clairo
Immunity


4.1
excellent

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
August 2nd, 2019 | 125 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: a taut rope

In listening to Clairo’s Immunity, it’s clear that she’s come a long way from the timid and coarsely produced bedroom pop of metal heart. That’s to be expected; while it was technically her official debut, it was also created at the age of fifteen. Immunity sounds the part of a woman now across the threshold of her twenties: it’s deep in thought, full of confidence, and also a little confused at times. Claire Cottrill came out as openly bisexual in 2018, and a lot of these tracks seem to deal with her slowly coming to that realization, as well as the satisfaction of finally admitting it to herself. One can envision her reasoning the whole process out in her head on the soft-rock of ‘Sofia’, where she ponders, “know that you and I shouldn't feel like a crime, I think we could do it if we tried” before ultimately reaching a personal revelation, “you know I'll do anything you ask me to / but, oh my God, I think I'm in love with you.” A lot of these songs gradually unveil stories within themselves, as Claire chips away at her own insecurities while pursuing her true identity. It’s a totally honest and organic evolution that we can witness firsthand.

Immunity keeps the lights dimmed and the energy restrained. It’s appropriate, because so much of the record’s focus is on holding back – whether it’s Claire doubting her sexuality on ‘North’ (“touching me, hands warm on my thigh / and I know I could turn a blind eye, afraid of what I'm gonna find”) or ‘Impossible’ resisting the temptation to reunite with a past partner. Immunity has the audible consistency of a taut rope – it’s constantly on edge, always in one’s head, yet it never quite snaps. That’s Clairo’s magnetism; this persistent tension that keeps us invested for the duration of her story. Layered over trickling beats and light guitar fuzz, it’s a confessional atmosphere that feels remarkably intimate.

The centerpiece of the album is Claire’s voice, and rightfully so. Her delivery is relatively candid, but it also possesses a warmth that echoes within the atmospheric lounge-pop surrounding her. Cottrill’s vocals resemble a more elegiac Swift, or perhaps a more pedestrian Bridgers. There’s something to be said for that middle ground, as she consistently settles into a sweet spot between wistful indie-pop and more accessible, uplifting melodies. The album’s first half possesses most of her hooks, but the more exploratory latter portion is where her voice shines the brightest – such as on the towering, children’s choir-accompanied curtain call ‘I Wouldn’t Ask You.’ Clairo has always had a voice capable of reaching the masses, but it’s never quite taken shape to the extent that it does on Immunity.

For all intents and purposes Clairo’s debut album, Immunity proves to be everything that people who’ve watched her ascent could hope for. She has set the stage to dominate her own slice of the forlorn indie-pop niche, alongside peers like Baker, Heynderickx, and Soccery Mommy. That isn’t to say that she’s quite on that level yet, but there’s nothing here to suggest that she isn’t capable of adding a few experimental wrinkles to her sound over the next few years while establishing an even more distinct musical identity. If that’s your kind of scene, then Clairo is your girl – and she’s well on her way to coming into her own.




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SowingSeason
Moderator
August 2nd 2019


31922 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did (surprise, surprise - another excitable sowing 4.0+). Alewife, North, Bags, Sofia, and I Wouldn't Ask You are my favorite songs from this so far.



Also, @neekafat

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brainmelter
August 2nd 2019


6582 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

whoa a clairo review and a staff one at that

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SowingSeason
Moderator
August 2nd 2019


31922 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Shouldn't be too surprising, this was covered by P4K as well.

iglu
August 2nd 2019


1523 Comments


meh

SowingSeason
Moderator
August 2nd 2019


31922 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

meh seems to be the consensus with anything I positively review lately, lol

budgie
August 2nd 2019


12168 Comments


heyy it finally came out
will check later today

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flvnkie
August 2nd 2019


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

her voice on this is just so smooooooth n pretty

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Slex
Contributing Reviewer
August 2nd 2019


7865 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Gonna give this more listens for sure but initially disappointed

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luci
August 2nd 2019


11495 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review, "bags" is one of the most addictive songs of the year. that, "sofia" and the closer are my favs so we're in agreement here

might bump to a 4 depending on how it holds up

brainmelter
August 2nd 2019


6582 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

P4K is insignificant as all hell so I wouldn’t know

good review sowing

Cormano
August 2nd 2019


1519 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude sweet I cant wait to jam the whole thing Sofia was dope af

SowingSeason
Moderator
August 2nd 2019


31922 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

"P4K is insignificant as all hell"

A man after my own heart

Wildhoney
August 2nd 2019


436 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So far nothing on this touches Bags, but it's growing on me

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2019


141 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

clairo hate makes no sense this is great

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ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
August 3rd 2019


3268 Comments


pre-chorus

industry plant! industry plant! (x4)

chorus

AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

SowingSeason
Moderator
August 3rd 2019


31922 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

God not the industry plant argument again

Funny how it only seems to come up for female artists

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
August 3rd 2019


2989 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hahahaha. I think he's definitely joking, if it helps. Remember seeing a bunch of cool/cute videos from her, might check. :3

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Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
August 3rd 2019


42371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

mk but when you jammin Remembering the Rockets sowing

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SowingSeason
Moderator
August 3rd 2019


31922 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

This week for sure! Also need to check that glass beach record that Slex 5'd. So much to keep up with.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
August 3rd 2019


42371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

acceptable answer. yeah seems like a lot of gold came out of nowhere this week. Bags is a jam, I'll peep this



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