzk, that transcends the digital. With its fuzzy guitar chords and yearning high school poetry (like “Time passed with a slap to the back of my head,” from the hyper-catchy unrequited-love ballad “Your Clothes”), this is emo music rigged with the pyrotechnics of EDM and the absurdity of meme culture, minus the irony. There’s a sweetness to the youthful chaos, something to relate to even if you didn’t spend your adolescence scrolling.

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