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Chloe Moriondo: Blood Bunny review – mischief-making pop-punk

·1 min read

The pains of youth have been pop’s raw material since the world was new. But the current wave of teen (or recently teenage) artists is something of a tsunami. This cohort of young bedroom producers is levelling up rapidly, swapping snugs for studios and putting out more well-upholstered records. Detroit’s Chloe Moriondo grew up on the internet, graduating from strumming the ukulele on YouTube to being a serious contender on her second album. The 18-year-old only just finished high school during the first lockdown.

Preferring girls (Samantha) and being a misfit (Rly Don’t Care) are topics covered by others of a comparable lineage – Clairo, Girl in Red – but there is much to distinguish Moriondo, whose sense of mischief is as strong as her pop-punk desire to tell it like it is. I Want to Be With You may sledgehammer home its quiet-loud stadium indie, but I Eat Boys is a revenge fantasy in which leering males might end up coming a cropper in her basement. Manta Rays, a love song, finds Moriondo getting high, going online, and being shocked to discover how huge manta rays really are.