boygenius announces debut album 'The Record'

boygenius announces debut album ‘The Record’

The rumors are true! After taking the world by storm with their 2018 debut EP, boygenius, the supergroup consisting of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, are dropping a full-length album. Is named the record, and it’s out at the end of March on Interscope and Polydor (not Matador, who put out the EP). We’re about to see what boygenius can do on the charts in the era of Phoebe Bridgers superstardom, with a major-label push.

Back in December, when online conversations were just beginning to pick up and Boygenius had yet to be announced for Coachella, we called his new album our most anticipated of 2023. Today that anticipation is met by a trio of lead singles from the recordwhich was produced by boygenius and co-producer Catherine Marks at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La Studios in Malibu in January 2022.

The Baker-led “$20” is rockier and more upbeat than your average boygenius song—almost like the boygenius version of a New Pornographers song? (Which makes sense because Baker did a podcast with New Pornos last year.) Next up is “Emily I’m Sorry,” which is very much a Phoebe Bridgers song. It sounds so much like something out of place Punisher that I’m a bit surprised he didn’t save it for his next solo album, though maybe he’s trying to get over that aesthetic next time. (TO UPDATE: For Rolling StoneBridgers sent the song to Baker and Dacus right after finishing. Punisher and asked, “Can we be a band again?”) Finally, there’s “True Blue,” which features some typically excellent writing from Dacus.

The three themes are winners and you can listen to them below, where you will also find the recordsongs list. (Note the back-to-back songs called “Leonard Cohen” and “Satanist.”)

01 “Without You Without Them”
02 “$20”
03 “Emily, I’m sorry”
04 “True Blue”
05 “Great”
06 “Not Strong Enough”
07 “Revolution O”
08 “Leonard Cohen”
09 “Satanist”
10 “We’re in Love”
11 “Anti-Curse”
12 “Letter to an old poet”

the record comes out March 31 on Interscope/Polydor.

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