Label: Fueled By Ramen/Public Consumption Recording Co.
Released: 7th May 2021
Chloe Moriondo’s ‘Blood Bunny’ is the perfect example of a significant step up. It sees the young songwriter transformed from sweet ukulele playing YouTuber to a full-blown assured indie rock star who knows what they want to say and exactly how they’re going to say it.
From the opening power-pop blast of ‘Rly Don’t Clear’, it’s obvious that this is a big deal. Rippling with energy and vitality, it’s insistent and urgent. The pace carries on through whipsmart rockers like ‘Take Your Time’ and the hilarious playful macabre romp of ‘I Eat Boys’. There’s tenderness too here as Chloe ponders matters of the heart and all the anxieties of modern life in a considered and resonant way on songs like ‘Strawberry Blonde’ and closing track ‘What If It Doesn’t End Well’.
The sound is far more developed and dynamic than what we’ve previously heard from Chloe as she worked for the first time with some outside producers harnessing her songwriting skills into a far more powerful proposition. You can hear it through the album as her songs swell to fill the room while the quieter moments have an added degree of close intimacy.
We’ve always known Chloe was something special from her earliest independent releases and EPs, but here on her first ‘Big Kid’ album, as she calls it, she puts everything together into one supremely satisfying package.