Nothing sucks quite like being a teenager. Right? Right. Everyone has (or had, or will have) their own coping methods to survive adolescence and the years immediately following, and Claire Cottrill‘s is to write songs. Hailing from west of Boston, Claire’s new, self-titled EP is released from Phoenix, Arizona’s Alien Tapes label. And it serves as a reminder that a song doesn’t need to be anything more than strumming and singing to be worthy of playing on repeat. Each song is a sweetly short nugget of sunshine, like an ice-cold glass of lemonade in the summertime, and all of the tracks are a bit reminiscent of some other singer-songstresses of late (Angel Olsen, Crazy for You-era Best Coast). And it’s funny how at first glance, the themes explored here, like feeling left out and unrequited love, seem like simple “teenager problems”—until you realize that really, they’re lifelong predicaments. They’re just felt so purely here.
Download the EP on Bandcamp (the cassette is sold out) or catch Claire Cottrill opening for Frankie Cosmos on June 6 at the Cambridge Elks Lodge.