Hyperpop artist Jenny Alien releases her debut album, Massive Love Bangers, seamlessly moving between her established punk rock style and her emerging electro-punk sound.
Jenny explains, ‘Massive Love Bangers’ is an unabashed pop compilation of love and heartbreak and is embarrassingly sincere. It’s pop and chaotic, punk at moments, then ends on a stripped-down guitar ballad – an emotional arch similar to the craziness of what my experience of falling in and out of love feels like. Dance, cry, scream, makeup, make out (I don’t care), while I open up about my love life, partying, sex, drugs, queerness, and everything in between.”
Born and raised in Chicago, Jenny Alien moved to London a few years ago to immerse herself in the atmosphere of the home base for her style of hyperpop. While there, she performed alongside artists from the legendary PC Music camp.
The experience infused her music with a rebellious spirit and a keen eye for authentic storytelling. Landing in Brooklyn after her time in the UK helped her expand her musical horizons even further, as she rediscovered her punk roots in Brooklyn’s current scene and began merging all of her influences.
Encompassing 11 tracks, Massive Love Bangers begins with “Summer Fling,” a hyperpop gem full of alluring sonic washes on a potent, mid-tempo rhythm. Jenny’s evocative voice imbues the lyrics with warm, quixotic tones. There’s a contagious surreal quality to her vocals.
Entry points include “Corner Store,” with its initial darker energy, followed by mitigating luminous colors flowing into an electro-punk-tinted tune. Not quite Valley Girl, there’s a luscious frying timbre to Jenny’s voice, giving the lyrics a nonchalant effervescence.
“Can I buy you some chips / We made love at the corner store.”
Dripping with buoyant, new wave flavors, “Heart Attack” rides a syncopated rhythm topped by gleaming layers of sound. A persona favorite because of its thumping rhythm and Jenny’s snarky vocals, “Like Divorce” bares the feelings and words we’ve all wanted to say to another person.
The intro to “Girlfriend” rolls out on grinding growling tones and then transitions into a bright, hyperpop melody drenched in vivacious energy.
The final track, “Goodbye,” travels on shadowy, slightly grungy tones, low-slung and stained with hints of melancholy. At once poignant and awash in drifting surfaces, the track is emotionally affecting.
Jenny Alien has it going on! Massive Love Bangers allows her to strut not only her captivating hyperpop sound but also her excellent voice.
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