Indigo De Souza
All of This Will End


3.8
excellent

Review

by Sunnyvale STAFF
May 7th, 2023 | 22 replies


Release Date: 04/28/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A total mess of an album which is worth your time

Full disclosure: my personal opinion of Indigo De Souza’s breakout 2021 album Any Shape You Take is less glowing than most - for me, its brilliant attributes were at least partially counterbalanced by a lack of cohesion and a rather uneven quality throughout the tracklist. That said, the album’s unusually diverse blend of Japanese Breakfast-style bouncy pop with grungy rock and distressingly emotional shrieks on the unique “Real Pain”, all tied together as best as possible by De Souza’s blunt and unrelenting lyrical delivery, were imbued with an obvious sense of potential. In addition, the wide-ranging nature of the effort left the next step in the young singer-songwriter’s trajectory intriguingly up-in-the-air.

Now, said next step is here… All Of This Will End is a bit of a doozy, maintaining a hold on all the diverse tendencies De Souza’s previous musical output has accumulated and then dragging in a bunch of alt-country influences which have only been hinted at before. De Souza’s long-standing preference for in-your-face, simple but effective lyricism has also been cranked to 11, a trait from which this record derives a lot of its appeal, but which can also backfire at times: for an example of the latter, I’ll point you to the clearly-articulated thesis of opener “Time Back”, delivered in a moment with minimal musical backdrop - ”you’re bad, you suck, you fucked me up”. Perhaps a bit too on the nose, but I guess we didn’t miss the point either. With that criticism delivered, though, for the most part, this record delivers on its premise. If recent 2023 standout album Rat Saw God from fellow indie up-and-comers Wednesday (an effort which comes across as a comparable work multiple times during a cursory listen) unveils a series of vignettes on Southern rural life through its blunt lyrical narratives, All Of This Will End aspires to do the same with its snarling takedowns of bad-acting men, whether it’s the abusive romantic figure of “You Can Be Mean” or the absent father of “Always”.

All Of This Will End is structured interestingly, with the first six songs all quite short (under three minutes) before the last five tracks are more lengthy (if none are remotely prog-style epics). Broadly, this breakdown correlates with musical style, with earlier offerings leaning towards indie pop mixed with punk and grunge. The back half, meanwhile, is more diverse, including moments of screaming alongside a number of dance-y tracks a la “Smog” and “The Water” before the last two tracks kiss off the album -”Not My Body” and “Younger & Dumber” feeling more contemplative and with richer arrangements, firmly influenced by a serene kind of alt-country, grand and full of weepy guitar. My personal take is that I’d love to see De Souza’s next album delve further into this sound, which is reminiscent to some degree of Angel Olsen’s recent ventures.

Frankly, there’s no denying that All Of This Will End is a mixed bag, an assessment I’ve given to all three of Indigo De Souza’s three albums so far. But, with every listen, I’ve become more enamored of this record, warts and all. Its unusual mishmash of styles (par for the course with this artist) and occasional moments of overreach aside, this is the kind of release which still manages to tug at the listener’s heartstrings at the right moment, an effect emphasized by the kind of sprawling penultimate/ultimate closing duo which so many artists aspire for but which is delivered to near-perfection here, even if those two songs are notably differentiated from basically anything else on this odd tracklist. The secret weapon Indigo De Souza is wielding here, though, is her gift for melodies. This might not seem to be the case on initial listens, given a general sense of abrasiveness and the vaguely half-assed feel of a Side A composed of very short tracks full of lyrics written by someone who swears like a sailor, but it slowly comes into focus that nearly every song here is pretty darn catchy, from the fast-paced, pissed-off bar band vibe of the early material to the sun-drenched reflectiveness of the album’s more spacious concluding moments. Even that kind of steadily-unveiling catchiness will get you pretty far as a musician, and it’s the type of realization which makes me confident Indigo De Souza will continue to slowly build her repertoire until she releases something I can finally recognize as an unadulterated classic. All Of This Will End is the type of album that will alternately satisfy and disgruntle the existing fanbase, but for me, it’s just another uneven but worthwhile step on an emerging artist’s journey. As De Souza states on the title track, a tune I find appealing for its enviable ability to merge nihilism with genuine wholesomeness, she’s “only moving through and doing my best”.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2023


5817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Sputnik seems to be sour on this one, and it's got plenty of flaws, but I've been kinda enthralled by this album. My favorite of hers, but not by a large margin.

Conmaniac
May 7th 2023


27676 Comments


I only know one track by these peeps but it's dope (kill me)...should try to get on this

theBoneyKing
May 7th 2023


24369 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice one Sunny! I hadn't listened to Indigo before but I've been really enjoying this. Nice job pointing out the Wednesday similarities, not sure if you're aware but beyond also being from Asheville, NC, de Souza actually contributed vocals to MJ Lenderman's first solo album, so there is a definite shared kinship with that band. The last two tracks in particular fit nicely in the burgeoning bootgaze scene.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2023


60171 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

fairly disappointed with this - Any Shape You Take was scattergun (mostly charmingly so, horrendously misplaced opener notwithstanding) but whatever this gains in streamlining its palette and style, it loses a thousand times over on the songwriting and lyrical fronts. half-baked tracks all over the damn shop, and although crassness does suit her, there's nothing but here - what happened to the reserve that gave those moments of bile the space to land as they deserve?

not helped by there being no song that comes remotely close to Real Pain, Kill Me or even Darker Than Death quality

her voice and knack for melodies as still great (as per the review) so it's not a total disaster, but it's hard to imagine a worse direction it could have taken as a follow-up

Cormano
May 7th 2023


4058 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol why does Time Back suddenly ends right when it gets great

same with Wasting Your Time smh

Jash
May 7th 2023


4907 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

This will probably end up being the biggest disappointment of the year for me, especially after how good the first single was. Musically I miss the original band lineup, and lyrically this feels like an extremely watered down version of what she used to be great at

neekafat
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2023


26022 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

fuck me

till my

Cormano
May 8th 2023


4058 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

stretch from water till the closer is goated

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2023


18256 Comments


That summary with that rating is a woah moment.

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2023


5817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

All sorts of opinions on this album, and I do understand why!



Thanks Boney!



@Gnocchi, give this a few listens and you may concur!

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2023


18256 Comments


Is this one of those albums we talked about?

Cormano
May 8th 2023


4058 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah 2nd half of this is where its at

Odal
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2023


1942 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review.



I liked this album a good deal, but I come away frustrated by how close it seems to greatness but likely needed some more time in the oven. I think Indigo has the potential to put out a classic album and I think this album sketches out the barest bones of that promise, but the songs are either too short, the melodies a little TOO fleeting, the lyrics maybe just a tad underbaked. Couldn't agree more with this both being a mess and absolutely deserving to be heard. If only every song matched the quality of the singles. Oh well, it could still grow on me some more

dedex
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2023


12773 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9 | Sound Off

cool rev Sunnyboi!! this has been growing

mkmusic1995
Contributing Reviewer
May 9th 2023


1698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One of the most consistent 3.5 artists I've heard. Really enjoyed reading this Sunny! :D

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2023


5817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Thanks folks!

Feather
May 9th 2023


10070 Comments


I was getting deja vu seeing this album on the front page, but I am now seeing that their last album cover was just very similar.

WatchItExplode
May 9th 2023


10444 Comments


This is the album that will get me to make sure I check out a future albums

pizzamachine
May 9th 2023


26990 Comments


boobs

Simerix
May 10th 2023


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wish some of these songs were a little more fleshed out. Despite that, I find myself listening to the album everyday. Parking Lot is such an addicting song







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