“I’m just a teen growing up with my dad’s face. And my dad’s middle name for a first name. When it came to losing I was in first place. Yeah. Growing up on TV, I learned the power within. But adults get mad when you’re following them. Cus everything we say, they say we following friends. And everything we do. They think we following trends.”
The Internet once again proves its splendor in connecting complete strangers through hyperlinks. Renovating a Tumblr I curate, I took notice of a page that reblogged some of my posts. The call to action–in all capital letters–read, “[teenswim] EP is out now”.
In the short time it took for the page to load, [teenswim]’s solid aesthetic and cohesiveness presented itself just as quick. The project sounds like a collection of songs made to listen to in sequence versus a grab bag of best available tracks. For the readers and lovers of a la carte material, “Teenagers” has lyrics attached.
LΔRΞPSTΔЯ explains [teenswim] as “various experiences of the teenage spectrum”. Staying true to that age range, there’s plenty of in-love-out-of-love-but-fucking vibes, introspection into generational gaps, self-esteem wrestling, and proper pop culture references.
In bars like, “You can’t bite me orange peels on your teeth/I’m too hot do the fire drill when you leave/Stop drop and roll, I’m saving you the grief/”, LΔRΞPSTΔЯ preserves the overall meaning of his project (the meaning of being a teenager) displays his potencies as an artist; his golden moments are found in how he renders heavy material digestible.
Favorites: “Teenagers”, “The Turn Down”.