I’ll admit that I have definitely been sleeping on Clairo (real name: Claire Cottrill) but when her debut album Immunity dropped on August 2nd, it seemed to be all over my social media and a couple of days ago, I decided to check it out. I’m so incredibly happy about that because I fell completely in love the minute the first song – Alewife – started playing.
This entire album has basically been on repeat since I decided to give it a shot. It’s so captivating but it also works really well as background music. That’s because every part of Immunity is enjoyable. Every second is just as good as the last and any outliers are such because they’re better.
When I first played the album through it gave me two vibes. On the one hand, I felt like I was in some kind of studio apartment with large open windows, little to no belongings, and some kind of art or creative space in the corner of the room. On the other hand, it gave me a sense of being in a small, cosy bedroom with lots of neutral colours, books stacked everywhere, and art all over the walls. While there are similarities in both of these vibes, I’ll admit they’re vastly different, but it does genuinely work. There is just something so calming and cosy about listening to Immunity and it all mixes together so well. While each song does stand out in its own right, it’s an incredibly easy album to just let run through from start to finish with each title almost flowing into the next because the different vibes blend together beautifully.
There is this overarching sense of intimacy that makes you feel like you, personally, are being told a story and even having a conversation. Immunity really pulls you in and creates a pretty special listening experience that it seems to last for a long time after.